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NET10 To Cap Data on AT&T SIMs at 1.5 GB/Month Beginning Mar 1

Today Howard Forums user The Sweeper discovered a new Tracfone Inc. owned site at net10data.com. The single page site titled "IMPORTANT NOTICE" announces that; 

"Effective March 1, 2013 Unlimited data service is not available on the Unlimited plan for AT&T SIM cards. AT&T SIM cards on an Unlimited Plan will be capped at 1.5 GB of data per month. This will apply even if you buy and redeem an unlimited service card that does not contain this limitation on its face. This limitation does not apply to phones using our non-AT&T SIM cards."

The page also offers a free T-Mobile BYOD SIM to any current AT&T SIM user who wishes t0 switch. The page has some tips for managing data and estimates of of what you can do with 1.5 GB of data, including the supposedly forbidden activities of streaming 50 hours of music or 12 hours of video. Now that there's a hard cap, hopefully NET10 will update their ridiculous terms of service which prohibit not only streaming but also downloading games and the use of third part apps that connect to the internet!

The new NET10 page is not linked from NET10's main site or their net10sim.com BYOD sales site. I initially suspected that it might be fake but the Whois records at GoDaddy, where the domain is registered, confirm that net10data.com is indeed owned by Tracfone Wireless, Inc., NET10's parent. I suspect the site was prepared for an eventual announcement by NET10.

So what about Straight Talk AT&T SIMs? Are they effected by the 1.5 GB cap too? I suspect they are but we won't know until Straight Talk makes an announcement, or a secret Straight talk data website is discovered.

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  1. I can't help but wonder if this move is somehow related to Straight Talk discontinuing the AT&T SIMs on its website, and reclassifying AT&T zip codes as T-Mobile zip codes.

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    1. Probably, I wounldn't be surprised if the "out of stock" AT&T SIMs reappear on or soon after Mar. 1.

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  2. I knew eventually this s**t was going to happen. You can also visit Net10's Facebook page about this. I am so freaking happy I made the wise decision not to switch to them.

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    1. All of Tracfone et al's shenanigans make for compelling reasons to find other providers. There are certainly plenty of them.

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    2. A stated data cap is actually a move away from the shenanigans of the past. I think it will help NET10. Where else can you get unlimited talk and text and 1.5 GB of data on AT&T for $50/month?

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  3. Wondering if this applies to the net 10 branded at&t powered smartphones, like the s2 and Nokias?

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    1. It may, but we will have to wait for an official NET10 announcement. The net10data.com page is specific to BYOD SIMs only.

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    2. I think what we have to do is purchase a NET10 phone from thier website and activate it and then put the active sim in our BYOD and they will never know. For example if you get a cheap phone from Net10 and you want to use an iphone then you would cut it to nano size and use it. They wont know what phone your using, except you may not get the unlimited 50.00 plan

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    3. The SIMs in NET10 non-smartphones are locked to phone they came in. Only the BYOD SIMs and the SIMs Net10's Android and Symbian phones can be used in a different phone.

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  4. looks like TracFone is going back to its Verizon roots?!

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  5. At least now there is some truth to Net10's advertising.

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  6. Hmm seems like other TracFone brands like Straight Talk would eventually follow with officially stating their data hard cap.

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  7. I just got a text from net10 letting me know of the 1.5 GB limit starting in march.

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  8. I just received a text from net10 telling me this, and it infuriates me. I'll be paying $50 for 1.5GB of data while my neighbor who has the same exact plan as I do will be paying $50 for all the data he can cram into his phone, and the sad part is buying one of the low quality phones offered by net10 is the only way to save myself from this. And I wouldn't dare buy a T-mobile phone as their signal is splotchy at best in most areas around where I live. I think I'll be switching back to Boost Mobile.

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    1. I just also got my text from net10 regarding the data cap, and to say the least I'm not to happy about it. The whole point for me switching to net10 was because of the supposed unlimited data cap. I'll probably in the long run switch to Sprint. At least from what I understand they still offer unlimited data. 1.5gb I might as well not use my smartphone. What a croc.

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    2. You could look into Next G Mobile. They have an unlimited data plan but a 2.5GB cap on streaming.

