Straight Talk gets the Apple iPhone 5 on January 11th
posted by Alan F. / Jan 08, 2013, 9:24 PM
The Apple iPhone 5 will be available for pre-paid carrier Straight Talk
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.
"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. 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."-F.J. Pollak, CEO and President, TracFone Wireless. "
"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.
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.
About Walmart 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.
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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.
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?
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.
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 $50/month.
Hello darkvadervip! I'm Sara with Straight Talk. The Straight Talk branded iPhone phones run on Verizon carrier for network coverage. The carrier for these phones is the same for all airtime service plan we offer. For details, send an email to ST.CorpResolutionTeam@straighttalk.com. Thank you!
If they're smart they will.
The 45$ 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.
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