Monday, July 26, 2010

More coverage!

Share & Bookmark New phones are available from Straight Talk: The LG620G and Samsung T401G.


Up until now, Straight Talk ran exclusively on a single network. It's one of America's best networks and people were (and are) thrilled with the great coverage at a ridiculously low price. But there were a few places where Straight Talk wasn't available because the local network didn't support it.

That's hardly an issue any more!

With the introduction of these new phones, Straight Talk is almost everywhere. Same great prices, too.

Enter a zip code here and see!


  1. does straight talk offer any kind of guarantee for the phone itself? What happens if the phone dies in 30, 60, 90 days...?

  2. Hi Lauren. The phone is covered with a one year limited warranty. The retailer usually has an initial exchange period, too.

  3. I'm in Alaska and I'm thrilled you now offer service here! I read somewhere you'll be offering more GSM phones than the current two soon -- could you tell me when that will be and whether there will be something similar to a touch-phone?

  4. When are we going to see the Samsung Finesse back on? I check one day to see the phones and I was like I want that phone!!! but now it's gone from the list of phones for my zip code. =(

  5. Will the new phones work on both networks or will you need to select the phone to work on one or the other?

  6. Hi Sara: If/when we have somet5hing to announce, we'll do it here. Thanks!

  7. Hi microbotsx: It's not available. Sorry.

  8. Hi B : One or the other. Hope that helps!

  9. How can you be sure what network you will get? My father, brother and I all purchased phones from the local Wal-Mart. Their phones are Verizon and mine is AT&T. My brother and I have the same phone. How can I make sure that I get Verizon? I have very limited AT&T coverage here and now have crappy service.

  10. NOOOOOOO!!!! man that is really bad, are you going to get a new touch scren phone?

    If I get my hands on a Samsung Finesse from Straight Talk it still will work on your network?

  11. As a frequent traveler, I need a phone that operates in all zips; I live in New Mexico and have family in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, etc.; I am hoping you will get a phone that works on all networks. Thanks, Becky

  12. Hi, Becky. Thanks for the suggestion.

  13. Hi jai: If the model ends in "C" it's CDMA; in "G" it's GSM.

    Hope that helps. Thanks.

  14. Hi microbotsx: If it's a Straight Talk phone, the R810C still works with Straight Talk. No worries!

  15. Will any of your phones roam?
    Thank you.

  16. Hi K; The GSM phones may roam, depending on where you are, if you have GSM service.

    No additional charge, btw. Hope that helps.


  17. What are the differences between CDMA or GSM phones. Is one better than the other?

  18. I had 2 tracfones - 1 for myself & 1 for my daughter. I noticed that I had better service in our home than she did. I did some research & found out about the C & G difference - G = AT&T in my area. I chose the LG620G - and I'm lovin' it! I usedto pay $20/mo for 250 minutes on my W376G, plus $10/mo for 100 mins on her phone. PLUS $25/mo for my landline. Sometimes I was running low by the end of the month, and of course she always ran out quickly. Now I pay $30/mo for 1000 min/1000 txts/30M of web. In 2 weeks I've only used 150 minutes, but it sure is great to not have to worry anymore. No more landline in my home, so I'm actually saving money by using Straightalk. My ex got daughter a phone on his family plan w/T-Mobile but is actually thinking about cancelling the T-Mobile for my daughter - she goes over the talk-time sometimes and drives him crazy! She can't text her friends bc around here everyone is on Verizon. If she can't txt her friends, he might as well save money & get her a Straighttalk phone.

    THANK YOU Straighttalk for keeping me connected!

  19. Hi Judy: CDMA phones run on networks like Verizon and GSM phones run on AT&T and T-Mobile, for example.

    As far as "better," it really depends on where you live.

    To tell which is which with Straight Talk: If the model ends in "C" it's CDMA; in "G" it's GSM.

    Hope that helps. Thanks!

    1. I have the Samsung Model #SCH-m828c and the service is horrible now. When I had the old phone my service was amazing. Can I set something up differently to go back to the same towers I was on before? Or do u have any other solutions??


  20. We haven't switched from Verizon to Straight Talk, but are considering it. Reliable nationwide coverage in actuality, is essential in our case.

    A few questions.
    1- Does your discussion above about CDMA and GSM explain the discrepancies among your coverage maps?
    2- What Straight Talk phone model/service do you recommend for someone who needs coverage and service EVERYwhere? Can you compete with Verizon on that front, or would you suggest sticking it out with Verizon?
    3- Does Straight Talk use Verizon and AT&T and T-Mobile towers?

    Thanks for any help, e-kath

  21. Hi e-kath;

    Since Verizon is CDMA and you had good results with that, your best bet would probably be with a CDMA Straight Talk phone.

    You can view phones recommended for your area here:


  22. Does the straight talk gsm phones use either att or tmobile according to the phone, or both? my family has tracfones that uses att towers, and cannot get signal at home. tomobile looks to be on the verizon tower and we can get signal with the cdma phones from straight talk. Also, does smart phones get better signal reception than regular cellphones?

  23. Hi Topher. That's correct.

    Your signal strength depends on a variety of factors, so it's difficult to generalize about each phones reception compared to another. Hope that helps. Thanks.

  24. Can I purchase my phone for straighttalk in alaska and have my alaska number ported over? I want to buy the new iphone 5 at walmart and use straight talk

  25. If I already have 2 iPhones with AT&T, will I be able to unlock them and buy 2 new Sim Cards? At this point, I am checking out options to cut costs and maximize data and messaging.

  26. Why don't I have service in my home with my straighttalk phone? I was with US Cellular for years and switched to save money. I am regretting that now. With US Cellular I had great reception everywhere. Four bars in my home, none with straighttalk. This phone and this plan is useless to me. I checked my zip code on your website before I purchased and it said I would have coverage. What's up?


Surpassing Verizon, TracFone notches 1.1M net adds in Q4

By Mike Dano

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.

Read the full story here.

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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.”

Read the full article here.