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Straight Talk gets the Apple iPhone 5 on January 11th

0. phoneArena 08 Jan 2013, 21:24 posted on

Walmart and pre-paid carrier service Straight Talk will start offering the 16GB Apple iPhone 5, unlocked, for $649 and an unlocked 8GB Apple iPhone 4 for $449; both phones will workj with the pre-paid carrier's $45 unlimited voice, text and data plan and for those who need unlimited international calling capabilities, the $60 a month plan will do...

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:45 2

11. Omarc07 (Posts: 431; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

alot of companies are getting iphone 5's TELCEL america also has it but its 700 bucks

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:11

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:23 1

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

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:38

18. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

ok, yes, great deal...but, expensive to start with....

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:42

20. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

ok, so pay 200.00 more for an extra 8GB? What a racket.....

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 07:45

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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 08:07

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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 09:26 1

36. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; 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?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:52

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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 10:52

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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 11:39 1

38. Jyakotu (Posts: 844; 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.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 17:15

40. weederr (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

but in the end, some people will do it

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 19:45

42. suneeboy (Posts: 201; 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.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 10:30

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..

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