Walmart's Straight Talk. $45/month for Unlimited Talk, Text & Data. No Contract.

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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281

Get Verizon's wireless network at more than 50% off.  I heard about Straight Talk in a blog the other week and checked it out.  It sounded like a great deal so I switched from Verizon.

Tracfone buys blocks of time from Verizon and resells it using Walmart as it's marketing arm.  So you get the quality of the Verizon network but at a bargain price with no contract to tie you down.

I've been with Verizon for years now and I figured that this is a no brainer.  I was paying Verizon $99/month for unlimited talk.  Text would have been an additional $10 and data an additional $10.  With Straight Talk, I get unlimited talk, text and data.  I guess the only negative might be that the phone selection is limited and there isn't any big discount on the phones.  I just had a very basic phone so the Razor, $99,  was a step up for me.

The switch over was pretty easy. I went to Walmart and bought my phone and service plan.  I logged onto Straight Talk and keyed in some numbers along with my current Verizon account number.  In seconds, my current phone number was ported over to my new phone.  I had to make a simple call to activate it and I was done.  I quickly set up a new voice mail messege and I was back in business.  It took me maybe 5 minutes to get it all up and running.

Fifteen minutes of work could save you a lot on your cell phone bill.

 

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Rainmaker
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Christine Hooks
Celebrating 20 Years in Real Estate!
Pino Agency

Tim,

Data was only an additional $10?  Do you get email on your phone?  Can you search the web?

This sounds interesting to me.

November 01, 2009 08:47 PM
Rainer
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Tony Hager
Broker
United Realty Texas

It does sound interesting, but almost too good to be true! What is the catch?

November 01, 2009 09:02 PM
Rainer
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Terry Lynch
LAR Notary and Closing Services

You said you had to enter your current Verizon account number, does that mean you have to be a current Verizon user to get this deal?

November 01, 2009 09:05 PM
Rainmaker
384,765
Robert Schwabe
Orange Park Real Estate
Keller Williams- First Coast Realty

Tim - I heard the same thing about straight talk last week. Too bad I just renewed my contract with AT&T last month.

November 01, 2009 09:29 PM
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Tim,

Very interesting. I am so tired of my exorbitant bill from AT&T, with $30 for data plus all other charges. This $45 plan, how much then you get  in taxes?

November 01, 2009 09:31 PM
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Larry Bettag
Regional Vice-President
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

Wow...curious to see how the service goes for you.  I'm definitely intrigued, but like Jon....what's hidden?  Maybe nothing.

November 01, 2009 10:18 PM
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Tammy Lankford
Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
Lane Realty

Would be curious to see your answers to the questions.  I don't think you can surf the web or get email on a razor, but I could be wrong!  What kind of data plan do you mean? 

November 02, 2009 12:07 AM
Rainmaker
449,171
Tim Maitski
The Agent Who Uses "Watermelon Tough" Sign Posts
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage

This plan is for someone like me who just had a cheap phone fromVerizon.  It's not for Blackberrys and such.  I never had texting and a data plan before so I really don't know much about using those features.  From what I've seen so far, using the internet on a Razor phone is not worth the trouble.

I had been paying $99/month for unlimited talk from Verizon.  On that plan that I had, a text message would cost me 20 cents. I could have had 500 texts/month for an additional $10/month but I chose not to get that because I haven't jumped into texting yet.

With Straight Talk, I pay $45/month for unlimited talk and unlimited text.  I can get on the internet but like I said, it's not worth the time to try to surf the net on tiny cell phone screen.

Straight Talk is a month to month service. No year long contract.  It uses the Verizon infrastructure so you get the same reception as you would get if you were directly with Verizon.

Terry Lynch- anyone can sign up.  I just happened to currently be with Verizon so I didn't have to worry about getting different reception than what I am used to.

Do your own research and see if it can save you some money.

November 02, 2009 12:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Jen Bowman
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL
Keller Williams Realty

Tim, Thanks for the info. I'll be checking this out. I've got a really old Nextel plan that is only $10 for 1000 anytime minutes, but when I add the data plan and voice mail it comes to about $60 a month.  I need more minutes anyway, so this sounds like a good option.

November 10, 2009 04:50 PM
Anonymous #11
Anonymous
Shayna Schwartz

Tim, this is a great blog! I actually switched from my monthly cell contract to this prepaid plan to save some money. StraightTalk is indeed on the Verizon network so that means awesome coverage automatically! I personally pay $45 for the unlimited calls/texts plan and I have yet to come across a problem. I got it from Walmart and couldn't be happier :)

December 13, 2009 11:05 PM
Anonymous #12
Anonymous
marcus

this is by far the best idea i could have thought of when it came to my cell phone. i live in wichita, ks and i bought a straight talk phone with the unlimited plan. i promise you, i bullshit you not, there are no catches, no strings, the $45 plan is the flippin awesome. you will not be disappointed.

