The attractively-priced “Unlimited” iPhone plan from Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, announced earlier this month, is not truly unlimited according to a report Monday from TechNewsDaily. Like many other carriers who advertise “unlimited” plans, users are capped at 2 GB of data on the Straight Talk iPhone plan, making it less enticing for those who consume lots of data on the go.
The plan, offered by Straight Talk exclusively for Walmart customers, features a low monthly price of $45 and is contract-free. Interested customers must purchase an unsubsidized iPhone, but the savings on the monthly charges more than compensate for the upfront cost in the long run.
Now it appears that the “unlimited” plan was too good to be entirely true:
Walmart last week announced the availability of iPhone 5 on a Straight Talk no-contract plan with unlimited voice, text and data, but like most so-called unlimited plans, this one too has a limit. For $45 a month, you can use up to 2GB of data, which these days isn't a whole lot. Stream a movie on your shiny new iPhone? Not likely.
According to the report, customers will not be cut off after reaching the 2 GB limit, but they will have speeds reduced to practically unusable levels until the next billing cycle begins.
Truly unlimited data is now nearly impossible to find in most countries, but many customers do not currently use large amounts of cellular data. For those with limited data needs, the low price and contract-free nature of the Straight Talk plan means that it remains an interesting option. Data hogs hoping for a cheap “unlimited” plan, however, will be forced to look elsewhere.
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