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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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