Walmart, one of the biggest retail stores in existence, has traditionally only offered products made by other companies. They haven’t normally put Walmart branding on most of the in-store products.
Lately, though, this has changed in a big way ever since they launched a new prepaid cell phone service (in partnership with T-Mobile). Obviously they aren’t building the wireless infrastructure themselves, and are instead using T-Mobile’s vast network. Still, through their new prepaid service they’re offering plans that are fairly competitive with other prepaid carriers today. They have given their new prepaid service the name Walmart Family Mobile.
Walmart Family Mobile
Like most other prepaid carriers, all of the phones that they offer are free of any contracts. The only real downside to this service is that they don’t offer too many phones that work specifically on Walmart Family Mobile. This is mainly due to the fact that Family Mobile is designed for families (exactly as the name implies) rather than techies who require the latest and greatest smartphones.
Even with this restriction, you still get all of the advantages of the T-Mobile network, including its already established coverage areas, 3G data, and their proven reliability. All of this comes at fairly low prices.
A price of $29.98 a month gets you unlimited talk and text with limited data. $39.88 a month gets you unlimited everything, with data having 3G speeds for up to 2.5 GB of transfer per month.
Considering all that you get, this is a pretty big bargain compared to some of the other prepaid carriers out there. For example, Virgin Mobile’s lowest price is $35 a month, and even T-Mobile’s lowest prepaid price is $30 a month. Walmart Family Mobile gets you the lowest price of them all, even if it’s only by a few cents.
As mentioned, the phone selection might seem slightly limited. This, however, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get a great, top-of-the-line phone. At the bottom they have ordinary flip phones that start at about $20. And at the top they offer a Samsung Galaxy S4 for $629. Basically, there’s a phone for everyone, even if it’s not the absolute widest selection you can find. But no matter which one you choose, there will be no contract.
If you are so inclined, you can also bring your own phone to the service, just as long as it’s compatible with T-Mobile’s SIM cards. You don’t have to feel limited by what Walmart is trying to sell you.
All in all, Walmart Family Mobile is a fantastic deal for everything that you get. Not only can you use almost any number of phones that are compatible with T-Mobile, but you also get to pay very low prices even if you want unlimited everything. This is a lot more than you can say for non-prepaid mobile carriers that want to charge as high as $70 a month for everything unlimited. Much of that price comes from the contracts that you have to enter, and the monthly payments that you have to make on the phones that you buy.