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Pure TalkUSA Now Offering LTE on All Plans



AT&T MVNO Pure TalkUSA (877-820-7873) has made LTE data available on all its plans. Plan pricing is unchanged. According to Pure Talk support, customers should automatically begin getting LTE today with no changes to APN settings required. 

Although AT&T itself has offered LTE since 2011, its been slow coming to AT&T MVNOs. Straight Talk got LTE Sept, 2013 RedPocket in Sept 2013, and H2O in December 2014. LTE still isn't available on AirVoice, Jolt or Good2Go. 

Pure Talk plans (listed below) offer good value, especially for light users who don't need or want to pay for an unlimited plan but do want access to data. Pure Talk's US-based customer support gets consistently good reviews. Plan prices include all taxes and fees and SIM cards are free. Auto-pay using a credit or debit card is required.

Pure TalkUSA's current plans:
Plan Monthly Cost Voice SMS domestic / Int'l MMS Data
Simple 80 6 $5 80 "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 minute each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Flex $10.00 4 160 "minutes" (also used for texts)  1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Family $10 - $50 5 3.33¢ - 6.25¢ 1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Simple 250 6 $10.00 250 "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 minute each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Simple 500 6 $12.95 500  "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Simple 1000 6 $17.95 1000  "minutes" (also used for texts) 1 1/3 min each/25¢ 2 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3 $9.95 for 200 MMS + 400 MB 3
Unlimited $28.95 unlimited unlimited / NA 400, Overage: $10 for 100 MMS 500 MB, Overage: $4 for 100 MB
Unlimited $34.95 unlimited unlimited / NA unlimited 1 GB
Overage: $4 for 100 MB
Unlimited $44.95 unlimited unlimited / NA unlimited 2 GB
Overage: $4 for 100 MB
1 Pure Talk Simple Plan minutes do not roll over. Add on minutes are available at $10 for 130 minutes. Unused add on minutes do rollover but are used before plan minutes.
2 International calling and texting requires a $10 International Calling Card
3 $9.95/month data and MMS addon provides 200 MMS and 400 MB of data. Also available: 1 GB/ 400 MMS for $19.90. Unused add-on data expires after 30 days.
4 Unused minutes roll-over
5 Monthly pay as you go plan, available price points (cost per month/minutes) are $10/160, $20/400, $30/700, $40/1100, $50/1500. Unused minutes roll over. Can be used as a family plan for $5/month per extra line. All lines share the available minutes and texts but data/MMS addons are per line and not shared.
6 Also available as AddVantage plans for seniors 55 and older which include a bonus of 10% more minutes per month, up to 50% in bonus minutes after six months.

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  1. Fantastic! PT quietly keeps improving and everything just works as it should. No hassles.

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  2. And that coverage map puts anything T-Mobile-based to shame.

    "T-Mobile: Don't be mobile".

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    1. But the trade off is that T-Mobile is generally cheaper.

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  3. Cricket Wireless talk, text and 2.5 for 35 is still better

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    1. ... or, $20 each (average per line, for a Group of 5). It seems that a lot of people don't want the hassles of dealing with other people in a Cricket Group Save plan. Maybe they have not considered that your Group can be spread out all over the country, and do not need to be related to one another. In our case, I run the Group ( line #1), my wife is #2. My sister and her wife are #' 3 and #4, and my old college buddy is #5. We are spread out from Alaska to California to West Virginia - anywhere in the country is OK. I collect a check from everyone every 6 months, and put it on auto-pay on my VISA. Nothing could be simpler or more automatic (or cheaper!). 3 out of 5 lines are throttled to 8 Mbs down and the tower here in Alaska is only 4G, so it is throttled to 4 Mbs (with a horrible Ping, usually over 200). But the throttling never seems to affect usage. Even throttled, we are able to stream music on Songza, and we run Nokia's wonderful "HERE" GPS maps program (download is free and doesn't use data). We couldn't be happier with our service.

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    2. Glad you've had luck with that. Most people aren't so lucky.

      Some part of the group (especially if family) tends to not pay and then take advantage of you.

      In your case if #3 and #4 stop paying it's cheaper for you to continue their line than to raise you lines $30 and pass on the $15 to #5. That creates animosity in short order.

