Starting early this morning, Straight Talk (part of Tracfone), is offering a “Black Friday Plan” offering. The plan is their standard $45/month Talk, Text & Data plan, but discounted to $30/month. That rate is then locked in for one year, as part of the offering.
The plan is available in nearly all Straight Talk markets, with the exception of a few CDMA-only markets where Straight Talk does not have sufficient GSM network coverage.
However, the plan does have some stiff restrictions. It is only available on a few feature phones (which vary by market). The terms of this Black Friday Plan also require that you not change phones (except for warranty replacements). That bars the plan from being used on any smartphone, including Straight Talk’s Android and Symbian plans that operate on their MVNO Sprint and AT&T networks, respectively.
In addition, you are required to sign up for auto-pay, and any missed payments will automatically hike the rate to the standard $45/month tier. However, all the phones offered are at the $29.99 price-point, which includes the first month of service.
$30/month is the lowest cellular-only unlimited plan that we’ve seen to-date, vaporware aside.