Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The new LG290C

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Have you seen the new Straight Talk LG220C?

It's a very stylish slider phone, perfect if you're always on the go and want a reliable, fun, full-featured phone.

Plus, it's got a 1.3 Megapixel camera, Bluetooth®, Mobile Web Access and more.

Here's the list of features:
  • Mobile Web Services
  • Stylish Slider Phone Design
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Downloadable Ringtones and Graphics
  • Hands-free Speaker
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating: M3/T3
  • MMS Picture Messaging
  • Voicemail and Call Waiting
  • Key Pad Lock and Alarm Clock
  • Phone Book with up to 1000 Entries
  • Battery Talk Time up to 3 hours
  • Standby Time up to 7.5 days
  • Color Screen
  • Text Messaging
  • Vibration Alert
  • Auto Redial
  • Voice Recorder
  • Voice Commands
  • Voice Dialing
  • 33 Polyphonic Ringtones
  • Calculator
  • Includes Charger and Services Guide
  • FREE SHIPPING (limited time only*).
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Free Shipping!

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Make a really great deal even better!

For a limited time only, order a Straight Talk phone and get free ground shipping!

Sweet!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

R451C with QWERTY Keyboard!

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The coolest -- and hottest -- addition to Straight Talk is the new Samsung R451C.

Its QWERTY keyboard (see the top line of keys), is like a miniature computer keyboard, and perfect for texting.

With Mobile Web Access, you can surf the Net, check e-mail, even update your Facebook status!

When you use the keyboard, the R451's display goes into horizontal mode, which makes it super-convenient. Of course, it also has a traditional numeric touch pad, so if you just want to talk on the phone... no problem!

It's loaded with other features like Bluetooth®, a great camera, MP3 player and more!

Best of all, you don't have to worry about fees for activation, reactivation, cancellation, daily access or overages. With great Straight Talk service, the best prepaid deals around, this is one of the hottest phones in the country.

Get smart! Order your Straight Talk Samsung R451C today, with FREE SHIPPING*!
  • Mobile Web Services
  • 1.3 MegaPixel Camera
  • MP3 Player (cable and SD card not included)
  • Slider QWERTY Keyboard
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
  • Caller/Picture/Ringtone ID
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating: M3
  • Hands-free Speaker
  • Voicemail and Call Waiting
  • Key Pad Lock and Alarm Clock
  • Phonebook with up to 500 entries
  • Battery Talk Time up to 4 hours
  • Standby Time up to 14 days
  • Vivid Color Display
  • MMS picture messaging
  • Downloadable ringtones and graphics
  • Text Messaging
  • Voice Dialing
  • Voice Recorder
  • Voice Commands
  • Vibration Alert
  • Auto Redial
  • 10 Polyphonic Ringtones
  • Includes Charger and Service Guide
  • FREE SHIPPING (limited time only*).

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Straight Talk Expansion

Share & Bookmark After successful pilot program in 234 stores this summer Wal-Mart Stores Inc announced the expansion of cut-price mobile services nationwide thus posing more challenge to rivals such as Leap Wireless International Inc and MetroPCS.

On Wednesday Wal-Mart reported its plans to expand the services to more than 3,200 stores from 234 of the service, developed with TracFone Wireless Inc, the U.S. unit of Mexican cell-phone giant America Movil, owned by billionaire Carlos Slim. Following this announcement, shares of Leap and MetroPCS both fell.

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Straight Talk is part of Walmart's "Big Price Cuts"

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Wal-Mart said this week it would expand to more than 3,200 stores a mobile service plan, developed with TracFone Wireless Inc, the US unit of Mexican cellphone giant America Movil.

The TracFone offering includes a $30 prepaid plan for 1,000 minutes -- a price that analysts said threatened to hurt profit margins across the US wireless sector.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

"More voice minutes and other services than the standard prepaid offer."

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Ovum: "Walmart recently announced the national rollout of its Straight Talk wireless service, another in an array of monthly prepaid and unlimited plans unveiled this year by US providers."

