How to Renew a Straight Talk Plan

Straight Talk is a prepaid cellular company that sells phones and service plan cards at Walmart. It provides service through the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon networks. Straight Talk customers find the service reliable, with a simple, inexpensive pricing structure compared with most contract plans. The problem with Straight Talk is that the renewal process is among the most confusing, counterintuitive and buggy in the industry, especially if you pause and then renew service. Customer service is extremely helpful but painstakingly methodical. Prevent hours on the phone with Straight Talk by following a few simple steps to the letter.

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You can renew a Straight Talk plan over the phone or online.

Renewing a Straight Talk Plan with a Credit or Debit Card Online

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Go to the Straight Talk website (see Resources).

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Click "Log In/My Account."

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Enter your Straight Talk user name and password and click "Log In."

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Click "Buy a Service Plan" next to the Straight Talk phone you want to refill, then go to Step 5. Alternatively, click "Set Up Auto-Refill" if you want Straight Talk to automatically refill your plan and charge your payment card every 30 days, then skip to Step 9.

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Click the circle next to the Straight Talk service plan you want to purchase.

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Click "Submit."

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Click "Add to Straight Talk Reserve." This ensures you do not cut short your current prepaid Straight Talk plan. Your plan refill will be tacked on to the end of your current plan with no service interruption. If you do not have a current plan, click "Add Now."

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Review your purchase. Click the "Back" button on your browser if you want to change your order, then repeat Steps 7 and 8. Go to Step 9 when your order looks correct.

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Select your payment card, enter the security code and check the box to agree to the Straight Talk terms and conditions.

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Click "Submit."

Renewing a Straight Talk Plan with a Service Plan Card Online

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Log in to your Straight Talk account (Steps 1 through 3, Section 1).

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Click "Add a Service Plan Now" if you do not currently have Straight Talk service. If your account is currently active and your Straight Talk phone already can make or receive calls, click "Reserve a Service Plan to Be Added on Your Service End Date." The latter option ensures that no unused days on your current plan are wasted.

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Scratch the Straight Talk Service Plan card to reveal the Service PIN.

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Enter the Service PIN and click "Go."

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Click inside the box to accept the Straight Talk terms and conditions, then click "Submit."

Renewing a Straight Talk Plan Over the Phone

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Gather the necessary information and documents: your Straight Talk phone number; cell phone serial number; credit, debit or Straight Talk Service Card; billing address and phone number if paying by credit or debit card; your mother's maiden name or security question answer; and your email address. Likely most of those items will not be necessary, but they may come in handy if unforeseen circumstances cause Straight Talk to ask you for identity confirmation.

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Call the Straight Talk customer service number (see Resources) from a non-Straight Talk phone. Technically you can call with your Straight Talk phone if your current plan is still active, but you may have to refer to your Straight Talk phone's menu options and power it off and on during the call. It is easier to call from another phone.

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Press "1" for English, then press "2" to refill your Straight Talk plan.

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Press "1" to refill your Straight Talk phone with a Straight Talk Service Card. To use a credit card, press "2."

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Follow the simple prompts to complete your Straight Talk plan refill.