- Light fog
Walmart has gotten tons of publicity, and several million new customers, for its Straight Talk prepaid wireless plan.
And why not? It's less than $50 a month.
But a new review finds some downsides you need to know about.
$45 a month, even for iPhone or Galaxy
Tired of paying $100 a month for your smartphone?
Walmart's prepaid Straight Talk -- run by Tracfone-- offers unlimited talk, text and data for just $45 a month.
You can even get an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.
The website DealNews.com just surveyed hundreds of customers, saying Straight Talk is "ideal for light smartphone users."
But it points out that Straight Talk throttles, or slows down, your data once you hit 2.5 gigs a month.
If you watch a lot of videos, you may get frustrated.
Doesn't That Stink?
But from the "doesn't that stink" file, what Deal News calls the biggest downside of Straight Talk: Customer service.
It says you'll often wait 30 minutes to reach an agent, leaving you saying "doesn't that stink?"
It says you may get quicker responses from email or social media.
Deal News says Straight Talk is a great deal... as long as you don't expect Verizon or AT&T-style quick customer service.
Bottom line: Straight talk will save you money over a conventional cellphone plan.
Just realize that it comes with a few drawbacks.
You may be able to live with them, so you don't waste your money.
Don't Waste Your Money is a registered trademark of the EW Scripps Co.
Follow John on Twitter (@DWYM)
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
John Matarese checks into a viral coupon for free Chipotle burritos
John Matarese has a caution about some supermarket olive oil
John Matarese explains why Ohioans with Cincinnati Bell Energy need to check their bill
About 31,000 Duraflame electric space heaters were recalled this week after reports of units melting and catching fire.
John Matarese shows one downside of flying a discount airline
John Matarese reports on a strange charge showing up on many credit cards.
John Matarese warns about the "One-Ring" scam
John Matarese looks into a problem hitting some Apple MacBooks
When it comes to chicken, big packs of boneless breasts look like a good deal. But look closer.
John Matarese looks into an e-mail claiming to offer free credit monitoring