T-Mobile And Walmart Upgrade To “Unlimited” Web On Family Mobile Plan

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T-Mobile and Walmart’s Family Mobile plan is now better than ever, adding Unlimited Web to their already affordable offer of Unlimited Talk and Text. Rolling out now, the new Walmart Family Mobile plan is only $45 per month for the first line and $35 for additional lines and is available at Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com.

According to the T-Mobile email that just hit our inbox, 44% of first-time smartphone buyers in 2012 say the cost of the data plan associated with a smartphone is the single biggest reason they have not purchased a smartphone before. Therefore, T-Mobile and Walmart’s monthly postpaid, no-annual contract plan is “offering Unlimited Web service, providing full access to Web surfing, data and social media for all lines on the account and is one of the best value options available on any national carrier.”

To encourage families to sign up right away, beginning today until March 16th, customers activating the new plan will receive the first 5GB’s per month per line at up to 3G speeds until March 31st. Customers activating after March 16th can enjoy the first 250MB per month per line at up to 3G speeds.

So once again T-Mobile is playing fast and loose with the word unlimited as these technically “unlimited” data speeds are really only good for the first adopters who take advantage by signing up prior to March 16th. After March 31st, all plans go back to 250MB of unlimited 3G speeds only to limit the speeds to 2G upon surpassing the 250MB allotment. Having 5GB’s for less than 60 days just seems like a tease and customers are bound to surpass that allotment in the first few months as they adjust to their new “unlimited” data caps. Still, you can’t beat the price for customers who place data third on their list of wants underneath unlimited talk and text.

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  • Chris Johnson

    I wonder if there really is that much of a cost to T-Mobile to have larger data caps, like say go back to when they had the 10gb cap. That way even power users would be safe from their throttling.

    I saw in a post on a site where a user mentioned the fact that with more and more cloud and streaming services becoming available having a data cap makes it more difficult to enjoy these. I mean Android itself is leaning more towards the cloud and we will not be able to take full advantage of this, T-Mobile packages video streaming apps on some of their phones but we can’t take full advantage of this.

    Watching a few movies on Netflix will easily eat into my 5gb data cap…..smh

    • http://twitter.com/c0z Nicole

      I definitely have to agree with you. I think that all of these caps make enjoying the services you got the phone for in the first place… difficult. So sad.

    • Anonymous

      Ya that’s why I get bent out of shape when I see new phones with only 16gb or so of storage and no SD slot. The response I always get is “well you have the cloud, you don’t need the extra storage”… except I get throttled if I use the cloud for 2 or 3 days and then next 27 days of the month are at dial up speeds. We won’t be able to fully use our devices until the data is actually unlimited.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome deal, wish I wasn’t under contract.

  • Anonymous

    250 MB in 2012. Nooooo!

  • Lrobles787

    It is a nice deal but the problem is video stream would eat your MB and GB as quickly as you watch a movie on Netflix or other stream video sites.

  • Anonymous

    Lol. That is all I will say.

  • Anonymous

    “5GB’s per month per line at up to 3G speeds”

    So your 4G device is always throttled to 3G on this plan?

    • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

      No, they’re actually using the correct term, since 4G specifications aren’t even remotely touched right now.

      T-Mobile’s “4G” is HSPA+, so it’s possible to get up to 42Mbps right now (device and tower dependent)

      • Scorpiok

        Damdung exhibit 4g only gives 2mbps max in atlanta..nothet reson to switch carriers shortly

        • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

          That’s still better than what I got on Verizon’s 3G lol. Hopefully your area will get the HSPA+ tower updates – I’m getting 5-10Mbps where I’m at.

      • Ashton

        LTE isn’t 4G either, per the requirements that were initially set for 4G standards.  After they changed the standards it allowed T-mobile to call their service 4G and for LTE to be called 4G.

        • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

          The standards haven’t been changed, the marketing has. “4G” in the States has become a gimmick. I guess you can thank Sprint’s marketing ploy “America’s First 4G Network” for pushing that forward.

          WiMax is fine… if you’re within 20 miles of the WiMax tower and don’t mind the battery being murdered, just like LTE – Huge battery hogs, hopefully we’ll see lower-powered modems on phones.