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Straight Talk "All about savings"

Share & Bookmark Sci-Tech Today: "Walmart's latest venture seems to be all about savings. The company points to Nielsen Mobile Bill Panel Data that reports the average U.S. adult spends $78 for 1,000 minutes of cellular minutes a month. That's not even counting data packages. By switching to the $30 Straight Talk plan, Walmart said, the average 1,000 minutes-per-month consumer could save more than $500 a year and still be on a reliable nationwide network.

For $30 a month, the Straight Talk 'All You Need' 30-day plan includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts, and 30MB of mobile Web access. The $45 plan includes unlimited minutes, unlimited text, and unlimited mobile Web access. Both tiers of the Straight Talk service include nationwide coverage and 411 information calls at no additional charge."

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"Immediate Benefits: My monthly cell phone bill will be cut in half and no overages to worry about"

Share & Bookmark Miss Bankrupt: "There will be two phone plans. One will be the 'All You Need' plan for $30 a month with 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 30MB of web access and 411 calls at no extra charge. The other is the Unlimited* Plan for $45 a month and includes unlimited* minutes, unlimited* text, unlimited* web access and unlimited* 411 Information calls. I will save a huge chunk of money even with the unlimited* plan. Just the unlimited* texting is probably worth almost $30.00 and the unlimited* minutes are priceless, in my opinion, anyway."

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"Everyone is looking to save money"

Share & Bookmark MediaPost Marketing Daily: "Wal-Mart Stores wants to change the way America uses its cell phones.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer says it is partnering with TracFone Wireless to launch Straight Talk, a no-contract cell phone plan. For $45 a month, users get unlimited minutes, texts and mobile Web use, and for $30, they get 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of Web usage. Both plans also offer unlimited use of 411 calls."

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"From a company you already know that has locations pretty much everywhere"

Share & Bookmark Shaktronics.com: "Yes, Walmart is entering the phone service world with their Straight Talk service. No contracts, no hidden fees. For $30 a month, you can have up to 1000 minutes of talk time and 1000 texts, or for $45 a month, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. When you run out of texts and time, or your 30 days are you, you just buy a new card and continue on using your phone."

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"Going Down-Down-Down"

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eMarketer: "That’s the direction mobile service pricing is headed in the wake of Walmart’s announcement this week that the retail giant is partnering with TracFone to offer talk, text and mobile Web access plans for as low as $30/month. Unlimited plans will cost just $45. Both are being marketed under the Straight Talk banner and will be available exclusively at Walmart stores. Needless to say, that’s pretty aggressive pricing, but consistent with the type of move we’ve seen repeatedly from pre-paid carriers over the past 12 to 18 months. For the first time in decades, US consumers are finding it sexier to save than spend, and Walmart’s move can been seen as an effort to capitalize on the growing sense of thrift in the face of the recession."

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Straight Talk: "Instead of the plethora of 'complicated, convoluted and confusing' contracts"

Share & Bookmark Phillip Nones: "On course to become the low-price leader in seemingly every imaginable consumer product and service, Wal-Mart has decided to roll out a new wireless cell phone service called Straight Talk.

Instead of the plethora of 'complicated, convoluted and confusing' contracts that seem to be so common in the industry, Wal-Mart’s Straight Talk is offering just two plans – and neither of them requires a signed contract.

One plan offers unlimited minutes, texting and mobile web user for $45 per month. A cheaper, $30 monthly plan allows for 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 text messages and 30 megabytes of web usage. Consumers may refill their monthly balances by buying refill cards at Wal-Mart stores or by registering online.

And what about those irritating 'add on' charges that always seem to add $10 or $15 extra to your monthly bill? Wal-Mart’s aiming to limit those as well. For example, 411 directory assistance calls are free."


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Prepaid Cellphone Wars Heat Up.

Share & Bookmark Smart Money: "If you haven't already considered switching to a prepaid cellphone plan, here's some news: the option is growing as alternative to traditional plans -- and now it's getting a major boost from a retail giant.

