Guess Who Is Going To Offer Its Own Wireless Cell Service? Walmart!

I have written a few times about my satisfaction using, Straight Talk which I originally ordered from Walmart. Straight Talk uses the Verizon network through Tracefone, and recently Straight Talk stated it would also be offering service through AT&T. The company also offers service on the Sprint network with the Common Sense plan. But now Walmart has a new branding called Walmart Family Mobile on the T-Mobile network.

According to one article it states that:

Walmart Family Mobile will be “postpaid” like conventional contract-based plans, so the family bill is paid at the end of the month. But in other ways it works much like prepaid service, and it won’t come with a contract requirement or early termination fees. Buyers also won’t need to go through credit checks.

Greg Hall, vice president of merchandising at Walmart U.S., said there’s a perception among customers that prepaid service doesn’t offer access to the best phones or the best network quality. He said the postpaid nature of the plan is a way to avoid that.

Starting Monday, the chain plans to sell five phones, including a full-blown smart phone, the Motorola Cliq XT, which will cost $249. T-Mobile sells it for $329 without a contract, or gives it away to buyers who sign two-year contracts (with monthly fees that are higher than the no-contract option).

The cheapest phone for the service will be a simple Nokia phone for $35.

The plan undercuts T-Mobile USA’s own prices, but Jim Alling, its chief operating officer, said that Walmart putting its own stamp on the brand name was a “tremendous endorsement.”

While there’s no contract, Ailing said the phones will be “locked” to Walmart Family Mobile, so they won’t be usable on another network, or even under a T-Mobile-branded plan.

It seems that Walmart is serious about becoming your cell phone company. With so many different plans at reasonable prices being offered, Walmart should be able to grab a large segment of the market place.

What do you think? Will there be a Walmart phone in your pocket or purse?

Comments welcome.

Source – Yahoo News

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • D

    Am all ready on T-Mobile under my roommate’s family plan for less than $15 a month. Being that I shop at Wal-mart as little as possible…why would I and others like me trust them with our lifeline for work and correspondence?

    You mentioned the phones for this service…get an unlocked GSM phone & a pre-paid SIM card. There we go…you have the phone you want…a company which is more reputable and will get you away cheaper monthly and over the long run than anything Wal-Mart will offer.

    Didn’t work well for them for video rental or their music service…so who’s to say this will as well. If like their other great ideas…what’s going to happen to all of those who get hung out in the wind with basically an over-priced Virgin Mobile-type phone running on a GSM network?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello D,
      Good points. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.
      Regards, Ron

  • Ted Bruner

    Yeah, but will I be able to tether to it at 4G?

  • carolyn temple

    t mobile does not have any rection here where i live.hardly anywhere in northeast la.