If youíve dreamed of the day when you could get an iPhone without being chained to a two-year contract, or if youíre just interested in a cheaper monthly phone bill, this oneís for you. Just yesterday, Straight Talk (a division of TracFone) announced that beginning this Friday, January 9th, the company will begin offering the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 in Wal-Mart stores around the country, completely contract-free.
Here are the pricing details:
iPhone 4 (8gb model only) will be $449
iPhone 5 (16gb model only) will be $649
As for your wireless plan, Straight Talk has two options: a $45 monthly plan with unlimited talk, text and data; or a $60 monthly plan that includes the same unlimited talk, text and data, plus unlimited calling to around 1,000 international destinations.
As for coverage and high-speed data: Straight Talk uses the big four wireless carrier networks in the U.S. No details were provided yet on whether or not the iPhone 5 will have access to 4G LTE, which is available from three of the big four networks. If itís Verizonís network that the iPhone 5 will be operating on through Straight Talk, thatís a huge win for prepaid-loving customers, since Verizonís 4G LTE network is, by far, the most widespread.