If you've been longing for 4G service but aren't sure you want to make a commitment to a one- or two-year plan, then a new offering from Walmart and T-Mobile may be what you're looking for. In a little less than two weeks, you'll be able to sign up for a $30 unlimited web and text monthly 4G prepaid service plan from T-Mobile. This plan will be sold exclusively at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online. The no annual contract plan will provide users with unlimited text, 100 minutes of talk, and unlimited Web, though any usage above 5GB will be capped with lower speeds. The official launch date of the plan is October 16.
Walmart and T-Mobile Introduce Exclusive No-Annual Contract 4G Offering
Bellevue, Wash. and Bentonville, Ark. — Oct. 3, 2011 - With increased consumer demand for both no-annual contract wireless plans and faster data speeds, Walmart and T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced today that T-Mobile will launch a $30 unlimited web and text monthly 4G prepaid service plan — providing customers great value on a no-annual contract 4G data offering. The plan will be sold exclusively in-store at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online at www.walmart.com and www.T-Mobile.com and is expected to launch Oct. 16.
The new flexible and affordable plan will provide Walmart customers with access to America’s Largest 4G Network™. In a survey of Walmart customers, approximately 60 percent cited that having a high-speed data network was a key factor in the purchase of a wireless service plan. With this new offering, available for $30 per month and no annual contract, customers can enjoy unlimited Web, with the first 5 GB at up to 4G speeds; unlimited text; and 100 minutes of talk, with 10 cents per minute after the first 100 minutes.
In further expansion of this offer, Walmart is increasing its line-up of affordable T-Mobile phones to six, including the addition of Walmart’s first 4G prepaid handset.
“Walmart is proud to offer our customers fast and affordable mobile options, especially as texting and social networking become a regular form of communication,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of entertainment, Walmart U.S. “Together with our suppliers we continue to ensure the products our customers want and need — from the latest smartphone and TV to groceries and toys — are available at everyday low prices.”
“T-Mobile is thrilled to offer this exclusive, affordable service plan, designed specifically with heavy text and data users in mind, to meet the demand for prepaid, which is expected to double by 2015,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail, T-Mobile USA. “Walmart is known for providing consumers incredible value, making T-Mobile an ideal partner, and T-Mobile is delivering great prices, convenient options and a reliable nationwide 4G network, which we know Walmart customers appreciate.”
Monthly4G plans provide access to wireless service for 30 days; capable device required to achieve 4G speeds. After high-speed allotment is used, speeds slowed to up to 2G speeds for remainder of month. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.
More than 100 minutes would have sealed the deal for me. 100 minutes? really?
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
You can compare this offer to T-Mobiles normal plans...
Generally, Pre-Paid plans tend to suck with either some short of limitation and/or tying you to a sucky phone. Though there are some ways around the later as long as you use a service that uses SIM cards.
Pretty much all the providers save the best deals with the 2 year contract plans. Like T-Mobile got a rather decent Individual/Family value plan that costs just $49.99 per phone line per month for unlimited everything, data is just throttled after 2GB. 3rd line can be added for $15 but lowers Talk Minutes to 500.
If you already have a T-Mobile phone then you can just get signed up... The value plan doesn't give a discount on the phone as the caveat. You just have the option to get a payment plan to pay the phone off after 20 months.
Walmart/T-Mobile deal phones usually get a similar deal. So low up front cost but they get you on the contract. In fact I think the plan offered by Walmart with their phones is actually a worse deal, but mind the other providers, especially Verizon, has terrible low price plans. Even the $50 pre-paid deal Verizon recently announce sucks in comparison. So everything is relative..
Theses services providers are mostly scamming us with most of these services. Text especially cost them nothing, it uses much less bandwidth than voice but they charge you more than voice.
Data plans I can at least understand the infrastructure isn't there yet and they use pricing to keep it from being abused and over loaded, but texting is just a rip off and they usually add a bunch of hidden costs.
Though if you can live without data then the pre-paid plans can save you money... Though this plan may have you using skype or similar for most of your conversations...
T-Mobile does have voice over WiFi but it still uses your minutes... While data throttling to 2G isn't too bad compared to being cut off by the other providers. Plus if you go with a Android phone you always got WiFi access for some work arounds.
New mobile service company will be providing unlimited nationwide voice, text and 4G data service for $49 a month and pays consumers for referring people to the service.
Promoters get paid by gaining new wireless subscribers on a monthly basis and with bonuses.
100 mins of talk seems very very low. I guess if you just wanted the phone for text and email and an occasional call then it might not be too bad. I probably text more than I call now.
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