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Verizon and Walmart team up for straight talk internet

The new service will help more consumers get online by making high-speed broadband more affordable.

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Photo by Leon Seibert via Unsplash

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) (NASDAQ:VZ) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) are offering Straight Talk Home Internet.  Straight-talk is a no-contract prepaid fixed term wireless internet service now sold in Walmart stores and online.

The new service will help more consumers get online by making high-speed broadband more affordable. It also includes no contracts, no credit checks, and a broader payment option base, including paying by cash.

“Offering more choices that meet the needs of value-conscious consumers – both inside and outside of the home – is a critical component of our strategy to serve the entire market. Straight Talk Home Internet offers an incredible value: reliable fixed wireless internet service anchored by Verizon, with the flexibility and affordability of no-contracts, brought to the masses by the scale of Walmart via an easy, grab-and-go format,” said Manon Brouillette, CEO of Verizon Consumer Group.

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Time for Straight-Talk

Straight Talk Wireless is a brand of TracFone Wireless, itself a subsidiary of Verizon. It’s a prepaid, no-contract wireless service provider doing business with over 19 million people. Other brands in its portfolio include Total by Verizon, Simple Mobile, Tracfone, NET10 Wireless, Walmart Family Mobile and SafeLink Wireless.

Straight Talk Home Internet will use Verizon’s 5G and 4G LTE networks. It’ll cost $45 a month and offer unlimited 5G/4G LTE data with speeds up to 100 Mbps on 5G and half that on 4G, as well as Wi-Fi 6 Dual-band. The service will come with a router that’s easy to set up, and is only $99.

Potential customers involved in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) can use their benefits for Straight Talk Home Internet. The benefit will provide a discount of up to $30 per month for eligible households and up to $75 per month on qualifying tribal lands.

“Walmart is committed to making wireless products and services, which are critical to everyday life, more attainable. Straight Talk Home Internet enables access to resources and opportunities that are otherwise out of reach without high-speed internet access, and this is right in line with our company mission to help our customers save money and live better,” said Mehrdad Akbar, vice president, wireless services – Walmart U.S.

Straight Talk Home Internet will be available at nearly 2,000 Walmart stores across the country and at Walmart.com and StraightTalk.com.

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