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Straight Talk IPhone 4, 4S and 5 Running on Verizon Now Available at Walmart


Today marks the first day that Walmart is officially selling iPhones for Straight Talk Wireless. Contrary to Walmart's press release of several days ago which only mentioned the 8 GB iPhone 4 and 16 GB iPhone 5, the entire current iPhone line up is available now at walmart.comicon and in Walmart stores. The individual models and prices are:

iPhone 4 8 GB Black or While $449.99
iPhone 4S 16 GB Black or White $549.00
iPhone 5 16 GB Black or White $649.00
iPhone 5 32 GB Black or White $749.99
iPhone 5 64 GB Black or White $849.99

Now through April 2, 2013, Walmart is offering credit-worthy customers no-interest financing on the iPhone 4 and the 16 GB iPhone 5. 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). The financing offer is only available in Walmart stores, not online.

The iPhones can be used with either Straight Talk's $45/month Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text, and Data plan or the $60 Unlimited Talk, Text, and International Calling plan.

Although data on Straight Talk plans is advertised as unlimited, the carrier's terms of service prohibit tethering and video and audio streaming. There also seems to be an undisclosed usage cap about 100 MB/day 2 GB/month, users exceeding those limits have reported that their speeds were severely throttled or they received calls from Straight Talk warning that their usage was excessive.

Contrary to my earlier speculation, all the Straight Talk iPhones appear to use the Verizon network. I haven't seen any creditable reports of an official Straight Talk iPhone running on any network but Verizon. Plus, when I use Walmart's "Check to see if it works in your area before you buy" feature with an AT&T only zip code like 65046 or a Sprint only zip like 54235, I get a warning that the phone will not work in that zip code.

The Straight Talk iPhone seems to be a Walmart exclusive at the moment. It's not available on the straighttalk.com website and the www.straighttalk.com/iphone URL listed in the press release goes to a Plesk "web page not setup page.."
Update: www.straighttalk.com/iphone now loads a promotional page about the Straight Talk iPhones. The Buy Now buttons on that page take you to the iPhone sales pages on walmart.com.

Straight Talk is a mobile virtual network operator owned by Mexico's América Móvil, the 4th largest mobile operator in the world. America Movil runs its own networks in 15 countries but in the US it functions as a virtual operator reselling service from all four US national mobile operators.

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  1. Your report is up-to-the-minute and confirms the research I did this morning.

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  2. I ran the zip code 42101, which is in a known non-VZW area on the Walmart website, and received the same warning -- that was all the proof I needed that these phones were running on Verizon's network.

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  3. $850 for a prepaid iphone!!!! Have they gone mad?

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    1. 16GB is plenty; and 32GB is much better. Unless you ave a lot of vidoes and large apps, I don't see why you need 64GB.

      I had a 16GB iPad2 and I went with the 32GB iPad mini -- 64GB is nice

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    2. Iphones are too damn overrated. I give credit they do have better battery life over android. But the memory is a bit too much.

      16GB perfect for app users
      32GB perfect for app and video users
      64GB too damn excessive

      It has already been proven that iphones eat data like crazy. If I want a iphone, I'll go to either Cricket or Virgin Mobile. I heard too many complaints about Straight Talk.

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  4. Except for the poor ST customer service and technical issues, you are still eventually ahead dollar-wise.

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    1. True on the customer service and technical issues. But I can go to Virgin Mobile and get iphone 4 and 4s $100 cheaper. Granted Straight Talk has better service than VM and cost $10 less. But I would rather pay a cheaper price than have to pay $850 for a 64GB Iphone 5.

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    2. My daughter is really enjoying her iPhone 4S on VirginMobile.
      She moved from PagePlus and now can use a lot of data for less money.

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  5. If you really want to use a prepaid iPhone, buy a used but 4 or 4S in good condition for the Verizon network and activate it on Page Plus Cellular. Give them the ESN but don't let on that it is an iPhone. I did the same thing and I've been happily using my iPhone since June of 2012 on Page Plus. Not only does PP have good customer service but you keep the money in the United States.

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    1. For every positive story about an IPhone activating on PP, I read about two failed stories where it didn't work.

      I am happy it worked in your case.

