Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless have issued a press release announcing that starting this Friday, the retail giant will begin offering the iPhone 5 through the popular prepaid service. The phone will come with a $45 unlimited talk, text and data plan, and no contract. And Walmart will be offering special financing for those who can’t pay for the device up front…

From the press release (via MacRumors):

“Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America’s largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on Straight Talk’s $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.

The Straight Talk wireless no contract plan, exclusive to Walmart, saves consumers on average $950 a year when they switch from conventional contract plans with similar unlimited plans. To learn more about how Straight Talk Wireless saves consumers $950 a year, please”

Straight Talk’s iPhone customers use AT&T’s GSM network. There’s no word yet on whether or not the 5 will support the carrier’s LTE technology or not, but the consensus from current users is that it will likely be restricted to AT&T’s ‘4G’ HSPA+ speeds. As you know, iPhone owners have long been able to activate their unlocked GSM iPhones on Straight Talk.

I’m not sure that this deal will be ‘game changing’ as Walmart claims, but it’s definitely a nice package for folks looking to buy an iPhone 5 and go prepaid. The special financing will also certainly help, as the 5 starts at $650 full retail. I’m thinking that a situation like this would be a perfect fit for that long-rumored low-end iPhone that we continue to hear about.

What do you think?

  • Milad Khahil

    Wow this is very tempting , i am on Verizon iphone 5 and pay over $100 for just one line with only 2g of data ….

    • roger w

      And remember your vzw iphone 5 is already unlocked and will work. Pay your etf and take your phone you already have. Hspa+ works great in ST with the vzw iphone. Google it if you need to.

      • Milad Khahil

        Thanks for the infos , i will definitely check this up ….

      • roger w

        Youre welcome. Hope it helped. No need to spend money on a device you already own.

      • Adrian12369

        How much is the etf for an iPhone 5 on Verizon?

      • roger w

        $350 -$10 per month that the line has been active.

      • pdx

        How does a CDMA Verizon phone work on ST which uses GSM?

    • Network would be nowhere near as great as Verizons.

      • Manuel Angel

        That’s where I debate with myself about. I’m off Verizon’s contract next month and think I should hop to ST with my iPhone 5, but giving up LTE and good coverage with Verizon is tough. Maybe HSAP+ will be decent on AT&T?

      • Have an iPhone on them for the past year. ST uses AT&T. As long as you have good AT&T coverage, you’re golden.

  • Yeah this does sound like a good deal… but I am waiting for the other shoe to drop

    • The other shoe is the minute you use over 1gb of data they will call you typically they call you while your streaming the data like Hulu or Netflix they will harass you and threaten to cancel your service unless you promise to stop or slow your data usage then the next time it’s not a call they simply shut you off and you lose your cell number if you’ve had the number for years I’d be extremely careful

      • This is an exaggeration.

        First: I’ve had ST for nearly 2 years and regularly use 2-4gb of data per month (they called me once when I exceeded 6gb)

        Second: Your phone number doesn’t expire until your line has been cancelled for more than 30 days I believe.

        Third: Streaming services do not “trigger” calls from ST

      • You are wrong on all counts the fact is you just got lucky read the forums online they can and will cancel you they don’t need to wait 30days and when u stream they can call u they monitor data use like a hawk how you got away with 6 gb is amazing but others have been knocked off for far less thats why I eventually left them at first they were good but then they just clamped down too hard.

  • Infone

    You’ve never needed to be unlocked from AT&T to use StraightTalk. It’s an AT&T MVNO.

  • Great deal and $45/month is a good price!!!!good for st!!!

  • Already got a non-contract iPhone 4s with Virgin Mobile and paying right around that price! 🙂

  • Alex

    Why not just buy an iPhone at Apple Factory Unlocked?

    1. It’s more valuable
    2. It can be used on many carriers
    3. It’s more valuable.

  • Since straight talk will be an official carrier does that mean that the apn settings for mms/data will be set by themselves with out editing them? And will visual voicemail now be supported?!?

  • when will i be able to go into a store and get a phone ?