Like many U.S. wireless providers, prepaid brands StraightTalk and Net10 Wireless offer "unlimited" rate plans that include a high-speed threshold. Once that threshold is crossed, the user's data speeds will be throttled down for the remainder of that cycle. Most operators reveal what that high-speed threshold is in their fine print, but StraightTalk has caught some flak in the past for not being clear about exactly what its threshold is set at. Thankfully, StraightTalk and Net10 parent company TracFone has finally offered clarity on the matter.
In a statement to FierceWireless, TracFone explained that both StraightTalk's $45 unlimited plan and $60 unlimited international plan offer 2.5GB of high-speed data usage. Once a customer reaches that threshold, he or she will then be dropped down to 2G data speeds for the remainder of that cycle. A new page on StraightTalk's website confirms the 2.5GB threshold and also offers tips for consumers that need help conserving their data usage. A TracFone spokesperson went on to confirm that the same 2.5GB threshold applies to Net10's unlimited plans, as well.
There's been a lot of hubbub surrounding StraightTalk and its throttling of unlimited data users in the past, with some reports suggesting that the provider began slowing speeds after just 1.5GB of data usage. StraightTalk shot down those reports in April, but at the same time it failed to offer any details on what its true threshold was. Now it appears that everything is nice and clear, though, and I'm sure that many StraightTalk subscribers are happy to finally know exactly when they can expect to see their data speeds slowed.