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Straight Talk TV Spot Confirms Walmart Bonus Data Promotion

Straight Talk 15 GBLast week we reported that Straight Talk SIM plus airtime kits with a "Now 10 GB" sticker on the $45 kit and a "Now 15 GB" sticker on a $55 kit had been spotted at a least one Walmart. The $45 plan normally includes 8 GB and the $55 plan 12 GB so 10 and 15 GB represent an increase. But was it an increase for everyone or just Walmart customers or even just Walmart customers in a limited geographical area? Without any official word from Straight Talk it was impossible to say.

Yesterday, a reader sent me a link to a Straight Talk video below advertising the new promotion, The video comes from iSpot.tv, a service that tracks TV ads. According to iSpot the ad has run more than 5,000 times. At 16 seconds into the video, the voice over announcer says "Pick up a Bring Your Own Phone kit today and get even more high speed data. Ten gigs for only 45 bucks per month or 15 gigs for 55".  18 seconds into the video fine print appears at the bottom of the video saying; "Bonus data promo valid from 8/22/17 - 11/20/17 for new activations and port-ins only. Customer must purchase a qualifying 30-day plan every plan cycle in order to receive the bonus data benefit until promotional period is over." The video ends with the announcer saying "Straight Talk Wireless only at Walmart" while both the straighttalk.com URL and Walmart logo are on screen.


The ad gives us a few more clues about promotion. Although the ad is a little ambiguous, it's pretty clear that the bonus data is only available to customers who activate a Straight Talk Bring You Phone kit as a new line of service before Nov 20. What's ambiguous is whether customers get to keep the bonus data after Nov 20th and whether you can use a SIM kit purchased online from Straight talk on or if you must get it from Walmart.

My gut feeling  is that the bonus data will go away when the plan renews after Nov. 20, but hopefully I'm wrong.

If you want the bonus data I recommend activating with a SIM from Walmart to be on the safe side. Get one with a sticker promoting the bonus data, if you can, in case you have to send pictures of the kit plus sticker to Straight Talk if you don't get the bonus data.  The reader who sent me the video link also sent me the photos below showing the SIM kits with the stickers, so you know what to look for.


Sources: Reader tip, iSpot.tv

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  1. I love competition!
    And thank you John Legere.

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    1. That's a Carlos SLIM company, actually.

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    2. A Mexican Company owned by one of the riches men in the world.
      I would think he can afford to give a few more GB free.
      Competition is always good but I support U.S. companies so I'd rather pay a little more for "made in america" rather than support a company owned by a rich pig like this.

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    3. Anon1149, I think Jeff's point was that a lot of the competitiveness you're seeing right is now is due to T-Mobile/John Legere.

      Anon1214, the "made in America" companies--Verizon and AT&T--are robbing us blind. It's OK for them to do it, but not a Mexican?

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    4. "ompetition is always good but I support U.S. companies so I'd rather pay a little more for "made in america" rather than support a company owned by a rich pig like this."

      And the ones in America aren't rich pigs too?

      I'm no racist, and I encourage rewarding those who do the best, so I refuse to let nationalist bias force me to settle for something inferior.

      Not, of course that Slim's company is the best at anything.

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    5. "Anon1149, I think Jeff's point was that a lot of the competitiveness you're seeing right is now is due to T-Mobile/John Legere."

      Legere... hmm. Just two companies out of dozens, all competing... And T-Mobile wasn't even competitive until the last year or so, because before then its very poor coverage made them irrelevant despite the noise.

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    6. Anon 1242. Where did the previous post say it was ok for any company to rob anyone blind. They said use a u.s. company of which there are quite a number mvno that are within a couple bucks of the above company. Don't make that post something it's not, the poster was only suggesting that they would not be using this company. I'm surprised you didn't call the post racist. LOL

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  2. Have any TracFone brand promos not ended up being permanent?

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    1. Triple Minutes For Life/"TMFL" on the main TracFone brand was discontinued earlier this year.

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  3. Straight Talk 10-15GB $45-55
    MetroPCS unlimited data $50
    Boost unlimited data $50
    Cricket unlimited data $55 with autopay
    Even TracFone's own Simple Mobile has an unlimited plan for $50
    What's the point of Straight Talk?

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    1. Ummmmm Walmart perhaps?

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    2. You're comparing VZW and At-t to Sprint and T-mobile.

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    3. If you need Verizon then maybe Straight Talk makes sense but if AT&T works for you, Cricket is AT&T and gives you unlimited data for the same price Straight Talk is charging for a limited data plan. At this point if you're paying $50 you should be getting unlimited data. MVNOs need to start competing on the lower end. They can't compete with unlimited data plans on the high end anymore.

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  4. I literally couldn't care less about this.

    There's still no service catering to sporadic use that won't wind up gouging the ever living shit out of you.

    It's either "pay for data you don't need," "pay for too little data when you need it," or "pay $10/GB in a $5/GB market."

    The lack of sub-$10/GB paygo is cringeworthy, especially since there's no way you can ever truly predict your usage unless you've never exceeded 500mb in your life.

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    1. You sure have a lot to say for "not caring about this".

      Companies love it when millennials use 10GB+ of data just checking their facebook every couple minutes and checking to see if they rcvd any likes every 1/2 minute while walking, sitting, driving, working and so on! Society doesn't have a chance!!!

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    2. Everyone is talking about phone data plans and you're talking about your beef with millennials. Maybe you got a problem?

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    1. Officially no, hotspot and tethering are prohibited by TracFone's terms and conditions and blocked on iPhones and most Android devices.

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