Straight Talk Now Compatible with AT&T's LTE Network
Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that offers unlimited service for $45 per month, now works on AT&T's LTE 4G network. Previously, it was limited to HSPA+ speeds for data. This means customers who supply their own LTE-capable phone will be able to access faster mobile broadband speeds. Customers will need to purchase an new SIM card, which costs $6.99, and sign up for Straight Talk's month-to-month service. Straight Talk is compatible with most unlocked GSM-based phones, including smartphones. The $45 plan includes unlimited voice minutes, messaging, and data, though some customers report being throttled after they exceed 2.5GB per month.
Verizon Debuts $80 Unlimited Plan for Prepaid Service
Verizon Wireless today added an unlimited data option to its series of prepaid plans. According to Verizon's web site, the new $80 plan includes unlimited high-speed service without a contract, though video is capped at 480p and prepaid customers may see slower speeds when the network is congested.
Cricket Adds More Data to Low-Cost Plans
Cricket Wireless today added more data to its bottom two prepaid service plans in a bid to keep up with similar offers from Boost Mobile and MetroPCS. With Cricket's auto-pay discount, the Basic plan costs $35 per month and now includes unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data per month (up from 1GB).
Verizon Changes Up Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless today announced changes to its prepaid service plans. The entry-level plan includes unlimited talk and text, but no data (WiFi only) for $30 per month.
MetroPCS Promo Includes Unlimited LTE 4G for $50
MetroPCS today unveiled a new rate plan that includes unlimited talk, text, and LTE 4G data for $50 per month. Customers can sign up for the promotional plan between today and April 5.