Starting this week, Walmart will begin offering the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c contract free on Straight Talk and NET10 Wireless. Both carriers offer unlimited talk, text and data for less than the major carriers, though you’ll have to cough up $649 for the 16GB iPhone 5s, $549 for the iPhone 16GB 5c, or $449 for the 8GB iPhone 4s.
Both Straight Talk and NET10 are owned by TracFone Wireless, which claims to be the country’s largest no-contract cellular service provider with 23 million users. If you go with Straight Talk you’ll get unlimited nationwide talk, text and data for $45 per month, while $60 per month gets you unlimited international calls. Meanwhile, NET10 offers a family plan starting at $50 per month with $40 for each added line, or $65 if you want unlimited international calling.
Walmart’s exclusive new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c plans introduces an intriguing option for anyone looking to buy one of Apple’s latest smartphone either as a gift or for themselves. Paying upfront for a phone can seem expensive at the time, but in the long run you’ll be saving money on monthly costs. Before you dive in though, make sure these plans work for you. In the past, Straight Talk wireless has been accused of throttling the accounts of power users with little explanation.