Wow do we really need an iPhone and all these other gadgets but hey I have to admit it is very cool. I mean do we need 10 different gadgets with slightly altered functions where with an Apple you can practically have one device and do everything on it…but that is greedom for you people and if people are willing to buy it more power to them. Don’t get me wrong I like Apple a lot more than Microsoft but PCs are more affordable for like 98% of the population than Apple. I am not surprised that Walmart is now offering these phones at their locations because it is a no brainer Walmart gets involved with everything they want to be the best price for everything. I guess for the price of the phone you get a great plan that will save you something on that monthly phone bill.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
It’s practically impossible to get Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone 5 on the cheap without a contract, but at least there’s another option for the commitment-averse to save money on the monthly service bill. Straight Talk is officially supporting the iPhone 5 now with its $45 plan advertised as unlimited talk, messages and data. The price of admission for a 16 GB iPhone 5 with Straight Talk(s amx) is $649 at Walmart(s wmt) stores, but the retailer is offering no-interest special financing for the phone: $25 per month.
You’ll need a Walmart credit card for the financing deal and although the Straight Talk service is month-to-month, there’s a bit of a contract feel to the transaction. At $25 a month, you’ll be paying Walmart for 26 months to pay off the iPhone 5 purchase. Still, for those that don’t have the $199 up front for a contract-based iPhone 5, it provides an ownership opportunity for Apple’s smartphone with a lower monthly service bill.
Based on my own usage of Straight Talk, I find the service to be a good value. Straight Talk buys wireless service from the major U.S. carriers at wholesale prices and then resells it. With this iPhone 5 deal, for example, you’d actually be using AT&T’s(s t) network but paying Straight Talk’s prices. Coverage and speeds would be the same as if you had bought the iPhone 5 directly from AT&T, with one major exception.