Originally Posted by Rojo
I'm very late to the smart phone game. I'm just not that eager for a new $100/month bill.
Anyhow, anyone have experience with WallMart's Straight Talk at $45/month?
I was in the same boat at you. I'm at my computer most of the day, or at home where I can access the internet anytime I want. The availability of mobile data was always a nice feature, but not something I wanted to pay for. I decided to jump into walmart's straight talk plan. Got the Samsung Precedent (I think, can't recall for sure had the 3.5" screen, which was on the bigger side of the ones you can use thru straight talk, at least it was a year ago, not sure how things have changed since then)
Overall, I'm pretty happy. The phone does everything I could want it to do, which is mostly accept/make phone calls and send texts/pictures. I surf the web sparingly, mostly looking up random information when I'm out/about and questions come up. The navigation/map features have come in handy on more than 1 occasion where I wasn't 100% where I was heading.
As far as the service, it uses the verizon network (my phone, some use the ATT network, perhaps others as well) If I understand things correctly, I get 2nd priority behind the regular Verizon customers, so say if I'm at a Reds game on opening day, with a lot of people concentrated in one area using their phones/data I may have a hard time getting calls thru, but I don't know if that is urban legend or not. I've never had an issue getting a call thru in an area where I would normally expect to have little trouble.
There is one spot b/w my house and work, where I tend to miss calls, and see that I have a message all of a sudden. Prior to this phone, I was on Verizon, and had issues in the exact same area, so that part is a network issue, not so much a 2nd priority issue since I'm going thru straight talk.
You won't get the best phone, not sure if you can do 4G yet, the data is allegedly unlimited, but I've heard stories of people getting kicked off for going excessively over 2GB. I doubt I ever get close to that number; most places have wifi, so the mobile data is needed very sparingly. The battery dries up quick, need to charge it pretty much any day that I use for something beyond making calls. Seems if you have the mobile data on, or wifi, that it drains the battery quicker, even if you don't use it. I fix that, by just turning the data off/on real quick to get it from trying to update whatever is running in the background.
If you're looking for a smart phone, but don't want to pay the monthly bill that ATT & Verizon charge, I think its a great option. You won't have the best, newest phone on the market, but my guess is you don't really care about that, just one that can do most everything you want, while not getting the cool tricks they show in the latest commercials.