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
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.
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Customer Service: Customer service can be reached by a toll-free number.
Free Nights: With unlimited
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: With unlimited
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.
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 LG 100C
Cheapest Phone Model: MOTO W385 MOTORAZR V3a