The latest player: Walmart. The retail giant’s plans, which will be available Oct. 18, are on the cheap end of the more inclusive prepaid offers. Shoppers have a choice of two prepaid cellphone plans through the retailer’s Straight Talk service, a partnership with prepaid provider Tracfone Wireless. A $30, 30-day plan includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 text messages and 30MB of mobile web access. A $45 plan offers unlimited minutes, text and data for 30 days. Both include free 411 dialing, which can cost up to $2 on other prepaid and contract plans."

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"That sound you hear? Executives at T-Mobile and Sprint losing their lunch."

Share & Bookmark Daily Finance: "There hasn't been this much action in the mobile phone space since Gordon Gekko plotted his moves on a cell phone the size of a brick.

The latest disruptive news comes from Walmart (WMT), of all places, which has announced plans to offer low-cost mobile service. Starting this Sunday, the big-box retailer is launching a pre-paid wireless service called "Straight Talk," which offers a $30 or $45 prepaid monthly plan available at more than 3,200 Walmart stores nationwide. The plans offer cell phone service at a major discount to existing mobile calling packages. To wit: the $30 monthly plan includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts, 30MB of mobile Web access, and nationwide coverage. The $45 monthly plan includes unlimited minutes, texts, mobile Web access, and nationwide coverage."

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Rather Successful

Share & Bookmark Geek.com: "Straight Talk will offer two types of prepaid plans. The US$30 a month plan includes 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30MB of mobile web access a month. A limited number of 411 calls are also offered at no extra charge. The $45 a month plan includes unlimited* minutes, unlimited* text, unlimited* mobile access and an unlimited* number of 411 calls. Both plans include nationwide coverage."

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"That’s quite a deal."

Share & Bookmark Gadget News: "I must say I’m not too surprised by this move by Walmart–you only have to look at their Great Value brand when it comes to grocery items. Oh sure, Walmart offers the traditional brands most people like, but they really push their Great Value plan because it means more money in the company’s pocket. To Walmart’s credit the Great Value brand tends to be cheaper as well.

It makes perfect sense to take this mentality and utilize it for mobile phone service as well. Again, this is yet another way Walmart can end up with more money while also offering customers a deal. That deal is a $45 a month pre-paid plan that is unlimited everything in most respects. That’s quite a deal."

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Expert Sees 'Tipping Point' for Recession-Weary Consumers

Share & Bookmark PinkLemonadeOfLife.com: "The announcement Wednesday that Wal-Mart, the United States’ largest retailer, will offer a branded low-cost prepaid service, 'Straight Talk,' at the $30 and $45 levels, could end up being the 'tipping point for millions of consumers who are already considering moving away from expensive contract-based cell phone service,' according to New Millennium Research (NMRC) executive director Allen Hepner.

While not endorsing any particular product or service, Hepner believes that the $30 plan (with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts per month, mobile Web access and no-extra cost 411 calls, with no contract and no penalties) and the $45 plan (unlimited calling, texting, mobile Web and 411) that Wal-Mart now offers under the 'Straight Talk' brand are likely to play out as real 'head turners' for consumers who associate the massive retailer with the experience of buying goods and services at the lowest possible price."

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"A phone that works at the right price -- namely, cheap!"

Share & Bookmark The Progress & Freedom Foundation: "Prepaid plans mean you don't have to pay for more than you'll think you need and for many folks that's about all they want to hear. Esoteric inside-the-Beltway debates about tethering, Net neutrality, app stores, etc., are meaningless to most people. They just want a phone that works at the right price -- namely, cheap!"

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A new low price for no-contract wireless service

Share & Bookmark cspnet.com: "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said that it will launch Straight Talk, a new solution in no-contract cellular, exclusively at more than 3,200 Walmart stores nationwide starting Oct. 18, 2009. Straight Talk will bring to the market a new low price for no-contract wireless service... To help drive down no-contract wireless pricing for customers, Walmart will launch Straight Talk"

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"Not everyone is looking to spend a lot of money on a phone"

Share & Bookmark TopTechNews.com: "Low cost and no contract are words that are going to go over very well with the wireless consumer, according to Michael Gartenberg, a vice president at Interpret. 'This Straight Talk plan from Walmart does fill an important gap in the wireless lineup. Not everyone is looking to spend a lot of money on a phone,' Gartenberg said. 'Consumers are beginning to realize that the cheap $99 phone is costing them several thousands of dollars over the course of the year.'"

