Originally Posted by rodsterinfl
Tracphone and straight talk are either the same or closely affiliated.
The difficult thing about cell service is that it is very location dependent. GSM service to me is better for data. At my home for example T Mobile has no signal and Verizon is weak. ATT reigns but that us not the case everywhere else.
América Móvil operates TracFone, StraightTalk, Net10 and a couple of others I can't think of at the moment. They're just a big MVNO, though, so in all cases they're reselling service from AT&T, VZW or T-Mo... they may also resell Sprint, but I'm not familiar with the plan if they do (and I went with StraightTalk specifically to get away from Sprint, so I didn't go looking for a Sprint MVNO.) Our StraightTalk lines are AT&T, but my mom's is T-Mo (because that's all that was available for SIM-based lines at the time I bought her phone.)
Customer service approaches non-existence but if you can do it with the web interface or the voice-response system, it's quick and easy and $45/line (plus tax) for unlimited voice and text and "unlimited" data (2.5 gb/month of LTE followed by penalty speeds beyond that.)
Someone else was theorizing that you could put your SIM into an iPad... on StraightTalk this is expressly prohibited, but one of their other brands may have a tablet/hotspot plan.