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Walmart Family Mobile Gives Users More Data

Walmart's Family Mobile T-Mobile MVNO is adding 500 MB of high speed data to both of its plans: 

  • $29.88/month – Unlimited Talk, Text & Data with up to 1GB of 4G LTE data (up from 500MB) 
  • $39.88/month – Unlimited Talk, Text & Data with up to 3GB of 4G LTE data (up from 2.5GB) 
After the 1 GB or 3 GB monthly high-speed data allotment is used unlimited data throttled to 2G speeds is available for the rest of the billing cycle.

The changes are effective tomorrow, April 18. All customers will automatically get the increased data with no action required on their part.

Walmart Family Mobile is a no-contract postpaid T-Mobile service that's available exclusively at Walmart stores and online. In addition to T-Mobile native coverage, off network voice and SMS roaming is included at no extra charge. Payments can be made online or by phone using a credit or debit card or checking account or with cash in a Walmart store. Typical postpaid taxes and fees of between 10% and 35% are charged. There's a $5/month Family Plan discount for each additional line (up to five lines total).

Source: T-Mobile

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  1. Post paid taxes on a prepaid plan?

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    1. The article states: "Walmart Family Mobile is a no-contract =POSTPAID= T-Mobile service..." Also: "Typical =POSTPAID= taxes and fees of between 10% and 35% are charged."

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    2. Nope. Postpaid taxes on a postpaid plan.

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  2. Where do you see word 'prepaid'? I only can see postpaid.

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  3. This is one of those with no data roaming at all.

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    1. No big deal any more if you like the rest of the plan. Native LTE coverage is expanding by 1M square miles and 35M extra people in 2015, up to 300M total (close to AT&T and Vzw), so they are roughly 1/3 done. Tmobile is replacing HSPA, GSM 2G and Partner roaming coverage with native LTE:
      http://www.tmonews.com/2015/02/t-mobiles-lte-coverage-map-will-look-like-this-by-the-end-of-2015/ Look at the areas where gray partner roaming is being replaced with purple native coverage.

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    2. That's huge and significant. No more uncarrier: no more being so far behind, for T-Mobile.

      My only concern is, is this a vapormap?? I saw an official T-Mobile map from 2 or 3 years ago that showed this same massively improved coverage you see hre for end of end of 2015 as being at the end of 2014. It never happened.

      I still wonder, too. has T-Mobile got it in for Iowa or something?

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    3. Hard to say, but by all reports I read they were ahead of schedule all last year in meeting their LTE coverage rollout target, reached by the end of October vs. December. There seems to be a coverage lag on their official map, which appears to be updated after they finish a market. I got HSPA+ on 1900 MHz and LTE 2-4 months before the map showed them as being available in my area. Poor Iowa, NB, WV and WY. Iowa should have enough pop density to warrant better coverage, so maybe it's the cost and/or availability of spectrum there.

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    4. I talked to someone in a T-Mobile office and they didn't know of any expansion. You'd think if this were happening it would be quite well known?

      Anyway, I did some digging and found this map of T-Mobile 700 spectrum expansion. It actually looks promising: a significant change in T-Mobile.

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  4. Yeswap on a slightly different note I have a question? Have you heard of anybody that has been on monthly prepaid T-mo plan that has been able to switch to the not so secret T-mo $30 plan without going through Wal-mart or having to activate a new line? I guess what I'm asking have you heard of anybody by passing all that by just calling customer service or loyalty department and they just manually switch the plans?

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    1. oh you probably already know this. usual way is to port out away from tmo to another provider and then port back into tmo when sign up new sim for that not-really-secret $30 plan. yeah too much work and wish it was simple. but tmo probably doesn't want the not-really-secret plan to cannibalize its other plans.

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    2. 100 voice minutes? I guess if you don't really need a phone. It would make a nice tablet plan though.

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  5. does this roam in canada like tmobile post paid?

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    1. Roaming in Canada is available on Family Mobile but it costs extra:
      Voice: 69¢/minute (49¢/minute for outgoing calls to Canadian nunbers)
      Texts: free incoming, 20¢ each outgoing to Canadian numbers, 35¢ each outgoing to non-Canadian numbers
      MMS: 35¢ each
      Data $15/MB
      Sources:
      Family Mobile » International Dialing and Roaming
      Family Mobile » Canadian Roaming Rates Mobile

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    2. wow $15/MB thats atrocious. Thanks Dennis for the info. do you recommend any other pre-paid for roaming in canada ? mostly BC , even data only is good, as i can use skype or google voice.

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    3. Howard Forum might be good to check for this info, since they are Canadiacentric.

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    4. International roaming data is almost always prohibitively expensive. The best bet is to get a Canadian prepaid SIM when you arrive in Canada. http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Canada looks like a good place to start. The Bell tablet looks like the best deal.

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    5. My Truphone account only charges 9c per min/sms/mb in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, or Poland (cellphones or landlines). Incoming calls and sms are free. In Canada, though, minutes and sms cost 40c (free incoming sms), and mb cost $4.50. So I buy a local SIM for outgoing transactions.

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    6. thanks guys for all the info this helps, will just buy a local sim when i land there.

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    7. Mobilesyrup is a good source covering the mobile tech market in Canada, including carrier moves: http://mobilesyrup.com

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    8. Mobilesyrup is good. I also like Open attitude amd AlphaBeatic for Canadian mobile and tech news.

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  6. Hi, Mr. Smartypants here. I took the plunge on an unlocked Moto G 2nd gen in mid July. Yes right before the 3rd gen release. I'm basically satisfied with my service on Family Mobile, but read some disheartening fine print on the FM web site regarding network speed. I was counting on getting HSPA+ speeds as I live in a strong 4G coverage area. I didn't think that was happening, as I've rarely the seen the plus sign next to the signal strength indicator. But I just did a speed test and got 6-7 mbps. Family Mobile Customer Service has been some help, but I feel they are just stalling right now. I honestly don't care what symbols appear on my phone if I can get speeds like this consistently.

    Pricing however, is another matter. Family Mobile and our man Dennis have both communicated that for 1Gb data, it costs $24.88 + tax. Well now I'm getting charged $5 extra for that data. I have no qualms about questioning this pricing, but would like to hear feedback from readers like you. What's been your experience?

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    1. Walmart Family Mobile is $24.88 for unlimited talk and text and $29.88 for unlimited talk and text and 1 GB. If you have multiple lines there's a $5 discount on the 2nd line.

      I don't think I ever said it's $24.88 for a single line with 1 GB, certainly not in this post.

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