The Skinny on Straight Talk Wireless Plans
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.
Straight Talk Exclusive!
This deal is valid through Feb 28th, 2013!
No need to worry about coverage!
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!!
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.
What's better than FREE?
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
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.
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!