TracFone has started offering its first GSM based smartphone, LG Sunrise. The Sunrise is an entry-level smartphone 3G capable that’s compatible with AT&T’s network. The same phone is also available with Straight Talk’s service for $39.99. TracFone LG Sunrise can be purchased currently at Walmart for $54.00 with free shipping. Read more
Straight Talk has continued the trend of adding new smartphones to it prepaid lineup set last month, with the release of a new smartphone, Huawei Raven LTE. The price set for Straight Talk Huawei Raven LTE is $179.99. Currently, it’s available only at select Walmart stores while online is listed as out of stock.
UPDATE: Read the Raven’s full review.
Walmart exclusive mobile broadband Internet on the Go that operates on Sprint network has made some negative changes to its plans. For the second time, Internet On The Go has lowered the amount of data offered on its Forever Data plans (used to be called Use Whenever plans) while its costs have remained the same. The $10 plan now includes 300 MB of data instead of previous 500 MB. The $25 plans offers 1 GB of data instead of 1.5 GB and the $45 plan includes 2.5 GB of data instead of 3 GB. Read more
AT&T owned Cricket Wireless has added the ZTE Fanfare to its prepaid phone lineup. The Fanfare is an affordable 4G LTE smartphone available at Walmart for $69.88. The phone hasn’t been listed on Cricket’s website yet. Read more
Sprint prepaid brand Virgin Mobile announced today that its Walmart exclusive Data Done Right plans will be improved. Starting tomorrow, May 16, 2015, Data Done Right single line plans will cost $5 less per month and will include additional 500 MB of high speed data. Multi-Line plans will get data increase, additional 2GB of high speed data, while their cost will remain the same. Read more
T-Mobile today announced that starting tomorrow, April 18, 2015, Walmart Family Mobile plans will offer additional 500 MB of data without any price increase. Walmart Family Mobile, which operates on T-Mobile network, provides two monthly service plans with data, the $29.88 and the $39.88, that now include 1 GB of high speed (4G LTE) data (was 500 MB) and 3 GB (was 2.5 GB), respectively. After these improvements, Walmart Family plans include: Read more
AT&T owned Cricket Wireless has started offering SIM cards at Walmart. Walmart is selling the BYOD Universal Cricket SIM Card Activation Kit for $9.88 on its website. Customers can also get SIMs from Cricket’s website for $9.99. Read more
Straight Talk will be introducing a new unlimited plan for $35 per month, according to image taken at Walmart by a Prepaid Phone News reader. The image shows the new Straight Talk $35 unlimited plan with unlimited talk, text and data with first 500 MB at high speeds. The rest of the data is presumable throttled to 2G or 64 Kbps as data with all other Straight Talk plans are. Read more
Straight Talk has started offering its first Verizon-compatible LTE smartphone, the ZTE Rapido LTE. A Howard Forums user has spotted the phone in Walmart store. The Rapido LTE (Z932C) hasn’t been listed on the carrier’s website yet but obviously will be soon. Straight Talk ZTE Rapido LTE costs $179.88, according to the image from Walmart store and to the Walmart’s website, where the phone is listed but out of stock.
Update: The ZTE Rapido LTE has been added to Straight Talk’s website. It’s sold for $179.99. At Walmart.com, the phone is in stock. It’s listed as Straight Talk ZTE 932C and it’s available for $179.88.
Last week, Straight Talk has added a number of high-end and midrange smartphones to its prepaid phone lineup, but that’s not where this carrier stops in enriching its prepaid offering. A couple of days ago, new Straight Talk LTE mobile hotspots have been spotted at Walmart. The ZTE Z288L mobile hotspot operates on Verizon LTE while ZTE Z289G uses AT&T’s LTE network. Read more