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The Skinny on Straight Talk Wireless Plans

Updated on February 26, 2013

Anyone who has heard of this newer cell phone service knows it's an incredible deal on paper, but....Is Straight Talk a reliable Network? We all know the price

I went phone shopping in the suburbs of Boston a few months ago, and the cheapest I could get the same deal for was $120 from T-Mobile. So in terms of price, this is pretty good news for consumers.

I have to wonder if there are consequences to this deal, though. You have Walmart here, buying space on networks through an intermediary service and selling it forward at a cheaper price than the networks sell it. Frankly, I'm pretty surprised that this service got launched at all - just how much are networks willing to undercut themselves? Or it could be a case of Walmart being able to afford to pay the operators the difference from their own pocket, in order to attract subscribers. If so, to what end?

I'm pretty amused by the $45 dollar tariff as well, sniping Sprint by 5 bucks a month at the unlimited game is quite the little PR stunt. As long as providers keep undercutting to maintain their customer base and keep our wallets a little healthier, I'm okay with that.

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Why?

Up until July 2010, Straight Talk ran exclusively on a single network. It's one of America's best networks and people were (and are) thrilled with the great coverage at a ridiculously low price. But there were a few places where Straight Talk wasn't available because the local network didn't support it.

That's hardly an issue any more!

waaaahhh! - I'm sad cause I pay $65/mo for this crappy little phone with no internet!!

He's probably playing tetris or pong

Contract!? I don't need no stinking Contract!

Some Benefits to "Pay as you go" Service Plans

Prepaid plans for cell phones, also known as "pay as you go" plans, allow you to buy your minutes as you use them. In other words, you pay only for the minutes you need. With a prepaid cell phone you have control over how much you spend each month, without having to worry about getting hit with overage charges from your cell phone company. Prepaid phones and plans are also great for those without enough good credit to qualify for a wireless contract -- or individuals who just don't need all the minutes offered by a standard cell phone plan.

How can this service cost so little money!?

Here is the low down on Straight Talk

How is it so inexpensive?

In a move that is without a doubt making some large service carriers nervous, Walmart has announced its very own mobile plans. In Walmart stores, or on-line, you can now buy a devices from the shopping giant on its "Straight Talk" plans - which offer unlimited talk time for as little as $45 a month.

Why are they doing this?

The service has been organized through TracFone Wireless, a subsidiary of Latina American mobile operating giant, America Movil. TracFone doesn't have a network of it's own in the States, so it's buying voice, text and data from other operators (mostly Verizon, so far) to power Straight Talk.

What are the rates?

There are two plans launched on Straight Talk so far.

The cheaper plan is for $35 a month, and comes with 1,000 minutes voice, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of mobile data.

The more expensive plan is $45 a month, and that comes with unlimited voice, text and data.

Some of the Newest and Hottest phones are available for Straight Talk! - No more having to settle for cheap-ass phones that make you look like you're in love wi

Samsung Galaxy II
Samsung Galaxy II

Pictured above is the all new Samsung Galaxy II which is now available for the Straight Wireless Network!

SO, is Straight Talk worth it?

Things you wanna know before joining Straight Talk

Please take into consideration the PRICE difference of Straight Talk versus the Goliath Phone companies... AT&T Verizon and TMobile... Straight Talk is giving you all features for HALF the price!

That equates to a whopping $600 a year savings which is enormous. With an annual savings like that, I'm certainly willing to tolerate a few inconveniences:

Just about all of the reviews I have read from Straight Talk Customers are delighted with their phones and service plans. They are saving bundles of money compared to what they used to spend! There were a few less than perfect reviews about things that may or may not matter to you. Read the following and make a decision for yourself:

1) I read review from a person who complained about a phone card not being included with the phone... do you realize that still this is much much cheaper than a phone from the big 3? You can get an LG Flip Phone for only $30 with NO contract! You have to commit to a lengthy contract with pretty much every carrier in order to get a decent phone that cheap.

2) For the person who has the Straight Talk plan deducted from their checking account... I wouldn't do this for any service provider! Instead have your bank electronically SEND the check to them... its free at most major banks!!

