In the prepaid world, where minutes of talk time are often still a metered item on a plan, it's not uncommon to see phones that promise a boost to minutes when topping up, usually to the tune of double or even triple, that lasts for either the lifetime of the phone or the length of the customer's time with the carrier. It stands to reason, then, that the same thing would eventually happen with data, in this day and age. Straight Talk customers now have such an option available to them, attached to a fairly price-conscious entry-level smartphone.
That phone is the $49 Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory, a new arrival to Straight Talk's stables. Buying the phone will net customers 50% more data than usual, meaning that a 2GB plan or refill would become 3GB, and a 5GB plan or refill would become 7.5GB. While this is great news for Straight Talk fans looking for more data, the phone itself is nothing to write home about, though it should get the job done for most basic users. A 1.1GHz quad-core processor, whose name is left unknown, is responsible for pushing the pixels to the 5.5 inch screen, the resolution of which is also unknown. The phone's internal storage is 8GB, and the MicroSD card slot on board is touted as being able to handle up to 32GB. The phone is running Android 5.1 Lollipop, and has a 5-megapixel rear camera paired up with a 2-megapixel selfie snapper. Bluetooth 4.1, the usual suite of miscellaneous connectivity, and 4G LTE on T-Mobile's network are all on board. Other details aren't revealed on Straight Talk's website, and as of this writing, those details are not available elsewhere.
Those looking to buy the phone and take advantage of that sweet data promotion should beware a couple of facts; for starters, the phone only uses T-Mobile's network, so it will only work where you'll find T-Mobile coverage. Second, the device is stated to only work with a few select plans, costing $45, $55, and $60. Available materials do not specify if the data promotion will continue if the SIM card is moved to another device, so would-be buyers are advised to do some homework before ordering the phone.