Walmart’s popular Straight Talk plans will now include the iPhone 5 and 4 as eligible devices starting on January 11th. Straight Talk is the highest rated no contract provider in the US. They offer a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Model wherein the customer obtains their own device elsewhere and Walmart simply tacks on the service. Straight Talk iPhone plans are a good value, but read on for why they might not be for everyone.
If you already have an iPhone and are looking for a pretty good no contract deal, $45 a month for unlimited talk, text, and data plan, you may want to look into this offer. To make the deal even more appetizing, Walmart is offering a $25/month payment plan with zero interest if you purchase the iPhone from Walmart on a Walmart Credit Card.
There are few slight downsides. First, only the 16GB iPhone 5 or 8GB iPhone 4 are able to take advantage of this deal and work with Straight Talk. If you have a sizable music collection, this could be a deal breaker. The iPhone 5 offers a great camera, with optics that allows for beautiful photos and videos. These take a good amount of storage and iPhones do not offer removable storage. It seems odd that Walmart did not include either the 32GB or 64GB models.
Straight Talk is nationwide, but they do not offer plans that offer LTE data service, rendering your iPhone 5′s functionality crippled. LTE is a major feature of both the iPhone 4S/5. While you’ll be saving money, you won’t be able to take advantage of faster LTE speeds. Before you consider this a negative, you should check coverage maps for the three major carriers. While all four carriers in the US offer 4G LTE, the coverage maps are still not on par with 3G data. In the end, you could be paying more for a service that you cannot use. Straight Talk does use AT&T’s network, so perhaps there is hope in the future for LTE – but that’s pure speculation.