Using Personal Hotspot with Straight Talk


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.

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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.

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.

152 Comments

  1. Mdrk | | Reply

    This, my inquiry, is off-topic.
    BACKSTORY: My iPhone 7 was an ATT device when my son bought it new and then used it for a year or so. Then he gifted it to me. It was completely reset and removed from my sons Apple ID; plus l phoned ATT had ATT unlock it. Then I put a Straight Talk ATT SIM card in it and activated it, very easily. It’s working fine in my somewhat rural, mountainous area. I haven’t traveled with it at all, yet. ATT doesn’t have the best local reputation for good signal strength, but this iPhone 7 is working better than my old iPhone 6s+ on prepaid Verizon [which is a service that’s reputed to be very good, locally].
    MY QUESTION: Why can’t I properly open dogpile.com search engine while using Safari, Firefox, or Chrome? I’ve found that I can open dogpile.com seemingly only when using WiFi. I don’t have an internet [or tv] service subscription, and I love using dogpile, so … What gives?

  2. Justin snider | | Reply

    Older post but

    I used straight talk ultimate unlimited and read carefully on at&t towers. It said not hotspot unless your plan allows and something like before 60 gigs they don’t look into it. I’m on a Blu Vizo 5r it’s a big cheap phone. For one month I used 55gigs almost all hotspot Xbox one s smart TV and computers. Worked great better that the DSL I can get in my area really reliable too. So it worked out.

    I’ve just today switched to T-Mobile towers ( lost phone cancelled sim and had the extra T-Mobile sim from the book pack, found phone had to use T-Mobile sim. Can’t get hotspot to work at all.

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      None of Straight Talk’s phone plans support hotspot. There is some unclear language in their terms and conditions of service, but if you ask them they will tell you they do not support it. You could get another AT&T SIM and use hotspot again but if you read through the comments it seems a number of people had their data service suspended or their service terminated. I was never able to get hotspot to work with ST’s ATT towers myself, only the Verizon ones.

  3. Jennifer Kain | | Reply

    how does one determine which carrier’s towers will be used with a phone?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Do you have the phone already or are you looking to buy a phone from Straight Talk?

  4. Cable Guy | | Reply

    when i left T-Mobile for their terrible coverage (and i mean terrible, cant go 5 miles outside of the city without losing connection), i bought the cheapest straight talk phone they had, the ZTE Majesty Pro, just as a temporary phone until i could afford a better smartphone. to my surprise it came with a hotspot feature that works perfectly fine and i began to carry my old S7 (from T-Mobile) along. the ZTE would be just for calls and text but thd hotspot is always on so i could continue doing everything else on the S7. i also still have my S6 (from Sprint) that i have set up for my son to play Pokemon GO with me. 2 smartphones with no service playing pokemon go (anything requiring data) through a $30 phone. the connection is surprisingly fast and much better coverage than overpriced T-Mobile with 5 mile within the cities. anyway i dont use it for streaming videos or downloading stuff, just mainly for Pokemon go and web surfing. never exceeded the 10gb limit

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Great story, thanks for sharing. You are right about T-Mobile, in some places it works great with amazing speeds, but you never know when you are going to hit an area without coverage. My guess is your ZTE phone is using Straight Talk’s verizon towers. Since hotspot is against their terms of service, they could shut you doen at any time. But, I doubt the care about people using hotspot on the 2 GB or 10 GB plans. Keep an eye on my straight talk deals and promotion page if you want to get a good deal on a new or reconditioned Straight Talk phone. Straight Talk Deals and Promotions. Today is the last deal of their 50% off promo (max $100 savings).

  5. Justin | | Reply

    I have a straight talk phone with hotspot used it for ten months straight Talk disabled my data at 5am this morning bc I was using my hotspot with an unlimited high speed data plan they told me your not allowed to use hotspot and that’s y the turned my data off and only way get it back on is to pay my bill early and not use the hotspot it bs!!!

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Justin,
      I am surprised to hear it took 10 months to shut you down. I understand the appeal of having unlimited bandwidth to use with both your phone and perhaps even replace your need for broadband at home all for $55 a month. But, as stated use of hotspot is a violation of their terms of service. As far a I know, this policy does not violate any consumer laws so it is their right to have this policy in place. However you are the customer and you have a choice for wireless service and how you speed your money. I think Verizon Wireless prepaid is the only company to currently offer unlimited hotspot with their unlimited plan. From what I know, they have a max download speed of 600Kbps though. Depending on what you use hotspot for, this may be fast enough for your needs.

  6. Helen | | Reply

    I have a Samsung galaxy j3 pre paid straight talk 55$ refill card and I am trying to share the hotspot but cant find it to turn it on

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Hi Helen,
      Perhaps you could take a second look at the article.

  7. Jade | | Reply

    Follow up to my original post below.

    Both phones at their 5th month.

    Phone1 avg 60gb monthly
    Phone2 avg 180gb

  8. 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?

  9. Venitra | | Reply

    Straight talk has hotspot

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      It’s against their terms of service.

  10. david | | Reply

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

      • david | | Reply

        ATT.

  11. 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?

      • Danielle Davis | | Reply

        I have a blu Vivo XL 3 the hotspot on the phone did work on the $45 a month plan then I bought the $55 a month plan and the hotspot stopped working but the internet still works on my phone

        • Bob Thompson | | Reply

          I am surprised that hotspot worked in the first place with the XL 3. Did you rely on hotspot? would you consider changing carriers to get hotspot?

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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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