Tracfone vs. Straight Talk: Service Plans
As the largest and most prominent provider of contract-free cellular service, Tracfone is able to offer competitive packages at attractive rates. The basic monthly service plan starts at a slight $10 and includes 30 minutes of talk airtime that expires at the end of 30 days. Data is not included in any of Tracfone’s plans and must be added separately. Conversely, Straight Talk’s most basic service plan costs more at $30, but includes an impressive 1000 talk minutes and 30MB of data transfer which may be enough for basic web tasks like checking email.
At the other end of the scale are comprehensive year-long plans. Tracfone has several in this category while Straight Talk has only one and the features and prices differ substantially. Tracfone’s top plan includes 1500 minutes, one year of service for $199.99 without data. Straight Talk’s top 365-day plan has unlimited nationwide talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data, but for a substantially higher $495. Ultimately it appears that Straight Talk offers more features for the money, at least in the lower packages while Tracfone looks to be a nicer deal for upgraded service plans.
Tracfone vs. Straight Talk: Phones
Both Tracfone and Straight talk provide phones or allow customers to use their existing phone. Like most cellular companies, they have a wide selection of handsets. Tracfone’s offerings are a mixed bag of moderate size with fairly even spread between touch screen, button, and full QWERTY keyboard models from familiar major brands like Motorola, LG and Samsung. Straight Talk has phone offerings with the same relative spread of features from the same big brands, but the selection is more than three times larger and includes Apple iPhone models.
Tracfone and Straight Talk offer numerous service plans and options for a broad array of budgets and usage needs. Choosing the best one for you will mean evaluating how much time is spent talking, how many texts are sent, and how much data transfer is used. By comparing your usage patterns to the available packages, you can make the right choice between these two popular cellular service providers.