Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three Ways to the iPhone 5

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Last week we announced that the iPhone is now available on Straight Talk. We’ve been waiting for this day and can’t tell you how excited we are about this new offering for our customers.

Some of you may have been using the iPhone already through our Bring Your Own Phone SIM program, but now, we have three different options for you to have the best iPhone at the best price.

There are three ways to have the iPhone on Straight Talk:

  • Bring an AT&T or T-mobile compatible GSM phone, or an unlocked GSM phone.
  • Purchase a straight talk SIM card & airtime bundle. Standard and micro SIM cards available.
  • Activate your SIM by following the easy instructions included in the activation guide that comes     with your SIM card. You will need an Unlimited* Service Plan to activate your SIM. Buy it during checkout or during the Activation process.

  • Walmart offers financing for as low as $25/month on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Plus there’s no interest and no contract.

3.   Purchase an iPhone 5 at Walmart for $649 and watch it pay for 
      itself over time

     a.   Purchase the iPhone 5 for $649 upfront paired with a $45 Unlimited* plan.

           ·   $649 iPhone 5
           ·   Unlimited* talk, text and data access: $45/month
           ·   Total cost: $1,189/year

     b.   Cost of the iPhone 5 on a leading contract plan:

           ·   iPhone 5: $199.99 with a 2 year contract
           ·   Data plan: $140/month
           ·   Total cost: $1,799/year

     c.   Do the math.

So whether you BYOP, finance your phone, or pay up-front, know that Straight Talk offers the best deals on the full package. iPhone + $45/month Unlimited* = huge savings.



  1. That is a very expensive plan:$140/month, woooooooooooooow

  2. Is the iPhone available to all your customers in all areas?

  3. Is this option going to be offered to all your customers regardless of their location? All of the phones offered in my area are horrible, I only use Straight Talk because of the affordable monthly fee. I hate my phone and have been wanting an iPhone for years.

  4. What tower will the iPhone 5 use. AT&T or Verizon?

  5. What happened to the option to purchase the micro sim for the iPhone 4?

  6. Purchased on on 1-30-13 , still cannot get mms browser, 3g to work. Wait time on tech support and quality of tech support is just not up to par. Cannot get anyone to understand the simple problem. the phone has not gotten the correct download for providing data coverage. Works great with WiFi but otherwise nothing.

    1. Last time I called tech support I sat on hold for over an hour and a half, they never answered

    2. I am having the same problem. I was told we had to call Verizon and have some lock code taken off the phone. I finally got through to them and they did not know what I was talking about and said only lock code they give is for international calls. I would sure appreciate if anyone could help us out here. Thanks in advance.

  7. If I buy a iPhone 5 and decide I want to drop my old Verizon plan can I then switch my old number to my new iPhone I have been trying out with a different number?

  8. The iPhone 5 sold via Straight Talk uses SPRINT which is awful. Buy the ATT one and do the Straight Talk SIM service! Then you'll get ATT service.

  9. can't get data or 3g connection - have motorola atrix 2 - need help please


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.