2 Months Later…How Did the Cheap Wireless Plan Work Out?

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A couple months ago I had the opportunity to test out a T-Mobile My Touch 4G phone, along with a $40 per month, unlimited, no contract Walmart Family Mobile plan to see how the affordable service stacked up in terms of keeping me connected to my family for one low price per month. I was excited for this opportunity because after evaluating my cable and deciding to get rid of cable, I couldn’t wait to try out some alternatives to my current cell phone plan.

Walmart Family Plan


When the phone arrived, I went to Walmart and picked up a $25 starter card that I would need to get started.

I was headed for a trip to New York City to visit my friend Morning and her new little baby and couldn’t wait to test the phone while sitting on the Greyhound with 5 hours to kill. What better way than with texting?? 🙂


To my dismay, I couldn’t pick up a signal!

All along Interstate-95, reception was dead, with occasional spurts of shifty reception–just enough to send and receive an occasional text message.

I knew something had to be wrong. 

T-Mobile has one of the strongest networks! Something fishy was going on….

Even when I arrived into New York City and neared Port Authority, although the reception grew a little stronger, it kept shifting in and out.

I actually couldn’t find the Express bus stop headed to the Bronx (my destination). So I ended up walking around for over an hour looking for the bus stop. Thankfully, I had a full battery on the My Touch, and was able to keep in touch with hubby via text to let him know what we going on, which was so helpful!

Unfortunately, once I arrived to the Bronx, I never regained reception. 🙁 My friend with whom I was visiting, was a T-Mobile customer, and she had a super strong signal.

So it just made no sense.


Fixing the Problem

Ah ha! I was right!

Something was wrong with either the phone or I had bought a faulty starter card. Thankfully, I was able to get my hands on another My Touch and starter card. Whew!

The good news–reception problem was solved!

Walmart Family Mobile customer service worked diligently to help solve the problem. They get an A+ for effort :).



The first bill I received for the Walmart Family Mobile plan was a mere $32.28, which was for a partial month. This month the bill will be for a full $40, plus a few bucks for taxes. It’s easy to pay my bill through my phone or via the online account management site. Overall, it’s an affordable option for people that don’t want to be locked into a cell phone plan, but still want all the added benefits of an unlimited cell phone plane.


 Staying in Contact With Friends and Family

Texting was super easy on the Walmart Family Mobile plan. I could text unlimited to my loved ones, and I didn’t have to be mindful of how many texts I sent.

I’m a picture person. I love snapping pics of my kids and Facebook or texting a quick pic to my family and friends, or posting to Facebook.

This one actually turned out pretty good!

That’s my baby, Koj0 🙂


Hubby grabbed the My Touch and started snapping pics of me. This is me at my “blogging desk.”

Yes, people, this is where the magic happens. 😉


And of course when you’re 21-month old pulls out the vacuum cleaner and cleans the whole living room, you gotta take pics and share!


 So Who is Walmart Family Mobile For?

The Walmart Family Mobile plan is perfect for people who don’t want to be locked into a contract, but who still want the added bonus of being able to send unlimited texts to friends and family, and to use unlimited data for surfing the web and staying connected via social media. It’s also for people that tend to talk a lot 😉 For $40 a month, you can send as many texts as you want, and talk as long as you want, and no extra hidden fees to that! It’s a great deal!

My advice if you’re using this service, be sure to get an awesome phone. The MyTouch was really not an acceptable phone for sharing photos because of the inconvenient 1-second delay that caused many of my pics to be blurry. If you choose a more expensive phone, this problem would be solved.  You’d be able to share all those great shots without concern they weren’t turning out. You can even use an iPhone if you wanted!

Would I Switch?

Hubby works for Sprint, so I get a Friends & Family discount that is comparable to the Walmart Family Mobile plan. I don’t, however, have unlimited minutes, so I am mindful of how much I am talking. Lately, most of my conversations are through Facebook or texting, so I’m not concerned about going over my minutes. But, for the convenience of unlimited talk, I would strongly consider switching to the Walmart Family Mobile plan. You should consider it, too, if you’re someone looking for more affordable, convenient options.