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Significant development

Share & Bookmark The Technology Liberation Front: "Wal-Mart jumped into the prepaid cell phone business this week with the launch of Straight Talk... I don’t want to overplay the significance of this development, but I really do believe that Wal-Mart’s presence in this field is significant, at least for entry-level mobile phones. While it would be easy for those of us who use more advanced smartphones to shrug off the Wal-Mart announcement, it would be a mistake..."

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Straight Talk puts consumers "over the edge"

Share & Bookmark TelephonyOnline.com: "As both the largest and cheapest prepaid provider, TracFone’s new Wal-Mart-sold plans could put millions of consumers who are already considering ditching their contracts over the edge"

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"The nation's cheapest prepaid unlimited* wireless calling plan"

Share & Bookmark Ad Age: "Starting Sunday, more than 3,200 Walmart stores will be exclusively offering Straight Talk, the nation's cheapest prepaid unlimited* wireless calling plan, from Tracfone Wireless. The $45 plan lets users call, text and surf the mobile web all they want, beating a similar offer from Boost Mobile, which, priced at $50, was unprecedented when it launched in January."
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Motley Fool: Straight Talk is "a shot to the gut"

Share & Bookmark The Motley Fool: "This is naturally going to be a shot to the gut of giants AT&T (NYSE: T), Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S), and Verizon Wireless, who all wield costly usage plans and anchor customers to two-year commitments."

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The best deal

Share & Bookmark GadgetCrave.com: "If you already buy everything, from groceries to clothes to electronics, why not throw in a phone? The superstore juggernaut has teamed with wireless carrier TracFone to create Straight Talk, a dirt-cheap cellular service with no monthly contracts."

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Walmart now offering nationwide cellphone and mobile data service

Share & Bookmark BroadbandDSLReports.com: "According to the company, they're offering two wireless plans starting October 18. The first offers 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of data for $30 a month. The second offers unlimited voice, data and SMS for $45 a month."

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Straight Talk in over 3,200 Walmart stores

Share & Bookmark From MobileBurn: "October 18, Walmart shoppers will be able to walk into over 3,200 Walmart stores and purchase one of two prepaid monthly plans. The $30 Straight Talk "All You Need" plan gives users 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 text messages, and 30MB of data for surfing the Web. The plan is active for 30 days and also comes with unlimited* 411 calls. The more expensive $45 prepaid package includes unlimited* calls, unlimited* texts, and unlimited* Web access.

Walmart will offer a handful of phones that take advantage of its Straight Talk plans, including the LG 220 ($39.98), the LG Slider 290 ($79.98), and the Samsung 451 ($99.88) which has a full QWERTY keyboard."

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Wal-Mart offers no-contract phone plans

Share & Bookmark CDFreaks.com: "In an industry dominated by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the Straight Talk service may prove useful for people who are unable — or unwilling — to sign a two-year contract with one of the big four wireless providers in the United States."

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"Direct 411 access at no additional cost"

Share & Bookmark From PhoneNews.com: "The handset lineup will consist of the entry-level LG 220 clamshell at $39.98, the LG Slider 290 at $79.98 and the Samsung 451 QWERTY keyboard slider at $99.88.

Plans will consist of the Straight Talk “All You Need” 30-day Plan that includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of mobile web access along with 411 calls at no extra charge for $30 a month as well as the Unlimited* 30-day Plan that includes unlimited* minutes, unlimited* text and unlimited* mobile web access for $45 a month."

