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Straight Talk Offering 50% More Data With One T-Mobile Based Phone

TracFone's Straight Talk brand is running a "50% More High Speed Data for life" promotion. To qualify customers must use an Alcatel onetouch Pixi Glory LTE phone, which is available for $49.99 from the StraightTalk website.

50% more data means 7.5 GB of high speed data instead of the usual 5 GB on Straight Talk's $45/month unlimited talk, text and data plan and 15 GB instead of 10 GB on the $55 plan.

The deal is only available in markets that have T-Mobile service. That means the phone runs on the T-Mobile native network, which is probably a deal breaker for most rural users and those who travel overland extensively. If the offer isn't showing up in your zip code try using 94103, which is a San Francisco zip, to see it.

The Alcatel onetouch Pixi Glory LTE only costs $49.99 and as you can expect it has generally entry level specs. It does have a 5.5 inch screen, which is pretty much unheard of at this price. The resolution isn't specified, hopefully it's at least 720x1280 as anything less will look pretty bad on a screen that large. Other specs include Android 5.1 Lollipop, an unnamed 1.1 Ghz quad-core processor, 8GB of memory and 5 MP (with Ffash) main and 2 MP front facing cameras. The RAM isn't specified but based on the other specs it's probably 1 GB. The battery is non-removable but there is a memory card slot.

I haven't been able to find any online reviews of the Alcatel onetouch Pixi Glory, which isn't surprising as the phone is new. I did find a tutorial for the phone and a PDF of it's User Guide online. The user guide has instructions for turning on Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE although I don't know if either feature actually works on Straight Talk. But WiFi Calling has been reported to work on the Alcatel Pixi Charm, another T-Mobile based TracFone device, so there's a good chance that feature works on the Pixi Glory as well.

Including more data with T-Mobile based phones to compensate for T-Mobile's lesser coverage makes sense. I wonder if Straight Talk will extend it to other T-Mobile based phones and BYOP SIMs. Straight Talk's practice of offering identical plans on all four networks never made must sense to me. I suspect that T-Mobile or Sprint service costs TracFone less than AT&T or Verizon service so why not give customers something extra on those cheaper networks?

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  1. "for life" means the life of the phone right?

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    1. Maybe longer if the SIM can be swapped to BYOP devices.

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  2. MetroPCS Unlimited 4G LTE is the better deal.

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    1. If T-Mo works in your area. Not so hot for 518

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    2. Pretty much 70% of my time in 518 t-mo phone/service (native) is roaming on at&t

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    3. Mr 70%. What is your real world experience with data access?

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    4. Data access? What's that? Oh yeah I recall that is what I can get for the limited time I'm on the more populated stretches along the NYS thruway in 518. Not there much = not much data access.

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    5. 315 & 413 are mostly no signal lands for T-mo also, mostly either no bars or roaming on at&t.

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  3. Can't beat a Cricket group plan?

    Into the trash it goes.

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    1. I use the Cricket $70/month Unlimited Plan, for $50.00/month with our 5 person Group Save. Couldn't be happier. Frankly, inefficiencies with their CS are almost irrelevant because their websites are so straightforward and simple that human intervention has really not been necessary. YMMV, of course...

      I use about 50 - 70Gigs/Month which, so far, has not attracted Cricket's attention. I notice that Verizon has started cracking down on postpaid "unlimited" customers using in excess of 100 GB/month. Maybe that's some sort of informal industry standard that Cricket will honor? Who knows....

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    2. AnonymousAugust 5, 2016 at 2:20 PM: What DO you do with phone? 70GB per month? Just curious to know.

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    3. Most straighttalk phones are horrible. Dont know why cant they sell good/latest phones?

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    4. Selling trash at a premium is more profitable.

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  4. Can't you activate it then use the sim in another device?

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  5. Band 12 support? 700mhz range acquired recently by tmobile

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  6. This really is BS. I wanted this phone SO bad, mainly for the 5.5" screen and 8gb storage, but after I got it, I couldn't even use it in my area because it runs on T Mobile. This REALLY ticks me off with Straight Talk!

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