Game-changer: Walmart offers Apple’s iPhone 5 with $45 no-contract unlimited talk, text and data plan

Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America’s largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on Straight Talk’s $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.

The Straight Talk wireless no contract plan, exclusive to Walmart, saves consumers on average $950 a year when they switch from conventional contract plans with similar unlimited plans.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the remarkable iPhone 5 to customers looking for one of the most advanced smartphones with one of the most affordable No Contract plans ever,” said F.J. Pollak, CEO and President, TracFone Wireless, in the press release. “The advanced iPhone 5 with our unlimited $45 monthly plan and Walmart’s $25 special financing offer is a marriage made in heaven – making it the most affordable premium smartphone offer in America. With this exclusive offer the last reason for not purchasing the No Contract Straight Talk plan is gone.”

“We believe customers shouldn’t have to choose between saving money and having the latest technology,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of Entertainment for Walmart U.S., in the release. “Now customers can have the coveted iPhone with unlimited talk, text and data without a contract for $70 a month thanks to our exclusive Straight Talk plan and industry first financing offer.”

The Apple iPhones for Straight Talk will be available for purchase at the following prices:
• iPhone 5 will be available in black and white for $649 for the 16GB model only
• iPhone 4 will be available in black and white for $449 for the 8GB model only

Walmart will offer a special financing on the purchase of the phone for $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card on these select models. GE Capital Retail Bank is the issuer of the Walmart Credit Cards.

Pricing for the Straight Talk no-contract plans include:
• $45 – No Contract Monthly Plan with Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data.
• $60 – No Contract Monthly Plan with Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data PLUS Unlimited International Calling to more than 1,000 destinations in Mexico, Canada, India, and in other countries.

For more information see: www.straighttalk.com and www.walmart.com/iphone

Source: Walmart

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38 Comments

  1. Tim Cook is expanding and taking Apple’s ubiquity and distribution model where no man has gone before – worldwide mass distribution. This is his expertise.. coupled with Apple’s DNA it will be monumental.

    The empire expands to that make it’s new corporate spaceship offices worthy…

        1. @breeze
          thanks, will do.
          @everyone
          thanks for explaining the licensing with AT&T, data throughput and finance speculation. we don’t have many cell towers on the mountainous island where I live, so the idea of straight talk using existing AT&T towers works in my case.

    1. Depends on the actual quality of the service. There are reports that Straight Talk actually has data caps they just don’t tell you about. You find out the day your phone can’t connect anymore.

      Will they have the full-up iPhone functionality? Visual voice mail, iMessage and FaceTime over cellular come to mind. Can you use your iPhone as a HotSpot?

      If my concerns are unfounded, this is a game changer. But Carlos Slim is mostly known for making Carlos Slim rich. Customer service isn’t usually in the same sentence.

      1. no visual voicemail. Don’t know about FaceTime and don’t know why iMessage would be blocked but it’s possible. Virgin Mobile doesn’t have VVM but supposedly supports FaceTime and iMessage according to their web page.

    1. they license AT&T’s network but not LTE

      you buy a phone for the full $649 price, put in their sim card and use it. no contract, pay per month. $45 per month of $42 if you prepay for the year

      its like europe and other parts of the world where most people don’t have phone contracts

  2. iPhone 5 @ $649 financed 0%, takes 25.96 months to pay off.

    Walmart gets a credit card customer for 2 years and one month, guaranteed. (terms not withstanding) maybe they pay it off early.

    Straight Talk gets a customer, possibly for the same time period.

    $70 times 26 months is $1820…

    It all sounds the same. However the customer has the option to not follow through with Straight Talk, though I think they do not have the option to not pay for the phone. Until we see the phone pay off terms, we really don’t know.

    I mean, if you buy the phone you want to use it, right? Otherwise you buy a iPod.

    For me, this is not a low income option. But with cable rates these days, maybe what’s low income and essential has changed.

      1. “Low income” was code in this case. It stands for consumers who don’t enjoy being ripped off by regulatory monopolists and would like to see some market driven options. There are those who like paying too much for something, because they can and others can’t. I heard a quote from one recently “Where’s the VIP entrance? We are VIP, this line is not for us.”

        Good design and good value are not the exclusive territory of the wealthy.

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