Straight Talk gets the Apple iPhone 5 on January 11th

Straight Talk gets the Apple iPhone 5 on January 11th
Deep discounter Walmart and Straight Talk will be offering the Apple iPhone 5 for the pre-paid carrier starting on January 11th. The 16GB unlocked model will be priced at $649, the same price that Apple is asking for the phone. In addition, Straight Talk will sell you the 8GB unlocked Apple iPhone 4 for $449. If those prices are too much for you to pay at once, Walmart will let you finance the purchase of either iPhone model for $25 per month with the use of a Walmart credit card.

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.


source: Walmart via Engadget

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iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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44 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Desperate or not the decision to do this is a smart one, but the pricing is wack.

6. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You always get thumbed down and lots of reds

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I couldn't care less. U should know that by now, I speak my mind.

39. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hmmm I have more green then red you have only red...

25. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

how is the pricing wack? Do a little math and you'll see how much cheaper the prepaid route is.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes you're right about pre paid

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Most people will not want to spend the money to start this plan - but it is a good plan price.

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yep, great mnthly plan deal...

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ahh, so there are limits....

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Those prices r simply ridiculous, what is apple thinking about?

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's how much they always overcharge. How is it surprising?

22. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: Jan 18, 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: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

What service(AT&T, Verizon,Sprint) do they use under the Walmart plan?

5. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

This story broke out on other websites, and the iPhone 4 will be on Verizon and the iPhone 5 will be on ATT. source:http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2013/01/developing-iphone-4-and-5-coming-to.html

44. SaraST

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 11, 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!

8. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

O no no no this is good news....-!

9. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 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 unregistered

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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hippies and cults and Zombies would!

27. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 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 unregistered

Then u might as well buy a phone full price through youre carrier

35. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Yes, you should buy full price through your carrier, but not through Verizon or AT&T on a subsidized contract price.

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