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Straight Talk for your business?

There’s an interesting read at about how prepaid cell phone services sold at Walmart — namely Straight Talk — could be a viable option for small businesses. The author notes that the addition of two smartphones to the Straight Talk lineup put the company on small businesses’ radars. Still, it’s not an ideal solution. As the author says, ” Just don’t ask it to be a legit smartphone with all the attendant apps and fancy features.” How much, then, can handsets such as the Nokia E71 help small businesses? By providing an incremental step up the technological ladder at a reduced price?

I honestly think that with the addition of their customer loyalty program, Boost Mobile presents a better option. The BlackBerry Curve 8530 will cost you a bit more up front, and it will take 18 months before your monthly bill equals the $45 that Straight Talk costs. But for that extra money — $185 over 18 months, including the $5 difference between what the two handsets cost — you get a ton more services. That’s better email, more apps, and, though BlackBerry isn’t exactly known for it, an easier web browsing service.

Prepaid phones are becoming a viable option for small businesses. I’m just not sure that Straight Talk is the service to pick.

2 Responses

  1. Ike Denvers Says

    Straight Talk for business? Never. Their customer support is absolutely the pits. Fuggedaboutit.

    Posted on November 13th, 2010 at 10:22 am
  2. Lauren Says

    I HATE the BlackBerry, and love the Android. The Android network is much easier to navigate and the web browsing is also a lot easier especially because most Androids, if not all, are touch screens; which to me touch screens are amazing and I don’t know what I would do with out mine. I just purchased an Android smart phone on the Straight Talk net work for my mother in law and where we live it works great, however I do understand that, that is not the case everywhere sense it is on the Sprint network. But for us it is nice that she can have an Android and have the FREE navigation system basically a FREE GPS in her hands ALL the time! PLUS, great service everywhere she goes! Only $45/month not bad I say, not bad! But if you prefer the BlackBerry then yea Boost mobile is probably the better option for you also if you live in a non Sprint network friendly place.

    Posted on November 29th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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