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"Sprint and T-Mobile have already been hurt"

Share & Bookmark Venturebeat.com: "Tracfone’s Straight talk phones start with a $30 per month plan, which operates on Verizon’s network. An unlimited data plan is only $45 per month, compared to $70 monthly for an iPhone contract. Boost Mobile, Leap Wireless and MetroPCS will all need to respond competitively. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint and T-Mobile have already been hurt by customers switching to lower-price brands, whereas Verizon and AT&T haven’t had their businesses eaten by cheaper phone plans."

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A Run For Their Money

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XChange Magazine: "Seemingly dabbling in everything, discount giant Wal-Mart now plans to give prepaid providers a run for their money.
The store has teamed with American Movil. The pair will sell unlimited* voice and text for $45 per month, under the brand Straight Talk. If you don’t need an unlimited* plan, it gets even cheaper, with 1,000 minutes and 1,000 texts setting you back just $30.
What does this mean for relatively small prepaid companies like Leap Wireless and MetroPCS? Only time will tell, but it’s certainly competition they didn’t need."
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"Just when it looked like the prepaid space couldn't get much hotter"

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Wireless Week: "Just when it looked like the prepaid space couldn't get much hotter, Walmart announced yesterday that it will exclusively sell TracFone Wireless' Straight Talk service in more than 3,200 stores nationwide starting on Sunday.

The no-contract service will be offered with two prepaid plans at $30 and $45 a month. Straight Talk will only be available in Walmart stores and online at walmart.com and straighttalk.com."

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"StraightTalk service may be just what you have been waiting for."

Share & Bookmark Single Parent Gossip: "Having a functional cellphone is one of the critical tools single parents need today in order to stay in contact with their children. Unfortunately all that texting, calling and Internet comes with nosebleed price tags. And if you have been looking for a way to cut down your cellphone bill, Walmart’s new Straight Talk service may be just what you have been waiting for."

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Available at Walmart: a range of Straight Talk phone products

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NACS Online: "Walmart is tapping into Americans’ most coveted gadget: the cell phone.

The retailer announced an exclusive partnership with TracFone Wireless to launch Straight Talk, a no-contract cell phone plan that gives users unlimited minutes, texts and mobile Web access for $45 a month. A second plan is also available: For $15 less, users can downgrade to 1,000 minutes 1,000 texts and 30MB of Web usage. Straight Talk will be available at 3,200 Walmart stores beginning October 18.

Customers can purchase plans and refill their monthly balances at Walmart stores or online at Walmart.com or StraightTalk.com. Also available at Walmart are a range of Straight Talk phone products priced from $39.98 to $99.88."

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A low-priced alternative to traditional higher-priced contract plans

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"Ping Zhoa, a senior analyst with CreditSights Inc. in New York, said about 87 percent of the U.S. population already has cell-phone service, particularly those ages 15 to 65. Those without service are most receptive to prepaid because it does not involve a contract and can be started or stopped at will, she said.

Prepaid service has accelerated dramatically during the recession, Zhoa said.

Wal-Mart's prices, she said, are 'clearly lower than what we're seeing in the marketplace for brand names.'

Customers are attracted to prepaid plans, he said, 'because it's so convenient, you use it when you need it, and you get relatively cheap rates.' Michael Nelson, analyst with Soleil Securities Group Inc. in New York, said the plan is likely to catch on with many customers.

'It's a low-priced alternative to traditional higher-priced contract plans offered by the national carriers,' he said."


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Trend of recession-weary consumers turning to prepaid wireless is continuing.

Share & Bookmark About.com: "Straight Talk, which is a brand of TracFone Wireless, is the newest prepaid wireless carrier on the scene. Straight Talk is now being sold by Walmart, which is the country's largest retailer.

This affiliation could be the 'tipping point for millions of consumers who are already considering moving away from expensive, contract-based cell phone service,' according to NMRC executive director Allen Hepner in a Thursday statement."

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"New competition for U.S. wireless providers"

Share & Bookmark Austin (Texas) American-Statesman: "Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, will offer two no-contract cell phone plans for $30 and $45 a month, opening new competition for U.S. wireless providers before the holiday shopping season."

