Straight Talk gets the Apple iPhone 5 on January 11th
Both Apple iPhone models will work with the $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data. If you want to add unlimited international calls, the price rises to $60 a month. If you finance the handset, you will be paying $70 a month for unlimited every thing without getting locked into a two-year contract. Straight Talk says that its plan saves customers $950 a year when they switch from a similar unlimited contract plan on a post-paid carrier.
"We believe customers shouldn't have to choose between saving money and having the latest technology. Now customers can have the coveted iPhone with unlimited talk, text and data without a contract for $70 a month thanks to our exclusive Straight Talk plan and industry first financing offer."-Seong Ohm, senior vice president of Entertainment for Walmart U.S.
source: Walmart via Engadget Press Release
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America's largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on Straight Talk's $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.
The Straight Talk wireless no contract plan, exclusive to Walmart, saves consumers on average $950 a year when they switch from conventional contract plans with similar unlimited plans. To learn more about how Straight Talk Wireless saves consumers $950 a year, please visit: www.straighttalk.com.
"We are thrilled to be bringing the remarkable iPhone 5 to customers looking for one of the most advanced smartphones with one of the most affordable No Contract plans ever," said F.J. Pollak , CEO and President, TracFone Wireless. "The advanced iPhone 5 with our unlimited $45 monthly plan and Walmart's $25 special financing offer is a marriage made in heaven – making it the most affordable premium smartphone offer in America. With this exclusive offer the last reason for not purchasing the No Contract Straight Talk plan is gone."
"We believe customers shouldn't have to choose between saving money and having the latest technology," said Seong Ohm , senior vice president of Entertainment for Walmart U.S. "Now customers can have the coveted iPhone with unlimited talk, text and data without a contract for $70 a month thanks to our exclusive Straight Talk plan and industry first financing offer."
Pricing and Details for iPhone
The Apple iPhones for Straight Talk will be available for purchase at the following prices:
iPhone 5 will be available in black and white for $649 for the 16GB model only
iPhone 4 will be available in black and white for $449 for the 8GB model only
Walmart will offer a special financing on the purchase of the phone for $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card on these select models. GE Capital Retail Bank is the issuer of the Walmart Credit Cards.
Pricing for the Straight Talk no-contract plans include:
$45 – No Contract Monthly Plan with Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data.
$60 – No Contract Monthly Plan with Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data PLUS Unlimited International Calling to more than 1,000 destinations in Mexico, Canada, India, and in other countries.
iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology—all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app; Facebook integration; Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.
For more information see: www.straighttalk.com and www.walmart.com/iphone
About Straight Talk Wireless
Straight Talk Wireless® is a brand of TracFone Wireless, Inc., America's largest no-contract cellular service provider with over 21.6 million subscribers, and a subsidiary of America Movil S.A.B. de C.V. ("AMX") (BMV: AMX; NYSE: AMX; Nasdaq: AMOV; LATIBEX: XAMXL). AMX is the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of September 30, 2012, it had 255.9 million wireless subscribers -- more wireless customers than AT&T and Verizon combined -- and 62.8 million fixed revenue generating units in the Americas.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members visit our 10,400 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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1. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
more signs that apple is getting desperate and starting to see they need as many companies as possible to sell there device.
4. darkkjedii (Posts: 12373; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Desperate or not the decision to do this is a smart one, but the pricing is wack.
6. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I don't think Apple is desperate by any means. Now Rim is desperate lol. Its another outlet Apple can have but the Pricing is laughable.
14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
You always get thumbed down and lots of reds
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12373; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I couldn't care less. U should know that by now, I speak my mind.
39. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
hmmm I have more green then red you have only red...
25. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
how is the pricing wack? Do a little math and you'll see how much cheaper the prepaid route is.
19. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Most people will not want to spend the money to start this plan - but it is a good plan price.
21. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
It's a great deal but the unsubsizided phone price is a hurdle, which is why WalMart is trying to provide financing.
I am probably going to pick up one for myself and get a few for my friends to introduce them to the iPhone 5. I refuse to pay $80 a month for Verizon and only get 3G speeds. I understand not everyone can afford the phone, but $45 a month is a great price and runs on ATT's 4G network.
Once you know the soft limits are 100 MB a day or 2 GB a month on ST, it's easy to stay on ST and remain a good customer.
23. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Apple is NOT DESPERATE given how many iPhones were sold on ATT this past quarter.
This is a great examples of how the major carriers like Verizon, ATT, et al are shooting themselves in the foot by leasing out their network.
I had the chance to get the iPhone (4S or 4) on Verizon and pay $80 a month for 1 GB of data at 3G speed. On the ST, I get the iPhone 5, I pay $45 a month, and I get up to 2 GB of 4 G speeds.
It's a no-brainer -- the latest phone, at a lower monthly cost, and more data on 4G speeds. Why would people buy the iPhone on Verizon on a month to month plan?
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 12373; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Those prices r simply ridiculous, what is apple thinking about?
16. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
It's how much they always overcharge. How is it surprising?
22. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
If you know Apple, these are standard ist prices. What doesn't make sense is that VirginMobileUSA is selling the iPhone 4S for $450 and the iPhone 4 for $350 while ST has just the iPhone 4 for $450. That makes think the iPhone 4 is a decoy to get people to buy the iPhone 5.
26. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
yah, a little disappointing that the 4 is $450 on ST, doesn't really make sense. Maybe there was some a type-o in the press release and ST really meant the 4s.
3. darkvadervip (Posts: 341; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
What service(AT&T, Verizon,Sprint) do they use under the Walmart plan?
5. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I think it varies by area. They have Sprint and at&t ones here but where my dad lives it seems to use T-Mobile.
17. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
They're now owned by Tracfone and use AT&T's network, except for some areas that haven't yet converted to it (which there are few left, last I checked).
Customer service and support still is as bad as you expect for $50/month.
24. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
This story broke out on other websites, and the iPhone 4 will be on Verizon and the iPhone 5 will be on ATT.
44. SaraST (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
Hello darkvadervip! I'm Sara with Straight Talk. The Straight Talk branded iPhone phones run on Verizon carrier for network coverage. The carrier for these phones is the same for all airtime service plan we offer. For details, send an email to ST.CorpResolutionTeam@straighttalk.com. Thank you!
9. Twisted247 (Posts: 254; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Striaght talk is picking up the i5 and placing them in Walmart's...LoL they had better be ready for JACK MODE from the clientele that shops at Wally World.... Lmao
Snatch n RUN Y'all SNATCH >>AND>>RUN
10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Are u serious? I personally work @the wal mart in electronics dept. I don't think anyone will spend around 600$ on a phone.
12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Hippies and cults and Zombies would!
27. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
If they're smart they will.
The 45$ plan is similar to about a 110$ plan on at&t. It will only take about 7 months to make up the difference between an iphone on contract (200$) vs buying it up front for 650.
34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Then u might as well buy a phone full price through youre carrier
35. mrmessma (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Yes, you should buy full price through your carrier, but not through Verizon or AT&T on a subsidized contract price.
11. Omarc07 (Posts: 264; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
alot of companies are getting iphone 5's TELCEL america also has it but its 700 bucks
13. weederr (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
this sounds lovely and all, but something tells me walmart's credit card will have high interest rates... and 650 up front is not gonna happen for me. :s
15. reyenrique (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
well l feel sorry if their buy that apple phone wiz all the problem it have an if their do buy it buy beware first shake the phone.. it have something loose inside the phone
18. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
ok, yes, great deal...but, expensive to start with....
20. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
ok, so pay 200.00 more for an extra 8GB? What a racket.....
32. severian37 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Now all the senior citizens will have an iPhone, hence losing their coolness factor to the fanboy base.
33. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Funny how people on here don't understand that subsidized phones are the reason for these phone prices being so high. Regardless, this is actually a good play by WalMart, Straight Talk and Apple. It will allow Apple to tap into the market that can't get onto the contract plans and broaden their customer base. Sure they already had the iPhone 4 and 4s on prepaid but not the current model and not with the financing that WalMart is providing which is a win for them since they'll collect on the interest and Straight Talk gets some new customers. That's a win, win, win.
36. SellPhones82 (Posts: 558; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Don't see how it's a win, win. This is for pre-paid service, people looking to save money or don't have the money to pay a deposit on the post-paid side yet they are gonna charge $650? The company I work for is receiving tons of Virgin Mobile iPhone 4 and 4S back from Radio Shack and Best Buy because no one pays over $500 for a phone on pre-paid, plain and simply. If you finance it you pay $70 a month instead of $45, which is what Sprint charges a month on the post paid side so where is the advantage other than no contract? Plus if you end service before you've completly paid off your iPhone won't they just make you pay the rest upfront, al-la a termination fee?
41. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
The biggest advantage over no contract is many people don't qualify for postpaid plans or have to throw down a large deposit. So if you want to compare Sprint to Straight Talk in pricing and you want to use the 70 dollar a month for both sprint and straight talk in two years for straight talk you pay $1680 for everything, with Sprint you have to pay for the plan the subsidized price for a phone and if we are talking about postpaid customers who have to pay a large deposit with Sprint the highest deposit I've seen a customer pay for a deposit is 300 bucks but the average i have is 100 bucks so lets see if its a 100 dollar deposit the customer pays $1980 for two years including subsidized phone and if it's a 300 dollar deposit a customer pays $2180. None of that is including added fees that Sprint would charge. So it's a win for the customer because they technically pay less, a win for Apple since it gets into the hands of people who can't pay the full price for an iPhone with Virgin or qualify for a post paid service, a win for Walmart because they'll charge interest on their financing, and a win for Straight Talk because they get more customers.
37. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Why is everyone so shocked over the prices? This is normal Apple prices. There just no carrier to subsidize the price for you.
38. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Honestly, if you have to fiance to own a smartphone, then maybe you shouldn't even have a smartphone in the first place. For the price they're asking for an iPhone 5, that's monthly rent for some apartments in Charlotte, NC! While the plans on Straight Talk are cheaper, I don't think the price of the unlocked iPhone 5 is worth it.
42. suneeboy (Posts: 167; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
Don't see how people still sign contracts these days. Prepaid is the way to go. Same phones, same network, I save money, and I'm not locked into a contract.
43. iroxkxraybandss98 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Dang $649 for a Iphone 5 With dual-core processor. ..I paid $628.99 for my Galaxy Note 2 from At&t off contract and Its a Quad-Core phone and Its newer..I had a Iphone, but samsung's Note series changed me..