You might remember in May when Wal-Mart and Sprint announced Common Cents, a prepay carrier option for people who didn't like signing contracts or receiving bills in the mail. The year before that the chain announced Straight Talk, a partnership with Verizon. Now Wal-Mart is announcing a collaboration with T-Mobile to offer customers a postpay option.
The retail giant yesterday revealed Wal-Mart Family Mobile, which will use T-Mobile's network, an effort to combat the common belief that prepay options don't always offer the best handsets or the best service. However, those thinking that getting a phone on Wal-Mart Family Mobile is the same as any other network would be mistaken. Though Wal-Mart is calling Family Mobile plans postpay, they're more like a mix between prepay and postpay. For one, you'll still have to pay at the end of each month, however, you won't have to sign a contract, and as a result, you won't be getting a huge subsidy with your phone.
Wal-Mart Family Mobile will offer unlimited calling and texting for $45 per month for the first line and $25 for each additional family line. Phones available on the network range from smartphones like the Motorola CLIQ, to budget Nokia devices that cost just $35. Data is probably more expensive than most are used to, at $40 for a 1GB. However, that data doesn't expire so whatever you don't use can be carried over to the next month.
Wal-Mart Family Mobile will launch next Monday, September 20.