Walmart to offer No-Contract Cell Phone Plans

Steve McBrian 09/15/2010 18

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is not just only a name to rely on when it comes to cheap commodities and other items. They will soon cater to their customers a cellphone plan using the company’s name as well. They hope that it will boost their company’s status as a provider of low cost items and be named as a mobile service provider that offers low rates at the same time.

Right now, people can already avail of the mobile plans from Wal-Mart though different carriers in United States. This already includes T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and even Sprint Nextel.

By September 20, T-Mobile will be offering a plan called the Wal-Mart Family mobile Plan that would have a wide array of mobile phones at a very low price. Best of all, consumers will get to pay a flat fee every month and would not be tied to any kind of contract as well. It will only cost $45 monthly to have unlimited texts and calls. In case you want your kids to have one too, just add another $25 on top of your monthly fee for a family plan.

As for the data, since users would not have to pay for it every month, they just have to pay it in amount instead. You would not be charged for the first 100 megabytes. However, you have to pay $10 up to $20 for the 200 megabytes. If that is not yet enough, maybe the 500 megabyte worth of data would be sufficient, which is worth $25. And $40 is all it takes for you to access as much as 1,000 megabytes!

According to Ravi Jariwala, the spokesperson from Wal-Mart, their company gets the support of the major mobile phone carriers as they aim for high-quality yet cost-effective mobile phone plans. And since it also carriers Wal-Mart’s name, consumers can rest assure that the plans would not have hidden charges whatsoever, thus making it very affordable for everyone.



18 Comments »

  1. Just Me 09/16/2010 at 10:09 AM -

    I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s walmart. I don’t know if I want a walmart phone. If I need just talk and text there are better alternatives. It’s not even that cheap. pooey

  2. hunter reynolds 09/17/2010 at 8:36 AM -

    what phones will walmart be provding, as far as i know, theres only five but i don’t know what type of phones besides the motorola cliq

  3. Cynthia Sweeney 09/18/2010 at 2:29 PM -

    I am interested in your cell phone pkgs. I am a T-Mobile and have been for over 10 yrs. I added my Grandaughter and it has been running over $80 ea. month! That is no texting and 750 min. to share. I will need to pay a $200. fee to break the contract but at this tune I’ll be paying it many times over! Thanks!
    CJS

  4. Lucy 09/18/2010 at 4:14 PM -

    Try Pure TalkUSA…they have basically the same plan, offer phones that can be used on any GSM provider and are only $39.95/month. Also credit the user $10/each referral.

  5. Priscilla 09/18/2010 at 4:30 PM -

    cost too much. I live in a dead zone but 2 or 3 times a year I need about 200 min. my tracfone is cheaper.

  6. Maura Isles 09/21/2010 at 9:53 PM -

    I’m a Straight Talk customer and although I purchased my phone at Walmart orginally, I doubt I will be swayed to give this line a try – considering a few issues. My ST $45 unlimited plan is really unlimited and includes any data I might use and 411 calls – no charges or changes. Not mention, Straight Talk being on the Verizon calling network makes it, for me, a better chaoice than the often unreliable TMobile network. I can’t debate the phone selection since it is pretty limited with Straight Talk as well, but basic price and service make me want to stick with ST.

  7. matt 09/22/2010 at 8:46 AM -

    metro pcs is still cheaper

  8. Ralph 09/27/2010 at 6:40 AM -

    Maura’s right on the button with comparing strait talk to the unlimited amounts walmart is offering. I am however, never going to use an unlimited amount ofminutes, and if I did I’d have to some serious introspection as to what’s happening to my social life. That’s why I don’t understand walmart not offering something more than just unlimited time. I’m a tracfone user. Reasonably happy with my rates (they can always be cheaper), I haven’t had a reason to complain about the service, even though friends of mine mention it being an exotically hard experience. But back to the point, maybe if walmart adopted some tier-type pricing structure, then I too might consider changing carrier…wait…it’s t-mobile isn’t it…dodgy coverage for the beautiful coverage I have now. Naw

  9. Michelle 10/05/2010 at 9:30 PM -

    I agree with Maura, I have straight talk however its on AT&T 45 dollars is great for all day talking or texting. However the 25 dollars to add my child might be an interesting opportunity. however with me and my husband I am paying 90 a month and I really would like my son to have his own phone. T-mobile kids talk free but I am not sure how good they are. I need something cheap thinking about getting on a contract plan.

