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Walmart Family Mobile powered by T-Mobile
I think the most important issue with any new cell service is just that, the quality of service. Previously, with my now ex provider, I had issues accessing the web and online features in certain areas and especially in-store. Now, I of course, often need web access in-store for my job, but many people need fast reliable service for things as simple as accessing couponing apps etc. I always chalked my bad service up to some kind of in-store interference, never thinking it was an issue with my provider.
With my Samsung Galaxy 2S and Walmart Family Mobile Plan, powered by T-Mobile, I don’t just have access to the web in-store and all around town, but I am finally able to stream movies from services like Netflix to my phone without a lag or interference to keep the kids occupied. This is a huge bonus for me!! I can't believe I went so long with such spotty, unreliable service.
Now there is a "speed boost" option with the Unlimited Talk, Text & Web plan, which includes unlimited web access for all lines on the account, and up to 1GB of shared Speed Boost each month. This means that once the first 1GB of data is used each month (by all users on the account) web speeds are reduced to 2G speeds. Even though you have the option of purchasing additional speed boost time starting a $10 a month, I admit I wondered if this would wind-up being an issue.
As you can see however, I didn’t come close to going over and with all the free Wi-Fi available now, I’m no longer concerned. And if you're wondering how usage might change once the kids are added to a plan? Walmart Family Mobile also has that covered.
Setting Limits with Family Controls
I remember with my last post some of you expressed concern with wanting your child to have a phone for emergencies and such, but feared giving them unlimited access. Well I don’t blame you and this one an issue weighing heavy on my decision to provide my own boys with phones.
After having experiencing Walmart’s Family Plan first hand and having time to look into all it entails. I am officially reporting that my boys will be getting phones for back-to-school thanks to the plans family controls.
With these controls as the main account holder I will be able to not only assign limits to minutes and messages, manage allowed numbers, limit access to certain times a day, but what the mom in me likes most however is the ability to turn data on and off and use a Web Filter to restrict access to adult web content.
Learn more about Family Controls here.
My first bill will be due on 8/1. Any day now I will receive a test message reminding me that my bill is due, which I love, since as a busy mom I can never have too many reminders!
Walmart Family Mobile is also a postpaid service meaning instead of having to run out and top up our minutes each month, we are billed after we've used the service. Payment is simple and can be made via the Family Mobile Account Management site. This is also where you'll find your family controls, account summery, usage data and more.
All the Smartphones you love
While test-driving the Walmart family plan I was provided with a Samsung Galaxy 2S smartphone, just one of many smartphone favorites available on with the Walmart Family Mobile plan - including the new Samsung Galaxy 4 and iPhone.
For someone like myself I often wonder how I got by before smartphones. It's very important for me to have access to email and web while on the go, and honestly, I can't help but think what would become of me if I couldn't share photos via Instagram and play Candy Crush nightly ;-)
While my husband and I will opt to sticking with one of the many smartphones compatible with this plan, for our children we are able to choose a simple phone that will allow them to keep in contact in case of emergency during the school day, or if they are out and about with a friend. And as they get older and their needs grow we can upgrade them without any hassle. No contract means we can upgrade whenever we want!
Thanks to the real life affordability of this plan I can feel a little more secure when sending my kids back-to-school. Now that might sound silly, but if you could see how much even the teachers in our district rely on the children having their own phone, you would understand. As an example my son came back from a trip 2 hours early last year. The kids with phones were able to call home and get picked up; my son had to hang around, outside, until we showed up at the original pick-up time! Needless to say I wasn't thrilled.
In a nut shell our experience has been more than positive for service, value and features. I would absolutely stand by the fact that this is the best wireless plan for us.
For more information on the Walmart Family Mobile Plan feel free to check out my previous post, Walmart Family Mobile online, or visit your local Walmart's cell phone center.