Walmart Family Mobile plans get more high speed data
T-Mobile today announced that starting tomorrow, April 18, 2015, Walmart Family Mobile plans will offer additional 500 MB of data without any price increase. Walmart Family Mobile, which operates on T-Mobile network, provides two monthly service plans with data, the $29.88 and the $39.88, that now include 1 GB of high speed (4G LTE) data (was 500 MB) and 3 GB (was 2.5 GB), respectively. After these improvements, Walmart Family plans include:
- $29.88 – unlimited talk, text and data with first 1 GB at 4G LTE speeds (increase from 500 MB)
- $39.88 – unlimited talk, text and data with first 3 GB at 4G LTE speeds (increase from 2.5 GB)
There is also a $24.88 plan that includes unlimited talk and text only.
Existing customers will receive increased data automatically. After high speed data allotments are used up, data speeds on monthly plans are reduced to 2G until the next billing cycle.
Walmart Family Mobile plans allow adding up to five additional lines with a $5 discount per each line. Walmart Family is a postpaid no-contract T-Mobile MVNO that’s offering wireless service at Walmart stores and Walmart’s website. They are selling their own phones that range from entry-level to high-end phones but customers can also bring their own T-Mobile compatible or unlocked GSM phone. In that case, they can chose between a $25 standard and micro SIM starter kit and a $25 nano SIM kit to activate the phone. Those who purchase a phone from Walmart also need to pay $25 activation fee.
The fees and taxes are not included in the monthly cost of the Walmart Family Mobile plans; they are charged additionally. The Regulatory Programs Fee of $0.97 is charged per line and per month while taxes range from 6% to 28%. Data roaming is not included but off network voice and SMS roaming are.