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TracFone today provided some clarity on its data throttling policies for its StraighTalk and Net10 brands. According to TracFone, both its $45 and $60 unlimited plans for StraightTalk include 2.5GB of high-speed data. Customers who surpass the 2.5GB soft cap during a 30-day billing cycle will see their data reduced to 2G speeds for the remainder of the billing cycle. High-speed data will be restored when the customer re-ups for another 30 days. Similar limits apply to TracFone’s $50 and $65 Net10 plans. TracFone was recently sued by consumers in California over falsely advertising StraightTalk’s service as “unlimited” without defining the 2.5GB soft cap for throttling. TracFone is an MVNO owned by America Movil, and uses the networks of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. The StraighTalk brand is sold at Walmart stores.

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the first Samsung Galaxy S III retail units have made their way to select Walmart locations, with the first image of the retail package surfacing  and confirming answers to two key questions in which network would be powering the year-old smartphone and whether the device would allow LTE access.

ST Samsung Galaxy S III

 

The above image confirms that the Galaxy S III on ST will support LTE access on Sprint’s network, and subsequently will live up to the spirit and the letter of unlimited access, at the expense of coverage. The phone is expected to be launched next week across Walmart locations and online for $439,99. Like the reference models of the S III, the phone features the following key specifications:

A 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display at 1280×720, 8.0 megapixel camera with Zero Shutter Lag, Burst Shot and Best Photo, 2.0 megapixel front camera, and built-in NFC support. This version has been updated to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the latest version of Samsung TouchWiz that reduces the customization level found in previous versions, as well as retaining the rest of the feature set from last year’s flagship. The phone is otherwise identical to all other Galaxy S III models, save for only featuring 16GB internal memory.

With StraightTalk launching the Galaxy S III, albeit powered by Sprint, it does open up possibilities for them to refresh its current Sprint powered lineup with LTE-powered devices that are more up-to-date and more attractive compared to other devices in the lineup. As the agreement with Sprint also specifies unlimited data access, those lucky enough to live in areas with LTE coverage would also be able to take advantage of such coverage for half off of Sprint’s current postpaid rates, even after taking into account Sprint’s own prepaid initiative in Sprint As You Go, which features unlimited data for $70 a month, without the opportunity to purchase a Galaxy S III.