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  • Walmart's Unlimited Data Straight Talk iPhone Not As Unlimited As Originally Thought


    Less than two weeks ago, Walmart announced that they would be carrying the 8GB iPhone 4 and 16GB iPhone 5 on Straight Talk wireless with unlimited data and no contract for only $45 per month. It seemed like a pretty good deal at the time, right?

    Unfortunately, it appears that the unlimited data might not be as unlimited as Walmart made it seem. While you could technically use as much data as you want without overages, BGR reports that the unlimited data plan carries a soft cap at 2GB of data, after which your data speeds will be throttled.

    The throttled data will cause your cellular usage to be super slow and super painful, and at 2GB, you’re really not getting a whole lot more than other U.S. cellular carriers with data caps offer, such as AT&T or Verizon.

    Sprint offers “truly” unlimited data for more money and a two-year commitment, but only throttles the top 1% of users, which means you’re very likely to be able to get past 2GB of data without throttling. Sprint does, however, have a reputation from users for having slow data speeds for the iPhone.

    T-mobile has also confirmed that they will be getting the iPhone in 2013 and T-mobile also offers unlimited data.

    Sources: BGR via TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Walmart's Unlimited Data Straight Talk iPhone Not As Unlimited As Originally Thought started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. sandsjh's Avatar
      sandsjh -
      I can't believe anyone drank this Kool-Aid to start with. Others of us have been using ST SIM cards for three years and know what "unlimited" is. ST must have targeted iPhone 5 specific SIMs, because most of the users I interact with don't get hit with EDGE until 3GB.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      This is sort of funny as none of the people who got the Walmart deal bothered to look at their terms of service.
      I bet the throttling is clearly outlined in it...
      Now people are surprised?
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZipZapp View Post
      This is sort of funny as none of the people who got the Walmart deal bothered to look at their terms of service.
      I bet the throttling is clearly outlined in it...
      Now people are surprised?
      Have you ever been on the (peopleofwalmart) website. Assuming they can read is your first mistake.
      LOL

      Funny Pictures at WalMart
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      It isn't really surprising IMO. For $45, you're getting a deal as it is. I pay $70 for my line alone on Verizon (totally worth it for my grandfathered unlimited 4G data) so I'd probably be upset if it got throttled since I pay $70 a month lol. If it only costs me $45 a month I probably wouldn't complain about some throttling.

      But regardless, it's still "unlimited" so to speak. Some throttling doesn't make it any less unlimited. You still don't get charged extra for using more than 2GB, you just don't get what you want as fast as you want. I think it's more like an "unlimited with conditions" data plan.
    1. Tigir's Avatar
      Tigir -
      Quote Originally Posted by Channan View Post
      What does the "every 20 minutes" part relate to? And if you've eaten at an all-you-can-eat buffet for an hour and you're still eating, you really do need to stop.

      A better analogy would be that you can fill three plates up with as much food as you want. That's enough for most people. After that, you can continue eating as much as you want; you just get smaller plates to carry your food on. It's still all-you-can-eat. Nobody ever said they had to give you the biggest plates they had just like AT&T never agreed to give you the fastest speeds available for your unlimited data.
      AT&T did promise me full 3g speeds on my unlimited plan and while I was still under contract withdrew the unlimited plan and then started throttling my speed saying I was in the top percentile for data users. After the hue and cry and petitions AT&T finally started throttling at 3gb instead of using a percentage of data users all this happening while I'm still under contract. It is virtually impossible to get a lawyer to take a case of fraud of this size as the money amount is too small and you can't file a class action under the terms of the AT&T contract.

      I have 3 iPhones in use, 2 of which use very little data. I was paying $30 for each unlimited data plan. I just changed my plan to unlimited talk and text and 10gb shared data which will give my phone about 9gb a month as the other phones use a few hundred mbs a month. Going to a shared plan costs me about $20 less a month overall and I get full speed data for my phone.

      When all my phones are out of contract I will consider changing carriers.
    1. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
      RokeSmoreMeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Channan View Post
      What does the "every 20 minutes" part relate to? And if you've eaten at an all-you-can-eat buffet for an hour and you're still eating, you really do need to stop.

      A better analogy would be that you can fill three plates up with as much food as you want. That's enough for most people. After that, you can continue eating as much as you want; you just get smaller plates to carry your food on. It's still all-you-can-eat. Nobody ever said they had to give you the biggest plates they had just like AT&T never agreed to give you the fastest speeds available for your unlimited data.
      By calling it unlimited, they are implying that it is unlimited. By throttling, they are limiting. An all-you-can-eat buffet will soon go out of business if they start treating their customers like that.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Not necessarily. Carriers state unlimited data as a non restriction on how much data you can use. It is still unlimited bc youre not restricted to how much you can use. It is not always meant to be unlimited in a sense that there is no cap on the speed at a certain point, for some carriers. The name of the plan is "unlimited data." So that is exactly what straight talk is providing. There shouldnt be any complaints if we are getting technical. Comolaints should only arise if the plan is called "unlimited high speed data" bc then it is advertising no limits on high speed data.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Not necessarily. Carriers state unlimited data as a non restriction on how much data you can use. It is still unlimited bc youre not restricted to how much you can use. It is not always meant to be unlimited in a sense that there is no cap on the speed at a certain point, for some carriers. The name of the plan is "unlimited data." So that is exactly what straight talk is providing. There shouldnt be any complaints if we are getting technical. Comolaints should only arise if the plan is called "unlimited high speed data" bc then it is advertising no limits on high speed data.
      Fine print. It's lame.

      Here's the way I see it. They're slowing you down. It's a type of limit. It's not a cap, but it's reducing your productivity.

      I agree with those calling it false advertising. The carriers can wiggle out of it all they want, but I'll never agree with their practices.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Either side has a point. But hey what is the fine print for anyway lol. It's really the consumer's fault for not reading. I myself never read all that fine print when I sign a contract although we all really should. It is what it is but hey for $45 a month, that's cheaper than any actual capped data plan that the major US carriers use.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Yeah it's more for less, but I would want to see the downlink and uplink speeds. And if they even have LTE would be another selling point for me.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Lol I dont think I could ever be one of those people who pay less for this though. Once you go LTE it is really hard to go back.
    1. katheikia's Avatar
      katheikia -
      Your iPhone needs to be unlocked to be able to use mms with straighttalk