Walmart Family Mobile adds 10GB plan, now has its own version of Binge On, too

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Big news for T-Mobile MVNO Walmart Family Mobile, as it’s added a new top-end rate plan for heavier data users.

Walmart Family Mobile is offering a $49.88 plan that includes unlimited talk, text, and data with 10GB of 4G LTE data. To compare, there’s a $29.88 plan that offers 1GB of high-speed data as well as a $39.88 plan with 5GB of LTE data. The new 10GB plan also includes a free Vudu movie rental every month, similar to what T-Mobile offers to its unlimited LTE data customers.

Speaking of things that are similar to T-Mobile, Walmart Family Mobile also recently began offering its own version of Binge On. On January 24, Walmart Family Mobile introduced Data Saver, which streams video at DVD quality when you’re on a cellular connection and helps to stretch your up to three times longer.

Data Saver was automatically enabled for all new and existing customers on 4G LTE rate plans on January 24. Walmart Family Mobile customers can turn Data Saver off and on whenever they’d like by navigating to myfamilymobile.com, going to Profile, clicking Media Settings, and then clicking “ON” or “OFF” next to the Data Saver option.

While there don’t appear to be any free services like Binge On, Data Saver can help folks on Walmart Family Mobile to make their limited high-speed data last a bit longer. The same feature is also available on MetroPCS, where it’s known as Data Maximizer.

Via: FierceWireless
Sources: Walmart Family Mobile, Data Saver

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  • Jack Rabbit

    Now we just need better coverage…

  • BobbieDooley

    Also included with all T-Mobile plans:

    1. Dropped calls when driving past elementary schools, and apartments.
    2. Automatic low resolution TV content compared to rivals
    3. Weinerschnitzel and große bier
    4. The money you could have better spent elsewhere.

    • Clevenger23

      When’s the last time you tried tmobile? They have increased greatly in the last year, heck the last 6 months even.

    • Monkeyk

      I’ve been a tmobile customer for 10 years. Only had 2-3 dropped calls in all that time. These were when I was driving in rural Maine.

    • René Marquardt

      Go away, Verizon shill.

    • fn noobee

      What elementary schools and apartments are you referring to? I just drove my daughter to her new school in rural VA (read out in the country) and I still had LTE signal! I only dropped signal to 2G when going into building and it was an older brick structure which explained that.

  • BobbieDooley

    I miss Robert Dotson. He was a man 20 years ahead of his time.

    • Brad C

      When Phillip Humm was in charge, that may have been an accurate statement (I left employment at T when Humm took over, the company went downhill and FAST!)

      John Legere has done very well for the company, and has actually done leaps and bounds with the LTE network. Dotson was all about “being a phone company” and was not interested in anything beyond EDGE.. thus leaving T-Mobile way behind.. great guy though just not very forward thinking

      • Mike

        T-Mobile was dead not that long ago and now their #3 and are getting customers who came from Verizon and ATT. That’s a huge turnaround.

      • BobbieDooley

        I agree that Phillip Humm didn’t add much value. All the value was created when Robert Dotson and Tim Wong were there.

        As for “being a phone company” that’s not entirely true. Under Dotson’s leadership, the company introduced the first cellular PocketPC, Sidekick (with unlimited data), data cards, and I also believe that the company had the first Blackberry which didn’t use CDPD/pager technology airwaves to communicate.

        It was the outsourced marketing company who wanted the company brand to be a “value” brand; and create/re-create new marketing campaigns every 3 months like someone with attention deficit disorder. This becomes very expensive. However, the company agreed to invest in marketing over listening to customers and building a network. The ad firm just said sediment plateaued, and a new promotion would fill the gap in sales. In turn, it paid the marketing company execs 6-figure salaries.

  • X

    T-Mobile’s 2GB for $50 is ridiculous. 4 or 5 would be more appropriate.

    • BreakingData

      I have to agree.