January 04, 2010 11:07 AM
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Anonymous
CindyH

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Straight Talk is really wonderful.  I got  the the Samsung Finesse and it is almost the exact same thing as an Iphone! And I pay 45 dollars a month now for unlimited texting, minutes, and data.  I was paying almost 100 bucks am month with my iphone and the AT&T service was just going in and out. I couldn't even use my phone at my work place.It just is a no -brainer to me and I wish I switched earlier. I have been saving soooo much money!! Plus the service is on the verizon network ( which we all know has the best coverage) so I never have to worry about my service going in and out.  The phone is great and their customer service is amazing. Any time I have needed anything they were more than willing to speak with me.

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January 26, 2010 03:23 PM
Rainer
154,230
Tony Anderson
Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co
Century 21 Community Realty

Hey Tim,

I have been doing some research on cell phone plans and I found out about Straight Talk.  I have talked to a Verizion Dealer and they claim that all the phones used with Straight Talk limited cell tower usage.  I'm sure there telling me that because there plan with talk, text and data will cost me about $120 a month.  The plan that I have with AT&T is running me $120 a month for talk, text and data.  I'm looking for a cheaper plan.  In my area, Verizion seems to have better coverage.  I will probably go to Straight Talk in a few months.  I have a Blackberry and would like to have another one.  If people call Straight Talk and ask for a Blackberry phone they will try to answer that demand, in time.  I know that Boost Mobile has a Blackberry phone they sell.  So maybe Straight Talk will sell one soon.

February 11, 2010 09:14 PM
Rainmaker
449,171
Tim Maitski
The Agent Who Uses "Watermelon Tough" Sign Posts
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage

Tony,  It's supposed to be the exact same network.

So far I haven't had any problems.  It has been seamless.  I think I saw that Verizon was dropping their prices quite a bit for their unlimited plan.  I haven't looked into the details though to see the fine print.  Straight Talk is simple.  There really isn't any fine print. That's what I like.

February 12, 2010 08:10 AM
Rainer
154,230
Tony Anderson
Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co
Century 21 Community Realty

Hey Tim, Verizion and AT&T now dropped thier unlimited talk plans to $69.99 a month but you have a 2 year contract.  I do not want to be locked in for 2 years.  I will probably be going to Straight Talk soon.  I am sick of paying a $120.00 cell bill.  I wish Straight Talk had a Blackberry.  I would be happy with $60.00 a month unlimited everything.

February 13, 2010 09:05 AM
Rainer
154,230
Tony Anderson
Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co
Century 21 Community Realty

Hey Cindy, How do you like that Finesse phone.  Does it notify you when you get an email?

February 13, 2010 09:08 AM
Rainer
154,230
Tony Anderson
Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co
Century 21 Community Realty

I got my wife a Straight Talk phone over a month ago and she has not had 1 dropped call.  With her AT&T phone she was dropped all the time.

April 17, 2010 10:27 AM
Rainer
154,230
Tony Anderson
Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co
Century 21 Community Realty

I still have straight talk and now they use Verizon, AT&T and Sprint towers.  Also started carrying Android phones.

October 18, 2011 09:28 AM
Rainer
154,230
Tony Anderson
Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co
Century 21 Community Realty

Update!!!  If your looking to ditch the contract Straight Talk is the way to go.  Be sure you choose a phone based on which provider in your has the best coverage in your area ( Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.. ).  Before you buy your phone ask Walmart Associcate to help on which phones use what provider.  You can also get SIM cards now.  So you might be able to use your IPhone.  You cannot beat $45 a month for unlimited talk, text and data.  You can port number and no activation fee.

 

October 01, 2012 08:15 PM
Anonymous #21
Anonymous
jessi

i've been wit straight talk for 2yrs now was previously wit verizon under contract...i pay $45 a mth $48 and sum change if u include taxes for unlimited calls anywhere unlimited texts unlimited internet use on no matter wat type of phone you have now if u wanna play games and download apps pretty much do everything a droid or iphone will do u can do that 2 all u have 2 do is buy that type of phone which cost $99 if u want verizon or $124 for at&t i have no complaints u cant beat unlimited everything for only $45 a mth i even dropped my phone in the ice chest full of water the bout 2 weeks ago and it still works now i know thats just luck lol....and i started out wit the cheapest phone and when i was ready 2 move up i just returned my old phone back 2 walmart and payed the difference in the phone i wanted

October 15, 2012 04:18 PM
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