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"Text-crazy people can rejoice"

Share & Bookmark From Ubergizmo.com: "The icing on the cake is that you don’t even have to commit to a data plan... . There is, however at least one QWERTY phone offered, so text-crazy people can rejoice."

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Straight Talk is Nationwide

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"Walmart on Wednesday announced the availability of two new low-cost, no-contract mobile phone plans, called Straight Talk, nationwide."

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Straight Talk Nationwide Rollout "inevitable"

Share & Bookmark PrepaidReviews.com: "The experiment has gone well enough for Wal-Mart to expand it nationwide. This was inevitable; cost-conscious consumers are naturally attracted to Straight Talk’s low-cost, high-capacity service plans."

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"Very encouraging to see the excitement"

Share & Bookmark Mobiletor.com: “It has been very encouraging to see the excitement and response to the Straight Talk pilot in 234 stores that began last summer at Walmart. In light of the savings customers continue to need, we have worked very quickly to extend this offering...,"said Greg Hall, vice president of Media Services, Walmart U.S.

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Straight Talk taps "vast experience in the pre-paid wireless market."

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"To become competitive in the market Walmart teamed up with TracFone Wireless (using its) vast experience in the pre-paid wireless market," according to Product Review News.

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Celebrate the Holidays and Save with Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark PCMag.com: "We have worked very quickly to extend this offering to all of our Walmart customers nationwide, and just before the holidays," said Greg Hall, vice president of media services at Walmart.

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Straight Talk and "The Invisible Hand"

Share & Bookmark Dr. Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan, says that Straight Talk is Economics' "'invisible hand' at work, bringing you the lowest cell phone prices in history."

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Straight Talk is "going to get serious attention"

Share & Bookmark "Allen Hepner, New Millennium Research executive director... believes that the $30 plan (with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts per month, mobile Web access and no-extra cost 411 calls, with no contract and no penalties) and the $45 plan (unlimited calling, texting, mobile Web and 411) that Wal-Mart now offers under the 'Straight Talk' brand are going to get serious attention," writes industry analyst and journalist Gary Kim.

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Straight Talk is "the tipping point"

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"NMRC (New Millennium Research) thinks that the Walmart prepaid cellphone market entry is the 'tipping point' that could lead to a serious game changer."

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fierce Wireless on Straight Talk

Share & Bookmark "Wal-Mart notes that the average U.S. adult spends $78 for 1,000 wireless minutes a month--by switching to the $30 Straight Talk plan, the same consumer could save more than $500 per year."

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Gizmodo on Straight Talk

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"Walmart has been beta testing their exclusive Straight Talk no-contract wireless service for months, but now the retailer will offer two low-cost wireless plans nationwide starting October 18th, including an unlimited plan for just $45."

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Wal-Mart Takes on Wireless Carriers

Share & Bookmark "The behemoth discounter announced on Wednesday that it will begin offering two no-contract wireless service plans."

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Straight Talk means "new competition for U.S. wireless providers"

Share & Bookmark "Walmart could grab sales from competitors by expanding the availability of low-priced plans, even as wireless growth slows, said Michael Nelson, an analyst at Soleil/Nelson Alpha Research. Walmart is entering the fastest-growing part of the almost saturated U.S. mobile-phone market, he said.

'Walmart has a history of being, in many cases, a category killer,' New York-based Nelson said in a telephone interview. “I would expect the increasing proportion of new wireless sales to be sold through the big box retailers and indirect dealers versus traditional, company-owned stores."

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Engadget: "No-contract $30 / $45 Straight Talk wireless plans storm Walmart"

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"Three Hamiltons gets you 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of mobile web access, not to mention nationwide coverage and free 411 calls. If that's not quite enough, a $45 per month option provides unlimited everything (voice/SMS /mobile web)."

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Reuters: Straight Talk customer response was "overwhelming."

Share & Bookmark "Wal-Mart said it will be offering the plans nationwide on Oct. 18 after a pilot program in 234 stores this summer. It said that customer response to the program was 'overwhelming.'"