    • AJ2

      Straight Talk offers 5gb for $45

      • matt

        straight talk does not like unlocking phones and they got in trouble for it.
        trac fone charges more then what AT&T charges on per minute plans.
        straight talk reserves the right to cancel your wireless service if you use it for any kind of streaming.

        i wouldn’t go near them

        what happened was straight talk posted an unlocking policy. it said the phone had to be sold after jan 2015 and it had to be used for 12 consecutive months. so this basically said their entire subscriber list was ineligible for an unlock until jan 2016. fcc cried fowl, and now straight talk says ‘ we have entered into an agreement with the fcc

        • x

          With the Tracphone brands I think it’s better to BYOD.

          I was looking their T&C and so far I haven’t found a mention of tethering, I don’t think they allow it.

        • John Wentworth

          It’s definitely better to go BYOD with Straight Talk, there phone selection is mostly crap phones and a few high end Samsung and Apple devices that you could buy unlocked for virtually the same price.

          Straight Talk does prohibit tethering in any form,
          I used them a few times and I couldn’t stand how low on the priority list they were, I had problems with even voice calls and slow data speeds all the time on their AT&T sim, their t-mobile sim performed better but, their support is still worthless.

          I advise people to stay away from the bottom of the barrel MVNO’s MetroPCS for T-mobile or Cricket for AT&T offer a much better price/performance ratio and much better support.

          These days I’m back on Postpaid, I jumped on the 2 for $100 unlimited t-mobile postpaid plan, still better than any of the prepaid plans for heavy data users, being highest on the tower priority list makes a difference and the support is worlds better.

        • x

          Looks like all T-Mobile MVNOs don’t allow tethering.

        • fn noobee

          Not true. Walmart Family mobile does allow tethering. I am on 10GB/mo plan and wife is on 5GB/month plan and can confirm that both lines were allowed to tether. Don’t know what the limit is for each bracket but I tethered all the other night to my Nexus 9 for web browsing and watching a couple Youtube videos when free Wi-Fi in hotel was acting up and my wife downloaded a couple 200+ MB apps on the kiddos’ Fires while on the road. FYI, this was on an unlocked gray market device and WFM (read T-Mobile) LG G Stylo phone.

    • Acdc1a

      All depends on your usage. Someone who regularly leaves the country like myself would disagree with you.

    • gmo8492

      It used to be 500mb 2 years ago. Be grateful they bumbed up the base plan while the other plans went up in price and data.

    • Rdaex

      You can get SimplyPrepaid for 50 bucks and get 5GB. 60 bucks for 10.

  • Mike

    I’d like the mention with the Vudu credit on Walmart Family Mobile with this new $49.88 10GB plan, it is a $7 value compared to T-Mobile’s $3.99 value. Way more bang for the buck. All the phones they sell now besides the $19.88 Rogue are band 12, including the $39.88 ZTE Obsidian.

    • fn noobee

      Except the Coolpad Rogue is an awful phone. I will recommend the Alcatel OT XL ($120) or LG G Stylo ($180 now) personally. You have to be impressed with a phone that offers LTE for $20 though. On the more premium side the ZTE AXON Pro has Band 12 (confirmed) support and VoLTE (unconfirmed on WFM) support. I tried calling on Band 12 but band switched before I could confirm this.

  • x

    I just learned that Boost was throttling video streams for the last 2 years. At 4 different levels 600kbps, 2Mbps, 6Mbps and I think 10Mbps. That’s innovation! Some would say.

    How come I never heard of this, with all the Binge On talk that’s going on?

  • Jay J. Blanco

    i’m in love with tmobile new tablet plans they are amazing

  • randian

    The Vudu credit would be nice if it were a purchase credit. A rental credit makes it useless to me.

    • Mike

      Stop being greedy. Look at the purchase price of movies compared to renting. Ppl are always complaining no matter what just be happy u get a movie rental credit each month.

      • Android_God

        Yeah, I was doing a double take at his comment. Certainly this person seriously isn’t thinking that a company would give them a free movie to own every month.

