Straight Talk Wireless is the newest prepaid option from American Movil, the parent company that already owns popular prepaid brands TracFone and Net10. Straight Talk brings a new model to the prepaid game and provides great competition among the best prepaid cell phone providers, targeting consumers who use a high volume of minutes each month.
They started out with just one plan, offering 1000 anytime voice call minutes, 1000 text messages, and 30 mb of websurfing and downloads, all for $30/month. Shortly thereafter, Straight Talk Introduced a second plan, with unlimited voice calls and text messaging, plus the same 30mb of data for $45 per month.
The biggest advantage of this service is clearly the lower cost-per-minute (or text message) for people that are on the phone a lot. At this call volume, these plans are better deals than even post-paid accounts, which require a 2-year contract.
Coverage is provided by Verizon’s network, as is plainly indicated on the brand packaging, website, and promotional materials. Some networks provide less desirable coverage for prepaid than they do for their contract customers. However, Straight Talk appears to have use of the full Verizon network, including the former Alltel network, according to early customer comments on various web forums.
Straight Talk phones were initially availalbe only through Walmart stores, but Straight Talk is now selling handsets via its website. And they are actively collecting customer input as they work to add to their line of handsets. Both of these developments should be beneficial in that they will present more options for the customer.
Time will tell us more about this provider, but based on the early info Straight Talk looks like the best prepaid cell phone for people who talk over 300 minutes per month. If you use closer to the 1000 minutes and 1000 texts offered on the $30 plan, this is truly an amazing value. And the unlimited plan, at $45, is less than half the price that most other providers are charging for unlimited calling on a contract plan.