Walmart just announced that it will offer the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on Straight Talk’s no-contract unlimited plans.
Over 2,000 Walmart stores and Walmart.com will make the smartphones available starting Jan. 11, 2013, and the retailer will also provide customers with “no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing” for only $25 a month via a Walmart Credit Card.
9to5Mac reviewed the iPhone on Straight Talk over the summer when it began to launch on a few notable U.S. prepaid carriers. At the time, there were a few downsides to using an unofficial carrier, such as the lack of visual voicemail, but the benefits and price far outweighed the downsides.
Straight Talk, which is exclusive to Walmart, can save consumers roughly $950a year when they switch from traditional unlimited plans that are on-contract. According to Walmart’s announcement, the 16GB iPhone 5 will be available on Straight Talk in either black or white for $649, while the 8GB iPhone 4 will be available in either black or white for $449.
Check out the press release below for prices on Straight Talk’s no-contract plans.
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Walmart and Straight Talk to offer the iPhone on its $45 No Contract Unlimited Plan
Retailer providing no-interest special financing on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 for only $25 a month
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America’s largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on Straight Talk’s $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.
The Straight Talk wireless no contract plan, exclusive to Walmart, saves consumers on average $950 a year when they switch from conventional contract plans with similar unlimited plans. To learn more about how Straight Talk Wireless saves consumers $950 a year, please visit: http://www.straighttalk.com.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the remarkable iPhone 5 to customers looking for one of the most advanced smartphones with one of the most affordable No Contract plans ever,” said F.J. Pollak , CEO and President, TracFone Wireless. “The advanced iPhone 5 with our unlimited $45 monthly plan and Walmart’s $25 special financing offer is a marriage made in heaven – making it the most affordable premium smartphone offer in America. With this exclusive offer the last reason for not purchasing the No Contract Straight Talk plan is gone.”
“We believe customers shouldn’t have to choose between saving money and having the latest technology,” said Seong Ohm , senior vice president of Entertainment for Walmart U.S. “Now customers can have the coveted iPhone with unlimited talk, text and data without a contract for $70 a month thanks to our exclusive Straight Talk plan and industry first financing offer.”
Pricing and Details for iPhone
The Apple iPhones for Straight Talk will be available for purchase at the following prices:
iPhone 5 will be available in black and white for $649 for the 16GB model only
iPhone 4 will be available in black and white for $449 for the 8GB model only
Walmart will offer a special financing on the purchase of the phone for $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card on these select models. GE Capital Retail Bank is the issuer of the Walmart Credit Cards.
Pricing for the Straight Talk no-contract plans include:
$45 – No Contract Monthly Plan with Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data.
$60 – No Contract Monthly Plan with Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data PLUS Unlimited International Calling to more than 1,000 destinations in Mexico, Canada, India, and in other countries.
iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology-all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app; Facebook integration; Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit: http://www.apple.com/iphone.