Walmart, T-Mobile to offer unlimited data, voice and text for $45/month
Walmart is adding unlimited Web access to its T-Mobile family plan that it sells nationwide via Walmart stores and online. The company is selling unlimited talk, text and Web access for $45 per month for the first line and $35 per month for additional lines.
Walmart is pushing the new plan on its website.
Customers who activate the plan between now and March 16 will get 5 GB of data per month per line with 3G speeds until March 31. Those who activate after March 16 will get the first 250 MB of data per month with 3G speeds.
According to a T-Mobile spokeswoman, once a customer surpasses the 5 GB limit, they will be throttled back to 2G speeds. However, there is no limit to the amount of data a customer can use. The company is running the promotion as a way to encourage customers to sign up for the new plan and use their new Web-capable phones. There are a range of phones available with the plan, including the Android-powered LG Optimus phone.
T-Mobile has been pushing hard for prepaid customers, and in October the company teamed with Walmart to offer a $30 no-contract plan that provided unlimited Web, unlimited text and 100 minutes of talk.
When T-Mobile reported its third quarter earnings in November, the company noted that it was seeing a lot of success with its prepaid plans. In addition, T-Mobile USA CEO Phillip Humm said last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the company is open to MVNO businesses.
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