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. Yeahs crazy. Plus I have heard ALOT of complaints about Straight Talk. I paid full price for my iPhone 5 on Verizon and I have unlimited LTE. I’m paying $75 a month for that with my work discount.

  1. Imagine that! You simply buy a phone either with cash or finance it, and then you pay for service from the carrier of your choice. Amazing! Why didn’t somebody think of that before?

    All sarcasm aside, this is the way phones should have been sold from the beginning. Welcome to the real world. Screw you, AT&T and Verizon!

    1. They were sold that way, for a while. My first cell phone was a Sony that I paid cash for at a Sams Club (they had a 6 foot high stack of them, in boxes). It was a pretty nice bar phone, with a case and car and home chargers. Worked like a champ for several years.

      The phones were configured for Sprint (the Balkanization of American cellular providers was much worse in the late ’90s). You went home, contacted Sprint with the phone (if I remember rightly), set up your number and account and off you went. No contract required, you could change the minutes at any time. Overages were fierce, but you could control it.

      But, that was before cell phones for every member of the family and data, etc, etc, etc. Times are a-changin’.

  2. Compared to a 2-year contract, assuming you bought the phone at full price, your total outlay averages $72 / month. If you keep your phone for 3 years, it works out to $63 / month.

    This is a great way to get switchers who have an iPhone 4S.

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