Following up on yesterday’s report regarding the return of AT&T BYOD SIM cards to Straight Talk, another new development has transpired in the saga between Tracfone and AT&T as Net10 customers are now reporting that they are receiving the following email from the virtual operator regarding their AT&T data service:
TracFone Wireless, Inc. is very pleased to announce the return of Unlimited Data* on GSM, no contract 30-day monthly plans. Effective immediately, the 1.5 GB data cap for AT&T SIM cards has been removed and replaced with Unlimited Data* for all new as well as existing customers already in their current billing cycle.
*Tethering is prohibited. Other limitations apply. See latest NET10 Terms and Conditions of Service at net10.com for full details
A request for confirmation has been sent to NET10’s PR firm, but should this indeed be the case, this will mark the latest positive move by AT&T towards Tracfone in as many days as the virtual operator previously enacted a hard 1.5GB monthly cap beginning in March and shortly followed the removal of AT&T SIMs for sale from Straight Talk.
The initial news of the cap was followed by speculation that Straight Talk was going to follow in Net10’s lead and enact the same 1.5GB monthly data cap, speculation that turned out to be unfounded. To add to the validity of the email, the Net10 Data portal that was rolled out ahead of the data cap implementation in March has been pulled offline without any explanation. Attempts to access the portal through Net10’s own site result in being redirected to the Net10 Wireless homepage.
Update: Tracfone dealers that sell Net10 are also being sent the same email confirming the removal of the 1.5GB cap with the same message above being sent to customers:
Update 2: Net10’s new PR firm has now confirmed the veracity of the above emails. Another request for further comment has been sent regarding the extent of the new unlimited service and whether it applies to all Tracfone brands or just Net10.