  • Seanmmvi

    lol, white people will not be getting this plan… 

    • Anonymous

      Say what now?

  • DJ Chameleon

    Can anyone confirm if the 5GB cap carries forward like the Verizon double your data promo beyond March 31 if they sign up early or does everyone on this plan get throttled at 250MB after March 31 regardless of when they signed up for this plan.This is $15 more than their Walmart unlimited data (5GB throttle), unlimited text and 100 minute plan so maybe they are just charging $15 for unlimited voice minutes added to the old plan since we all know providing voice minutes is much cheaper for the carrier than data bandwidth.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      As far as I am reading this email I was sent, after March 31st it’s 250MB per month, per line, no matter when you sign up.

      • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

        As of right now, 250MB is for the whole family. According to the Walmart FM page and in stores. Also, we had this up a month ago – it’s been in stores since Late December.

    • smX4280

      The WM $30 5gb 100min I believe is 4G not 3G. Also from what reps told me in the past, WM Family Mobile is a Tmo reseller & u need one of their phones, not any Tmo (prepaid phone)..not sure if thats true but been tolf that repeatedly by both Tmo & WM employees

  • T-Mobile Fan but….

    Just remember, this says “Upto 3G speeds” for 5GB, don’t get fooled by the 5GB thing. I am on Simple Mobile $40 unlimited everything plan and even they say “Upto 3G speeds”, the fact is I never crossed 119 kbps on the download speed. Previously, at the same location at my house when I had T-Mobile and using the same phone, I used to get upto 7 MBPS download speed. So upto 3G speeds doesn’t necessarily mean you will be getting 3G speeds, even 2G speeds quality for that statement. You can google about the “Upto 3G speeds” for Simple Mobile, there are a lot of users who confirmed its capped at 119 kbps download speed.

    • NewtGrinch

      Damn.  Finally, somebody tells the truth about Stimple Mobile.  Glad to hear it.  I figured it was “too good to be true”, but wasn’t sure.  Glad I never made the switch!!

      • Anonymous

        Stay away… I am using them and i regreat it.

    • Sallymgs462

      Im only getting 1.5-2.1 mbps on tmo 4G. All these companies engage in false advertising. Tmo has huge billboards all over town with UNLIMITEDFATA $50; Im sure fine print says only 100mb but its not visible to the human eye. SimpleMob never redponded to my emails so I gave up. I think all carriers reserve the right to throttle you

    • Anonymous

      I had the same issue i called them after half hour of wait they reset my service and it works fine i get average of 7mb. Alot of people called and they seem to blam their phones for it but i got lucky i guess

  • anon

    What are ’3G’ speeds?!

  • Anonymous

    UNLIMITED, except the limit we put on it… ya… forgot about that part. I love the endless false advertising in huge bold letters. They should start putting FREE on there too even though the phone has a $200 subsidized fee since its cool to lie now.

  • I bleed magenta

    honestly i dont know anyone that settles for 3g anymore. I had a cliq 2 and it was slower than snail snot on 3g. ever since 4g was implimented, 3g is just not acceptable. once tmobile begins rolling out LTE, there will be a NEXUSdos ( pun intended) to tmobile from verizon. and if we get a lte iphone, verizon can hang it up. t mobile’s wcdma gsm network combination is as good as verizon.

    • Marwant

      I get 5Mbs on my 3G which is much better than any other 4G I’ve seen on ATT or sprint!! Am i  just under a nearby antenna or everyone here gets such fast 3G speed?

    • Scorpy

      What 4g speed do u get on tmo? Were lucky to get 2mbps in major metro area

      • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

        I pulled between 4 and 13Mbps, depending on where I was, when I sampled the service a few months back.

  • I bleed magenta

    honestly i dont know anyone that settles for 3g anymore. I had a cliq 2 and it was slower than snail snot on 3g. ever since 4g was implimented, 3g is just not acceptable. once tmobile begins rolling out LTE, there will be a NEXUSdos ( pun intended) to tmobile from verizon. and if we get a lte iphone, verizon can hang it up. t mobile’s wcdma gsm network combination is as good as verizon.

