Walmart's Family Mobile plan for T-Mobile has been upgraded to include unlimited data - throttled speeds though
When we think of retail giant Walmart, the first thing to come knocking into our minds is obviously savings, which is something that they’re known for throughout the land. Back in September 2010, Walmart introduced us to its T-Mobile partnered Family Mobile Service that brought unlimited talk and text for a mere $45 per month for the first line – with each additional line of service priced at $35 per month.
Considering that data consumption is something we perceive to be commonplace nowadays, it’s nice to see that unlimited data is now included with Walmart’s exclusive Family Mobile Play – though, it’s technically throttled after 250MB of consumption. Yeah, it’s nice that you’ll be surfing at 3G speeds up to that amount, but after that, some people will be left twiddling their thumbs away waiting for things to load.
Despite that problem, there’s actually a way for customers to gain 3G speeds up to the 5GB mark for some brief time. Specifically, they can take advantage of a special promotion from T-Mobile right now that offers just that, but you’ll need to sign up for the plan before March 16 to get 5GB of data under 3G speeds until March 31st. However, if you wait after March 16 to sign up, just expect to be given a paltry 250MB of data on 3G speeds.
source: T-Mobile & Walmart
1. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The obvious catch is the 3G data speed, which is okay for some people, but when Tmobile is offering 5 GB of 4G data speeds for $30 per month, this new plan leaves people scratching their heads.
Second, the phones on this plan is OVERPRICED -- for example, the LG Optimus phone went for as low as $70 (regular price of $129) on Virgin Mobile goes for $179 on Tmobile. So basically, Tmobile is charging as much as $50 to $100 more for the same phone.
6. buddah (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
Well ardent1.. its not so much of a scratch your head if you know what your looking for.. the Walmart new plan includes 5GB of data at 3G ( thats somewhere in the range of 1-5mbps) it also includes talk and texting unlimited for $45. Tmobiles $30 for 5GB is just that.data it only has 100 mins of use! The closest offer Tmobile has is $70 for 5GB of 4G data ( usually from 4- 10mbps) and talk and text unlimited. so for those who dont mind a little bit of a slower connection they are able to access the same amount of data at high speeds for almost half the cost and still have unlimited talk and txt !
2. dodo1234 (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Or you could get the Samgung Exhibit II for 199.99. very good phone, very good price. :)
8. ariley73 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Is that an unlocked phone? Is everything on it compatible on the walmart family mobile plan? My daughter bought an unlocked sidekick and she cant get media text or access the web on it. Im trying to do some research before I spend $200 on a phone. They have a Tmobile prepaid samsung T679 Exhibit for $189. Is that the one you have?
3. torr310 (Posts: 445; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Not gonna pay $199 for the phone + 2-year contract
2GB data is pretty enough for me.
Is it possible to rollover these data as the talk time? LOL
4. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
I think I want that 19$ "unlimited" that someone was offering.
5. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Repulic wireless has the $19 plan but it is still in beta -- something about how you can't handoff a wifi call to sprint network seamlessly. One more thing that LG Optimus phone is like $180 given its $199 for the handset and first month service.
7. buddah (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
Rebublic wireless looks good on paper but as you said and ill agree its still in beta and they use sprints network, they also want most customers to offload traffic to wifi networks so you cant really say its unlimited cellular service. also theres no notice of how long they will stick around... but I do like the idea of $20 unlimited talk and txt even if it didnt include data.
PS with walmart mobile you forgot that you dont have to purchase a walmart phone you can use almost any Tmobile phone ( pick one up off ebay or craigslist) or most unlocked GSM phones.. something you cant do with cdma prepaid carriers Verizon, boost, virgin, etc..
9. james31600 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
this company burned me after the phone I had bricked, not only can you not contact them personally, cause they will hang up on you if you call them, plus email responses are only generic crud, but the worst part was they will give you a bogus charge(s) for leaving them and the fact that monthly charges are never accurate. first couple of month I paid more than $45 than 30 or so now I "owe" them over $120 for having no way of contacting them. if you want good service as far as coverage and cheap and affordable, basically an all around good deal this is not it!