Straight Talk 3G4GLTE Coverage & Performance
About Straight Talk Wireless and Internet
Straight Talk®[+] is a virtual network operator, so they don’t have their own network. Instead, they operate by leasing space from other networks, including: Sprint®, Verizon®, and AT&T®. It allows your signal to bounce from network to network depending on your location, to ensure you have service almost anywhere you go. However, the network your phone is homed to is the network where the phone will get the best service. Most phones are homed to the Sprint network.
Data Services Available from Straight Talk
The official Straight Talk website does very little to inform customers about their coverage areas. Customers are required to enter their zip code where they will be using the phone most often to see a localized version of the coverage available in their area. After some digging, we were able to locate a nationwide coverage map, which shows coverage in the majority of the United States and in Puerto Rico. However we were not able to differentiate between 3G coverage 4G coverage or 4G LTE coverage.
- 3G:Some form of data coverage is available for most of the United States and Puerto Rico. If you do not have a 4G phone, you should default to 3G coverage in areas where 4G is available.
- 4G:The coverage map[+] shows coverage available in your area. You must first enter your zip code before you can find any coverage information.
- LTE:Any of the 4G coverage offered by Straight Talk is 4G LTE.
- WiMax: This type of coverage is not offered by Straight Talk.
- MiFi:Straight Talk does have mobile broadband plans, but they are separate from your cell phone plans. Coverage may vary.
Special Considerations for 3G4GLTE Coverage with Straight Talk
Straight Talk coverage maps are designed to provide an estimate of where coverage should be. Even if the map indicates coverage is available in your area, it may not be. The device you use and your exact location at the time of use, along with network traffic, can impact signal strength and availability.