by Lori Cunningham
Note: I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. Purchasing Family Mobile Unlimited Plans Service through Walmart has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. #cbias #SocialFabric #FamilyMobileSaves
Several months ago, I read something about the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited plans service. I noticed their cheap wireless plan pricing and thought it sounded like a great option for single service or family service. Recently, I had the opportunity to shop myself for mobile service at Walmart to confirm that…
1.) the service was good throughout my city and beyond
2.) there are a variety of phone choices to choose from
3.) the pricing was really as good as I read about
I have been a T-Mobile customer for over 10 years. Although I have tried Verizon and AT&T on occasion, while testing different mobile phones, I am most familiar with T-Mobile and have been quite pleased. So when I learned that Walmart Family Mobile’s network was based on T-Mobile, I already felt right at home. I’m very familiar with the areas in my city where I get a good signal and where I don’t.
I was very pleased to see the number of choices the Walmart Family Mobile plans offer. Many of the top phones are available to purchase with the plan and in fact, you can even use a phone you already own. You just need to call your mobile phone provider and ask them to unlock your phone. Many companies will do this free of charge. I called in to T-Mobile earlier this year to unlock our myTouch and Samsung Galaxy III phones when we were traveling internationally so we could insert other countries’ SIM cards.
Choices included on the Walmart Family Mobile lowest price rate plan include:
- Samsung Galaxy S II
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- iPhone 5, 16GB white or black
- LG Optimus L9
- HTC Wildfire
- and a few other lower cost phones
Mobile Unlimited Plans Pricing
Here’s where it really gets interesting and what piqued my interest initially several months back. The price for one user per month $39.88 which includes an unlimited plan for talk, text, and web, plus a $25 starter kit activation for each line. This is one of the lowest price rate plans I have seen. While I was at Walmart, I saw the display for T-Mobile right next to the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited plans. Their price was $30/mo with unlimited text and data (with the first 5GB of data using 4G speed), which sounds like an even better deal…until you look more closely and see that only 100 minutes of talk time are included. Yikes! I had over 300 minutes just last month and I’m not a big mobile phone talker, so this T-Mobile plan would not work. Let me clarify that this is not the T-Mobile plan I have already before purchasing Walmart Family Mobile.
The only limitation I saw on the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited plan was the data. It appears to use 3G speed for data initially rather than 4G speed, like T-Mobile. The Walmart Family Mobile plan allows up to 2.5GB of data used per month, using a 3G speed, but any more usage afterwards slows down to the 2GB speed until your next billing cycle. But that shouldn’t be a problem as I typically use less than 1 GB of mobile data and I use my phone data quite frequently, though admittedly, I do not watch very many videos, which would cause my usage to increase by a lot.
What About Family?
As you can see from the above pricing, if you want to add others onto your plan, the cost is $34.88 for unlimited talk, text, and web, similar to the main line. Up to 5 phones can be included and no, the lines do not have to belong to members within your household. With my plan using T-Mobile, my husband and I have a line as well as my mom-in-law, who lives in another city. Here is a breakdown comparison of my current T-Mobile costs vs. using Walmart Family Mobile:
_____T-Mobile Walmart Family Mobile
Monthly charge $87.99 None
Line 1: Me $13.20 $39.88
Line 2: Husband $13.20 $34.88
Line 3: Mom-in-Law: $13.20 $34.88
Totals: $127.59* $109.64
Monthly Savings for my family with Walmart Mobile: $17.95
Yearly Savings for my family with Walmart Mobile: $215.40
* Includes corporate discount. Both prices do not include taxes and surcharges.
One interesting thing to note is that Walmart Family Mobile does not mail out your monthly bill. All of your online account management and information can be found online through their site. After activating your service, you will be sent your new phone number and the website address to visit to manage your account. You can either pay monthly or opt for autopay. You will be sent either a text or text and email each month to remind you, dependent upon your preferences.
A Mom’s Perspective
The Walmart Family Mobile plan is the lowest price rate plan I have seen, bringing in the true value of unlimited text, talk, and data. It’s great for both single people and families. I love the fact that you can use your current phone (once you have your mobile phone unlock it for you) with Walmart’s Family Mobile plan too, which helps bring the cost lower if you already have a phone. You do need to check with Walmart Mobile to ensure your phone will work first.
Another benefit is that Walmart Family Mobile’s unlimited plans require no contract, so you can cancel right before your next billing cycle at anytime. No fees are charged, it’s easy. Before joining on our mobile plan, my mom-in-law had always used the prepay phones, it worked for her, but I find them limiting. The Walmart Family Mobile plan looks like a good solution.
I will be using the Walmart Mobile Family plan over the next several months using a provided Samsung Galaxy SIII. I will write another article in a few weeks to let you know what I think of the service, calling area, and data speed. So far in the few days I have been using it, I have been happy with it.
How much do you pay for your mobile monthly service?