Last 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