I went to Walmart two days ago, and on the way out of the store, I saw a mopping machine that was automated to clean the floor. Although I was surprised to see it, I wasn’t surprised that Walmart automated a cleaner away. Although I was surprised to see it, I wasn’t surprised by the cleverness of the technology. Why? All of this was written on the horizon for a long time already. This reminds me of what Andrew Yang keeps on reminding us about as he is running as a presidential candidate — wall to wall of big brands’ fulfillment centers are being filled with robots. Anyhow, check out the short clip video that I took on my smartphone of a robot mopper.
I don’t know about you, but I do feel owning a smart phone is very expensive. Nonetheless, at the moment I can handle a smart phone expense. If I ever get to the point of saying screw this, I guess I have Straight Talk Wireless to back me up. Yep, I had no idea that there is such a wireless service such as Straight Talk Wireless, but I had found out about it from a friend. In reality, I bet he had heard about this on the Internet or from another friend too, because he told me he is thinking about wanting to try this service out. Anyway, it seems too good to be true as he told me that Straight Talk Wireless service is unlimited. Unlimited? It seems Straight Talk Wireless service advertises that you only have to pay $45 a month to have an unlimited wireless service which encompasses talk, data, text, 411, and more. The cool thing is that there is no contract for any of their services. OK, so I got interested and wanted to know more. As I dug deeper, I found out that Straight Talk Wireless allows you to use any GSM compatible smart phone with their services as long the smart phone is unlocked. This means you can totally buy just the SIM card from Straight Talk Wireless to get going. At the moment, Straight Talk Wireless SIM card costs $14.99.
Too good to be true? Not to be naive, I decidedly that I should dig even deeper into knowing more about Straight Talk Wireless. I found out that technically, Straight Talk Wireless is unlimited, but as one of the videos I will post near the end of this blog post testifies that as users use up their 3G speed data worth around 2GB to 2.5GB, Straight Talk Wireless will throttle the users data speed to 2G speed. So, with 2G speed, you can’t really stream videos and so on from the Internet, but you can still technically surf the web, check email, read news, and so on. So, technically, it’s unlimited, but the catch is that you can’t go over 2GB or 2.5GB data worth for 3G speed. I’m not exactly sure it would be 2GB or 2.5GB data worth of 3G speed being used up before Straight Talk Wireless would begin the throttling.
In summary, I have never ever used Straight Talk Wireless before, and I probably may not be able to try out Straight Talk Wireless for some time to come. Why? I had already pre-ordered iPhone 5 and signed up with another 2 year contract with AT&T. If I had known about Straight Talk Wireless before I pre-ordered iPhone 5, I think I would have done it differently. One example might be that I would probably wait for iPhone 5 to hit retail stores and buy the unlocked model of iPhone 5, and in this way I might be able to try out Straight Talk Wireless unlimited with a new favorite phone. Then, I would know if it’s true that Straight Talk Wireless actually provides a great wireless service which comes with no contract wireless service (encompassing talk, data, text, 411, and more for only $45/month). Since I have never had tried out Straight Talk Wireless service personally, I can’t really recommend it to you. I’m still wondering how good is Straight Talk Wireless in terms of talk signal strength and data speed. I guess, there is one assurance that Straight Talk Wireless can be resilient against wireless competition pressure from big wireless providers such as AT&T, because Straight Talk Wireless was launched by the partnership of Walmart and TracFone. I don’t know how big TracFone is, but I do know Walmart has a lot of muscle in term of spending power. This means, don’t expect to see Straight Talk Wireless to fold its business easily!
- How Wi-Fi Works (mycricket.com)
- Straight Talk adds LG Optimus Q (reviews.cnet.com)
- iPhone 5 Available At Verizon Wireless Stores Sept. 21st (techburgh.com)
- Want to keep your unlimited data plan? Verizon will require you to pay $649 or more for the iPhone 5 (bgr.com)
- iPhone 5 on Verizon Wireless won’t support simultaneous voice and data (bgr.com)
- Verizon and Sprint iPhone 5s Won’t Simultaneously Handle Voice and Data (complex.com)
- Apple: preorders for iPhone 5 have been incredible (panarmenian.net)
- The iPhone 5 and LTE – what it means for you (seattlepi.com)
- iPhone 5: What carrier should you get it on? (knowyourcell.com)
- iPhone 5: Wireless carrier winners and losers (fiercewireless.com)
According to PCWorld’s article Walmart and T-Mobile to Sell No-Contract $30 Mobile Phone Plans With “Unlimited” 4G Data, it seems this is a sweet deal for people who want to watch Netflix on their smartphones. Now, why don’t they combine that with iPhone 4 and 5 for an even better plan/deal? Sure, Walmart is a brand that promotes affordable everything to customers, but such a deal for iPhone 4 and 5 might trump a reasonable assessment of affordability, right?