The iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, and now it’s on one of the most affordable networks. Don’t want to pay $200+ up front and get locked into a contract? Then read on.
Yes you heard that right, through Walmart and Straight Talk, you can now get your hands on the iPhone 5 for $25 a month for the cost of the phone, and $45 a month for unlimited talk, text and data. Here are the details:
- You can pay for the iPhone 5 up front for $649
- Or you can finance the phone for $25 a month interest-free
- You will not be able to have LTE speeds through Straight Talk
- Straight Talk runs on major wireless networks, so it could be the same as buying the phone on AT&T or Sprint depending on your area
- Virgin Mobile offers the 4S, and not the iPhone 5 so this is the first contract free place to buy the iPhone 5
- Straight Talk seems to put a soft cap on the unlimited data at a round 2GB a month
- This pricing is much better than the major networks, if you can deal with no LTE speeds.
The Consumerist believes this is a good deal:
If unlimited data is important to you, that’s still a better deal than many contract carriers, and you don’t have to wait around for T-Mobile’s iOffering this spring.
GigaOm likes the Straight Talk service:
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 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.
For budget conscious consumers, this looks like a fantastic deal if you can live without LTE service and want a contract free provider and the iPhone 5 all at once. Quite the bonanza!
Updated September 1, 2013: Straight Talk and Net10 Wireless both allow you to bring your phone over to them from any other provider and they both sell the newest iPhone. Read Straight Talk vs Net10 Wireless to get the latest scoop comparing the two.
Note: We do provide Straight Talk coupons and promo codes but none of them for the iPhone 5, so check them out if you’re looking for other Straight Talk phones that are not the iPhone.