Straight Talk by WalMart now has nearly 30 smartphones available – using every available operating system – Android, iOS, and Windows. One phone is even available on the Verizon network. With a phone starting as low as $59.99 plus the lowest monthly rate around of $45.00 per month, there is a smartphone in your future.
If you already have a smartphone, you may be able to benefit from exiting their Verizon, Sprint or AT&T $90 to $100/month plan and go to Straight Talk at 1/2 the monthly cost.
Below, we’ll look at the smartphones available from Straight Talk, review the service plans, compare prices to the major providers, and also compare the monthly prices for unlimited service plans of several Straight Talk competitors.
Straignt Talk offers 29 smartphones in its lineup – all sporting large touch screen displays and even a couple with a slider keyboard. Email, web browsing, photo taking/viewing, GPS, text messaging, listening to MP3s, and using hundreds of thousands of apps are all possible on any of these phones giving you everything you expect in a smartphone. All you need to do is to choose a phone that matches your tastes and add a service plan. You can have a smartphone for less than 1/2 the monthly rate when compared to the service plans of the major service providers.
The Straight Talk Unlimited plan is truly unlimited – there is no minutes meter for talk and no data meter for text or web. Straight Talk service is simply priced at $30/month for Limited service, $45/month for Unlimited service, and $60/month for International Unlimited service. The smartphones are not available with the $30/month Limited plan so, you’ll need to get the $45/month Unlimited plan. You may also choose the International Plan if you need that.
If you look at the Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T ‘unlimited’ plans, you usually see a 2GB limit on data – a recognition that downloading movies is a growing phenomenon and must be restricted. You MIGHT be able to hit the limit if you stream a lot of music. However, if you’re only checking email and surfing web pages, you’ll never hit that monthly limit offered by the major service providers. But, with Straight Talk,unlimited is truly unlimited! You don’t need to think about any of your data or voice usage. Plus, with Straight Talk, you get to use the network of the major providers – either Sprint or Verizon, but you won’t need to pay the higher rates of those providers.
There are several companies competing with Straight Talk – offering service with no contracts. Their ‘unlimited’ plans cost more monthly compared to Straight Talk, are usually not ‘unlimited’, and none offer the Verizon network. Let’s compare the prices of unlimited plans from competitors:
- Straight Talk – $45/month using either Sprint or Verizon. ‘Unlimited’ is truly unlimited.
- Virgin Mobile – $55/month but the Virgin Mobile network does not have good coverage.
- Cricket – $50/month ‘Smart’ plan with a 2.5 GB data limit.
- Boost Mobile – $55/month for Android smartphones and can shrink to $40/month after 18 on time payments, and uses the Sprint network.
The following table is a complete list of smartphones as of July 2014. The first smartphone to appear was the Samsung Precedent in 2011. Since then LG, Apple, and even a Windows phone have arrived. Personally, I prefer the Verizon network because of the coverage and signal strength. There is 1 Straight Talk phone available on the Verizon network. All other Android phones use the Sprint network – a worthy network, but why choose the 2nd best.
