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