Walmart carries cellular data plans for multiple carriers, and through multiple MVNOs, resellers - and even direct prepaids.
Some plans sold through Walmart require purchase of a phone through Walmart to initiate the plan.
Here are some of the MVNOs of interest to mobile internet seekers that can be found via Walmart - with links to corresponding gear center guides for specific information on each service:
- AT&T Prepaid Wireless
- Boost Mobile
- Cricket Wireless
- Simple Mobile
- Straight Talk Wireless
- Total Wireless
- Walmart Family Mobile
Walmart does on occasion host plans on the above prepaids or MVNOs that are available exclusively at Walmart:
Walmart also sells prepaid cards to services such as Verizon Wireless, which act like 'gift cards' - but can sometimes be found discounted at oultets such as Walmart or Target.
Last Update: November 18, 2020
Sprint is now part of T-Mobile, as per the merger that closed on April 1, 2020.
New Sprint customers are directed to T-Mobile to sign up for their plans, however, some of Sprint's legacy plans are still available in-store or over the phone. Customers on existing direct Sprint plans will be able to retain those plans for the next three years without price increases or changes to features.
The two networks still operate mostly independently with their own towers and frequency bands. Some Sprint customers can have their Sprint phones coded to make the T-Mobile network the primary network for their phones instead of Sprint. Sprint customers with recent 5G phones such as the Galaxy S10 automatically use T-Mobile as the primary network since the combined company is shutting down Sprint's 5G service.
As of October, T-Mobile is offering most Sprint smartphone customers that use the Sprint cellular network the ability to choose the "T-Mobile Network Experience". In short, TNX allows Sprint network customers with compatible devices to trade in their Sprint SIM card for a T-Mobile SIM card and move their plan to the T-Mobile network while retaining the features, billing, and terms of their original Sprint plan. You can read more about what this means here.
Starting in late November, non-profit Sprint based plans have T-mobile roaming enabled via a PRL update pushed to devices.
At present time - aside from Boost being sold to Dish Network - there are no changes to 3rd party, reseller or MVNO plans sold on the Sprint network. However, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update as appropriate.
Walmart Family Mobile
Walmart Family Mobile is Walmart's cellular phone service division, and is an MVNO owned by TracFone, with plans on the T-Mobile network.
They offers plans that are intended for phone based use, all of which include talk and text, and some of which include data. Some of the plans with data permit limited amounts of that data to be used via hotspot.
They also offer an unlimited plan for phone devices, with a capped high speed hotspot data bucket.
Currently Available Plans:
- 'Unlimited': 20GB on device, 10GB mobile hotspot - $39.88/month
- 'Truly Unlimited': Unlimited on device, 30GB mobile hotspot - $49.88/month
- Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile
- Carrier Relationship: MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Phone
- Device Types Permitted: No noted restrictions
- Unlimited: Yes - on device
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: 10GB on the 'Unlimited' Plan, 30GB on the 'Truly Unlimited' Plan
- Throttling: Yes after any 'high-speed' data allowances are used
- Network Management: Always behind native T-Mobile customers, with further management after 40GB
- Video Streaming Resolution: 480p or HD, plan dependent
- 5G Access: Yes
- Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
- Plan Period: 30 days
- International Roaming: None
- Domestic Roaming: Yes
- Data Roll Over: None
- Overage Charges: None
- Lines permitted per account: Up to 5 lines are allowed on an account.
- Extras: Can add Lifeline programming if eligible
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Related News & Videos:
- Walmart Family Mobile Increases Mobile Hotspot Data to 30GB on Their $50 Plan Posted on: October 6, 2020
- AT&T Prepaid Walmart Exclusive Promo - 25GB for $40 Posted on: June 11, 2019
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