posted on HowardForums that they were getting download speeds that were as high as 50 to 70 mbps. It looked like the 5 mbps cap had been lifted for at least some TracFone owned Verizon MVNOs. Some Page Plus users even got a text from the carrier promising faster data speeds. But without official confirmation from TracFone I could not be sure if the higher speeds applied to all TracFone brands.
Earlier this week I received an email from a TracFone spokesperson letting me know that I was incorrect in posting that data speeds on Straight Talk Verizon network phones were capped at 5 mbps. According to her, "...Straight Talk service running on Verizon’s nationwide 4G LTE network now operates at maximum speed of the network. Straight Talk customers enjoy high-speed 4G LTE data with their service plans and then 2G speeds once the data allocation has been reached." I asked if the same was true for the TracFone brands Net10, Total Wireless, Page Plus and TracFone on the Verizon network and she replied that it was.
Keep in mind that Verizon deprioritizes data speeds on its prepaid plans and on the least expensive postpaid plan when the network is congested. I'd be very surprised if Verizon didn't deprioritize its MVNO's data. As always data speeds on any operator vary depending on location and network load. That means that sub-5mbps speeds are still very possible at times. But at least TracFone Verizon MVNOs are no longer subject to a full time 5 mbps cap.
The end of the 5 mbps cap seems to be limited to TracFone brands. Users of other Verizon MVNOs like Selectel and Boom Mobile still appear to be limited to 5 mbps, which seems rather unfair to the other MVNOs and their users.