News by Jake Humphrey on Thursday October 15, 2009.
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On Wednesday Walmart announced, through a partnership with TracFone, that it will begin offering a contract free cell phone service of its own called Straight Talk.
Beginning on Sunday, October 18, Walmart shoppers will be able to walk into over 3,200 Walmart stores and purchase one of two prepaid monthly plans.
The $30 Straight Talk "All You Need" plan gives users 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 text messages, and 30MB of data for surfing the Web. The plan is active for 30 days and also comes with unlimited 411 calls.
The more expensive $45 prepaid package includes unlimited calls, unlimited texts, and unlimited Web access.
Walmart will offer a handful of phones that take advantage of its Straight Talk plans, including the LG 220 ($39.98), the LG Slider 290 ($79.98), and the Samsung 451 ($99.88) which has a full QWERTY keyboard.