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Straight Talk Prepaid Cell Phone Review

Overview

Straight Talk, offered by Wal-Mart, is a registered trademark of Tracfone, this company has the largest number of prepaid subscribers. Straight Talk is a monthly plan offering, whereas Net10 and Tracfone offer minutes on a pay-as-you-go scale.

Pros: Straight Talk offers a cheap monthly plan which provides ample minutes, data, and messaging limits.

Cons: Customer service carries a poor reputation. 


Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.03 or unlimited  

Plans: Straight Talk offers the following 3 plans: 1) 1,000 minutes, 1,000 text or multimedia messages, 30 MB of data, and unlimited calls to 411 for $30 a month. 2) Unlimited voice, unlimited messaging, unlimited data, and unlimited 411 for $45 a month. 3) Unlimited international plan, which includes unlimited minutes to select international locations, is available for $60 a month. Straight Talk does offer three-month, six-month, and one-year plans, which provide slight discounts for the $45 dollar monthly plan.  Read more about Straight Talk plans

Customer Service: Customer service can be reached by a toll-free number.  

Free Nights: With unlimited  

Credit Check: None  

Free Weekends: With unlimited  

Contract: None  

Daily Access Fee: No  

Payment Options: Straight Talk services can be purchased online at WalMart.com or at an authorized retailer using cash or credit.  

Text and Picture Messaging: Text and multimedia messages are included in Straight Talk's flat monthly rate.  

Data Plans: 30 MB of data is included with the plan $30 a month plan, they also have 2 unlimited plans starting at $45 a month.  

Downloads: Ringtones and graphics are available for download from Straight Talk.  

International Calling: They offer an unlimited international plan, which includes unlimited minutes to select international locations, for $60 a month.  

Text Messaging Available: Yes  

Roaming Charges: There are no roaming charges, because the phone will not work off-network.  

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Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: No  

Calling Features: Caller ID, voicemail.  

Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No  

Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate the Straight Talk service.  

Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance service is included with anytime minutes.  

Unlimited Plan Available: Yes  

411 Calls: Directory assistance is available at no extra charge with Straight Talk.  

Earliest Minute Expiration: The 30 dollar plan expires after 30 days. If the minutes and/or messages are used up before expiration, customers can pay 30 dollars to refill.  

911 Calls: 911 calls are available.  

Phones: StraightTalk.com currently offers only a few Straight Talk phones through Walmart.com. The company is owned by Tracfone, so more models may become available in the future. These includes two offerings from Motorola and a low-end phone from LG.  

Standard Calling Features: voicemail, caller ID  

Some Available Cell Models: LG 900G (shown) LG 200C LG LG 100C LG 290C Samsung R335C  


Cheapest Phone Model: MOTO W385 MOTORAZR V3a  

Read Full Review: Straight Talk Review  

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.03 or unlimited
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: No
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Average Rating by Users:
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3 stars of 5 based on 5462 reviews

K@ren 1/3/2010
I've had a ST phone for 2 months now. Trying it out to make sure it works in my area (North Mississippi) it works fine. I bought the $30 plan first & the lg 220c from wal-mart. Long story short this phone doesn't receive pic texts. So I called CS not straight talk I called the Tracfone CS # 800-876-5753. They said it was an error on their end because the lg 220c doesn't receive pic texts so they sent me a replacement phone out immediately. Replaced it with a lg 290c. It works fine I receive pic texts now & you can send ring-tones to it you don't have to download from the ST website for ring-tones & graphics. From another phone send ring-tones or pics to ST phone: [email protected] for pics or just a text [email protected] I've read several reviews on this web-site for information because I've been a AT&T customer for 8 years & I"m switching to ST because it works just fine & I'm satisfied with the service with the one phone I've tried & works. If you have trouble keep calling they will make it right. At first when the lg 220c wouldn't work for pic texts I had to call like 5x b4 I got the problem solved. I talked to "Jessica" at tracfone cs She even called me back took care of the problem & when I got the new lg 290c replacement phone they had to reset the phone and no problem. It maybe frustrating to some but if you have patience it's well worth it in the end. I'm switching from AT&T & I get great service now with AT&T since they just put in a tower a mile from me. That's not the point I'm tired of paying $150/month for 3 phones with texting & rollovers with them. I don't use all my minutes anyways so you eventually lose minutes you pay for anyways. So with this you either use the minutes or lose them with ST. By the way I have to get out of a contract with AT&T but I figured it all out & the money I would save with ST & it's worth it to me to have to get away from AT&T in just a few months I will have saved enough with ST it doesn't bother me that I have to pay to get out of my contract with AT&T because I will save myself a-lot of money by switching to ST. It's not worth me staying or binding me for another 2 years with AT&T. I hope this helps others because I've read several negative reviews here & that doesn't bother me one bit because I'm switching to ST. The 1st phone I let my son use & it works fine so now with my other 2 phones to replace by switching from AT&T I have ordered from Wal-mart web-site the ST 2-razor V3a cell-phones. I'm also porting our numbers from AT&T by reading the posts here about porting numbers that to doesn't bother me at all because I've had my number for 7 years & I want my same number so I'll be porting my other 2 numbers over to ST. Me & my husband's numbers from AT&T. I have patience & that's what it takes to save a-lot of money then that's what I will do. You have to take the good with the bad & it's not always a bad thing just give it a chance because you will save a-lot of money in the end for the same services. I know from the reviews here I will buy my service cards at wal-mart & not auto refill them. Just easy to get them at wal-mart then go to the ST web-site log in & add your service pin # & it goes right through no problem. I hope this helps others that really want to save money it's worth it in the end just remember to have "patience" it will work.

Tsingtao 1/2/2010
After reading several pages of reviews, I have come to the conclusion that those who activate online have a much better time than those who call Cust Service. I activated online, porting my number from Verizon, and expected the service to work 15 minutes after my Verizon phone stopped working as stated in their instructions. Well it took 8 hours. When I tried to call Cust Serv, they were closed. Next morning I tried the phone and it worked so I never have had the experience of phone customer service. Probably a good thing, from what I have read.

Angel Lee 1/2/2010
Overall it gave me more than what T-mobile was offering at the time and I am very pleased with it. The only thing that I don't get is I don't think I have call waiting. I got the Samsung slider and I kill my battery all the time cause I stay on the internet (Facebook/Myspace) I was paying like $70 (after fees and taxes and blah) with T-mobile and that just gave me like 600 minutes and 1000 texts....I didn't even have the internet before. I was literally wasting money. This deal is a relief on my pockets especially since I work part-time and can't afford to fork over a whole paycheck to talk for 600 minutes.

Cortney 1/2/2010
This is the BEST phone i've owned. ZERO problems for me. As long as you know what you're doing you'll be fine getting one of these phones. For those who had problems: There aren't any problems with these phones that you wouldn't have with another company. Besides, what other company is as inexpensive as this one? This is the least expensive one and you get way more minutes!

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.03 or unlimited
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: No
Shop For Deals on Straight Talk Plans and Phones
Visit the Official Straight Talk Website
Straight Talk Coverage & Coverage Map
Straight Talk Phone Number & Contact Info
What network does Straight Talk Use?
Straight Talk Data Plans & Rates
Most popular Straight Talk phones
Straight Talk Family Plan Overview