If you’ve dreamed of the day when you could get an iPhone without being chained to a two-year contract, or if you’re just interested in a cheaper monthly phone bill, this one’s for you. Just yesterday, Straight Talk (a division of TracFone) announced that beginning this Friday, January 9th, the company will begin offering the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 in Wal-Mart stores around the country, completely contract-free.
Here are the pricing details:
- iPhone 4 (8gb model only) will be $449
- iPhone 5 (16gb model only) will be $649
As for your wireless plan, Straight Talk has two options: a $45 monthly plan with unlimited talk, text and data; or a $60 monthly plan that includes the same unlimited talk, text and data, plus unlimited calling to around 1,000 international destinations.
As for coverage and high-speed data: Straight Talk uses the big four wireless carrier networks in the U.S. No details were provided yet on whether or not the iPhone 5 will have access to 4G LTE, which is available from three of the big four networks. If it’s Verizon’s network that the iPhone 5 will be operating on through Straight Talk, that’s a huge win for prepaid-loving customers, since Verizon’s 4G LTE network is, by far, the most widespread.
So, who’s interested in saving some money? Let me know on Twitter: @mbchp.
[Update: A few of you have asked if you can bring your own iPhone. The answer is YES, provided that it comes from AT&T or is unlocked for use with any SIM. The same plans ($45 or $60) are available.]
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