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Updated - Confirmed: IPhone 4 and 5 Coming to Straight Talk


There's increasing evidence that Straight Talk will soon start selling iPhones. Last month a tutorial for the CDMA iPhone 4 briefy appeared on the tracfone.deviceanywhere.com site that America Movil uses to host interactive tutorials for Straight Talk, Net10 and Tracfone. The iPhone 4 tutorial is gone now but you can still see a copy of it in the Google cache.

A couple of days ago an obscure site called ThatsItGuys.com published images (below) of a Walmart store display promoting the Straight Talk iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Pricing is shown as $449.99 for the iPhone 4 and $649.99 for the iPhone 5. Two of the scans (bottom) indicate that Walmart will be offering no-interest financing on the iPhones. Terms are $25 per month for 18 months for the iPhone 4 (total payment $450) or $25 per month for 26 months for the iPhone 5 (total payment $650).

There's also an image (above) of the Straight Talk iPhone 4 packaging. Personally I think this particular image is fake. For StraightTalk to Carry iPhone 5 Along with 4, Walmart to Offer Financing | PhoneNews.comone thing the background color around the phone image is slightly darker than the rest of the box.

More telling is the fact text on the box claims that the iPhone can be used on either the $45 Unlimited Plan or the $30 All You Need Plan. Straight Talk has never allowed smartphones on the $30 plan and it seems unlikely that they would doing so start with the iPhone. The $30 plan includes 1000 voice minutes, 1000 picture or text messages and a mere 30 MB of data. The Straight Talk feature phones allowed on the $30 plan have custom firmware that tracks and displays your month to date usage and enforces the plan limits by blocking calls, messaging or data when you have used the maximum.

Phonenews.com picked up the thasitguys.com story today and is claiming that the IPhone 4 will be on Verizon and the iPhone 5 will use AT&T. They don't give any source or justification for that claim, however. Maybe they are going on the red Verzion coverage map on the fake iPhone 4 box.

In spite of the Photoshopped image, I tend to believe that Straight Talk really is planning on selling iPhones, just not on the $30 plan. I also wouldn't be surprised if the CDMA IPhone shows up on Sprint rather than Verizon. I will update this post when I learn more.

Update 1 - 8-Jan-2013: Walmart issued a press release today confirming most of the details in the ThatsItGuys story. According to the release, the 8GB iPhone 4 and 16 GB iPhone 5 will be available Jan. 11 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com. The 8 GB iPhone 4 will be priced at $449 and the 16 GB iPhone 5 will set you back $649. Both models will be available in white and black versions but there will not be any other memory options.

No interest $25/month financing will be available to qualified customerswho purchase a Staright Talk iPhone at a Walmart store, but not online.

As expected, the iPhones will require either the $45 unlimited or $60 unlimited international plans. Unfortunately, we still don't know for sure which carriers the Straight Talk iPhones will use. The prevailing rumours claim AT&T for the iPhone 5 and Verizon for the iPhone 4 but I wouldn't be surprised if the 4 winds up on Sprint.

Update 2 - 8-Jan-2013:  Straight Talk just released interactive tutorials for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Both are CDMA models so it's either Verizon or Sprint and not AT&T.


Source: ThatsItGuys.com via PhoneNews.com
Images: ThatsItGuys.com

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  1. It looks like the hard-to-see bar code on the two "boxes" is the same. They'd be different.

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  2. So what? It is still Straight Talk and they have some ridiculously arbitrary policies over what constitutes acceptable data usage. I wouldn't give ST or any Trafone company a dime!

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  3. In the second paragraph, the author needs to fix the $349.99 price as in "Pricing is shown as $349.99 for the iPhone 4 and $649.99 for the iPhone 5." The correct iPhone 4 price should be $449.99 instead.

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  4. I doubt someone would go out there way to fake all of this.

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    1. You'd be surprised what people will do to drive traffic to their sites.

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  5. There was also a rumor floating around on HowardForums that Straight Talk is going to start up a BYOP program for it's Verizon side, including LTE. I highly doubt that too. But, I do think the Sprint iPhone is coming to Straight Talk, Sprint definitely would want to unload the older iPhone models.

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  6. This is fake, the Box is wrong, the iPhone 4 box would not list the #30 plan at all. It would only list the 45$ plan, this box art is the template for basic phone boxes which allow both plans to be used... Disappointing

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  7. There dummy boxes of course they won't seem real. The real packaging will be different.

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  8. You won't even have the iPhone available from ST this time NEXT year.

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  9. If it runs on Sprint, you would be better off buying it on Virgin Mobile. Sprint's prepaid network sucks, but Virgin Mobile you can stream.

    If it runs on Verizon, Straight Talk has Virgin Mobile and Cricket beat. I would rather not stream on Verizon than stream on Virgin Mobile and Cricket.

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  10. It will be on Verizon, I am getting one this weekend! :)

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  11. walmart.com does not show the item as available now or in the future. They ALWAYS have the item online FIRST.

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  12. http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2013/01/08/walmart-straight-talk-to-offer-the-iphone-on-its-45-no-contract-unlimited-plan

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  13. Just to clarify, the first image was just a thumbnail from a dead eBay auction. If you Google image search it, you'd see that.

    Also, the UPC listed there is the special financing code they scan at the registers.

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  14. Will the Iphone 5 be able to use LTE?

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    1. Probably not but we won't know for sure until the phones are available.

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  15. Will they be available in Natchez, Miss.?

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    1. Maybe but we won't know until Friday.

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  16. Can we discern the network carrier based on the UPC or SKU?

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    1. Maybe. Do either UPC or SKU contain the codes CO (Verizon), GSM4 (AT&T), GSM5 (T-Mobile) or SPR (Sprint)?

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