Review: Straight Talk by TracFone (Cellular Data Plans)

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Straight Talk is one of TracFone's brands partnered with Walmart to provide prepaid phone and hotspot service. They offer plans on all of the major US networks - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular.

Depending upon the device you activate will determine which carrier you are placed with. However, their mobile hotspot plans seem to only be available for Verizon and AT&T.

None of their smartphone plans include mobile hotspot use, so we only consider their data hotspot plans to be of interest for the purposes of mobile internet options for RVers.

Policies & Perks:

  • Domestic Roaming: All of Straight Talk's plans are only on the carrier's native network and does not include domestic roaming.
  • Throttling: Speeds delivered full speed of network, then throttled to 2G once data allocation has been reached.
  • International: No international data usage is included.
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: None of Straight Talk's smartphone plans include mobile hotspot usage, however they do offer data only hotspot plans.
  • Data Roll Over: Unused data does not roll over to the next billing period. However, Straight Talk does offer some of their data plans on a 60-day period, instead of the typical month.
  • Overage Charges: There are no overage charges on prepaid plans. Once you use your data, you just refill your account, or you don't.
  • Streaming: No streaming services are provided with prepaid accounts.

Testing Status: We do not keep a Straight Talk plan in our testing arsenal.

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Quick Take

None of Straight Talk's smartphone plans include mobile hotspot use, so for the purposes of mobile internet solutions we only consider their hotspot plans to be of interest. They do have some flexible options, but research is key to ensuring you get the carrier & plan you want.

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