I walked onto the baseball field and squatted behind home plate to warm up my son who was pitching. It was the last game of the end of the season tournament, and my eyes watered as he hurled the first pitch at me. Next year he will be trying out for the high school team. Is he good enough to be a pitcher at the high school level? Will he even make the team? These are questions I cannot answer, and I couldn’t help but wonder if this is the last time I would watch my son wind up on a pitcher’s mound. After the game I took a picture of his entire team holding their trophies for taking 3rd place for the tournament, and posted it online for the grandparents to see. My kids are growing up, and in a blink of an eye they’ll both be in college or starting their own lives as adults. As I took the picture, I realized just how valuable a cheap wireless plan can be for capturing, savoring, and sharing moments just like this.
For the past month, I’ve been trying a mobile phone plan through Walmart Family Mobile. Using a Galaxy S4 I activated at Walmart, I’ve been evaluating the service to see if it could be a viable alternative to the plan I currently have through a major carrier. #cbias
I have encountered times when I was not able to get a network signal. This did not appear to be related to location as I would be able to get a signal later at the exact same place. The good news is that these occurrences have been extremely rare and actually occur less often than similar issues with my AT&T service.
The download speed using Walmart Family Mobile is 3G, which is adequate, but noticeably slower than what I’m used to with the 4G AT&T network. Also, only the first 1GB of data is at 3GB speed, after that the speed is reduced. I’m connected to wi-fi almost everywhere I go and in my first month I used less than 500MB of data, therefore neither of these limitations affected me much. If I really needed more data at 3G speed, booster packs can be purchased for an additional $10 per GB.
Walmart family mobile does provide a customer support number, as well as a support website. Fortunately, I never had to use either one.
If I were to switch all four of my family’s lines to Walmart family Mobile, our bill would be $145 a month compared to over $230 a month we’re paying with AT&T right now.
The two main things I need to get out of my mobile phone plan is the ability to reach and be reached by my family as well as capture and share special life moments online. While there are limitations on the data download in both speed and quantity, they affect me very little, and the price difference between Walmart Family Mobile and my AT&T plan more than compensates for those limitations.
If I wasn’t locked into a contract with AT&T for another fifteen months, I would seriously consider changing carriers. How about you, would you consider a no-contract plan through Walmart Family Mobile?