Venerable prepaid MVNO TracFone has launched a new flat-rate service called Straight Talk for users that want to have a choice between unlimited voice/messaging service, or want a fixed amount of airtime and texts per month without a contract.
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For now the service is available nationwide via select Wal-Mart locations and the handset lineup currently comprises the Motorola RAZR V3a, Motorola W385, and LG200CM.
The $45 Unlimited Plan includes unlimited voice service, unlimited SMS, and 30 MB of mobile web access while the $30 plan steps down to 1000 minutes of airtime and 1000 messages with the same 30 MB of mobile web access. One other advantage touted by TracFone is the inclusion of direct 411 access at no additional cost, which other carriers routinely charging additional fees for its use.
It should be noted that unlike the GSM-based service TracFone is known for, this service operates on the Verizon Wireless network.