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Straight Talk from The Los Angeles Times

Share & Bookmark "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a no-contract wireless service called Straight Talk. The service offers a $30 or a $45 prepaid monthly plan and will be exclusively available at more than 3,200 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.."

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Straight Talk is "a potent competitor in the hot prepaid segment," says the Wall Street Journal

Share & Bookmark "'It's just one other salvo in the ongoing pricing battle,' said Roger Entner, an analyst at Nielsen Co.'

The service is seen as a threat to prepaid providers MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) and Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP), best known for their unlimited prepaid plans. The two companies are experiencing pressure from Sprint Nextel Corp.'s (S) Boost Mobile, which is also vulnerable to the Straight Talk plan."

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Straight Talk = Straight-Forward Savings

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From The Check Out Blog, by Walmart Associates:

"One major expense for our customers is their monthly wireless phone bill. To help address this expense Walmart worked with TracFone, the largest prepaid company in America, to test a new service called Straight Talk. We initially tested the Straight Talk program during this summer in roughly 200 stores. The customer reaction was immediate. In fact, the response was so overwhelming that we will be launching this new program nationwide."

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"Straight Talkers Go Straight to Walmart for $45 Unlimited* Text, Web & Minutes...

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... to help drive down no-contract wireless pricing for customers."

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No contracts with Straight Talk

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"What about contracts? Nope, you won’t find any contracts with Straight Talk," declared IntoMobile.

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Straight Talk goes Nationwide

Share & Bookmark "A $30/month Straight Talk plan offers 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of mobile Web access nationwide with free 411 calls. An unlimited* 30-day plan at $45/month offers unlimited* voice, text and Web access nationally, also with free 411 calls. The plans, which will also be available at Walmart.com and StraightTalk.com, follow a successful 234-store pilot program that began last summer, Walmart said."

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Straight Talk "will drive down the prices."

Share & Bookmark "The new Straight Talk cell phone plans from Wal-Mart will drive down the prices.... These cheaper prices will take away the market share from the other major cell phone service providers"

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Straight Talk from the Chicago Sun-Times

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"Wal-Mart jumped into the popular pre-paid, no-contract cellular phone market Wednesday with two calling plans. A $30-a-month prepaid plan includes 1,000 minutes of talk, 1,000 text messages and 30 megabytes of mobile Web access. A separate $45 unlimited* 30-day plan allows for unlimited* minutes, texting and Web access. The service runs on the Verizon Wireless network. Handsets for the service are being sold at Wal-Mart starting at about $40."

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ABC News on Straight Talk

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"Wal-Mart is launching a national no-contract cell phone service, called 'Straight Talk,' that will be made available at more than 3,200 Wal-Mart stores..."

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Straight Talk "Tipping Point"

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"Wal-Mart is set to launch a national no-contract cell phone program for consumers who don't want to be tied down to a carrier for years'-long contracts.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer has reached an agreement with Straight Talk, a service of TracFone Wireless, the Miami-based subsidiary of America Movil, owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Wal-Mart's entry into the no-contract world could serve as a 'tipping point for millions of consumers who are already considering moving away from expensive contract-based cell phone service,' said New Millennium Research Council Executive Director Allen Hepner, in a statement..."

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Straight Talk Lauded by GoMo News

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GoMo News is very impressed with Straight Talk:

"I think this is a pretty damn good deal. You can walk out of a Walmart with a brand new device and 1,000 mins talk and text in your pocket for $65. I went phone shopping in San Francisco less than two weeks ago, and the cheapest I could get the same deal for $120 from T-Mobile (check out that article here). So in terms of price, this is pretty good news for consumers."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Straight Talk uses one of America's best networks, so you're assured of great coverage, fewer dropped calls and clear connections.

Whether you talk, text or send and receive data, Straight Talk's got you covered.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Unlimited* PLUS

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Straight Talk's amazing UNLIMITED* deal has improved!

For $45 every 30 days, users now receive Unlimited* minutes, messages, data -- anytime and nationwide. Plus, calls to 411 at no additional charge.

