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Walmart wants to give it to you straight, introduces their new Straight Talk cell phone plan.

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With the economy the way it is today, more and more people are looking around for ways to pinch pennies and save a buck. Carpooling, being sure to turn off all the lights, and less needless spending are becoming much more of the norm. One big area that many are looking at to try to cut down on is on their cell phone bill. More people are abandoning the high costs of a “regular” cell phone plan that racks them anywhere from an average of $78 and up a month*, and turning to a pay-as-you-go or no contract cell plan. With this in mind, enter Walmart’s latest way to try to offer up the goofy big yellow smiley face to their customers.

Just announced today is Walmart’s plan to offer up a no-contract wireless service to their customers at two different pre-paid price ranges. The plan is called “Straight Talk,” and so far has received good reviews from customers in the pilot program across over 200 hundred different Wal-Mart stores, according to Walmart’s VP of Media Relations, Greg Hall. The launch will begin at over 3,200 Walmart stores on October 18, 2009.

So what is this going to cost you and what does it offer? You can pick from either a $30 or $45 a month pre-paid plan. The $30 a month “All You Need” plan gets you 1,000 minutes, 1,000 text messages, and 30 MB of web access. You also get free 411 calls and nationwide coverage. If you think you don’t want to limit yourself with your minutes and messages, you could choose to upgrade to the $45 a month Unlimited 30-day plan, which gives you (obviously enough) unlimited calls, text messages and mobile web access, as well as free 411 and nationwide coverage.

Considering that the average US adult plunks down almost $80 a month for their cellular service to get 1,000 minutes a month, this is a rather good deal. But, the question comes in to play, how’s the service? The biggest complaint with this type of deal is that, yeah, you save money..but you also get what you pay for. One of the names splashed around a lot anymore is Boost. But many users of this service give awful reviews stating they lose messages, constantly have problems connecting to the network and lose calls all the time. Yet others claim to love it. Where you live probably plays a huge role in what kind of service you receive due to coverage.

Before going out and signing up for any pre-paid plan, I’d recommend finding someone in your area that has it and ask how they like it. How does it work for them? It may work spectacularly for someone in Chicago, and never connect for someone in Podunk. Or it may have a problem of losing text messages left and right, but the calls go through somehow (which many people claim for some services). If this is the case, if texting isn’t a major issue for you, it may still be more than worth it for you to save that $50 a month on a plan like “Straight Talk.”

Straight Talk customers can refill their balance one of two ways – buy a refill card at the store, or register online at either the Walmart website or StraightTalk.com. You can also pick up your phone for the plan at your local store. Phones range from the LG 220 flip ($39.98) all the way up to the Samsung 451 QWERTY keyboard phone ($99.88).

You can get more information on the plan at Walmart.com or StraightTalk.com.

* Source: Nielsen Mobile Bill Panel Data

Read: [PRNewswire]

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  1. I have Straight Talk. I previously had Verizon then switched to AT&T but the bills were CRAZY!.

    When I heard about Straight Talk I couldn't believe it but got it from Walmart and have had it now for 2 months and it is just sick! I'd heard that it was on Verizon and the coverage is rock steady, so yeah!

    Pat Yoe
  2. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY !!!!!!!!!

    I used there automated phone number to activate my phone. After they mad me enter my $30.00 minutes card to activate the phone I was told it would be activated in up to one hour. 2 hours later i called customer service and was told by them it could take up to 24 hours.

    They provided no help and as much as said oh well just wait the 24 hours.

    This company LIES to you when you activate one of their phones.

    DON NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY !!!!!!!!

    fred james
  3. Straight Talk is really wonderful. I got the the Samsung Finesse and it is almost the exact same thing as an Iphone! And I pay 45 dollars a month now for unlimited texting, minutes, and data. I was paying almost 100 bucks am month with my iphone and the AT&T service was just going in and out. I couldn't even use my phone at my work place.It just is a no -brainer to me and I wish I switched earlier. I have been saving soooo much money!! Plus the service is on the verizon network ( which we all know has the best coverage) so I never have to worry about my service going in and out. The phone is great and their customer service is amazing. Any time I have needed anything they were more than willing to speak with me.

    Cindy H
  4. I have Straight Talk on the Verizon network. Bought it at Walmart and it's an amazing deal. The Samsung Finesse is a very cool smartphone and paying only $45 a month for unlimited everything is the best deal going!

    Who needs an iPhone? LOL!!

    Murry Katz
  5. I have Straight Talk as well and I am really enjoying the service. I never thought I would have such a good experience with a prepaid company, but Straight Talk has consistently made me glad I paid my previous carrier's cancellation fees. I pay $45 a month for unlimited calling, texting and data and that keeps over $50 in my pocket – that means I'll be saving nearly $1,200 over the next two years. I always dropped calls or missed messages on my previous network, so Straight Talk's solid Verizon network is a refreshing change. Even the selection of phones is affordable and varied – I recommend the Samsung Finesse since its a Smart Phone without the IPhone cost or contract. Best of all, I'm with Straight Talk without worrying about a contract or pages of confusing bills.

    Walmart and Straight Talk for the win!

    KGomez
  6. I've read so many negative comments about Straight Talk and its refreshing to find some positive reviews that support how great the service really is. I purchased the $45 unlimited plan on a friend's recommendation and I couldn't be happier not dealing with an more overage fees. I love the strength of the Verizon ST network, especially the great coverage and fast internet speed on the phones. I dont know why everyone is having trouble with the customer service – I had one little issue and it was cleared up in five minutes with one call. Even the whole activation process, including purchasing everything at Walmart, was easy and took a 20 minute phone call. I really am enjoying my service and with Straight Talk I finally feel like I am getting what I pay for.

    collegegirl83
  7. i just bought the phone yesterday and i can not get service where i stay at, this phone sucks i think i just wasted my money on it its suppose to be cover all area but no its all a lie.

    jerrilita garcia
  8. Love the service. Like the other people we are also going to pay off our US cellular account. Works wonderful and it going to save us alone a tone of money. Over thousands. Works great and I feel this company is going to expand over time. thanks. For the great prepaid phone service and no contract. Love you Straight Talk.

    Cotie
  9. What's so great about Straight Talk is that they're now offering Smartphones like the Nokia E71 on the prepaid packages. You'll need to pay a bit upfront but what a phone of that sort of caliber allows you to do is really take full advantage of the unlimited data, talk and text offered. You'll basically have a mobile office that fits into your pocket. I've been really happy on Straight Talk but with a phone like this I'll be over the moon!

    Julia