Daily Archive: Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Details (How it Works)
In summary, Straight Talk is a pay-as-you go prepaid wireless phone service (available only at Walmart) that requires no long term contracts. Here are some specifics:
- You can bring your own phone or purchase one from Straight Talk
- The selection of phones is limited, but Straight Talk supports unlocked phones for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint — as well as compatible unlocked phones bought elsewhere
- With a simple switch of a SIM card, almost any phone can be a Straight Talk Wireless phone
- iPhones are now offered by Straight Talk — iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4S
- No-Contract Service Plans
- Plans range from $30 to $495 (see chart below)
- The Unlimited Plan ($45) offers the best value
- Unlimited Talk/Text/Data
- 30 Day Plan
- First 5GB data at high speeds then 2G
- Coverage / Performance Overview
- Nationwide coverage (99.6%) via four national carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint)
- No, your Straight Talk phone won’t roam,
- Straight Talk is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that buys capacity from the four large nationwide carriers and resells it to its customers. Performance will largely depend on which of the carriers is providing your service, and that’s determined by which phone you buy or bring to Straight Talk. Keep in mind, however, that while talk and text performance will be just as good, reviews say that LTE data speeds will likely be a little bit lower than what the carrier being used delivers to its own customers.
- Customer Service Issues
- J.D. Power and Associates surveys that look at customer care and the buying experience aren’t very complimentary. Among prepaid providers, Straight Talk finishes second to last in customer care and dead last in the buying experience.
- Known Pros:
- Uses all four national carriers for service
- Good options for international callers
- Can use your own (existing) phone
- Known Cons:
- Limited plan options and features (no daily or pay-as-you-go plans)
- Mixed grades for customer service
This month (12/2015), I’ll be reviewing the services/offerings from certain non-major providers such as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).
Each service will be looked at in detail, as I make a decision as to what to direction to go in when my current contract ends later this month.
Stay tuned for more!
Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool Kit – $41.99 (List Price: $99.99)
LEGO Architecture Trevi Fountain 21020 Building Toy – $39 (List Price: $49.99)
LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Kids Learning Tablet, Green – $64.99 (List Price: $129.99)
ATTN Target REDcard holders!
Starting today (12/10) through 12/24, you’ll be able to score a FREE small drink from the Target Cafe:
- 16oz JambaGO Smoothie
- Small ICEE
- Fountain Drink
This isn’t a one time offer, as you can get one free drink per trip during this promotional period.
- 5% off every day
- Free shipping at Target.com
- Extended returns — 30 extra days
Also, use promo code TABLE4TWO to score a BOGO entree when you order online and pickup in store.
*For the Syracuse/CNY folks, there’s a Panda Express in Cicero.
Redbox is currently offering a FREE one day DVD, Blu-ray, or Game rental with code GAMEON (at Redbox.com or on the mobile app only).
*Looks like the code takes $3 off, so you can possibly get TWO free DVD rentals*
This offer is valid TODAY only.
Anything good currently to rent? Let me know
Halo 5: Guardians – Limited Collector’s Edition – Xbox One – $99 (List Price: $249.99)
LEGO Legends of Chima 70226 Mammoth’s Frozen Stronghold Building Kit – $38.84 (List Price: $59.99)
Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, 6 Rolls with Dispenser – $8.99 (List Price: $22.99)
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $39.99 (List Price: $149.99)
Fisher-Price Little People Big Animal Zoo – $16.98 (List Price: $39.99)