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The Motorola Cliq XT will retail for $249 with Walmart's new service
Walmart is teaming up with T-Mobile for this new, postpaid service

Walmart is the largest corporation in the world and uses its market dominance to lower prices at all costs and often crushes its competition into submission. Recently, the company has become a go-to places for electronics deals and some locations even sell Apple's popular iPhone smartphones.

Next week, however, the retail giant will begin offering cell phone service under the Walmart Family Mobile brand name. The service is GSM-based and will run on T-Mobile's wireless network.

According to Yahoo News, unlimited calling and texting on the service will cost $45 per month. Each additional line added to the primary account will cost an additional $25 per month.

Although Walmart Family Mobile is a "postpaid" service, there are three advantages to using Walmart's service: there is no contract to sign, there are no early termination fees, and there are no credit checks involved with obtaining service. Users will also be able to add data to their service at a relatively high cost of $40 per month for 1GB (shared between all accounts). However, customers are allowed to "rollover" unused data to the next month.

Earlier this year, Walmart announced its Common Cents prepaid wireless service which uses the Sprint wireless network.



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Rollover data and no credit checks?
By Smartless on 9/13/2010 3:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
I love the first idea but the second idea... hmm.. Kinda makes me feel like Walmart is for poor people or something.




RE: Rollover data and no credit checks?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/13/2010 3:58:36 PM , Rating: 2
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I love the first idea but the second idea... hmm.. Kinda makes me feel like Walmart is for poor people or something.


Heh, I'm not poor, but I generally like shopping at Super Walmart :)

I normally buy all of their store-brand stuff for groceries and household items and get prescriptions filled there. I buy all of my meat from the regular grocery stores (because Super Walmart's pricing on meat is surprisingly high), but I get just about everything else from Walmart.

I've on occasion bought electronic stuff there if the price was right, but I generally get that from Amazon.


RE: Rollover data and no credit checks?
By Proxes on 9/13/2010 5:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
The problem with Wal-Mart is people automatically assume they have the lowest price on everything they carry.

Example... I needed new bags for my vacuum. You would think Wal-Mart would be cheaper than Price Chopper (grocery store). So I go out of my way to Wal-Mart and buy the bags. Next day I'm in Price Chopper buying groceries; I see the exact same bags for over a dollar less! Same thing happened with shampoo.

So I'm done shopping there, that's it. There's no point in it. People think I'm all uppity because I hate going there, guess what? It's not worth it, having to deal with the crowds and the people that are in shapes and forms not intended for the human body. Pass.


RE: Rollover data and no credit checks?
By acer905 on 9/13/2010 6:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
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So I go out of my way to Wal-Mart


If it's out of your way thats certainly one thing, but for me Wal-Mart is the closest store, followed by a K-Mart (that's been fighing to, and somehow managing to stay alive for the 12 years Wal-Mart's been around) and after that an upscale grocery store. For almost everything (except meat) Wal-Mart has a better deal, and it's closer, so win win for me.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/13/2010 6:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. The Super Walmart is about 5 mins away and they also just so happen to have the cheapest gas in town. And it's right next door to Lowes Home Improvement (I'm always doing stuff around the house or outside, so that's a plus).

It's a win-win.


By Sahrin on 9/13/2010 5:49:26 PM , Rating: 5
I don't understand what you mean by "for poor people." Do you mean "Wal-mart wants people with disadvantageous credit histories to have access to the same communications services as those who don't"? Because that's what this accomplishes. The price per month for unlimited calling and texting is significantly cheaper than the lowest price offered by the largest three networks in the country...so I can only assume this is what you meant.

All that aside, though - I have a perfect credit report, and I have to say that I am never a fan of a company checking my credit history, for any reason, ever. I don't have a similar opportunity to check *their* credit history (for instance: my credit report shows if I've ever been late on a monthly payment (I haven't) - being late on credit lines is one of the crucial ways that large corporations manage cash and end up with positive cash flow in a reporting period. This affects customers in that it delays refund checks (in the event of an error on the part of the company) and puts the company at risk (and thus my service) should a credit call the note).

Credit checks are just another way of the upper classes to keep the lower classes from ascending out of poverty - this goes doubly for something as ludicrous as cell phones. Unlimited calling, unlimited texting, unlimited data. What the hell is the credit check for again?


Actually, a really low price on the data plan...
By nafhan on 9/13/2010 4:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
...if you have more than one phone on your account. "$40 per month for 1GB (shared between all accounts)" would make a lot of sense for someone with multiple phones. With 4 phones, that's down to $10 a phone - cheaper than a lot of carrier's "feature phone" plans that usually have a similar 250MB limit.
T-Mobile, though... blah. Plus, we'll have to see what phones are available and how much they cost.




By kmmatney on 9/14/2010 1:44:19 PM , Rating: 2
For general web browsing, 1 GB can go a long way, even if sopread across multiple phones. If these phones can use Wifi when at home, then it's not too bad a deal.


Compared to...
By Motoman on 9/13/10, Rating: 0
RE: Compared to...
By zxern on 9/13/2010 6:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
How could it possibly be a better deal, when you have to pay $45 a month for voice and text, plus an additional $40 a month for data service?

Your looking at $85 a month for the same service st offers at $45.


RE: Compared to...
By Motoman on 9/13/2010 6:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
The $45 is the same cost for unlimited on both plans. As for the data - I should have pointed out that the phones that you have to use for ST are about as close to useless for data as you can get. I have one of their more expensive units - the one with the slide-out QWERTY keyboard - and not only is their web browsing extremely limited, but it's very slow. And no apps, no games, sure as hell ain't streaming a movie...

...so from that standpoint, the data part of the plan is essentially irrelevant. If you're needing large amounts of data, ST is categorically not for you already.


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