    • Android_God

      Are you saying that they should give you a free movie to own every month?

      • randian

        Since we’re talking a streaming download and not a physical disc, yes.

        • Android_God

          The movie business isn’t in the business of giving away free movies

        • randian

          I can buy most physical blu-rays new for about $10. A streaming only video is surely worth less to own. That makes $7 as a rental overpriced, but ok if you own it.

        • Android_God

          That’s funny how you’ve completely lowered the cost of a blu-ray disc and raised what the cost of a rental really is. That’s never a good sign when you have to exaggerate to prove your point

  • matt

    do you get music freedom? can you port from t-moble?

  • matt

    25 bucks for a sim card and Walmart does not include 25 bucks of service
    no thanks
    i think il keep my $30 prepaid walmart plan plus my separate $35 6 gb post paid ipad plan.
    that way i get music freedom on both devices and bingeon/data stash on the ipad

    • x

      $25 plan?! With some data or no data? Because if you don’t need a lot of data for the phone you can get the $50 for 2Gb and $15 for 6Gb for your iPad, all in one TMo bill.

      • x

        I mean $75, I forgot the other $10. It was a Simple Mistake.

        • matt

          thanks for the advice, yeah i don’t make a lot of calls, so having 5 gigs on the phone vs 2 gigs is a better deal

    • You might also get the unlimited data plan for $60 (taxes included) with 8 GB of tethering from Metro PCS and save a few bucks.

  • AJ2

    Does Walmart Family Mobile limit you to 8mbps?

    • x

      I was looking the Family Mobile webpage earlier and found no details. Someone should grab a brochure at Wal-Mart.

      • matt

        I’m looking at the terms and conditions of this plan on walmart’s main family mobile page and theres nothing there saying there is a hard limit.
        it says you can expect 6-16 mbps down and 2-5 megabit up with LTE. the otter thing it says is your data is given a lower priority then a t-mobile customer during peak periods. go to my family mobile dot com and read “internet services”

        its at support dot my family mobile dot com slash articles slash internet-serves

        • x

          The link ends with: slash internet-services

          I also found in the T&C Section 10 that “Tethering your Device to other lawful devices is permitted pursuant to the terms and conditions and allotments of your Data Plan.”

          Good luck to those wanting to switch. I’m still undecided.

    • fn noobee

      No, but on the page for agreement terms they state expected speed of LTE to be download speeds between 6 – 16Mbps (I know, broad range). I have done my own speed tests from major cities to rural areas across different parts of the country while traveling on leave and have yet to get ANY speeds above 18~19Mbps even in major cities like Denver, Seattle and St. Louis (touted by T Mo as one of the fastest cities). In fact I noticed in one test outside Charlottesville Virginia that speeds started to take off over 30+Mbps and then capped off below 20Mbps as if being limited/capped. Real world? I will say the speeds are more than fast enough for average usage.

  • Monkeyk

    How do these Walmart plans work? how many lines do you get for that $50?
    T-Mo is offering 4 10GB lines for $120 now, right? How much would 4 10GB lines cost on the Walmart family plan?

    • (J²)

      Each additional line is the same price as the primary line minus $5. You really aren’t saving if you’re interested in a Family Plan.

  • NardVa

    For $50 you get unlimited talk, text and 10GB of LTE data. I don’t think you will find a better deal on prepay with 10GB of LTE data. GoSmart, which is under T-Mobile, has a $45 plan with 12GB of data, but you can only access the 3G/4G network. Not a bad deal for a single line account.

    • x

      With GoSmart, I thought you could access the whole network but you were throttled to 3g speeds. At least that’s what someone who claimed he knows was saying on reddit. And I believe the speed is at the lower 3g range.

      • NardVa

        I had a buddy who used GoSmart. You are not throttled to 3G, but you only have access to T-Mobile’s 3G network. T-Mobile’s 3G network is pretty fast. Remember before LTE rolled out, everybody was using 3G. T-Mobile’s 3G used to beat out AT&T’s LTE in some areas.

