TracFone offers $45 unlimited plan

TracFone's new StraightTalk service delivers 30MB of data plus unlimited calling and messaging for $45 per month.

The unlimited monthly plan wars continue to get hotter following a new service from TracFone. The Mobile Virtual Network Operator recently debuted StraightTalk, a prepaid, no-contract wireless brand that offers 30MB of data plus unlimited calling and messaging for $45 per month. Alternatively, you can get 1,000 anytime minutes and 1,000 text or multimedia messages for $30 per month.

Boost Mobile has offered a $50 per month plan that includes unlimited data since January, but StraightTalk now ties with MetroPCS for a calling and texting option. Yet, it is worth noting that Boost Mobile pays taxes while other carriers do not.

StraightTalk's coverage via Verizon Wireless isn't entirely nationwide (we spotted some gaps on the coverage map) and its phone selection is hardly impressive--you're limited to the LG200CM, Motorola W385, and Motorola Razr V3 (yes, it's back)--but beating this price will be difficult--at least for now.

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