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Walmart Launches Post-pay Wireless Cell Service

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.

Source: AP, PR (via Engadget)

  • braneman
    wow if you have ANY data needs, ANY at all its cheaper to go elsewhere.
  • hoofhearted
    Hmm, I just looked up my data usage on my iPhone and I have used less than 2.5GB data over the cellular network and have had this thing for 1 year and 3 months.
  • Shadow703793
    branemanwow if you have ANY data needs, ANY at all its cheaper to go elsewhere.+1. For $45 + $25 more for a line, this is a massive ripoff imo.
  • tuch92
    I can't stand Wal-mart, I go out of way to not shop there. Poor service, and they try to run every small store out of business with shear volume.
  • xxzabxx
    target for the win?
  • dark_lord69
    I liked it until I saw the data price.
  • Avro Arrow
    Wal-Mart is the evil empire. I won't go there for any reason. If I want cheap stuff, I'll go to Costco instead. They treat their employees and customers like human beings.
  • eddieroolz
    Who gets their electronics from Wal-Mart anyway.

    Well, I don't, at least.
  • sliem
    Data plan is too expensive. Rip off right there.
  • I'll be getting my Walmart Service Monday morning. I hate Verizon.