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Not True: Straight Talk To Offer Unlimited LTE 4G Data, Talk and Messaging On AT&T for $45/month!

Update: this post, based on misleading information from Straight Talk, is incorrect. Based on new evidence it's now believed that the phone uses the T-Mobile network. See I Was Fooled - Straight Talk's Optimus LG 2X Doesn't Use AT&T or Have LTE for the true story on this phone.


Straight Talk announced today that they will be launching unlimited LTE 4G service on the AT&T network for $45/month.  Straight Talk's first LTE phone will be a version of the dual-core LG Optimus 2X.

This is the first prepaid LTE service in the US and the Optimus LG 2X will be Straight Talk's first Android phone to use the AT&T network. No word on the phone price or when it will be available. But you can sign up to to be notified of availability at reserve.straighttalkandroid.com

This is a very big deal for two reasons, the network and the phone.

LTE is the newest and fastest mobile data technology to be available in the wild. How fast is it ? Users on AT&T's LTE nework have been seeing speeds in the 15 Mbits/sec range. That's twice as fast as typical speeds on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network and five to 10 times faster than Boost and Virgin Mobile's EVDO 3G

Even without LTE the LG Optimus 2X is a very high end phone. Here are some with specs:

Processor: 1 Ghz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2
Screen: 4 inch 800 x 480 px
Cameras: 8 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture, 1.3 MP front camera for video calling
Ports: HDMI video output, 3.5 headphone jack
OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Connectivity: LTE 3G, HSPA 3G, Edge and GPRS 2G, WiFi
Maximum SD card capacity:  32 GB (4 GB included)
Audio: MP3 music player and  FM Radio
Dimensions: 4.88" x 2.49" x 0.43"
Weight: 4.09 ounces

The best part of Straight Talk's new LTE offering is that the monthly cost will be the same $45/month that Straight Talk charges feature phone users. 

There are a lot of unknowns  about Straight Talk LTE. Like how much the Optimus 2X will cost, when it will be available and if data speeds are throttled and what the data cap is. Straight Talk's existing service on AT&T doesn't appear to be throttled. Although advertised as unlimited it is believed that there's a hidden cap of about 2 GB/month. User who exceed that reportedly get a warning or two and if they continue to use "too much" data their service is discontinued.

Update: 7-Mar-2012 PhoneNews.com is reporting that the LG Optimus 2X for Straight Talk and Net10 has been canceled. This has not been confirmed by America Movil.

Source: PhoneNews.com




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  1. If you read the terms and conditions of Straight talk, they have the right o terminate your service for any or no reason. Also the FCC and FTC is looking into all the carriers "UNLIMITED" advertised plans, and they will probably prohibit he use of the term "UNLIMITED", a cell phone company will have to spell it out how many minutes you area allowed to use.

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  2. You need to research this a bit more. That phone uses T-Mobile on Straight Talk. Also, that model was never made with a LTE radio. All Android phones going to Straight Talk use either Tmobile or Sprint. And every ST phone tends to be a bit outdated. LTE from them would be quite unlikely.

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  3. You are correct. I was mislead by the Straight Talk website's false claim that the Optimus 2X supports LTE.

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  4. first of all dont be a dumbass there is the most simple of real possibilities like the phone my be an exclusive model for st and their lte 4g

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  5. It false I have that phone and its not unlimited data. Straight talk called me up and told me that I was using too much data. I thought it was unlimited

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  6. uggh att verizon are straight talks providers

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  7. Straight talk uses all four carriers networks (AT&T,tmobile, sprint, and Verizon) you just have to order the proper compatible sim card from there website.

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    1. Sprint and Verizon are CDMA and don't use SIM cards.

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    2. Iphone5 CDMA has SIMs

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  8. I love me some Straight Talk. I've had no issues with the service, and I also haven't been contacted about data usage.

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  9. I have my service with straight talk for 4 years and I never had a problem with it at all.......I travel all over the place and never had a problem......it is slow when I youtube but other than that no problems..........

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  10. I've gone over 8gbs of data and ST hasn't shut me off yet. ST is thaaaa bommmmmmb........

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    1. Nice! Which Straight Talk carrier (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint)?

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    2. Ive been with straightalk since they started up. I live in rural area and the cdma(verizon) phones straightalk sells were the best service where i live as far as signal and internet connection. Times have changed and i found you can buy better high end phones for a lot cheaper on ebay only thing is you have to order a straight talk sims card and use at&t service. And i have noticed that when i use the internet alot on my cell that straightalk does throttle back your speed - they may not tell you this "but the do", just depends on how much you use it! With that being said i still will not go with any other carrier until i am forced to! I love st! I have an htc inspire now and get 3g speeds which are amazingly quick when im at work where i have really good service. At home i can only get 2g outside of my house which is still good for where i live! I am thinking about purchasing a samsung galaxy s3 or maybe even a s4 if i can find a really good deal on one. But would like to know if any of yall already have one of these on st and if you do actually get faster than the 3g speed? If not its still ok but if you actually did that would be awesome. Even with my old inspire when i have good signal and 3g web pages pics videos everything downloads in a matter of a few seconds! Thanks and goo straighttalk! Keep up the great service!

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  11. Can I move my galaxy s3 from verizon to straight talk and get unlimited 4g data?

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    1. No, you can only use GSM phones or Straight Talk phones.

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  12. Can I use my Nokia lumia 900 and switch it to strait talk

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    1. Straight talk no longer sells AT&T based SIMs so your Lumia 900 would need to be unlocked and would use the T-Mobile network on Straight Talk.

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    2. Unless you bought the Straighttalk sim on ebay like I did, then trim it down to correct size (be carefull) and install in sim tray and reboot, then add correct apn and mms settings, wala your done, be sure to buy the one for gsm and att network.

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  13. will my htc dna work on st it has a sim card

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    1. Yes it will. The HTC Droid DNA is a global GSM/CDMA phone and the GSM side is unlocked so the phone will work with a Straight Talk AT&T or T-Mobile SIM.

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  14. Straight talk now has listed 4 g late Sims for at&t. I got a at&t sim from them about a month ago. I was just wondering will the older Sims also start receiving 4g on at&t or should I order a new sim to get the 4 g. What y'all think?

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    1. If your current SIM uses the tfdata APN it's supposed to be LTE-capable.

      If your SIM uses the att.mvno APN it's not LTE capable and you will need to buy a new SIM to get LTE.

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    2. OK thanks. Yes mine uses the tfdata and says I have 4g most of the time now but I'm not so sure.

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