Review of StraighTalk Pay as You Go Phone Service
For years my husband and I struggled with the contract cellular phone services. It seemed that we were always going over our data. At first it was “what the heck is data? And how did we go over it?” I must say it took a bit of learning on our part, but now we are fully educated about data. Well, at least we think we are.
After spending countless hours on the phone with the phone company we decided to try something different. We didn’t end up with Straight Talk at first, but we did end up there and as far as I can see this is where we will stay.
Straight Talk can be purchased at Wal-Mart and depending on what type of phone you would like it may cost a bit up front. However, you can bring you own phone along with you when you switch if you wish. So, the cost of getting started with Straight Talk can vary a great deal.
They offer two outstanding calling plans. The first one, and the one that we have, is the $45 a month plan. This includes unlimited talk, text and data for thirty days. Now, the data is high speed for the first 3 GB and then it goes down to 2 GB for the remainder of the 30 day period. Honestly, I have never had a problem with this at all. I suspect that some may have a problem with this, but no one that I have talked to so far has.
The second plan is unlimited international talk, text and data for $60 per month. I have never had this one, but the international is only for you when you are in the United States calling other countries. This is not for you going on a European vacation and calling home. I just want to clear that up so that no one gets a surprise. This is still an amazing plan for those that have loved ones outside of the country.
No contract, I love this. I hate a contract that I can’t get out of if I want to. No contract, unlimited talk, text and data, what more could you ask for? I don’t like big companies telling me what I can and can’t do, so I love the no contract.
Refilling your phone is easy, I don’t recommend that you call the company and use a debit or credit card. The reason for this is there are times when a customer service rep messes up, they have blamed it on the computer system, but I am skeptical. This is the only problem I have found so far with this service. I called and put money on my account with a customer service rep and they told me that my card didn’t go through, but according to my bank it certainly did. In the end it was straightened out, but it was a pain.
So now I buy a refill card at Wal-Mart when I’m out and just use that. I have never had a problem with that mode of payment. They have several plans. You can choose to pay monthly, every three months, every six months or once a year. We usually pay every three months at $130; we are saving $5 this way. I like to pay and not have to worry about a monthly bill; we are hoping to be able to purchase the plan yearly.
My Experience with Straight Talk
So far I have had a wonderful experience with Straight Talk. I have had service where ever I have been. Not once have I experienced a service outage, as I did with other contract providers.
We had a well known contract provider when we went on vacation to Chincoteague Island, Virginia and as soon as we were on the island, no service. Since then we have gone back with Straight Talk and never had an interruption in service.
As I mentioned, Straight Talk can be purchased at Wal-Mart along with the phones, and plans. If you don’t like the iphone, they also have the android phone available for purchase. The choice is yours, and that is what I love the most about this service, along with the unlimited everything for one price.
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Straight Talk Hot Spot
Straight Talk also has a mobile hot spot for the internet. I love it! I work from my computer all the time and this wonderful little item enables me to continue to work even when I am riding in a car.
I have managed to work and make money using this hot spot while on vacation. You can't find free internet just anywhere especially not in your car!