        • x

          I’m not sure about the network, but I’m pretty sure you’re throttled to a certain speed, the proof is that GoSmart has a program where every month of service you’ll receive an speed increase that’s something like 0.025 Mbps, for some months.

          I don’t know to whay speed you’re throttle because I haven’t found it on the website nor in searches.

    • Tmobile doesn’t drop you off LTE. It simply throttles the speed using software on their server and drops the bandwidth to about 100 kbps. Hope that helps.

  • nlllllovollllln

    Background services put me over the cap, and I’m now getting 64 kbps for the next week. F— You straighttalk and your outsourced customer service.

    • x

      You can turn off most background services. The ones I don’t turn off are my Web Browser’s, Mobile Hotspot, Android OS, Google Play Store, Messaging, Google Services and Media.

      • nlllllovollllln

        None of those are significant. The culprit here is Unified Daemon (EUR).

        • x

          I haven’t seen that one, what brand is your phone?

          The app that uses the most background on my LG in Android OS with 55mb in 15 days, second Play Store with 7.5mb. Data always on and I never use Wi-Fi.

        • x

          I meant: the app that uses the most… is Android OS…

        • nlllllovollllln

          OS isn’t significant. i’ve never gone over the cap otherwise.

        • Methinks that the culprit is in the mirror: bit(dot)ly / 1PLRpZ0

        • Nlllllovollllln

          Oh yeah?

    • John Beaulieu

      Straight Talk is not the same thing as Walmart Family Mobile at all. Straight talk is basically re-branded Tracfone (and net10). Walmart family Mobile is re-branded T-mobile. It would serve you well to be informed and aware of what service you are actually using.

      • nlllllovollllln

        Who said anything about Walmart? You would do well to inform yourself of a class on reading comprehension. Besides that, Straight talk is a partnership between trac and walmart. So, I think its you who should be more informed.

  • Bklynman

    Anyone who read this blog,use Family Mobile,how is the service?

    • dUSTI

      AWESOME, IVE BEEN WITH THEM SINCE LAST YEAR AND OMG NSAME SERVICE AS VERIZON

      • Bklynman

        Funny,ok now that we heard from the comdey section,does anyone out here use Family Mobile?

        • fn noobee

          I have Walmart Family Mobile and if you are in an area covered natively by T-Mo’s towers service (which has really expanded lately) it is great. If you are in areas covered by their partners (like Western KS or the entire state of West Virginia, no exaggeration) you will want to look at T-Mobile postpaid or AT&T. Customer service is good once you figure out what option to select to get a representative. Price is $10/month less than comparable Simply Pre-paid data rate plans.

        • Bklynman

          Thank you,I am in NYC,this a possibility for as option now. I am going to see if i can find 3 friends get the unlimited for 4 lines,if I can do that,would be great,since everyone else has better single line plans than Tmobile,Metro PCS has unlimited plan $60.00 amonth.
          I am going to try Freedom Pop,I will get cheap phone from them try them for 1 month see how they are,if I get good coverage with them,goodbye Tmobile. Yes I know they are on the Sprint network.

        • fn noobee

          That unlimited data family plan can’t be beat and if you are not the most data hungry user, the 10GB/mo for $120 for 4 lines is IMO an even better deal. With a lot of zero balance options (BingeOn, Music Freedom, Wi-Fi calling, etc.) for postpaid customers, 10GB/ MO goes much further than it used to for most users.

          I personally would be hesitant to get on another CDMA MVNO ever after being on Virgin Mobile (Sprint MVNO). Coverage in my area at the time was bad and data speeds slow. When I jumped ship to T-Mobile, I had to sell phone because it’s locked in to Virgin Mobile.

  • pizza boy

    I thought I saw that the walmart $49.99 family plan plus included the hotspot at no extra charge. Anyone know if it has the hotspot, and how much data is allotted to the hotspot use. Thanks