Straight Talk and NET10 issued a press release today announcing that the iPhone 5C and 5S would be available exclusively at Walmart stores and online beginning Friday Dec 13.
- The iPhone 5s 16GB will be sold in-store and online in Space Gray, Silver and Gold for $649.
- The iPhone 5c 16GB will be available online only in White, Blue, Green, Pink and Yellow for $549.
Walmart will be offering interest-free financing on the iPhone 5S. The financing offer is only available in-store to qualifying customers using a Walmart Credit Card. The offer ends Dec 31, 2013.
The press release doesn't reveal which network the iPhones run on. Straight Talk and NET10 currently offer Phone 5, 4S and 4 models that use the Verizon network. Straight Talk's Facebook representatives have said that the 5C and 5S will use AT&T. However they also said the phones would be released on Dec 6 so I wouldn't count on them being right about AT&T.
Today's announcement is also vague about whether the new iPhones will support LTE high speed data, It quotes F.J. Pollak, CEO and President, TracFone Wireless, Inc as saying, "Our growing lineup of premium smartphones with the addition of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c reflects our dedication to providing consumers with affordable plans on the top phones on the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE networks." That statement seems to imply that the iPhones will support LTE without actually saying so explicitly. Currently, only Straight Talk and NET10 phones on AT&T and Sprint get LTE.