3) And for the person who said that their call center speaks broken English... I understand that can be quite irritable... but then again I'm willing to deal with it considering I'm saving $600 a year... just my thoughts.

I will leave the decision up to you, but if you're interested in getting a decent phone and solid service for less than anywhere else, I would have to recommend Straight Talk.

P.S.

CALL CORPORATE OFFICE AT 1-800-876-5753

THEY ARE IN MIAMI AND SPEAK ENGLISH!!!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT !?!

THEY WILL FIX YOUR PROBLEM RIGHT AWAY!

One of the several brand new phones now available for the Straight Talk Plan - Samsung Galaxy S2

What do you think of Straight Talk after reading this?

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Thanks For Reading. I hope this has left you slightly more enlightened than you were before you got here....if that's even possi

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      Steve 2 years ago

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      Bobbe 2 years ago

      Created the greatest artelcis, you have.

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      Upset customer 2 years ago

      Trust me, with the cheaper monthly plan comes a lot of frustration. I have had service with this company for at least years and have had nothing but problems. They like deactivating my phone for no reason, even though I have a current, paid YEAR service plan with them. It caused me to lose the phone number I had for the past decade plus. Take it from a current, angry customer...expect problems with these people. Check your account often and stand up for yourself. They will have no problem overcharging you - they did it to me for several consecutive months.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All the comments below, in regard to the customer service, are 100% honest truth. The Straight Talk customer service is the absolute worst EVER! I want to add that if you are not on an unlimited plan and you wish to understand how it says you've used X number of minutes or X number of texts, good luck! Customer service will not tell you, instead you have to submit a written statement and hope that 30 days later you will receive the call details in the mail. OMG-crazy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Calling Canada was FREE. Now they want to charge you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Straight talk sucks,customers service super blows "they hang up on you,don't tell you what you need to know or what your asking about" did i mention customer service really sucks !!!! there phones break easy,they send you a problem filled referb phone which lands you back to customer service that sucks !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @rainbowruffles: Thank you for that info: I am still trying to decide if I should go with "Straight Talk" or stick with my present provider (Verizon) . I am no longer under contract with V so , I do have a choice NOW in my provider, I really don't want to get sucked into another contract. I don't use my phone a lot but , I want to make sure if I sign a new plan, it will addres my needs.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Just to let you know...most of the customer service you receive now is in the U.S. Straight talk has started using T-Mobile towers and the service is great. I have had Straight Talk since they came out and only used a cheap phone, but just recently got the new Samsung Galaxy II Android and it's great. Hardly ever have had a dropped call and if I do......the service comes back almost immediately. I've had AT&T, Verizon and Sprint and compared to Straight Talk.....THEY SUCK !!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Can you get free call canada?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Straight Talk is able to provide this service at such a reasonable price for the following reasons.

      To avoid overhead they completely void your option for customer service.

      Although you will be runnning on two of the strongest networks Straight Talk is a 50/50 provider, which means that they only promise service 50% of the time. This is into reference that service you will receive Will be last priority on the network aka you will have the slowest data speeds be the first to drop calls and may have an extreme delay in text messages being received. A good analogy would be going with a credible insurance company that will provide the service you pT for each month or going with a company that provides the bare minimum to save a few bucks.

      The highest quality phone they say would be equivalent to a new phone on any of these carriers 4years ago.

      Overall it's a good buy if you're in a financial bind and in between phone companies but it is not the long term solution, it has become a phone relliant world and having a good phone is a neccesity for most.

      Remember you get what you pay for.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As long as they keep their prices around the same while continuing to offer truly unlimited service, i'll stick around. I always get the feeling that when companies offer these kinds of deals, it's just so they can build up a base and when they meet their numbers, jack up the prices. They could easily do that especially considering it's a no-contract plan which basically means "hey there's nothing saying that we OWED you these prices forever!". If/when that happens, I'll switch to the next network that's trying to build up their customer base lol but until then, yayyyyy Straight Talk!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      DO NOT BUY STRAIGHT TALK Horrible customer serivce grabage phones have fun talking to someone in the philippines if you have an issue

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @rainbowruffles: thank u so much for sharing!!

