WalMart Introduces first Cell Phone Plan that uses Walmart’s own branding- The Walmart Family Mobile
If you are an American citizen and are really fond of shopping from Walmart then here is some really cool news for you. Walmart (is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores and a chain of warehouse stores. In 2010 it was the world’s largest public corporation by revenue, according to the Forbes Global 2000 for that year. Wal-Mart operates under its own name in the United States, including the 50 states. It also operates under its own name in Puerto Rico. Wal-Mart operates in Mexico as Walmex, in the United Kingdom as Asda) has launched the first cell phone plan that uses the chain’s own branding- Walmart Family Mobile (Walmart Family Mobile is Walmart’s exclusive cell phone (postpaid) service provided through the T-Mobile cellular network), Now what does that mean in a layman terms?
Well Walmart is going to give you what T mobile has been giving you for a lesser and more convenient price. It has been made clear by the store that it is not buying air time from T-Mobile. Instead the carrier will be handling billing, customer service, and all the other behind the scenes work themselves. But yes they have got the airtime for lesser than the rates at which T mobile offers it to its users although all the details are not available now but it seems that a few of the service that the carrier offers on its network can be truncated with this new plan.
Here is what we could gather from the leak, the phone service will cost $45 for the first line and $25 for each additional line, which you will be able to add up to a maximum of five. Your data usage will be a shared bucket that rolls over from month to month (which means that your payment dues will keep on piling up if you do not clear them monthly!). Data usage can also be bought on prepaid data cards dubbed as the WebPak cards. Calling to 14 major international cities will set you back $0.05 per minute. You’ll be able to activate any unlocked US GSM phone on the plan for a $25 activation fee and your bill can be prepaid via a credit or debit card at any Walmart store nationwide.
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Greg Hall, vice president of merchandising at Wal-Mart U.S., said “there’s a perception among customers that prepaid service doesn’t offer access to the best phones or the best network quality, the postpaid nature of the plan is a way to avoid that.”
Walmart Post-paid Plans & Price Details:
AS far as the data plans are concerned there won’t be an unlimited data option, and at $40 per GB, data service won’t be cheap, but unused megabytes will carry over to the following months which indeed is a cool addition. Walmart Family Mobile will launch today in most of the chain’s stores and will include several devices like Nokia 1661 for $35, Samsung T139 for $50, Samsung T749 for $150, Motorola Cliq XT for $250 and an Unconfirmed Samsung device for $100.