Using Personal Hotspot with Straight Talk


Today I wanted to talk about Portable or Personal Hotspot and Straight Talk Wireless.

Portable or Personal Hotspot lets your phone share it’s cellular data internet connection with your computer, tablet, or other devices. With Hotspot, you’ll connect your laptop or tablet to your phone using Wi-Fi and be able connect to the internet just like using your Wi-Fi at home or the office. Not everyone needs Hotspot as a feature, but for those who do its a great way to connect your other devices to the internet when Wi-Fi isn’t available.

Straight Talk doesn’t offer Hotspot as a feature but depending on your phone and which Straight Talk towers you use you might find that it works for you.

Before going any further, this article is not about how to get Hotspot to work with Straight Talk. I don’t know any apps, tips, tricks, or hacks to enable Hotspot on your phone if it isn’t already working. So if that is what you are looking for this isn’t the article for you.

That said I have some more to say about Straight Talk and Hotspot. If you look at straighttalk.com, Hotspot isn’t listed as a plan feature. According to the Straight Talk’s Terms and Conditions and Service, using Hotspot violates the agreement. Check out 7. UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SERVICE under I. STRAIGHT TALK WIRELESS SERVICE. Obviously this was written by their legal team but it pretty much says you cannot use Hotspot.

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I made a previous video about Straight Talk and Hotspot back in 2016. I tried using Hotspot with four different combinations of phones and Straight Talk towers. I tried both iPhone and Android on Straight Talk’s AT&T and Verizon towers. I found that I was only able to get Hotspot to work with my Android phone using Straight Talk’s Verizon towers. Before writing this article I tried to use Hotspot with iPhone and Android with Straight Talk’s ATT towers and still did not work. I currently do not have a Straight Talk number active that uses the Verizon towers. When I do, I’ll try it with my iPhone and Android phones and update this article.

Now what will happen if Hotspot works on your phone with Straight Talk and you decide to use it. In this case you are violating their terms and conditions of service and they can suspend or cancel your service. In the past six months I have heard from a number of you that are using Straight Talk and Hotspot without any issues. You experience may be different. If Straight Talk suspends your data service you can probabally get your service restarted if you talk to customer service and refrain from using Hotspot in the future.

If your Hotspot works whether or not you use it is up to you. If you rely on Hotspot for work or some other reason, I think you’d be better off choosing a wireless providers that offers Hotspot as a feature. That way, you’ll know it should work when you need it, you don’t find your data suddenly disabled, and contact customer service if you have problems with getting your Hotspot to work.

Some of you may be wondering if Straight Talk really cares if you use Hotspot. I haven’t heard many reports of people that had their data disabled for using Hotspot recently. In past years, there were far more reports about them aggressively shutting down people trying to use apps to enable Hotspot.

In the last month, one viewer reported he was using Hotspot on the $55 unlimited plan and suddenly his Hotspot stopped working. A few others reported all their data was disabled on the $55 plan for using significant amounts of data, over 50 GB per month. They claim Straight Talk implied they must be using Hotspot to use so much data.

So what about you? Are you using Straight Talk and Hotspot? Leave a reply below and share. Be sure to say what phone you have and if your using Straight Talk’s AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint towers.

137 Comments

  1. Jade | | Reply

    Follow up to my original post below.

    Both phones at their 5th month.

    Phone1 avg 60gb monthly
    Phone2 avg 180gb

  2. Rita Young | | Reply

    I have a stylos 3 and yes they turned my data off for the rest of the month because I used my phone as a hot spot with my tablet. I knew it was against the rules but I was just trying to see if I could get away with it, lol. It didn’t work.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hmm. just curious. Do you think you used a lot of data?

  3. Venitra | | Reply

    Straight talk has hotspot

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      It’s against their terms of service.

  4. david | | Reply

    one plus one works as a hot spot out of the box. $85 to $150 on Swappa. Works great in mine.

  5. Jennifer Bryant | | Reply

    Last year I bought an unlocked ZTE Zmax 2 at Walmart & used the Straight Talk BYOP kit (I chose to use the AT&T SIM enclosed since the T Mobile SIM was my only other option…). The mobile hotspot feature showed up in my settings menu from day one. Needless to say that phone’s screen is now destroyed after being shattered..ANYHOO.. I bought a Straight Talk branded Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro (that uses Verizon’s network or whatever) & mobile hotspot isn’t available to be used anymore. I’ve been on the Unlimited $55 plan for years & through many phones via Straight Talk & that was the only reason I ever had hot spot. 🙁 I guess the trick to having it was the unlocked phone.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hmm. You had hotspot on the AT&T network?

  6. Nikolas | | Reply

    I use my phone as a Hotspot for my Xbox and I used 250 gigs before they shut me down lmao. I didn’t know. They should clarify that they don’t want people using Hotspot more openly. I’m using AT&T towers with the unlimited plan

  7. Heath | | Reply

    I got the $55 plan 2 weeks ago for the 1st time. Was useing hot spot all the time with lower plans before that, I’m from kansas and work in a tiny town in the south east part of the state. Checked my data today and I was at 106GBs lol cuz I use youtube and play my Xbox 1 online all the time. Was working just fine untill today wen I got on youtube it started to lag like a bitch, but so far I can still play games just fine. Had no clue about the hot spot thing breaking their rules untill I called them just a bit ago. So they might be catching on this a lil bit. Use it while you can. I have the newst stylist Android phone.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      I have heard a lot of similar stories. Just curious, do you know which towers your phone is using? Verizon, ATT, or T-Mobile? I assume Verizon.

  8. Daniel Abare | | Reply

    I had 2 phones on straight talk with mobile hot spot. The lg fiesta 2 that I broke because I broke it an my new phone lg stylos 3. Only problem my phone has a hard time working in my trailer an wants to drop my data at times inside it

  9. Jessica | | Reply

    I have the LG Stylo 2 and had been using the hot spot for months. Last night I lost all data connection and was told I wouldn’t get it back until my new plan took effect. Which would be 2 days from them. Or I could use the plan I had in reserve and get it back immediately. The csr said that I violated the terms and conditions. That there is a 60gb limit to the truly unlimited $55 plan.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      At 60 GB, they reserve the right to review your data usage. Hotspot is against the terms of service, and can get your data suspended for the remainder of you plan or permanently

  10. Charles | | Reply

    I have had Straight Talk for a few years and been using their $55 Unlimited plan since they started it. I regularly use 80 – 100GB of data a month. I’m a truck driver, so, my entertainment is my phone (Youtube, Netflix, etc). I’ve never been cut off and rarely have an issue with throttling.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Cool. Do you tether or use hotspot or do you consume all that data on your just your phone?

    • Karen | | Reply

      Which phone are you using? I need a hot spot for my college kid.

  11. Dustin | | Reply

    It took st 3 months to notice my kids were streaming daily ..cut me off ..had to buy new plan..I argued my phone had a tether option in phone from purchased with it did..its an LG from Wal-Mart..not sure of model..and Verizon towers…I would pay for this feature if it was offered..as no internet or cable is provided to my location

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Yes. many similar reports. I have been trying to find out why they don’t just disable it on their android phones that use the Verizon towers.

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