Everyone knows the day after Thanks Giving is the day a few people get amazing deals but thousands go out to shop with the hope they are a part of the few, the lucky, the Black Friday Shopper!
Retailers nationwide participate in the madness by offering great items for no profit at all. In fact, most retailers take a hit on the price of the item just for the prospect of getting hundreds of new and old customers in the stores. This “bait” approach does work since every year hundreds of people camp out the day before waiting for the so called “door-buster” deals. Consumers are so fascinated with the sales they can even get pushy, mean, and sometimes things turn out deadly.
There are lots of critics who feel the Black Friday rushes are dangerous and down right adolescent but mostly very logical. At the end of your Black Friday, the average (key word being average) does not save more than someone who simply bought as Christmas approached since the sales available to the majority will usually come back.
Walmart for example had some pretty good deals on cell phones like:
Sprint – Palm Pre Touchscreen Smartphone (Price with New 2-yr Contract)
Sprint – Palm Pixi Touchscreen Smartphone (Price with New 2-yr Contract)
However, if you look closely, you’re committing to a two year contract. At the end of the contract, that Black Friday price would have gone down the drain.
The Straight Talk Unlimited plan offers substantial savings over the short and long term life of your cellphone service. Straight Talk from Walmart is the least expensive unlimited cellphone plan on the market today. Others such as Boost Mobile and Metro PCS compete pretty well in this market with them being the more experienced older cell providers.
Straight Talk has the backing of Verizon Wireless and TracFone Wireless who are both established players in the cellular industry. TracFone is the number one provider of prepaid cellphones and they also operate NET10 winner the J.D. Power and Associate award for prepaid cellphones 2009. If that does not impress you and give you confidence in getting a Straight Talk cellphone, you might be impressed to know TracFone has over 10 million active subscribers and the customer base is growing at a steady pace.
As if that wasn’t enough, TracFone also holds a government contract which provides low income Americans with a free cellphone and a monthly airtime allowance. The Safe Link program brings the lifeline to those that may otherwise not be able to afford a cellphone. Having the means of communicating also ensures low income folks have higher chances of getting job interviews, staying in touch with family and contacting emergency services if needed. TracFone is both a strong brand as well as a community cellphone provider.
The idea of prepaid was once a foreign concept in the U.S. with Europe and the rest of the world leading the way. However there are so many advantages to Prepaid that the concept is pretty common now.
|Cons to Prepaid||Pros to Prepaid|
|Unknown to many||Gaining popularity|
|Upfront payments||Pay for only what you use||Upfront payments||No contracts|
Mainly what makes prepaid worth looking into is the freedom it offers. The company, in this case Straight Talk has already calculated what they plan on selling their service for and still make a profit. They have taken the guesswork out of making the tough decision of choosing a cellphone provider and plan.
You dont have to worry about paying more than you use or getting hidden fees at the end of your statement because, well… there is no statement.
The RAZR is a proven phone with at least 3 years on the market. Motorola has sold millions of the RAZR so it’s no wonder Straight Talk chose such an established device to launch its latest program.
Size: 3.95″ x 2.08″ x .54″
The Straight Talk RAZR is an elegant robust and proven cell phone. It has all the features you want including
· Web browser
· Voice commands
· Voice Recordings
Verizon network and signal strength:
The RAZR CDMA phone provides the best CDMA signal with the visible signal meter on the top right in highlighted green. The RAZR will still operate well even with only one bar of signal but obviously the more the better.
The Straight Talk RAZR operates on CDMA technology on the Verizon network. This is good news since Verizon offers large nationwide coverage. The bad news is you cannot make roaming calls on any other network. Don’t let this deter you though since like I said, Verizon has a very large network. The other things to note is outgoing International calls are prohibited. All inbound calls are accepted though.
The web is actually pretty good on the Straight Talk RAZR. It has 1x speed which is about 2.45 (Mbit/s) for Downlink and 0.15 (Mbits/s) for Uplink. This is a very decent speed and it will vary depending on your signal level. Opening the browser takes you directly to the Straight talk mobile page. The Straight Talk webpage has a several preloaded sites including:
Each main link takes you to a list of other sub links.
Most people would believe however that you are limited to the confines of the preloaded pages however this is not the case. Use this trick to venture out from the Straight Talk page, press Menu and go to URL. Enter the page you want to visit directly or go to your favorite search engine such as Google.com to search the entire web. I noticed the battery compartment can get pretty warm when browsing for an extended period so don’t be alarmed if you feel the heat. In fact, this is pretty normal during any operation that uses the battery such as extended calls or browsing. In areas of lowered signal strength, I noticed “Network connection lost”. Again, don’t let this alarm you as it is perfectly normal for any cell phone to lose connection in areas of lowered signal.
The RAZR has a crisp speaker and calls go through very well (assuming you have a strong steady signal). As with all other cell phones, the call quality depends a lot on how strong and steady your signal is. The speaker hands free option comes in handy as well and the volume is more than adequate and is easy to turn on/off. To activate or deactivate the speakerphone option, simply press and hold the top left side key on the edge of the screen above the volume side keys.
Sending text messages is easy with the RAZR and with the Straight Talk Unlimited plan, the RAZR is ideal for the Textually active. The average person sends about 5 text messages a day and with the predictive text by Motorola, sending messages is as easy as pressing only one key per letter. The days of pressing each key several times to get one letter are gone. The RAZR fully passes the text message challenge!
Transferring files is easy with the RAZR. You can either do it through a mini USB cable or through Bluetooth. Luckily, Straight Talk has not restricted any file transfer processes. The RAZR also plays MP3s so you can easily carry your favorite music anywhere you go.
The RAZR features a 4x zoom VGA high resolution camera. Taking pictures is as simple as pressing the Right key labeled “Camera” and pressing the round key in the center to snap the images. You can zoom in and out by pressing the right and left arrow keys. Another great feature is the use of the external screen for self portraits. Simply close the flip while the camera is on and you can see yourself on the external smaller screen. This is a great feature for taking avatars for Facebook or other social media. Most newer cell phones must have a tone when taking pictures but the RAZER can snap images with no tone at all. The RAZR comes with 35Megs of internal storage and unfortunately does not offer external memory support such as an SD card.
The RAZR is a phone built to last. It includes a strong screen with a protective plastic shield which can probably be replaced if it gets too badly scratched. You can also invest in an invisishield clear scratch resistant protector.
Get your Motorola RAZR V3 (Full Body shield)
The charger is a straightforward mini USB connector which unlike other cell phones will not bend or break easily. The battery is also easy to put in and take out although you may not need to ever remove it since the battery is also very sturdy and built to last.
Overall, the RAZR is a solid investment and will last for years to come. It has all the cool features and useful tools for all types of users. Beginners to advanced users will find this classic a perfect choice for the Straight Talk unlimited plan.
Walmart announces unlimited prepaid cellphone through Straight Talk.
Straight Talk has announced two great prepaid unlimited wireless plans.
Walmart takes the lead with bringing unlimited prepaid to the masses by promoting Straight Talk Unlimited Plans in most stores and on the web. The Straight Talk concept is simple and in line with Walmart’s philosophy of letting customers save money and letting them live better.
Straight Talk is less expensive than Boost mobile or Metro PCS and it offers the same cell service with a growing selection of phones to choose from including Samsung 451, Motorola RAZR V3a, LG290, LG200, LG220, and Motorola W385.