Back in August, when I first tried and reviewed the prepaid cell phone service Straight Talk, I honestly believed that, within a few weeks, I would find something I really didn’t like about it. After all, I have been using cell phones for quite a few years now, both pre-paid and services that require a contract, and I had yet to find one that met my needs perfectly for a reasonable price.
Well, it’s now a few weeks later and I can honestly say I love this service as much, if not more, than I did a couple months ago.
As I mentioned before, I ended up switching to Straight Talk after the contract with my previous provider, US Cellular, expired simply because US Cellular was proving to be a bit too expensive and wasn’t really giving me that great of service. The attraction to the Straight Talk plan was the $30 price tag for 1,000 voice minutes, 1,000 text messages and 30 MB of data each month. This, combined with the $45 unlimited card for my wife (she has a lot more friends than me) was about $50 less per month than we were paying with US Cellular.
I live in an area that is notorious for dead spots. We ran into them all the time with US Cellular and the provider we had before that. My parents run into them all the time with Sprint. Since switching to Straight Talk, I have run into one; a small spot inside our local Piggly Wiggly near their cheese. That’s it. I have taken this cell phone service everywhere else in town and have had a minimum of three bars. And, even outside of town, I have had no issues. We were at my grandmother’s the other weekend and my dad had no service while I still had four bars. A few weeks ago, we went to Devil’s Lake State Park and I still had enough reception to add a picture to my Facebook page. I would never have been able to say that about US Cellular.
There are a couple other things I discovered I liked about this service. First, the customer service from Straight Talk is wonderful. I had a situation a few weeks ago where my phone wasn’t working. I called them and the problem was resolved in minutes. When I have questions about my account balance (not that I really need to worry since I have yet to come close to my monthly limits), I can check them on their Web site. I couldn’t even access US Cellular’s site half the time.
I recommended this service a couple months ago but, in the back of my mind, believed I would some day change my mind about it. That has not happened yet and, even after giving this service a proper test drive; I still would recommend it.