Father’s Day is just around the corner and I know that nothing would make my husband happier right now than to have more money in his pocket, which is why I’m giving him a new cell phone with a cheap wireless plan.
When I was offered the opportunity to learn about Walmart Family Mobile (#FamilyMobileSaves), one of the best wireless phones with the lowest price rate plan, I was intrigued. My husband and I have been searching for an alternative to our current plan but there is criteria that’s important to us before we make a permanent switch.
What I look for in a mobile service
A Cheap Wireless Plan.
My husband really wants to reduce our $330 a month cell phone bill. Though our current family plan does include Mi-Fi, it does not offer unlimited data and with three teens (and myself) with smartphones, until recently, we consistently went over our data plan and paid overage charges (not reflected in the above amount).
That is a lot of money to pay each month for cell phone service.
Map of Walmart Family Mobile coverage
The best coverage we can get.
While saving money is huge, my family needs a provider that offers great coverage. I need a cheap wireless plan that offers coverage in all the places that we travel through to give me peace of mind. With a husband who is a contractor, it’s important that he is able to reach the office from his various jobsites when a question arises.
Unlimited plans for talk, text and data.
With three teenagers that like to text and a mom that likes to blog, we’ve discovered that unlimited plans really work best for our family. When it comes to comparing various cell plans, we need one that offers unlimited talk, text and data. This isn’t as important for my husband because he isn’t online, he’s only interested in basic service for calls and texting.
I’m also looking for affordable phones. My husband has lost his phone on a cruise, dropped a phone in the toilet and sent his phone through a laundry cycle. It obviously doesn’t pay to spend a great deal of money on a phone for him because I know he’s going to abuse it.
Checking out a new mobile service
I was sent a T-Mobile Concord Android smartphone to activate and test for participating in the Walmart Family Mobile program. Since my husband recently killed another of his phones, rather than purchase one on our existing plan, I decided to pass this phone along to him to test- a perfect Father’s Day gift. He gets a new phone, that he desperately needs, and I learn how to save him (and us) money with a cheap wireless plan. A win-win for both of us.
The phone, which sells for right around $100, is the most popular phone offered in the Walmart Family Mobile program. It offers 3G & Wi-Fi capability, has a 2MP camera with a 3.5” touchscreen perfect for sending and reading emails, texting and web browsing.
In order to activate the phone, I was required to visit the nearest participating store to purchase a Family Mobile Starter Kit which included the SIM card. While at the Walmart store in Marion, I learned that in order to offer an affordable plan to Walmart shoppers, Walmart partnered with T-Mobile to offer unlimited plans with talk, text and web starting at $45 for the first line and $35 a month for each additional line (up to five lines). It’s easy to try out the service because it requires no contract, credit check or deposit. Plus, since the service is pay as you go, there are never overage charges.
Though I had planned to activate the phone at the store, my husband was in a hurry so I bought the Family Mobile Starter Kit and activated the phone online, at home. The activation took a matter of minutes. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get started.
With online account management and information, It’s easy to monitor my account, make a payment or add another line.
My husband will receive this phone as part of his Father’s Day present to test out and to learn if it offers sufficient coverage. Hopefully my family can join those who are saving up to 50% off their wireless bill with the Family Mobile plan.
Have you searched for a new cell phone carrier? What service do you use?
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