Oct 03 AT 9:07 AM Anthony Domanico 41 Comments

T-Mobile and Walmart offer contract-free 4G plan on the cheap


T-Mobile and Walmart have announced a new option for those who don’t like to sign the hefty 2 year agreements that come with a new line of phone service. Though this is certainly not the first partnership between T-Mobile and Walmart, the latest offering brings what 60% of Walmart Mobile customers want in a non-contract plan: 4G data speeds.

The plan will cost users $30 per month, and the details are as follows:

  • 100 talking minutes, with a $0.10 per minute charge above 100
  • Unlimited texting
  • 5GB of 4G data speeds, with T-Mobile’s customary throttling after 5GB is hit.

The new Walmart plan will be available at over 2,000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide, and will launch on October 16th. To couple with this service, Walmart will be launching their first 4G prepaid device (yet to be announced).

All in all, this plan seems pretty sweet for those of you who don’t talk on your phones much, and is a good option for those who don’t want to be locked into a contract for 2 years.

Any of you out there interested in Walmart’s new prepaid plan?  Excited that there is finally a prepaid plan that offers 4G speeds?

How many of you out there actually have a prepaid plan? Sound off in the comments.

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  • Techrocket9

    Wow, if I wasn’t still under a Sprint contract that would be a very tempting offer.

    I never talk on my phone and all of Sprint’s smartphone plans have high minimum minute counts to keep prices up.

    It would be a $50/mo cost reduction…


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      • s-jobs

        iphone iSucks ! lets celebrate LOL

      • Paul

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      • CactusCat

        Well Mr. IP5 Celebration maroon…. did you know that the only carrier to get the IP5 will be Sprint? How’s that celebration going now?

  • http://Twitter.com/vineares Vineares

    This sounds too good to be true. Do you still get upgrades in the usual fashion?

    • chris

      It’s prepay so you pay more for a phone but don’t have a contract

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, you have to pay full price for devices. That’s why the plan is so cheap. But IF they let you carry over your T-Mobile 4G phone, it could be a good option.

      • nexus

        They will not let you carry over your phone if its not due for an upgrade (not over its 2 year commitment) if its under that 2 years you will not be able to carry it over. I can promise that.

      • Interpol91

        Full price for a device on a prepaid plan sounds better to me than a contract with a phone that is still relatively expensive. Very tempting!!

  • triangle

    This could be a winner if the best T-Mobile phones are available on the prepaid plans at a reasonably attractive price. I think prepaid carriers have generally had 2nd tier phones, which for most of the people following android blogs is just not good enough.

    I think the price of the phone obviously matters. Most people complain when a phone isn’t priced at $200 or less, so having someone shell out $500+ for a high end phone is also probably not going to happen in most cases, when they can get it for much less with a contract.

    Ultimately, the economics could make sense, like the old T-Mobile prepaid plans, which they discontinued, but it doesn’t seem like those plans were very successful in getting a lot of new subscribers.

  • http://twitter/atomriot atomriot

    I purchased a g2x on ebay and use it on my flex pay plan currently but never talk. This is a hell of a deal compared to the $70 i pay now. and no matter how hard i tried, i could never get much more than 3gb data a month so this plan seems like a game changer for 4g and t-mobile. wonder how much the phones will cost…

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      I can’t imagine it being astronomical, they just won’t be the feature phones we’ve come to know and love. Think Pantech Breakout on VZW.

  • Dave Clary (@dclaryjr)

    I’m using a T-Mo prepay plan with my Nexus One now as a temporary measure awaiting the next Nexus on Sprint. I’m paying $50 for unlimited data but only 100mb is at 4G speeds. It also has more minutes but I rarely talk on my phone. Provided you can use any T-Mo phone, I would jump all over this it was available now.

  • Mary

    Cant wait for the new star phone iPhone 5 on T-Mo!

    • Paul

      To each their own. I’m sure the iPhone 5 will have great specs and features and I’m sure it’ll be solid, etc. and ‘just work’. But I’m also sure it’ll be controlled 100% by Apple. I’m also sure you won’t get a choice of additional features or get a choice of being able to remove your battery or have a slide out keyboard, etc. I’m also sure you won’t have a choice to run software that Apple doesn’t want you to run (short of jailbreaking).

      If iPhone wasn’t a good phone it wouldn’t be popular as it is, it’s a great everyday phone for the average person, sure, but if you want to customize it, do more with it, think outside the box, then Android is the way to go. They say that anybody who Jailbreaks their iPhone most likely should be running Android. Android is more for the tech enthusiast, although it can work for the average person as well.

      What I’m sure about is the iTunes store has a LOT less free apps than the Android market, I’m also sure the average cost of an App on the iTunes store is higher than the average cost of an App on the Android Market. Not only does Apple make profit on the hardware, they get you coming, but they get profit on every overpriced purchase you make on music, books, apps, etc., they get you going. It’s the price you pay for convenience and ‘it just works’, and you also give them full control of what hardware you can and can’t have, what software you can and can’t run, you give up some freedom in the name of stability. Android thinks different than that. There are really great Android phones out there and there are really crappy ones out there, but the bottom line is, you choose.

      I’m a geek and I’m also all for choice and customization, and I’m all for saving some money (Android Market doesn’t nickel and dime you to death like iTunes store). Thus, I choose Android. For my Mom maybe, since she’s in another state and I’m not around to help, I may choose iPhone for her. iPhone’s are very popular amongst teenage girls and 65 year old women, I myself can’t see myself in the same category as them.