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    2. No thanks to Verizon or Page Plus. I like unlimited data. Not capped data.

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    3. If you are worried that you might be one of the very few that have been kicked off Pplus, just use Talk4Good. They welcome iPhones, and their pay-go data rate of 6c/mb is pretty good.

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  6. Straight Talk limits data and will shut the phone off without warning. ST data is "unlimited" on wi-fi only.

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    1. Straight used to terminate your account if you used too much "unlimited" data. I haven't heard of that happening in nearly a year. Now they just severely throttle high usage user's data but will remove the throttle on request.

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    2. Their new ad says tethering is prohibited.

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    3. Great, what a pain in the ass! You have to call those bozos in order to remove the data throttle!? Forget that! Customers pay a premium for a phone that is effectively crippled? This will be a disaster for Straight Talk

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    4. You have to remember, ST is courting those who are not uber-heavy users for this service (meaning folks who do not stream Netflix/Pandora 18 hours a day). As for the pricing of the handsets, if you do the math over a 2-year period, you're coming-out about $600-700 ahead than you would being "handcuffed" to a VZW 2-year contract plan..

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    5. You would never want to rely on ST service as your only business phone or even your only cellphone for business. Too many instances of shutoffs and other glitches would make you look like a fool in front of a client who DOES have service at that point in time.

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    6. I disagree. I have 1 cellphone for personal and business (galaxy note) which i use with the byop simcard from straight talk. I email back and forth all day and and am on the web throughout the day without any issues. I avg about 3-4 gigs/month. For the entire duration of the month i am on hspa speeds. Not once have I been shut off yet.

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  7. Is Data 3gG or LTE

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  8. What will the difference between this Straight Talk iPhone and buying a unlocked iPhone from Apple and using it with a Straight Talk sim?



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    1. An unlocked iPhone on Straight Talk uses the AT&T network. Manual setup is needed to get data and MMS working

      A Straight Talk iPhone would use the Verizon network and everything should work without any setup needed.

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  9. Are these models are CDMA and/or GSM?

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    1. CDMA, Verizon is a CDMA network.

      The iPhone 5 and 4S (but not the iPhone 4) are world phones which also support GSM but the Straight Talk service is CDMA.

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  10. What if you already have an iPhone 5 unlocked from Verizon, and want to use it on this new deal?

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    1. You can't use it with Straight Talk and still be on the Verizon network.

      You can use your Verizon IPhone 5 with a Straight Talk AT&T SIM because the GSM side of the Verizon iPhones is unlocked.

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    2. Isn't the GSM side international GSM and not US.

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    3. The GSM side of Straight Talk iPhone 5 is unlocked and has been found to work with US SIMs.

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  11. Will these phones have both CDMA and GSM unlocked?

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    1. The GSM on the iPhone 5 has been confirmed as unlocked. The CDMA iPhone 4 doesn't support GSM. The iPhone 4S does but I don't know if it's unlocked or not.

      CDMA phones are never locked in the US. They don't need to be as the carrier has absolute control over whether a phone can be activated. Verizon, Sprint and Sprint MVNOs won't active a Straight Talk iPhone. Page Plus might but I haven't heard of anyone trying it yet.

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    2. The GSM slot on the iPhone 4S is not locked, per se. The phone is programmed not to connect to Tmobile or AT&T in the US. Foreign SIMs can work (you have to ask Verizon to allow this, I think), and if these foreign plans can roam in the US, they will connect to AT&T or Tmobile, depending on the roaming agreement.

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  12. Hi, I have a Verizon iphone 4S, would I be able to connect it to Straight talk ?
    Leo

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    1. Not really. The only way to use a Verzion iPhone on Straight Talk is with a Straight Talk T-Mobile or AT&T SIM and a SIM interposer called the TPSIM Special for Verizon.

      If you did that the iPhone would be using the AT&T or T-Mobile network, not Verizon. Also, the TSIM costs about $50 and only works with iPhones running older versions of iOS.

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  13. Sorry if this a repeated question, but say I bought a verizon iphone 4 off of ebay. Could it be used on staight talks cdma network?

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    1. Verizon iPhones aren't allowed on Straight Talk CDMA.

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