Straight Talk does not support using Portable Hotspot or Personal Hotspot. Even though some Straight Talk customers are able to turn on and use Hotspot, using the feature violates the Straight Talk’s terms and conditions of service.
Before going any further, this article is not about how to enable or use hotspot 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. If that is what you are looking for this isn’t the article for you.
That said, in the rest of this article I’ll explain more about Straight Talk and Hotspot.
For those who don’t know 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. Many of my readers have told me however that they are able to enable and use hotspot with Straight Talk. Most recently though, I hear from a number of readers that have had their data services suspended or even their accounts terminated for using hotspot. Most, if not all, that I have heard from are currently using the Straight Talk’s unlimited $55 plan and have used 100s of GB of data with hotspot. Many report using it for one or more months before getting shut down by Straight Talk.
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.
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.
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.
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.