Straight Talk is a mobile service provided by a partnership between Walmart and TracFone, a subsidiary of the largest telecommunications company in Mexico. Due to the partnership, Straight Talk phones can only be purchased at Walmart locations. The company offers a number of phones that can be used with its plans, including camera phones, flip phones, sliders, smartphones, touchscreens, and keyboard phones.
There are no contracts, and customers pay fees each month to purchase a predetermined amount of minutes. Customers who need more minutes can pay in advance for unlimited talk, text, and data. Straight Talk also offers no-contract plans for home phones that include unlimited local and long-distance calling. Both mobile and home phone customers can purchase international plans that allow calls to more than a thousand locations in Canada, India, China, and Mexico.
Virgin Mobile is a wireless communications company that operates in the United States as well as South Africa, the United Kingdom, Chile, Colombia, Canada, Australia, France, India, and Poland. Virgin Mobile USA is based in Warren, New Jersey, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sprint Nextel Corporation. The company was a pioneer in the American no-contract mobile service market and was the first prepaid-only provider. Virgin Mobile USA joined the 4G LTE market in February of 2013 when it began offering the Samsung Galaxy Victory.
Virgin’s branded phones can be purchased at more than 40,000 locations in the U.S., and the company currently has approximately 6 million subscribers. Available phones include flip, slide, and keyboard phones as well as the iPhone 4 and other smartphone options. To make switching to T-Mobile as easy as possible, the company offers conveniences such as free shipping, free activation, and the ability to keep your old phone number. Customers can choose from three no-contract plans, including plans that offer unlimited minutes.
Created by AT&T, U-verse is a telecommunications service that provides Internet, voice over IP, and IPTV services. The service was launched in San Antonio, Texas, in 2006 and had a total of more than 2.1 million TV subscribers by 2009. The number of TV customers grew to 4.3 million in 2012, and the number of Internet subscribers reached 6.1 million around the same time. AT&T plans to expand U-verse to reach 8.5 million additional customer locations by 2015.
U-verse TV customers have access to 180 HD channels, numerous On Demand titles, and DVR services. Customers can also add programming options such as sports channels, movie packages, and international channels. Standard features of U-verse High Speed Internet include built-in wireless, unlimited access to a national Wi-Fi network, parental controls, firewall protection, and anti-virus software. U-verse TV, Internet, and home phone services can be purchased separately or in bundles.