If you're looking to buy a Straight Talk phone, now is a good time, because there are now free Straight Talk phones listed on the Straight Talk website.
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They have reconditioned models of the Samsung R451C, LG290C, and LG220C that are free with the purchase of an airtime card. The "all you need" card is $30, and the unlimited card is $45.
The R451C is a steal at that price, so I think it's quite cool that Straight Talk is finally running the free-phone-with-airtime-card-purchase offer like TracFone has done for quite some time.
I don't know for sure how Straight Talk does it, but when TracFone runs specials like this, they include the airtime card in the box separately instead of having it already added to the phone. What's cool about that is that you can add the airtime to any Straight Talk phone, not just the one that comes with the card.
So let's say you already own an R451C, 290C, or 220C, and you need to buy an airtime card. You could order one with this special offer, and then you could use the airtime card on your current phone, and keep the refurbished one just to have a spare battery and battery charger. Or just sell the refurb on ebay or craigslist and pocket a little extra cash.
I've never owned a refurbished Straight Talk phone before, but I have bought refurbished TracFone phones in the past and never had a problem with them. Most of them looked brand new, and one had minor scratches, but they all worked just fine.
There's no expiration listed for the free refurbished phone offer, so it may or may not be around for a while.
The Straight Talk website is also running another special offer where you get free overnight shipping when you order any Straight Talk phone. This offer runs through 12/17/10
Note that overnight shipping does not necessarily means that you'll get the phone the next day, because sometimes it takes them a couple of days to actually ship the phone once you order.