Straight Talk, sold primarily through Walmart stores, is a registered trademark of Tracfone. Launched several years ago, the brand is known for bad customer service, excellent coverage and cheap phones. They offer both monthly and pay-as-you-go plans.
Pros: Straight Talk offers a cheap monthly plans which provide ample minutes, data, and messaging limits.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: .03
Straight Talk offers a variety of plans with unlimited talk, text and data for heavy users. They also have pay-as-you-go options and several add-ons for things like apps, international minutes and phone protection plans. Read more specifics about Straight Talk Plans
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Straight Talk Customer Service is available 8 a.m. - midnight EST. Their wait times can be a little long, but the auto answer menu can complete functions like refills and activation. Their website
also has forms for transferring service, tracking orders, checking balance and more. Click here for Straight Talk Customer Service Number
Free Nights: No
Credit Check: No
Free Weekends: No
Daily Access Fee: No
Straight Talk services can be purchased on Straight Talk's website
at Walmart's website
, or at an authorized dealer using cash or credit.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text and multimedia messages are included in Straight Talk's flat monthly rate. All monthly plans currently include unlimited text and MMS.
Data Plans: Straight Talk has two different options for data. Their "All You Need" plan includes 100 MB of data. All the other plans include unlimited low speed and 3 GB high speed data. Unlimited plans start at $45 for 30 days.
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. They also offer a $10 global card to call all international destinations, including international mobile numbers. This card can be combined with any service plan.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: Straight Talk does not offer roaming, so there are no charges.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: No
Calling Features: voicemail, caller ID
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes
Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your Straight Talk service.
Nationwide Long Distance: Yes
Unlimited Plan Available: Yes
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available at no extra charge
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: Straight Talk phones are similar to those offered by parent company Tracfone. They can be purchased through Straight Talk's website, at Walmart.com or at various dealers. Straight Talk also offers iPhone models.
Standard Calling Features: voicemail, caller ID
Some Available Cell Models: Samsung S380C, LG Optimus Black, Samsung Galaxy Centura, Huawei Ascend Plus, ZTE Whirl, iPhone 5, Alcatel Onetouch Sonic
Cheapest Phone Model: Free with service, or $9.99