Straight Talk is a prepaid cell phone service from TracFone Wireless that operates on the Verizon and AT&T wireless networks sold through Wal-Mart. As with all prepaid cell phone services there’s no credit check and no contract.
Straight Talk offers a two prepaid plan options. You can choose either the $30 monthly plan or the $45 monthly unlimited plan. However, before you decide, you should check to see if network service is available in your area.
Straight Talk Plan Coverage Area
Go to the Straight Talk website and take a look at their coverage area map. It looks like it pretty much covers the United States except for a few areas. It runs on the extensive Verizon network, so if Verizon is available in your area, Straight Talks should be too. However, if you’re not quite sure and it looks like you area is not covered, contact them to confirm. You can either call them at 1-877-430-2355 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Phone Availability for the Straight Talk plan
To find the phones available in your area, go to their website and insert your zip code. They have quite a wide range of phones available. The phones range in price from $49.99 for the LG220C (a reconditioned phone), to $244.99 for either the Nokia E71 smart phone or the Nokia 6790 smart phone. Both of the expensive phones are only available on the $45 unlimited plan.
The phone features vary from basic flip phones to full QWERTY keyboards, Bluetooth technology, camera /video recording capability and 4GB micro SD cards. There’s probably a phone to suit your cell phone/texting/web needs.
Straight Talk Service Plans
As mentioned above, there are only two plans. There’s the $30 plan which provides 1000 nationwide minutes, 1,000 text or picture messages and 30 MB of web access. The alternative is the $45 plan which gives you unlimited minutes, text or picture messages, mobile Web access and Straight Talk also throws in unlimited 411 calling on this plan.
If you visit the Service Plan page on the Straight Talk website, they have an extensive chart outlining their prepaid plans. They show the $30 plan and $45 plan as described above, but they also list a three month, six months and one year unlimited plan. One would think that the longer plans are offered at a discount; not the case. The three-month plan is nothing but the $45 plan multiplied by three and the same for the 6 and 12 month plans. No discount.
The only reason one would consider signing up for 3, 6 or 12 month plan is to get rid of the bookkeeping requirements of constantly renewing the monthly service. The downside is if you are not satisfied with the service, you’ll have a greater hassle getting your money back.