    • Y2kfirefly

      Dont know what speeds you get from tmobile but my family has tmobile and i have verizon because i use the net more. They pull down an average of 3 mbs and there best has been 7. I avg 15 and my best has been 30. I like tmobile but they cant compete right now with them kind of speeds.

  • http://twitter.com/overthinkingme Jose Herrera

    I need something clarified. The website currently makes no mention of the 5GB cap.
    If I sign up and I get the 5GB cap, will I get switched to the 250MB cap after March 31st or will my 5GB cap be grandfathered?

    • http://twitter.com/overthinkingme Jose Herrera

      nevermind, read your reply below. thank you.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    That’s really lame.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re already with T-Mobile, can you still port your number over to this?  My aunt is looking to changing plans or carriers so that they can pay the same price and get a data plan without switching numbers…is it possible to bring the number over even though it’s over the same network?

    • Guest

      Yes, you need to get an activation kit (SIM card) form Walmart and call to port the number. An hour later you’re saving lots of $ for the same service!

  • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

    The data rate really should have been at least 1GB. Keep in mind, the 250MB is shared for the whole family. 5GB would have pushed it over the top. Maybe if enough people contact their PR, they’ll increase the data limit.

    • Guest

      The article said “Customers activating after March 16th can enjoy the first 250MB per month per line at up to 3G speeds.”

      • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

        Don’t care what the article says, there is no source from Walmart with that statement. Go into a Walmart store and read the brochure or go onto Walmart Family Mobile’s site. Absolutely no where does it state that.

        If someone finds that, please correct me.

  • Kekel1123

    I think i still hav a better deal. Got 2 lines on unlimitted data with 5 gb cap for $20/month per line. Its a grandfathered rate and got it thru retention. Just call customer care and ask  retention. try your luck. specially if your with tmo for a while now!

  • chuga chaki

    One major caveat:  you don’t get the discount on new smart phones with this plan, meaning you can pay over $300 extra per phone if you want the latest.

  • Jgarofola

    I have the new 30$ unlimited data 5gb at 4g speeds plus 100 voice min.

  • Osbueno

    I have tried to resolve this over the phone several times;
    however, I am told that this is not possible by the Wal-Mart Family Mobile
    representatives and their supervisors.  In fact, they refuse to give me the mailing
    address of their company’s CEO.

    I have tried to resolve this over the phone several times;
    however, I am told that this is not possible by the Wal-Mart Family Mobile
    representatives and their supervisors.  In fact, they refuse to give me the mailing
    address of their company’s CEO.

    This company can post a negative charge against my good
    credit rating which I am doing everything to stop and make a reasonable,
    although unfair to me, restitution.  Wal-Mart/T
    Mobile is using Bait and Switch tactics and using the US Mail and US phone
    system to perpetrate this fraud.Wal-Mart/T
    Mobile is using Bait and Switch tactics and using the US Mail and US phone
    system to perpetrate this fraud.
    I have tried to resolve this over the phone several times;
    however, I am told that this is not possible by the Wal-Mart Family Mobile
    representatives and their supervisors.  In fact, they refuse to give me the mailing
    address of their company’s CEO.

    This company can post a negative charge against my good
    credit rating which I am doing everything to stop and make a reasonable,
    although unfair to me, restitution.  Wal-Mart/T
    Mobile is using Bait and Switch tactics and using the US Mail and US phone
    system to perpetrate this fraud.

    • http://www.thatsitguys.com/ Meleniumshane90

      Family Mobile never asks for your social security number, therefore your credit cannot be effected in any way. Plus, it’s no contract, so you’re only obligated for the month you are in, so  what “negative charge” are you talking about? You either pay the bill or the phone gets shut off until you pay. Pretty straight forward.What CEO are you looking for…Walmart’s CEO? Yeah, every employee there will have that on hand for someone who hasn’t paid their bill.

      A 5-second Google Search turned that up (was moderated so I removed the link)
      But Google Search “walmart ceo address”

  • http://hamidshaikh.com/ Hamid

    wow T-Mobile And Walmart Upgrade

  • Lizz Lopez14

    can u get any fone n conect it here?

  • Deception2me

    I was charged for 2 months after the phone was shut off due to non payment. So now I owe $129.00 for 2 months of service where I couldn’t use the phone. They sent it to collections which affected my credit rating.