Using T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network, Walmart customers can benefit from 5GB of data, unlimited text, and 100 minutes of talk free with no annual contract to keep you chained to one carrier. According to the Walmart press release, the plan will be sold at more than 2200 Walmarts and online via Walmart.com and T-Mobile.com later this month.
As compared by PC World, Virgin Mobile (owned by Sprint) ‘whose plans start at $35 per month, throttles users after 2.5GB and only offers 3G speeds.’ Walmart and T-Mobile aim their prepaid plan to those who are more apt to use wireless data over the network. Walmart and T-Mobile gives prepaid customers a taste of 4G network speeds; however, their 100 voice minutes with no additional package fees pale in comparison to Virgin’s offering of 300 voice minutes and 900 more for $10 per month.
For those new to the prepaid cellphone plans, be wary that your choice in handsets do not compare to the power and speed from the likes of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Unlocked cell phones are available for those with a specific tech palate, but Walmart customers will be pleased to hear that an exclusive 4G handset and T-Mobile phones will be made available in conjunction with the 4G plan release.
Many smartphone owners use their device for almost everything except voice calls. For when there is an app for everything, such as Skype for VOIP, Walmart and T-Mobile’s offer of 100 voice minutes per month is of less concern. 4G is becoming adopted by more and more manufacturers in order to keep up with the amount of data pushed by our beloved apps and wireless services.