Nine More Months: Finding freedom and great service with Walmart Family Mobile #familymobilesaves

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Finding freedom and great service with Walmart Family Mobile #familymobilesaves

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Walmart Family Mobile. This blog post is a true story about my experiences in phone service. #FamilyMobileSaves #cbias #SocialFabric

I've been a loyal iPhone user for over 3 years now. Right after I upgraded my phone last Spring I was so in love with it. But as the months went by I became increasingly frustrated with both my phone and my service provider. I mean, I get absolutely no service at my son's school. Even outside! And the other mothers who use the same provider as me can attest to that.

Oftentimes you'll find me angrily deleting apps from my phone because there's not enough room to take a picture, even though I have barely any pictures saved and the settings say I have a free gig of space. Regardless of how updated I keep my operating system and apps, it still seems to run as slow as can be. But the thing that bugs me the most is it's recent issue with chargers. Every time I plug it in - even to the charger that came with it - it gives me the same error message. After a lot of wiggling and jiggling I can sometimes get it to work. Other days it dies before I can get any juice.

My husband and I have been toying with the idea of switching to an Android - and another provider - for a while now. Many of our more tech-savvy friends have been trying to convince us to do so as well. One thing that's been holding us back of course is our current cell-phone contract. We still have a few months left, but when we can finally switch, it is nice to have an idea of where you want to go.

My Walmart has a variety of phones that are super cheap when you sign up for service. Since I'm not looking to be tied down for another two years, that doesn't work for me. Side rant: Two years is a long time to be stuck with the same phone or service provider. Every few months there is something new, and when I'm stuck in a contract I feel like I miss out on the newer technology. Contracts are not cool! 

Then you have your prepaid service. While this is a better alternative, you tend to be limited on the amount of minutes you're given. In a time where most people use the data and text more than anything, you would think that minutes would be the last thing to be limited. And while I don't talk on the phone a ton, I do talk to my mom almost every day, and I'm sure we go way over 100 minutes a month. The prepaid service would end up costing me extra because I'd need to buy more minutes.

Walmart recently launched a new option for those looking for affordable and reliable phone service. The Walmart Family Mobile plan is not a contract plan, but it's not prepaid either. It's 4G service, with unlimited text, talk, and web, for a small monthly fee. How small, you ask? After the initial $25 starter kit which includes your SIM card and activation, it's just $40 a month. Need to add more lines? Each additional line is $35 a month. 

I went through the activation in store, and it was pretty painless. However, I don't particularly like giving out my personal information out loud. Thankfully it was early and there weren't too many people in the store. I would have much preferred either typing the information in myself, or filling out a form to have the employee type in. Afterwards I found out that you can activate your starter kit online as well. 

When I got home, I received my first text with the account management link and was excited to explore my new phone! I do have to say that it is quite a learning curve going from iPhone to Android. My brother-in-law - an Android lover - actually sat down with my husband and I and gave us a few tips and tricks, and showed us around the new phone. So far I can say that we are very happy with the service and the phone. In a few months when our contract is up we are planning on becoming a Walmart Family Mobile family!

See more pictures from our adventure in my Google+ story here!

What is your cell phone service like? Are you looking for a change?


Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

My family and I are in that predicament where we have NO idea where to go; our contract with Sprint is almost up and we really DON'T want to go back, but we thought we really didn't have much of a choice o.O

This is definitely something we'll really look in to!!

Terri Satterlee said...

I hear you! The lure of a new phone for free or at reduced cost is appealing, only until you get that first bill! I agree with you as well, two years is far too long to be locked into a contract! If I were happy with the service, cost and phones, I would stay on my own. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experience!

Sydney Bows said...

Looks really good! As well I have a samsung and I like it :) I have the galaxy nexus though.