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  4. Dennis, what are the speeds capped for data? I know Cricket Wireless is 8 Megs down. Thanks.

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    1. I think Pure Talk LTE is full speed. There's no Mention of a throttle on the Pure Talk site. Cricket is the only AT&T based service I know of that arbitrarily limits speeds.

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  5. Dennis, in the Pure Talk Q&A section in one of the questions - Is the Pure TalkUSA service good nationwide? Part of the answer shows: "There are NEVER any roaming or long distance charges."

    Interesting simply based at that response without calling them to confirm I guess roaming might be available like at CC?

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    1. No. They are referring to On-network roaming. CC offers Off-network roaming, and PureTalk does not.

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    2. There's no roaming on Pure Talk. That's confirmed by the big holes in the middle of Nebraska, Wyoming and Nevada on the Pure TalkUSA Coverage Map: Cell Coverage for No Contract Plans. There are no roaming charges because there's no roaming.

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  6. This is good news! This makes Pure Talk one of the best for back up or low usage (i.e. young kids). Even with only HSPA+, it was already working great for my youngest son. AT&T has deeper penetration than T-mobile (for now), and for my son who is in swim meets at various pools, this makes sure he is reachable or can message me as needed, and use data to while away the long wait in swim meets.

    For only $15 a month! Simple 80 for $5, and 400 MB for $9.95 - just enough for a tweener and I think that would be enough for many people too.

    My oldest is on Cricket $35 with autopay. My wife and I are on small biz T-Mo, $80 for 2 lines 5GB each, and we have a backup phone in each car with the lowest tier PagePlus and Consumer Cellular. It's not the cheapest total, but it is a great compromise for in town and travel.

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    1. If you already have one member of the family on Cricket why not just switch the rest to Cricket and pay $100/mo for 4 or 5 lines and cancel Page Plus and CC. Like that every line would have AT&T coverage plus unlimited talk and text and you'll be paying less. If you need the extra data on two of your lines it only costs an extra $20 for both lines.

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    2. Bad idea. Cricket is definitely a step down from Consumer Cellular, Tmo business service and Puretalk. And Verizon coverage is useful when traveling.

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    3. I am getting tired of the Cricket proponents on the Pure TalkUSA topics. Give it a rest. Pure TalkUSA costs are much less than Cricket for my circumstances (light user, no extended family). I pay under $20 per month for all I need and the best Cricket can do is $30 per month. If I wanted Cricket, then I would be on Cricket.

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  7. Not putting my eggs in one basket, is why. Plus, each line has different needs.

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  8. Can anyone confirm they're getting LTE? My son's S5 is still getting H+ and I already matched the APN to Pure Talk's web page for Android. We definitely have LTE coverage, side-by-side with my other son's S5 on Cricket showin(same ROM, different APN)

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    1. My Pure TalkUSA service switched over to LTE yesterday. The "4G" indicator now lights up on my phone.

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    2. I should clarify that I see the "4G" indicator only when I am in a 4G service area. I do not get 4G/LTE in my house but I do get it in other areas of San Diego, CA.

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  9. It's sort of odd that PT has sent no announcements to customers that I know of and I see nothing on the website about LTE. Also, I see no change in my service. Is it possible you are a little bit ahead of the curve here?

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    1. Just for kicks I ran a speed test and it was the slowest I've ever seen on PT (about 2.5 mbps). Apparently I'm not getting LTE. I had about 4-5 bars of service and I am in a strong LTE area--the AT&T tower is just down the street with a line of sight to it.

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  10. Airvoice told me it's in the works. No exact ETA just yet.

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    1. Airvoice needs better plans.

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  11. Hat tip on poster ces1948 on HowardFourms, who posted that the new PureTalkUSA LTE APN has been posted here: http://www.puretalkusa.com/phone_programming.php

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  12. I had to call PureTalk and they did something and LTE seems to be switched on. I did switch to the new APN settings too after the call. Getting around 25mbps download speeds! Upload around 4mbps.

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  13. Pure Talk USA now Available at Sears and Kmart 1600 locations.

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  14. Port to PureTalk and get $100 in shopping points. The new $24 plan is very good.

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  15. Tried PureTalk LTE in Lafayette, Louisiana and got as fast as 70mbps download. Ran several tests. Pings were generally between 70 and 150.

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