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    3. I almost came awful close dropping Boost to go with Net10. I am so glad that I didn't. I would rather handle the 2.5GB throttle instead of the 1.5GB cap.

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  9. Im wondering how many people will switch to a T-Mobile sim. Im thinking about it (as my phone is the only internet service in my house). Canceled the internet service when I got the iPhone 5 running

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    1. you would have to unlock the iphone 5 to read the tmobile simm, and you would have to call net10 to change the simm thats easily a hour of your time, thinking net10 is going to loose alot of customers!

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  10. but its 1.5gb of high speed internet.

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    1. 1.5GB of high speed internet is pointless.

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  11. Time to drop em like a bad habit!

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  12. Unless you plan to watch your movies on little phone screens this data limit should have no effect or little effect,

    and for the great majority of Net10 customers who use their phones as, well, phones (imagine that concept), this is the proverbial tempest in a teapot (or perhaps a teaspoon).






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    1. The Spotify addicts have a reason to be concerned too.

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  13. Brand new customer and purchased the Galaxy from Net10. WOW did I get screwed. Dropping immed. Back to PagePlus, say what you will at least they are reliable on what you pay for with a national carrier.. Never again with ANY tracfone products.

    Hope they pull the television ads with the pretty At&T coverage map.



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    1. @ Shane, I don't think it applies to Net 10 branded phones, yet anyway.

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    2. @Shane - don't feel bad. I made the same mistake too. I should never have left Page Plus. I'm kicking myself for doing it. Verizon 3G with a 2GB of data turned out to be perfect for me.

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    3. I love PagePlus. I am not punished for having a smartphone, coverage is excellent, Kitty Wireless is great. What more can I ask for for $29.95 a month?

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  14. Woah,people's reactions amaze me.

    People wanted a specific limit, yet they are angry that its "1.5 GB"!

    COME ON GET REAL

    1.5 GB's on ATT'S HSPA+ is a really good deal for $42 Dollars

    What were some of you expecting 10GB's....Not even ATT contract customers get insanely good offers like that

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  15. ^^Agreed. still a great deal, some people's cheapness knows no bounds, I am a AT&T Straight talk sim customer, but I am not constantly pushing data limits, for $45 a month I can adjust.

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    1. People that are cheap do drive prices downward so they can be good for something.

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    2. No its not a matter of being cheap, its a matter of paying for a specific service, ie unlimited talk text and data, and then when your internet stops working two weeks after you set up service, you get transferd to a recording telling you there is a data cap. I set up service on march 24 with an att compatible Sim and nowhere was a data cap mentioned..it is still being advertised as unlimited which is bullshit

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  16. Not too worried about the hard data limit as it's still the best deal for data from an ATT MVNOs (outside of ST, but they are the same company). At least now they're upfront with the limit.

    I might move to T-mobile prepaid for a bit so I can buy a HTC ONE and then request it to be unlocked since that version supports both ATT and T-mobile's 3G bands.

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    1. I lasted 2 weeks on the T-Mobile Monthly4G prepaid before throwing my phone into a brick wall in absolute disgust. I caution you to consider it carefully. I should've never left Page Plus. I've been with Page Plus for two years without problem.

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    2. I tested out T-mobile prepaid for a month and had no major problems, but I live and work in a city that has decent coverage

      The main reason I'd use T-mobile Monthly4G is to, as I mentioned, buy a HTC One and then request it to be unlocked after fulfilling the requirements since that version supports both ATT/Tmobile 3G bands.

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  17. And what about current customer loyalty with a "Grandfather claus"?

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    1. With Tracfone, there is no such thing as customer loyalty. You will be treated with the same atrocious customer service whether you're a new customer or a 10 year customer.

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  18. Having WiFi installed at home in two weeks, (techs are evidently very busy in the semi-rural area where I live, and where T-Mobile has NO signal). Therefore, I won't be concerned that I'll be using anywhere near the 1.5 Gb cap that Net10 is setting. However, I must admit that this change of policy does appear discriminatory towards former AT&T clients who answered Net10's BYOD enticement. Wondering how the FCC, FTC or whomever in D.C. would address this issue, if it ever comes to their attention.

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