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Walmart Family Mobile Adding More Data and Switching to Prepaid Billing


Wave7 Research's Jeff Moore spotted the flyer above at a Missouri Walmart store on Monday. It reveals that TracFone, which purchased Walmart Family Mobile from T-Mobile in September, 2016, is finally making some changes to the service's billing and plans. Two plans are getting data increases effective May 3:

  • The $29.88 plan will get 2 GB of high speed data instead of 1 GB.
  • The $49.88 plan's high speed data allotment will go from 10 GB to 13 GB.

Billing will also change. Until now Walmart Family Mobile has been a postpid operator, with customers receiving a bill by text message or snail mail. They could pay online or by phone using a credit or debit card or checking account or with cash in a Walmart store. In May, Walmart Family Mobile is switching to prepaid billing, at least for new customers. Airtime cards will be available at Walmart stores starting May 16. Current customers can stay with postpaid billing if they wish. All customers can still pay at Walmart, online or by phone, but according to a Reddit post, the paper bill option is being discontinued.

Paying for service with an airtime card should reduce taxes in most jurisdictions. Currently, Walmart Family Mobile charges postpaid style taxes and fees of between 10% and 35%. Airtime cards are typically only subject to point of sale taxes of less than 10% in most places.

Here's the new Walmart Family Mobile lineup effective May 3, showung the changes in strikeout (old) and bold (new).

  • $24.88 unlimited talk and text no data
  • $29.88 unlimited talk, text and data, first 1 2 GB at high speed
  • $39.88 unlimited talk, text and data, first 5 GB at high speed
  • $49.88 unlimited talk, text and data, first 10 13 GB at high speed

Unlimited data at 2G speeds is available after the high speed data alotment is used up on $29.88 and higher plans. There's a $5/month Family Plan discount for each additional line (up to five lines total).

In other TracFone  news, the multi-carrier, multi-brand MVNO has increased its Simple Mobile T-Mobile MVNO's $50 plan's high speed data allotment from 5 GB to 8 GB.

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  1. The Family Mobile coverage map still shows 'Partner Coverage.' Did Tracfone retain voice/sms roaming when they bought Family Mobile?

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    1. Terms and Conditions:
      "10. *ROAMING AND INTERNATIONAL CALLING.
      Your Device may only be used within T-Mobile’s domestic network coverage area (and not off-network or roaming on affiliate networks)."

      HOWEVER, under Map and Service Info, bottom right corner of coverage map. it only says that 'Data and MMS roaming not available." There is also section on Roaming Partner, and Roaming Partner/Service Partner is defined.

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  2. The image says 13 GB for the $49.88 plan. This article says 12.

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    1. 13 GB is correct. Thanks for pointing out the error.

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  3. This can't happen soon enough. Any ideas on how we can switch our current postpaid plan to prepaid?

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  4. Interesting but MetroPCS offers unlimited data for $50 without any taxes or $40 per line if you have more than one line. That seems like a better family plan than Walmart "family mobile"

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    1. But you cant tether. With Family Mobile you can. That is worth something.

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  5. Mintsim, Gophone and Metro still have them beat at every price point, especially if Walfone doesn't already include taxes/fees.

    The latter two also offer better coverage.

    Even if none of that was true, I still wouldn't use Tracfone unless they became the only carrier left in America.

    After all, they'd just lose my data every time I put your sim in a new phone.

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