Straight Talk has added support for AT&T’s LTE network and now sells a compatible SIM card for $6.99 on its site. PrePaid Phone News spotted the change; up until now, Straight Talk’s service only included HSPA+ network speeds. The company, which buys network access at wholesale pricing and then resells it, charges $45 per month for what it calls “unlimited” voice, texts and data.
This development is a big change from when I highlighted Straight Talk last March. Back then, I explained how the service could let you dump AT&T and T-Mobile for a cheaper month-to-month service plan. But the service was limited to a slower HSPA+ network. And although service is advertised as unlimited, some customers have said their service speeds were slowed after 2 to 2.5 GB of monthly data.
Still, for certain people, the addition of LTE makes a good deal even better. You’ll need to supply your own phone with support for AT&T’s LTE network — most recent iPhones(s aapl), Androids(s goog), Windows Phones(s msft) and BlackBerry(s bbry) devices do. And you’ll want to watch your monthly mobile broadband usage. Do that with the right phone and the no-contract $45 per month deal can save you a bundle while also providing speedy LTE service.