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The new plan isn't true 4G

Walmart today announced that it has teamed up with national wireless carrier T-Mobile to offer an exclusive no-contract 4G connectivity offering. The new 4G offering will be available at all 2,200 Walmart stores.

“Walmart is proud to offer our customers fast and affordable mobile options, especially as texting and social networking become a regular form of communication,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president of entertainment, Walmart U.S. “Together with our suppliers we continue to ensure the products our customers want and need — from the latest smartphone and TV to groceries and toys — are available at every day low prices.”

The service will be sold online at T-Mobile and Walmart, but will only be offered in-store at Walmart. The new plan is $30 monthly and allows 4G speeds for 5GB monthly. The plan also offers unlimited texts, 100 minutes of talk, and talking is ten cents per minute after the 100 minutes are used. The plan requires a pre-paid phone to subscribe and there are now six of them to choose from with the addition of the 4G handset.

“T-Mobile is thrilled to offer this exclusive, affordable service plan, designed specifically with heavy text and data users in mind, to meet the demand for prepaid, which is expected to double by 2015,” said Amy McCune, vice president of national retail, T-Mobile USA. “Walmart is known for providing consumers incredible value, making T-Mobile an ideal partner, and T-Mobile is delivering great prices, convenient options and a reliable nationwide 4G network, which we know Walmart customers appreciate.”

It's worth noting that this isn't real 4G service. This is the faster HSPA+ service that AT&T and T-Mobile are trying to dress up like 4G rather than WiMAX or LTE service that is true 4G.
The plan is expected to launch on October 16. 

Source: Walmart



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5GB
By ilkhan on 10/3/2011 12:37:59 PM , Rating: 4
5GB of data and 100 minutes a month for $30 a month?
This is perfect for a LOT of people.




RE: 5GB
By rudy on 10/3/2011 12:52:27 PM , Rating: 4
Ya when I look at my bill I only have about 50 minutes of talk. The big problem with prepaid has always been that they do not have any good phones. And they do this on purpose because they are trying to slow down your data use. This is the only reason I still have sprint.


RE: 5GB
By phantom505 on 10/3/11, Rating: 0
RE: 5GB
By Reclaimer77 on 10/3/2011 2:03:06 PM , Rating: 1
Duh? Have you seen the cost of a smartphone if you want to buy one straight up without the plan? Try like 6-$800 dollars. Which kind of defeats the purpose of going for a budget Wal-Mart phone plan when you're paying almost a g for a phone, don't you think?


RE: 5GB
By Denigrate on 10/3/2011 2:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
Only if you just have to have a bleeding edge phone. You can get plenty of smartphones that work pretty darn well for under $300, and you'll pay yourself back in a hurry on the savings not being on a contract.


RE: 5GB
By MABManZ on 10/3/2011 3:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
There are many cheaper smartphones you can buy for $100 or less. The only phones over $400 are superphones like the Galaxy S II.

The LG G2X is a Tegra 2 phone and can be bought for $350 or less NEW from many online stores. Basic Android phones are far cheaper.


RE: 5GB
By Reclaimer77 on 10/3/2011 4:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There are many cheaper smartphones you can buy for $100 or less.


Yeah just none I would actually want to use...


RE: 5GB
RE: 5GB
By Reclaimer77 on 10/3/2011 5:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
So the OLD Galaxy S is still over $400, and this proves me wrong how exactly? The S II is already out!


RE: 5GB
By Samus on 10/3/2011 6:35:39 PM , Rating: 1
Palm Pre/Veer (will only be Edge) and HTC G1 + many Android phones can be had for $50 on eBay.

Why the hell anybody would spend $400+ on a smartphone is beyond me. They are outdated faster than an atom can do the split.


RE: 5GB
By Reclaimer77 on 10/3/2011 9:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why the hell anybody would spend $400+ on a smartphone is beyond me.


Oh my god, they don't! That's my whole point. They just get the 2 year plan so they can "afford" the phone they really want to use. Hardly anybody straight up buys a phone these days.

I mean, am I crazy here? I was under the impression that Wal-Mart was NOT the worlds largest cell provider, and that most people went to a major carrier for their phones. But nope, apparently I'm just wacko!


RE: 5GB
By Jeffk464 on 10/3/2011 8:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
"5GB of data and 100 minutes a month for $30 a month?
This is perfect for a LOT of people."

I know I'm tempted, also remember you can use skype for phone calls instead of eating up your minutes.


RE: 5GB
By Jeffk464 on 10/3/2011 8:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
My smartphone bill on verizon is usually around $90, big improvement.


..
By Strk on 10/3/2011 12:38:08 PM , Rating: 4
Last I knew, the ITC revised their definition of what 4g is, since no one actually has it, and no one is going to in the near future. Verizon at least has the technology, just not the speed, at least for the original definition.




RE: ..
By sprockkets on 10/3/2011 12:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
I know. Does it really matter anymore? 3G+ or "4G" from tmobile is faster than most people's cable landlines, save for of course latency. LTE will be better there, but otherwise, will anyone notice the diff?

Both "1x" and "EVDO revA" are 3G, yet one is like 3-5x faster. "Gs" don't matter.


RE: ..
By Jeffk464 on 10/3/2011 8:08:01 PM , Rating: 2
The fact of the matter is that you can't really use much data with the data cap anyways. If you watch much multimedia you hit your 5gig cap real quick anyways.


RE: ..
By leexgx on 10/3/2011 11:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
T-mobile should not be calling there network something it is not at most it should be 3g+

3g is UMTS or HSDPA (or EVDO for CDMA users i think)

4g is LTE and maybe WIMAX if any network bothers to use it

all 4g stands to me is more bat life use


RE: ..
By bill4 on 10/4/2011 7:31:31 AM , Rating: 2
No, wrong again. LTE as used today never met the definition of 4G originally.

Later the definition was changed so that officially todays LTE, wimax, and HSPA are all 4g.

So stop pulling stuff out of your ass.


RE: ..
By Dug on 10/3/2011 12:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
Perfect for my needs. I wish all carriers did this. I rarely don't need the talk time. Just text and email.


RE: ..
By omnicronx on 10/3/2011 12:48:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, LTE advanced is/was(who knows now) 'real' 4G..

The original spec called for speeds well over 100Mbps, a speed which nobody is even close to reaching right now.

Though you can have all the speed in world on HSPA+ network, but latency is still going to be an issue. LTE on the other hand could potentially be used when low latency is required, such as when playing games. (i.e for many it could potentially be a home internet replacement depending on the situation/signal)


By frozentundra123456 on 10/3/2011 9:36:42 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a good deal to me.I have T-mobile now, and their coverage is decent but not as good as Verizon. Nevertheless, this price is good enough to make me consider signing up.

I wonder if this is just a teaser introductory rate and if they will increase the price after a few months.




The medias is so full of $*!@
By bill4 on 10/4/2011 7:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
LTE as in use today wasn't "real 4G" either. Get your damn facts straight or stop writing for a tech site.

And I qoute:

quote:

Current LTE and WiMAX implementations are considered pre-4G, as they don't fully comply with the planned requirements of 1 Gbit/s for stationary reception and 100 Mbit/s for mobile.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G




I echo others sentiments
By bill4 on 10/4/2011 7:37:59 AM , Rating: 2
That as someone who uses very few voice minutes, this plan is perfect for me, so I'm interested.

Two problems, one, as far as I know Tmobiles coverage is poor or nonexistent at my job where I need it the most (ATT and Verizon are good there). Unless thats changed I'd have to double check.

Two, I wonder if the smartphone offered with this plan is any good. Cant find what it is anywhere...




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