So What Is Walmart Family Mobile?
I'm getting ahead of myself though. Let's start off with what Walmart Family Mobile actually is. It's a prepaid phone service with no contract or commitment. All you have to do is choose a phone (or use your own unlocked compatible phone), purchase a $25 starter kit, pay at the register and activate at home. My ESR could activate my phone in under 5 minutes, but I also had the option to activate it at home. Options are good, yall.
This rep isn't like a regular Walmart employee but instead is an expert on all things Walmart Family Mobile. My rep's name was Will, and what was most refreshing is it didn't feel like he was trying to sell me something. His first question was "What do you use your phone for?". It put me at ease much more than "So let me show you the latest and greatest" would have. I wanted a smart phone, but I wanted it at a smart price. My ESR rep let me know that Walmart Family Mobile's pre-paid service is cheaper than most of the other pre and post paid services out there. That sealed the deal for me!
When my ESR rep asked what I use my phone most for, the answer was easily for navigation. I can't get around to save my life, and I really don't know how I would have faired in a pre-phone navigation era. That's a frightful thought, my friends.
What Are The Different Plan Options?
There are three unlimited plans to choose from. I chose unlimited talk, text, and data for $29.88/month (for the first line). This includes up to 1 GB of 4G LTE data, and I can't see myself ever needing more than that. I probably won't even come close to using that each month, but it's nice to know it's there. They also have a $24.88/month unlimited talk and text option and a $39.88/month unlimited talk, text and data with up to 3 GB of 4G LTE data. We are starting to see a theme with all of these options, and I like what I'm seeing.
What phones are offered with Walmart Family Mobile?
This was the fun part. A technology buffet line, if you will. Walmart had a variety of phones available in a variety of price ranges. Again, options. This is about the time I was really glad to have the ESR rep guiding me through the process. He was quite knowledgeable on each phone available and was able to recommend different contenders based on my lifestyle. Navigation was a given, but I also wanted a decent camera. I'm an avid picture taker, and all of those photos of the Jenny pup stored in my phone aren't going to take themselves. I decided on the One Touch Evolve 2. It had a 4'' touch screen with a 5 MP camera (including a front facing camera for the selfie lover in us all), and for just $34.83, it was a steal.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to of your local Walmart for current pricing.
The phone is sleek and perfect for what I need it for. It's a great workout buddy since I don't carry an iPod. I like to listen to music while I run (anything to drown out the hyperventilating), and it's also nice to listen to music while I'm doing weight training as well (again, for the hyperventilating). I can pop on Pandora and get my sweat on.
Of course, Jenny and I appreciate the front-facing camera. Our phone has to be able to capture all of her good pupper angles!
How do I sign up for Walmart Family Mobile and what do I need to purchase to get started?
Signing up is a cinch. My ESR rep made it super simple, and for that I was grateful. It was Friday evening and while I had prepared for the possibility that I could be there over an hour, I was elated when the process took me 10 minutes. That's got to be some sort of record! All you need to do is select your plan, select your phone, and purchase the $25 starter kit with your sim card. Easy peasy!