Woohoo! Miss Bankrupt hearts Walmart even more than you thought. They just announced that Walmart will be selling prepaid cell phone service starting October 18, 2009.
Okay, so yeah I had prepaid cell phone service years ago and it was a big pain in the arse. No one wants to worry about running out of minutes exactly when you need to make an important phone call. The good news is that you’ll be able to reload the phone at either the Walmart store or online at walmart.com or straighttalk.com. Reloading can be as simple as paying a bill online, right?
According to the press release there will be two phone plans. One will be the “All You Need” plan for $30 a month with 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 30MB of web access and 411 calls at no extra charge. The other is the Unlimited Plan for $45 a month and includes unlimited minutes, unlimited text, unlimited web access and unlimited 411 Information calls. I will save a huge chunk of money even with the unlimited plan. Just the unlimited texting is probably worth almost $30.00 and the unlimited minutes are priceless, in my opinion, anyway.
Obviously there are drawbacks, the main one being that I have to either pay to get out of my AT&T contract, which I believe is $150.00 or wait until it is fulfilled. I’ll have to do the math and see if the savings will cover that cost or if just waiting it out is cheaper.
Another phone will need to be purchased as well. Straight Talk is offering cell phones that range from a regular LG Flip phone for $39.98, to a Samsung 451 QWERTY keyboard phone for $99.88. I’m not sure yet which cell phones if any will be compatible with their prepaid service.
My biggest concern though is the quality of service. Of course it probably isn’t worth it if you can’t get any service or calls and messages don’t go through as they should. After all, it is Walmart. I love em but they don’t always offer the best quality products.
Immediate Benefits: My monthly cell phone bill will be cut in half and no overages to worry about (see previous post regarding) because when you run out your phone doesn’t work. I’m in love with the idea of unlimited minutes. Maybe I can stop texting so damn much and actually have a conversation…maybe.
I will have to weigh the savings and the drawbacks but I’m happy and excited that there is a cheaper alternative to what I thought was a fixed part of my budget.
Other products/services I wish Walmart would offer: Discount electricity/water/gas/internet/cable and any other utility services, breast implants and hair plugs.
Don’t ask. Anyway, have a great weekend! (And Happy Anniversary mom and dad
Operation WITHIMMG: No expenses primarily because we’ve been cooped up in the sick house. My daughter is doing fine, I on the other hand have been a bit groggy.