    • Brandon

      Cant wait for all the apple addicts to go wait in line all day for a galaxy s ii running iOS

  • matt.s.cleary

    I currently use a T-Mo prepaid plan and am seriously considering this Wal-Mart plan. The only problem I think I might run into is that there is no mention of Mobile-to-Mobile or Night & Weekend minutes. So, I’m worried that the 100 minutes are the only minutes included. I doubt this will catch on because of the price of phones, but I think it’s crazy that people don’t understand that the only reason they get their $500 phone for $200 is because the provider builds the subsidized cost of the phone into the 2yr contract. I switched to prepaid about a year and a half ago and I don’t mind paying full price for my phone. I paid $530 for my Nexus S, but my monthly cell phone bill ($65.92 after taxes and fees, with a $5 “EasyPay” discount) is at least $20 less than any comparable contract plan I can find. I have 500 anytime minutes, unl txt, unl web (throttled at 5GB).

    • Paul

      I got my Nexus One cheap thanks to a 2 year T-Mobile contract, but as soon as it was up, I then sold it for like $175 on EBay and picked up a T-Mobile G2 on craigslist for like $300. So I consider spending $125 on an upgrade not a bad deal. Now I’ve had my G2 for a year and I’m selling it for $200 and I’ll pick up a MyTouch 4G slide for $350, so $150 and yet another upgrade.

      $125-$150 is what I’d expect to be paying T-Mobile anytime I wanted to upgrade to another phone anyways, but the benefit of this is I don’t have a contract anymore.


    seriously if you dont really use minutes, this is awesome

    • Interpol91

      It is!!!!! At the most I talk about 20 mins a month since I mostly text. This plan has got me all excited!!!

  • Paul

    Wow. You couple this with something like GrooveIP (which allows for free incoming/outgoing calls across WiFi via Google Voice) and you have yourself a phone. With GrooveIP you’d barely ever use ‘real’ minutes but stick to the data side. 5gb is fairly standard and even a heavy talker should be ok and you’d get all the data goodness so browsing, youtube, facebook, etc.

    Not a bad deal I guess. If you were a heavy hitter though you should consider Simple Mobile. $40 unlimited talk/text, $50 unlimited talk/text/2g (edge) web, $60 unlimited talk/text/4g web. My wifes on the $50 plan as she keeps her phone in 2g, she doesn’t need super fast internet but likes the much better battery life that comes with being in edge, and I myself of course need full 4g HSPA+ speed.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ Jaxidian

    Are you able to bring your own standard TMo phone to this plan or does it require “special” pre-paid devices only? I’d LOVE to get this for testing various AT&T/TMo-based devices as well as being my primary means of having a wireless data connection on my Dell Streak 7 tablet.

    • Kimbo

      Excellent question. I hope this is the case.

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

    I’d be all over this if I wasn’t in a contract already. I don’t think I’ve ever gone over 100 minutes in a single month during the 11 years I have had a cell phone.

  • JGarrido

    The day they allow *any* device that works on the appropriate frequencies for the associated carrier (T-Mobile, in this case) onto these types of plans, is the day these types of plans will truly matter.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ Jaxidian

      See my comment/question a couple above yours. Are you sure that they aren’t allowed? I’m ignorant and do not know.

      • JGarrido

        Pretty sure, all of these off-contract prepaid type of plans always only offer a very small selection of handsets to choose from, and other handsets are not eligible for use.

  • heeros

    “Walmart will be launching their first 4G prepaid headset (yet to be announced).”

    Generally a “headset” is the bluetooth or cheap wired variant, whereas I believe you meant a “handset”

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      I *ALWAYS* use the wrong word when it comes to these. Sheesh.

      Thanks for the correction.

  • Kimbo

    Wow, this plan is fantastic. As for which phones they have available, I’d just get the phone I want (unlocked) and pop my sim card into it.

  • Benji8

    Nice farewell promo for this obsolete carrier! (and evil walmart of course)

  • Interpol91

    I will definitely be looking into this! I’ve been wanting to switch to a different carrier since early this year and this could well be it and without a contract!! My sister will surely be happy to know about this. Thanks for the article Anthony :)

  • ben

    So if you were to buy a mytouch 4g at full price, and go the prepaid route, you currently won’t get the 4G speeds if you get the $1.50 day data pass?

  • irishrally

    Tmo prepaid plans are the only plans that will not transfer over should the merger go through. My tmo friend strongly recommended I do not drop my Even More Plus 500 minute plan for this reason.

  • Billy

    No thank you. 5GB with throttling is not unlimited.

  • MC

    I currently have T-Mobile’s prepay Unlimited Data plan for $50/month. I’m about to dump it due to the restriction on the amount of high-speed data it’ll allow per month before throttling back to, “2G speeds”: 100MB. This is a FAR better deal (not to mention significantly cheaper!)

  • manny

    i have the old More Plus Plan flexpay account i pay $76.00 every month to month and damn its getting expensive plus getting calls from t-mobile to change my account but this is what i’m going to do cancel and get this plan !!!!!!

  • tynen

    I have a pre-paid plan on T-mobile right now. I’m currently paying $50/month for unlimited caling and text and “unlimited” 4g data throttled after 100mb. I’ve been waiting for a plan like this for years

  • leo

    You can just get a good t-mobile 4G phone from craigslist and get this pre-paid plan.

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