The new SIMs showed up yesterday online at www.straighttalkbyop.com and www.net10sim.com for a $6.99 with free shipping. Straight Talk SIMs were $14.99 up to now so that's a price reduction too.
It may not even be necessary to get new SIMs in order to experience LTE speeds on Straight Talk and NET10. A HowardForums user posted that he started getting LTE yesterday on two Samsung Galaxy Express phones using a SIMs that were purchased some time ago. He is using Straight Talk's normal tfdata APN setting.
The HowardForum's user posted a screenshot showing a speed test result with the 4G LTE indicator in his phone's status bar. His 10 Mbps speed is on the low side for LTE but still better than the throttled 8 Mbps LTE that AT&T's own Aio prepaid service is delivering.
While Straight Talk and Net10 both represent very good deals potential users should be aware that the advertised "unlimited" data does have some very real limits. Both virtual operators will throttle or terminate the data of anyone whose use they consider excessive. It doesn't take much to get in Tracfone's bad graces either. Customers using as little as 1 GB in a month or 100 MB of data in a single day have reported having their data speeds reduced to about 128 Kbps or cut off entirely.
The most exciting thing about the arrival of LTE on Straight Talk is that it likely means that other AT&T MVNOs with less draconian data policies will also be getting LTE access soon.
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