Straight Talk is one of the best-kept secrets in wireless, says Walmart executive
posted by Alan F. / May 23, 2013, 12:10 PM
The largest MVNO in the U.S. with 23.2 million subscribers, TracFone plans on opening retail stores that will carry all of its pre-paid services on an exclusive basis. Called Simple Mobile Solutions, the stores will be operated by independent owners. Five have already been operating in New York City with another five running in Miami, all opened since April.
While Straight Talk will remain available only from Walmart, the Simple Mobile Solutions stores will carry the TracFone, Telcel America, Simple Mobile, Net10 and SafeLink Wireless names. For its part, Walmart offers service from all four major U.S. carriers along with Net10, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Cricket and Walmart's own T-Mobile powered Family Mobile.
Although Thomas says that in his opinion, Walmart customers aren't ready to start paying for goods using NFC powered mobile payment services like Google Wallet or ISIS, he does acknowledge a place for wireless in the shopping experience of Walmart customers. The retailer has started sending its weekly circular with coupons to its shoppers and would like to add a way to send out shopping suggestions to customers based on their buying habits.
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Except it is far from unlimited and they will often times cut you off if you use too much data. Shady business practice..
posted on May 23, 2013, 12:17 PM 9
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i agree, it's probably not good for people that stream pandora music for 6 hours out of the day. but for people that dont want to pay $80-90/mon on a plan from at&t or verizon with 2gb data/mon, straight talk is much more appealing. and you can take your at&t off contract phone to straight talk, i did this when i got the lumia 920 when it launched. it uses the same towers as at&t. you get hspa+ speeds which in my area is 10-15mb down which is plenty fast for downloading a 10mb app or streaming. for people that just use their phone to surf sites and talk and text on their phone daily (which is most people), i agree with this executive, straight talk has a very appealing service.
posted on May 23, 2013, 1:19 PM 1
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You need to read the fine print in the contract. Your definition of unlimited may not be congruent, i.e. in accordance, with ST's definition. I'm don't have service with ST because of their legalese.
posted on May 23, 2013, 1:52 PM 0
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I do wish they were up front about this if they said 5gb at full speed then we restrict you I would be fine with it. i use a lot of data and in a five state area the coverage and data limit dont work for me
posted on May 24, 2013, 3:27 PM 1
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No. The best kept secret is the $30 T-Mobile plan. I think Wal-Mart sells that as well, so I don't quite understand...
posted on May 23, 2013, 1:57 PM 0
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I work for walmart part time. their own electronics associates don't reccommend it.
posted on May 23, 2013, 2:09 PM 2
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Used to be a great service when AT&T was part taking in the plan. Now, ou are just left with the unreliable and spotty T-Mobile. If you enjoy T-Mobile, might as well go with Gosmart mobile, same price and able to use 5G of data without slow downs.
posted on May 23, 2013, 3:21 PM 0
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Let them have their limited (so called "Unlimited") MVNO's; these sub-contractors / sub-providers in no way compare to a Full carrier like Verizon. These are like getting "Mobile Food Stamps"!
posted on May 23, 2013, 3:36 PM 0
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Why pay $100 a month on Verizon, when you can get a Straight Talk phone that uses Verizon towers and will charge you $45 a month (iPhone 5)? You may have to watch your usage a little closer but you won't have a contract and you'll save $55 a month.
posted on May 23, 2013, 8:47 PM 0
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I have ST, $45 a month for unlimited talk/text with 1.5GBs a month. I use att towers so I get signal everywhere with decents speeds until I hit my limit. So I think its the best plan available right now until the major carriers stop charging too much
posted on May 23, 2013, 6:16 PM 0
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...I was about to do the BYOD on Straight Talk or Net10 until I read LITERALLY 100's of complaints about SHADY, DIRTY, IFFY practices by these companies owned by that Drug-dealer affiliated Carlos Slim who owns the Umbrella Co.---American Móvil...STAY AWAY; nothing but headaches from these SHADY-ass satellites...
posted on May 25, 2013, 5:53 AM 0
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I have straight talk. I have no problems with it what so ever; the only issue id ever had was getting my phone replaced, yes it is a little unconvient however they send you a BRAND NEW device. not a refrebished or anything of the sort. and as for the comment about "limited" unlimited data; I use almsot 5 gigs of data a month; never had an issue yet!
posted on Jul 05, 2013, 9:42 AM 0
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