|Phone||Price||Operating System||Screen Size||Network||Other||CPU||3G or 4G|
|ALCATEL onetouch® Sonic™ LTE||179.99||Android 4.1||4.6" Touch Screen||Sprint||5 MP Camera/VGA Front Facing Camera||1.4 GHz Dual-Core Processor||4G/LTE|
|Apple iPhone 5 - 16GB - Black&Slate or White&Silver||400.00||iOS 6||4-inch Retina display||Sprint||8MP iSight camera||A6 chip||3G|
|Apple iPhone 5 - 16GB Reconditioned - Black&Slate or White&Silver||400.00||iOS 6||4-inch Retina display||Sprint||8MP iSight camera||A6 chip||3G|
|Apple iPhone 5c - 16GB - white color||550.00||iOS 7||4-inch Retina display||Sprint||8MP iSight camera||A6 chip||4G Ultrafast LTE wireless|
|Apple iPhone 5s - 16GB - gold, grey, or silver||650.00||iOS 7||4-inch Retina display||Sprint||8MP iSight camera||4G Ultrafast LTE wireless|
|HUAWEI Ascend Inspira||89.99||Android 4.0||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||5MP Camera||1 GHz Processor||3G|
|HUAWEI Ascend Plus||149.99||Android 4.0||4" Touch Screen||Sprint||5MP Camera||1 GHz Processor||3G|
|HUAWEI Ascend Y - black||59.99||Android 2.3||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||3.2MP Camera||800 MHz Processor||3G|
|HUAWEI W1||149.99||Windows® Phone 8||4" IPS LCD Touchscreen||Sprint||5 MP Point-and-Shoot Camera/Front Facing Camera||1.2GHZ Dual Core Processor||3G|
|LG Optimus Black||99.99||Android 2.3||4" Touch Screen||Sprint||5MP Camera||3G|
|LG Optimus Dynamic||59.99||Android 2.3||3.2" Touch Screen||Sprint||3MP Camera||800 MHz Processor||3G|
|LG Optimus Dynamic II||99.99||Android 4.1||3.8" Touch Screen||Sprint||3MP Camera||1 GHz Processor||3G|
|LG Optimus Extreme||149.99||Android 4.0||4" Touch Screen||Sprint||5MP Camera||800 MHz Processor||3G|
|LG Optimus Logic™||59.99||Android 2.3||3.2" Touch Screen||Sprint||3MP Camera||800 MHz Processor||3G|
|LG Optimus Q||29.99||Android 2.3||3.2" Touch Screen||Sprint||3MP Camera; Slider keyboard||3G|
|LG Optimus Quest||79.99||Android 2.3||3.2" Touch Screen Gorilla Glass®||Sprint||5MP Camera||800 MHz Processor||3G|
|LG Optimus Zip||79.99||Android 2.3||3.2" Touch Screen||Verizon||3MP Camera; Slider keyboard||3G|
|Samsung Galaxy Ace™ Style||149.99||Android 4.3||4" Touch Screen Display||Sprint||5 MP Camera/0.3 MP Front Facing Camera/Video Recorder||1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor||3G|
|Samsung Galaxy Centura||99.99||Android 4.0||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||3MP Camera||800 MHz Processor||3G|
|Samsung Galaxy Discover™||99.99||Android 4.0||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||3MP Camera||800MHz Processor||3G|
|Samsung Galaxy S4||499.99||Android 4.3||5" Full HD Super AMOLED™ Screen||Sprint||13 MP Camera/2 MP Front Facing Camera/Video Recorder||1.9 GHz Quad-Core Dual Processor||4G LTE|
|Samsung Galaxy S4 mini||349.99||Android 4.2||4.3" Full HD Super AMOLED™ Screen||Sprint||8 MP Camera/1.9 MP Front Facing Camera/Video Recorder||1.6 GHz Quad-Core Dual Processor||4G LTE|
|Samsung Galaxy S III - Marble White||299.99||Android 4.1||4.8" HD Super AMOLED™ Screen||Sprint||8MP Camera/1.9MP front camera||1.5 GHz Dual Core Processor||3G|
|ZTE Illustra™||99.99||Android 2.3||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||5 MP Auto-Focus Camera||1 GHz Processor||3G|
|ZTE Majesty™||149.99||Android 4.1||4.5" IPS Touch Screen||Sprint||5 MP Camera/0.3MP Front Facing Camera||1.2GHz Processor||3G|
|ZTE Valet™||99.99||Android 4.1||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||3 MP Camera||1.0 GHz Processor||3G|
|ZTE Whirl™||79.99||Android 4.1||3.5" Touch Screen||Sprint||3 MP Camera||1.0 GHz Processor||3G|
In conclusion, you have many great options depending on your preferences for size, camera, or operating system. You’ll pay one time for the phone, then pay $45/month, and have the best possible service. Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim here.
Also, for basic information about the difference between WiFi and cellular service, read the article Smartphone WiFi and Cell Basics.
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