Walmart’s $30 A Month Cell – No Contract Needed

It seems that Walmart has been beta testing a phone system and is now ready to release it to the masses. Pricing seems encouraging in that for $30 a month you get 1,000 minutes of calling, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of mobile web access. For $45 a month you get unlimited calling, texts and mobile web access. According to Walmart, this is nationwide service, which they describe as ‘reliable’.

In a recent article it states the follow information:

The average U.S. adult spends $78 on his or her cell phone bill to receive 1,000 minutes a month.* By switching to the $30 Straight Talk plan, for example, the average 1,000 minutes-per-month consumer could save more than $500 per year and still be on a reliable nationwide network.

To help drive down no-contract wireless pricing for customers, Walmart will launch Straight Talk providing customers the following two options:

  • Straight Talk “All You Need” 30-day Plan that includes the following for only $30 a month:
    • 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of mobile web access
    • Nationwide coverage
    • 411 Information calls at no extra charge
  • Straight Talk’s Unlimited 30-day Plan that includes the following for $45 a month:
    • Unlimited minutes, unlimited text and unlimited mobile web access
    • Nationwide coverage
    • Unlimited 411 Information calls at no extra charge

“It has been very encouraging to see the excitement and response to the Straight Talk pilot in 234 stores that began last summer at Walmart,” said Greg Hall, vice president of Media Services, Walmart U.S. “In light of the savings customers continue to need, we have worked very quickly to extend this offering to all of our Walmart customers nationwide, and just before the holidays.”

Consumers may refill their monthly balances by buying refill cards at Walmart, or by registering online at or Also available at Walmart are a range of Straight Talk phone products to suit different needs, from the entry-level LG 220 flip phone at $39.98, to the LG Slider 290 at $79.98 to the Samsung 451 QWERTY keyboard phone at $99.88.

More information about Straight Talk no-contract wireless services is available at or

Straight Talk is an exclusive Walmart service developed with TracFone Wireless, Inc. TracFone Wireless currently sells TracFone and NET10 prepaid wireless phones and airtime at Walmart stores and online at

I would be interested in using  this ceahp service, but would be concerned about the ‘reliable’ part. What about you. Would you het a Walmart cheap phone?

Comments welcome.


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  • Denny

    I Think Good If It Works

  • Ron Schenone

    Heh Denny,
    I’m not sure how well the coverage will be. Even the big companies have issues. If one were to dump their landline and go completely with the cell, one would need to confirm it works everywhere they wish to use it.

  • StraightTalkMe


    You can easily research that, but it’s on one of America’s best networks.

    Plus, there’s a map for that, here:

  • Ron Schenone

    Thanks for the link. I will do that. I may be in the market for a cheap cell.

  • Brian

    One of the flashing comments on the website says it uses the verizon networl

  • Ron Schenone

    Brian – thanks for that heads up.

  • AndyW

    I use this Straight Talk plan (the unlimited). The coverage is indeed Verizon. The plans are great! Much cheaper than contracts with the same features and much better coverage than the similarly priced regional prepaid providers. Best of both worlds. Wal-Mart and Tracfone is onto something here.

  • Corey Anders

    It is on Verizon. I can confirm that. The coverage is great. Haven’t dropped a call yet. It’s awesome.

    The best thing about Straight Talk is its simplicity. I am so tired of wading through funky phone bills with mysterious charges and fees.

    I really appreciate the savings, of course, but not having those awful and undecipherable bills has been a great stress-reducer.

  • Ron Schenone

    Thanks Corey for the information.

  • Chase Winters

    I’m very happy with Straight Talk and am impressed with their coverage on Verizon.

    To me, the $30 – 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts deal is unbeatable. I travel and have never had a problem.

    When I had Metro POS, it worked fine in town but as soon as I got outside the city, fuhgeddaboutit!

    You get what you pay for, or in the case of Straight Talk, MORE than you pay for!

  • Pat Yoe

    Great post!

    I have Straight Talk, which is just an amazing deal.

    I was skeptical at first but everything good I’d heard about it is true.

    No more crappy coverage from AT+T. The Verizon network is solid and I haven’t dropped a call yet.

    I think $45 a month is fantastic and I got a very nice Samsung phone with a qwerty keyboard so texting and web surfing is easy too.

    I’m saving hundreds of dollars a year now so it’s pretty awesome.

    I’m not the only one who thinks so, either.

    Here’s another happy Straight Talk-er:

  • Murry Katz

    I have Straight Talk on the Verizon network. Bought it at Walmart and it’s an amazing deal. The Samsung Finesse is a very cool smartphone and paying only $45 a month for unlimited everything is the best deal going!