 Leave a comment below and tell me how much YOU pay for your cell phone service and if you’d consider switching to an unlimited plan such as the Walmart Family Mobile plan! #familymobilesaves

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Serena Appiah is a wife and mom to 3 boys in the Washington, DC metro area who enjoys writing about family, finances, and raising children.

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  1. Donna says:

    We pay too much. We have a contract right now, and when it expires I’d definitely consider the Walmart Family Mobile plan. Btw, I love the pic of your son vacuuming… you never can start to early. My son till likes to vacuum (he’s 10). 🙂

    • Serena says:

      Donna, wow–10 and he still likes to vacuum?! Okay, what’s that secret? I want to make sure I don’t screw it up for my 21 month old. HA! 🙂

  2. Kristyn says:

    i have been tempted to try out the walmart plan and currently have srint but for now i think i will stick to sprint i love my iphone and dont make a ton of calls so im not worried about going over my minutes either.

    • Serena says:

      That’s who we’re with–Sprint. I have an iPhone, too, and I love it. But you can actually use your iPhone with the Walmart Family Mobile plan, too, which is awesome! As long as it’s an unlocked phone, that is. And, I know people are loving Android phones, iPhone isn’t dead yet! lol

  3. Barbara says:

    I have a Vodafone tariff plan for which I pay 10 € per month and gives me 500 minutes of talk time and 500 text messages … but no phone! Your Walmart Family Mobile looks really wonderful!

  4. You have to check which towers are closest to your house when doing the pay by the month. We have it with no issues. However, we can’t use the T Mobile phones. We have an LG that is through Verizon because they have a tower near us. We can’t use any other brand because the reception isn’t great. We love it because it’s almost impossible to get unlimited minutes and internet with any carrier these days, plus it costs an arm and a leg. We pay $45 a month, and it’s great because we only pay for a month when we are traveling!

    • Serena says:

      You’ve made an excellent point about towers. I’m not even sure where you would look this information up, though….? I know sometimes our Sprint service can be shoddy in the house, which is so annoying. But if the towers are aren’t nearby, you must know, so you get the right know. Thanks for pointing that out!!!

  5. Erica says:

    Great blog. Good info. We are in a contract but this might be an option afterwards.

  6. I’m glad you were able to get your reception issues resolved…..that must have been frustrating!

  7. Terri says:

    This plan sounds like it would be perfect for my family, especially now that both kids are on smartphones. We need the unlimited service without fear of overages or additional fees. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  8. Cancelled Straight Talk today after being told half dozen times by some eejit, “Your phone does receive Verizon signal”. Well, if that’s so then how come it won’t update when I dial the number? No response other than the eejit response already given which is Unacceptable. Thank you not so much.
    For the first time ever, I now have a LG G2 smart phone and am enjoying it, although, I live in an extremely rural area and without the mobile phone booster, would never get reception. For unlimited talk, text and 1 gig of data, it’s $60 a month. Yeah, there’s another way of saying gig but I haven’t a clue what it is. Anyway, there’s only me and I was getting not much of anything with Straight Talk for $30 a month; this smart phone is a winner for me and my situation.

  9. Maggie Read says:

    What about Metro PCS? I have gone to sites that compare providers and Metro PCS is never on there. I have Metro PCS (MPCS) and pay $46 for unlimited talk and text. I need to upgrade to a new phone (I got a new phone ‘cuz’ I got made and threw my phone against my sliding glass doors). ANyhoo, I want to upgrade my phone but otherwise am pleased that I do not have a contract.

  10. matt says:

    Im glad to see that ur signal sucked & you were able to fix it, I hope I can to. I had Tmobile prepaid for ever it the data signal & talk signal was awesome. I just switched to family mobile & now I get no data anywhere. I would think it should be the same as.tmobile because it is tmobile… Right? U think itsmy phone?

    • Serena says:

      Hey Matt! It could very well be your phone. It was my phone, I believe. I didn’t have any problem when I replaced it! Let me know what happens! 🙂 Good luck!

  11. Kevin Cardwell says:

    I have been using Family Mobile for a year and had no issues until I was laid off work for a month. They shut off my phone after it went past due as I totally expected. But as soon as I returned to work and paid my bill they are now trying to charge me for a month extra for the time the phone was deactivated. Talk about hidden fees.

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