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      rainbowruffles 5 years ago

      I just wanted to add that you can tell what service your Straight Talk phone goes through by looking at the model number. If it ends with the letter "C" it means it does not have a sim card and will operate on the CDMA network which is Verizon. If it ends in a "G" that particular phone is a GMA phone, which means it has a sim card and operates on either AT&T or Tmobile.

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      rainbowruffles 5 years ago

      I have had Straight Talk service for almost a year now. When I bought my first phone I spent a few extra dollars on the cell phone replacement plan. About a month ago, my daughter spilled a cup of water on my phone and the phone didn't work after that. I called the plan number and told them what happened and within a few days had a Wal-mart giftcard loaded with the amount I spent for my phone plus tax on it. The person I spoke with on the phone spoke plain English. I also got a fabulous new replacement phone that I absolutely love. (I also purchased a new replacement phone card, LOL, just incase.)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm giving up one of the big three. Even with a new phone the texting is now costing me .80 to send and receive,plus a penny every new person added to my contacts (so much for nickle and diming). I really don't need a touch screen or a lot of silly apps.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We are travelling to US for a month and want a cell phone that can act as a router for laptop internet connection. Will any of the straight talk phones and plans work for us in this way? If so which

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: yeah ï¼ I want to get noe like you saidï¼

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is it possible to use unlocked phones with the Straight Talk plans?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Switching to Straight Talk has saved me a bundle on my monthly cell phone costs. And I've been very pleased with the reliability of the signal, something that was a bit of a problem with my old cell carrier. I'm a bit of a gadget geek, so I upgraded to the E71 recently, but it seems like ST has models that will suit just about everybody's budget and needs.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As long as you take his advice and call the corporate office instead of the CS farm in India, this is a great company. They literally offer the same stuff as the big companies but for half of the price. The internet is a little slower. But in this day and age, you simply can't justify spending 90 bucks a month on a cell phone. Or at least I can't.

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      happyhalz 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey Crystal. I'm thinking there is a way. They can give you a login account, and you can view incoming and outgoing calls.

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      i did look at the phones at walmart. the samsung was ok but looks like no camera. since i learned texting(ok i'm old!) on a qwerty i like the slide out w/ the samsung.

      i WAS really hoping for an android would happen for me but its not looking that way!

      thanks for all the info.

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      Because most homes and work places now have computers, the number of computer repair services has grown significantly. Because of the increased demand, this means that there are a lot of opportunities for those who have completed online computer repair courses.

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      It is also important that the router be easily configured by the end user or network administrator. A router that is easy to configure will also be easy to secure, and it is critical for users to lock down their wireless network in order to reduce problems and keep intruders at bay. Choosing a router that is easily configurable will make it easy to keep up with the latest security threats and keep the network and the files it contains safe and secure

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      CSMA standard specifies that before a networked device sends data, it should first listen on the wire (called carrier sensing to see if another device is transmitting. If it senses traffic on the network, it will wait until the traffic is finished before transmitting. If it senses no traffic, it can send its frame.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How is the coverage in Arizona. I live in Tempe,Az. By looking at the map. Az. looks weak in the service,realibility. This a great concern for me as my cell phone is my only outside source of communication. Please advise.

      Thanks

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      It is also important that the router be easily configured by the end user or network administrator. A router that is easy to configure will also be easy to secure, and it is critical for users to lock down their wireless network in order to reduce problems and keep intruders at bay. Choosing a router that is easily configurable will make it easy to keep up with the latest security threats and keep the network and the files it contains safe and secure.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there anyway I can get a print out of calls from month to month so I can see how my teenager is using it?

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      straight talk is looking so exciting! Main problem occur in network connection is congestion problem, Hope straight talk have remedy over this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love the savings but cannot believe that it comes to as much as they say in this commercial:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvvFt55EhvQ

      Yes the coverage is strong and I like my phone the R355 but that seems like a lot of money. Agree or disagree?

      Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i did look at the phones at walmart. the samsung was ok but looks like no camera. since i learned texting(ok i'm old!) on a qwerty i like the slide out w/ the samsung.

      i WAS really hoping for an android would happen for me but its not looking that way!

      thanks for all the info.