Wal-Mart set to launch no-contract mobile service Oct. 18

With consumers around the globe looking for ways to cut costs across the board, Walmart today announced it will launch an exclusive service called Straight Talk nationwide on October 18th. Don't like signing a contract with a carrier and pre-paid doesn't sound too appealing to you? Straight Talk is a new solution for customers and doesn't require any contract.

Walmart announced two plans that customers will be able to choose from starting October 18th:

Straight Talk "All You Need" 30-day Plan that includes the following for only $30 a month:

  • 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30MB of mobile web access
  • Nationwide coverage
  • 411 Information calls at no extra charge

Straight Talk's Unlimited 30-day Plan that includes the following for $45 a month:

  • Unlimited minutes, unlimited text and unlimited mobile web access
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Unlimited 411 Information calls at no extra charge

"It has been very encouraging to see the excitement and response to the Straight Talk pilot in 234 stores that began last summer at Walmart," said Greg Hall, vice president of Media Services, Walmart U.S. "In light of the savings customers continue to need, we have worked very quickly to extend this offering to all of our Walmart customers nationwide, and just before the holidays."

Consumers may refill their monthly balances by buying refill cards at Walmart, or by registering online at www.Walmart.com or www.StraightTalk.com. Also available at Walmart are a range of Straight Talk phone products to suit different needs, from the entry-level LG 220 flip phone at $39.98, to the LG Slider 290 at $79.98 to the Samsung 451 QWERTY keyboard phone at $99.88.

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