Walmart is offering its own post-paid wireless plans on T-Mobile under
the "Walmart Family Mobile" brand.
Unlimited voice and texting for $45 a month for the first line, $25 for
each additional line. But the bigger news is that they are offering data
at very good rates for the non-power user, something you can't get on
T-Mobile's own plans. T-Mobile charges you 99¢ an hour for data on
prepaid, $1.99 per MB on postpaid (if you don't sign up for a data plan
"Family Mobile" starts you off with 100MB of data, but when you use that
up you have to pay 4¢ to 5¢ per MB ($10 for 200MB, $25 for 500MB, $40
. Note that you don't get 100MB a month, you just get 100MB to
start. The data doesn't expire. Definitely not a phone for those that
use a lot of data, but those are very low data rates for pay as you go data.
They don't mention if this plan gets the same roaming coverage as
T-Mobile's own plans, but that roaming coverage has been drastically
reduced anyway, as roaming agreements with AT&T have ended. If you need
coverage outside of metro areas, you definitely do _not_ want to go with
T-Mobile or "Family Mobile." Here's a comparison of the native coverage
areas for T-Mobile and Verizon which should correspond to the coverage
areas of "Walmart Family Mobile versus Walmart StraightTalk:
"http://i51.tinypic.com/2mqoyvb.jpg". You can see the huge difference in
coverage area (EIYJN).
If you can live with T-Mobile's limited coverage area, this is not a bad
deal for multiple unlimited lines since each extra line is only $25. But
Wal-Mart also offers Straight Talk for $45 a month which also includes
unlimited data (on the phone) and is on Verizon's network so the
coverage area is far greater. However on StraightTalk there is no
discount for additional phones (and it's prepaid not postpaid).
T-Mobile has been struggling with declining subscriber numbers lately,
and they haven't been heavy into the MVNO scene like Verizon, AT&T, and
Sprint, but that's apparently changing.