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Straight Talk Launches a New $35 Plan, Adds More Data to its $45 and $55 Plans

TracFone has increased the amount of high speed data included with its Straight Talk smartphone plans and has also launched a new $35 Straight Talk plan.

Update 6/19/17: Straight Talk has removed all references to the $35 plan form its website. Straight Talk customer support has told customers that the plan is not available.

Here's the new Straight Talk plan lineup:

  • $35/30 days for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 2 GB at high speeds - New Plan 
  • $45/30 days for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 8 GB at high speeds - Was 5 GB
  • $55/30 days for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 12 GB at high speeds - Was 10 GB
  • $60/30 days for unlimited talk, including international calls to 35 countries , unlimited domestic messaging and data with the first 8 GB at high speeds - Was 5 GB

Straight Talk currently operates as an MVNO on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Accounts are provisioned of one of the four networks and do not roam on the others.

Straight Talk data is throttled to 64 kbps or less after the high speed data allotment used. Like all Verizon MVNOs except Comcast's Xfinity Mobile, high speed data is throttled to 5 mbps on the Verizon network. Straight Talk does not allow hotspot.

The data increases on the $45 and $55 plans give Straight Talk plan's the most data at those price points of any provider's non-promotional plans on the Verizon and AT&T networks. But I'm underwhelmed by the new $35 2 GB Straight Talk plan. Why only 2 GB when TracFone's Total Wireless brand gives you 5 GB on Verizon and tiny Pure Talk USA offers 2.5 GB with far better support on AT&T for the same price? I don't consider any of Straight Talk's plans competitive on the Sprint or T-Mobile networks.

For more about Straight Talk see our updated Prepaid Operator Profile: Straight Talk. To see how Straight Talk compares with its competitors on Verizon see Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared . For an AT&T network provider comparison see AT&T and AT&T MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared.

Source: Straight Talk via BestMVNO

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  1. I guess there's always the option of going with what you know and what you're used to, if one has been with Straight Talk for a while.

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  2. "Why only 2 GB when TracFone's Total Wireless brand gives you 5 GB on Verizon" . Do not forget that this a Walmart in-store brand "jewel". I am at a Walmart Entertainment Dept everyday sometimes 2,3,4 times. People are fixated on Straight Talk's OLD 5GB of Data they still think it is the best thing going. from my belief people at walmart do not think network they think straight Talk and that OLD $45 -5GB od data plan. They were the first to offer that amount at that price point and i believe it is Paying off for Walmart. Tracfone and Walmart just do not want to let go of that that easily, that is the $45 Walmart Straight Talk airtime cards i see everybody happily buying there. They are practically blind to the true walmart deal. yes the Total Wireless $35 5GB plan on the vzw network.

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  3. And the $10 3gigs of non-expiring rollover on total wireless to my knowledge is the cheapest add on data anywhere let alone on Verizon's network, but with straight talk what's nice, and pretty much all the rest of TracFone is the ability to switch providers without changing anything else, especially if you have a lot of banked airtime.

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  4. Did freak all around, but really only strong if you need/want at &t.
    TracFones's other brands that strictly use a single network , simple mobile, total wireless are better at some office points, I wonder if this will effect simple mobile and meet 10?

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  5. Will existing $45 plan customers get bumped up to 8GB or grandfathered on the old 5GB plan?

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  6. This really isn't competitive compared to their own TotalWireless brand.

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    1. America Movil blacklists a phone's IMEI in their internal database to limit its operation only to the brand it was originally activated on. Straight Talk customers can't move to total wireless and keep their existing phone.

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    2. It's not really blacklisting which is for lost or stolen phones. What happens is that TracFone associates the MEID of a Verizon network phone with the TracFone brand it was sold for or in the case of BYOP, first activated on and then does not allow that phone to be activated on another TracFone brand. When applied to BYOP phones, people have taken to calling the practice Slim-locking.

      Slim-locking dies not occur with GSM BYOP where you activate the SIM, not the IMEI, and you can switch from one TracFone brand to another by changing SIMs.

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  7. Not sure how "new" the $35 plan is, Christine mentioned it here a while ago.
    http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2017/04/straight-talk-offers-new-2gb-data-plan.html?m=1

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    1. the $35 plan was inadvertantly listed on the ST website for a 24 hour period. it is now officially a new,new plan.

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  8. And it's nothing.

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  9. How many people really make international calls (vs. using Whatsapp/FaceTime/Skype audio+video) that ST thinks the $60 plan will attract customers while they're offered less data than the $55 tier?

    Also, no unlimited international SMS at $60?

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  10. Now the least competitive plan at Walmart, especially when you can get VZW for $5 more per month with 2 more gigs AND the ability to tether.

    Completely unattractive.

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    1. Had tethering always been a no go. I had Straight Talk last year after leaving Verizon. Used the same phone and I believe I still was allowed to tether.

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  11. Straight Talk is for the "less informed".

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  12. I wonder if Net10 will follow.

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  13. Cricket $35 with autopay is way better.

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  14. 64kps throttle is useless

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  15. You have always been able to tether with Straight Talk T-Mobile service. The other carriers no, but the straight Talk TMobile BYOP SIM (and most T-Mobile flavor of any of the American movil brands) have never restricted tethering, even on iPhone. Check it out. Makes the 8GB and 12GB plans competitive when you include the high speed tethering as included.

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  16. Advertisements have taken a bigger share of your data no matter what plan you have. The scales of balance are getting heavy on the pain side. True unlimited non throttled service might bring the pleasure side back in balance.

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  17. Tethering is not allowed on straight talk per user agreement.

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  18. I have been with Straight Talk for 4 years now. Very satisfied with their service. I use the 12gb plan now.No other phone company can beat that deal

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  19. The $35 plan is no longer listed on Straight Talk's website. Does anybody know why? I think it's strange that they keep listing it and then removing it.

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  20. I didn't know about the increase for the data and I just bought a refill card for the 5gb/$45 plan at Walmart. Does that mean I will only get 5gb or will I be bumped up to 8?

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