A month ago I picked up a cute little phone for a few bucks at Walmart and settled in to see how things would go. I was (well still am, to put a fine point on it) paying almost $90 a month for my phone service. I have unlimited data but only have 500 minutes (more than enough) and 300 texts (not nearly enough) a month. I wanted to find a cheaper way to get more. (The American dream, right? More for less?)
So here’s what happened. Pretty much the day I got my phone working I heard from my sister. She wants to get phones for my nieces. I’m thinking this is perfect. If I like the service I would more than likely want an upgraded phone anyway. “You can have this phone as soon as I‘m done testing it out!” My sister happily accepts.
Then I get a message from my best friend. His phone isn’t working. “Hey, I have a new phone I’m testing out. Do you want to borrow it?” Perfect. He’ll put the phone through its paces. So I bring it over only to find out that his phone is now working. Oh well…I’ll just continue to test it out myself and then hand it over to my sister. But then…then I get another message. Oops! My best friend managed to drown his phone. Riceing of the phone was in progress but not promising. “I’m guessing you’ll want that extra phone now?”
So what have I learned? Well, apparently everyone in my life is in need of new smartphones. And Walmart Family Mobile is an affordable option when you have an unusually high demand for phones. (I mean, seriously, who has two people within the course of a month contact them for ideas on where to get new smartphones?)
As for my month of testing out Walmart Family Mobile service? Well…for the week I actually had the phone in my possession things were great. Super easy to set up and no problems at all with the service. (I did have a few messages from someone in another language…apparently whoever had my phone number before me didn’t tell everyone they had a new number… But no worries there. It’s easy enough to block an unwanted number.) And my best friend calls and texts me daily with his new phone. I haven’t noticed any issues and I can promise you if there were any issues on his end he would definitely tell me.
So, thinking about checking this out but worried that you won’t be able to set up your phone yourself without the help of the salesperson at the phone store? Never fear…check out my video showing just how easy it is.
Managing your account is easy peasy, too. After the initial set up you’re good to go. A few weeks later you’ll get a text message saying your first bill is ready. You go online. You pay. You don’t cry because you haven’t just spent your mortgage payment on your wireless plan. Told you…easy peasy.
That’s all well and good…but I know what you really want to know about is the money. How much can you really save? Is this plan really all that cheap? Are there hidden fees you’re not telling me about?
Wait. Why don’t you trust me? I thought we were friends…
So in my last post I did some fancy math and pretty much saved you $10,000. Of course skeptic that you are I’m sure you found some fault with my logic. So this time we’re going to keep it simple. I pay $88 for my current plan. (Here represented in cents since I don’t keep a lot of cash lying around…) Walmart Family Mobile is $39.88 per month. For unlimited everything. That’s a savings of $48.12 a month. And it’s all without having to worry that I might go over on my text message limit. And just because I love math…that’s $577.44 in savings a year.
What would you do with an extra $577.44 a year? Me? I’ve got shopping to do. $577.44 worth of new shoes and jewelry isn’t going to buy itself now is it?