It's an incredible deal. And the coverage is awesome.


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Is Straight Talk "The New Southwest Airlines"?

Share & Bookmark FierceWireless analyst Mark Lowenstein writes about Straight Talk: "... as a simple, low-cost, no-frills service plan for individuals, it is the best deal in the business. Decent phone, the benefits of the Verizon network--clearly branded on the box--and a price package that is dramatically lower than comparable plans available from T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile."

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Straight Talk's $45 Unlimited* plan "stuns" the industry

Share & Bookmark The introduction of Straight Talk's UNLIMITED* plan, offering unlimited* nationwide talk and texts, will "stun industry participants," Pali Research analyst Walter Piecyk wrote in a note to investors.

Another analyst, Piper Jaffray's Chris Larsen concurred, saying that Leap and Boost Mobile, Sprint Nextel's prepaid unit, would be especially vulnerable.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

How much is enough?

Share & Bookmark Trade group CTIA’s semi-annual survey shows that the average wireless consumer uses around 760 minutes and 400 text messages a month.

That's great news if you use Straight Talk. For only $30, you get 30 days of 1,000 Nationwide Minutes and 1,000 Texts. It's all you need and more!

And if you're w-a-a-a-y above average, you can get 30 days of Unlimited Nationwide Anytime Minutes and Texts for a measly $45.

It's a fantastic deal. And CTIA agrees: "a number of unlimited voice and text message plans have been introduced by U.S. wireless companies providing U.S. consumers with even greater value. For example, Tracfone offers its 'Straight Talk' plan of unlimited minutes and text, nationwide, any time, for $45 a month."

Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano
http://www.fiercewireless.com

Feb. 9 2011 - 6:03 pm - América Móvil's TracFone MVNO service netted a whopping 1.1 million new subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2010, finishing the period with a total of 17.7 million subscribers.

TracFone's net adds put it in the same league as some of the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers. For example, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ [1]), the nation's largest wireless carrier, recorded 955,000 total net customer additions in the fourth quarter, ending the period with 102.2 million "total wireless connections."

Such a comparison isn't completely fair, however. TracFone doesn't operate its own wireless network--instead, as an MVNO, the company essentially piggybacks on the networks of Verizon , AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T [2]) and T-Mobile USA, reselling their services under TracFone's brands, which include Straight Talk, Net10 and others. Thus, TracFone's net customer additions are also counted by its host carriers under their "wholesale" column.

Nonetheless, TracFone's stellar growth is notable. The company has grown its U.S. subscriber base from 14.4 million in December of 2009 to 16.7 million in September 2010 to 17.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of last year.

As for TracFone's subscriber metrics, the company's minutes of use skyrocketed 219 percent year over year, from 94 in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 300 in the fourth quarter of 2010. TracFone attributed the growth to its Straight Talk unlimited service. TracFone's average revenue per user grew from $10 to $14 during the same period while its churn remained relatively unchanged at around 4 percent.

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CTIA-The Wireless Association's statement on usage and cost for mobile phone calls

WASHINGTON, DC CTIA-The Wireless Association® issued the following statement today in response to the OECD Communications Outlook report on usage and cost for mobile phone calls:

The headline from the recently released OECD Communications Outlook report reads that Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden have the lowest prices for mobile phone calls among OECD countries, while the highest prices were found in Canada, Spain, and the United States. But since U.S. consumers enjoy the lowest per minute rates of all of the OECD countries, what today’s OECD report really shows is that some international comparisons just don’t make sense – especially when built on flawed assumptions.

The real story is buried on page 275 of the OECD report which states:

“It is important to note again that the OECD calling pattern in the basket can be significantly different than common calling profiles in a specific country. For example, the high-usage OECD basket includes 1,680 outgoing voice calls per year while users in the United States average 9,600 minutes of voice calls (combined incoming and outgoing) per year. In this case the basket provides the cost of buying exactly the calls and messages in the OECD basket rather than what may be considered a ‘typical’ bundle in the market.”

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