find inexpensive, unlimited service and a smartphone with the lowest rate plan w/no contract.
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In this busy media age, communication is essential. With our large family, with some kids in college, keeping in close communication means spending money on phone plans!
With Nick going off to college last week, we needed to find a cheap wireless plan with a smartphone, with unlimited plans. We heard we could save money with Walmart Family Mobile powered by T-Mobile.
I was glad to hear that Walmart Family Mobile had a new smartphone line-up and rollback pricing. In the past, my three boys have always been very self-reliant and thoughtful about paying for their own smartphones and they found no-contract plans. Yet, they were still paying quite a bit and have very specific limitations for each plan type. Nick really needed a more affordable plan.
My husband did purchase a contract plan. It is expensive. We have my husband, myself and one daughter on this Verizon plan. Each month we pay around $195 for a plan that allows our three smartphones to have unlimited calls and texts to any phone on any network, but we get only 2GB of shared data. Here’s the cost breakdown:
- first smartphone line $50
- second smartphone line $40
- third smartphone line $40
- 2GB shared data $60
I really wanted to add Nick to this plan so he could focus on his studies, but it would be so expensive. We would have had to add another line ($40) and look at increasing our shared data package to 4GB ($70/month versus $60/month). This would have sent us way over $200+ per month just for four phones.
So we went to Walmart in the hopes that we really would find Nick a deal.
We saw lots of other no contract plans, but moved on to the #FamilyMobileSaves plan
When we found the display on the Walmart Family Mobile Service, we saw a range of smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S4® and the iPhone. They had tons of options. I was surprised. They also had plenty of rollback pricing signs.
We found the Walmart Family Mobile section and saw many phones available to use for that plan.
You can take a look at more pictures of our shopping trip in my Google+ album.
To use the Walmart Family Mobile plan, we saw we would need a starter kit, and the service (no contract, will be billed monthly, no penalties). We got the $25 one time starter kit and chose the $39.88 /month unlimited plan with talk, text and web.
In looking at everything, we saw we could buy any one of the available phones, or we could use a phone you already have. You would need a GSM phone that you could unlock (one with a SIM card).
We found a myTouch phone for a super reasonable price of $129.88 on rollback.
We purchased this phone and Nick is very happy with the quality of the myTouch. I was disappointed in the camera on this phone, because I like to ooVoo him at school and the camera is not fantastic, but it does work, and he had no complaints. Nick mentioned he was able to get all his favorite apps. For the price, this is a great option.
At first, I was only concerned about Nick’s phone, but I saw that the Walmart Famile Mobile Plan can include up to five lines, and each additional line is cheaper. Here is the breakdown:
- First smartphone line- either $39.88 unlimited talk, text and web or $29.88 unlimited talk and text.
- All additional lines- $34.88 unlimited talk, text and web, $24.88 unlimited talk and text.
You can mix and match which type of service plan you want, for example, I could add a line for my youngest daughter with just talk and text.
We needed no contract, no credit check, and there can be no overage. The service is postpaid and is billed monthly. We are on the T-Mobile National Network with 3G, which has very good coverage in both our local town and in Nick’s university town of Lynchburg, Virginia.
It was very easy to activate the phone.
Nick activates phone online, quickly easily.
You can get it done at Walmart by the employees or do it by phone or online. Nick set his up at the online account management and information site at https://www.myfamilymobile.com/ in less than five minutes and was able to choose a phone number with his college area code, which made him very happy.
We really did find inexpensive, unlimited service and a smartphone with the lowest rate plan I have seen with no contract. I called Nick last night and he says the phone is working well and he is not having any issues with his phone service. Yay! #FamilyMobileSaves #shop #cbias
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