    Tracfone and net ten and straight talk are the same company.

  10. sarah 10/25/2010 at 4:26 PM -

    i need a no contract phone thats cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and cheap. can anyone help me?

  11. Anne 11/01/2010 at 6:42 PM -

    I have a plan with my two daughters (T-Mobile) I am averaging 249.00 plus per month and I can’t afford it any longer! I was told by T-Mobile that it would cost me $ 200.00 per line even though my phone is older that both my girls who renewed back last December and the other in February. Is this true that all of my lines will cost me $ 200.00 each line to cancel this current plan? I need some help as I am at the mercy of what T-Mobe Customer Service tells me. Thanks!

  12. @ Anne 11/02/2010 at 1:04 PM -

    Hi Anne, yup thats true. depending on if you guys got locked in for a year or two year contract the early termination fee is $200. Another thing is to tell them to cancel it, and tell them to bill you. It will go to collection. I did that years ago when I was on the brinks of bankruptcy and about 14 months ago I ended up paying it off at a 50% off rate since it was in collection and I negotiated.

    while I’m no financial expert I can tell you that if you are really in need, the heck with them – I chose to support my family rather pay a $450 bill to back then “Cingular” so good luck Anne and wish you the best.

  13. Butch 11/30/2010 at 12:39 PM -

    Straight talk has a customer service department that will make you throw your phone at the wall and send you running back for a 2 year overpriced locked in contract with Verizon.The phones work great when up and running,however prepare for slum dog millionaire customer service. nothing like sitting on hold waiting for someone in Bangladesh to return from their curry break to give you the runaround.3 bad sim cards for my wifes phone and when I ordered a new phone it showed up with no $45 airtime card.2 hrs on the line and still not straightened out.

  14. steve 12/04/2010 at 6:08 PM -

    butch, the straight talk phones don’t even use a sim card…they are not great, but you shouldn’t rip something you don’t even know about!

  15. brian 12/06/2010 at 2:09 PM -

    steve, most straight talk phones use a sim card!!! any phone that says GSM uses a sim card the only ones that dont areCDMA so before u rip into someone get your facts straight

  16. shapir 01/08/2011 at 12:24 PM -

    I promise not to rip into anyone who has posted. In case someone reading these comments is seriously considering prepaid cell phones, would just like to point out a few things. The contract carriers don’t seem to be doing much to want to keep their customers. More people are finding it to their benefit to switch to a prepaid phone. Straight Talk phones may be a little more expensive than other prepaid companies, but the quality seems better. They offer a $45 unlimited plan that works really well for the bigger users. With their new smart phone models, this totally makes sense. This will probably save you more than half what you’re spending on a contract plan. Any thoughts?

  17. erica 01/24/2011 at 8:24 AM -

    I saved $800.00 last year on Straight Talk unlimited compared to when I was on a contract! I use my Samsung Finesse as my business phone and the web access means I can download my e-mails wherever I am. I’ve used the cell savings to pay a large chunk off my credit card and by the end of the year I’ll be debt free!

  18. thomas 02/19/2011 at 12:18 PM -

    I just happened to come across Straight Talk at Walmart.So glad I did,their phones are cool and have many features.The no contract is something new for me,but getting used to it quickly.Still amazed that all I pay is a flat rate of $45,and that’s for unlimited.Totally happy so far,the coverage is amazing!

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