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WalMart Now Offers 4GB of Prepaid Data for $45
4GB No Expiration Data; Hotspot Now $80
by Karl Bode 08:44AM Thursday Oct 25 2012 Tipped by elray See Profile
User elray See Profile writes in to note that Walmart has quietly been improving the prepaid value for their "Internet to Go" wireless broadband service. Internet on the Go piggybacks on Sprint's network using a mobile hotspot that can connect up to five devices. The WalMart website notes that the product's $45 refill cards, which used to provide 1 GB of usage, now offers users 4 GB of usage for the same money. Unlike some other prepaid offers, 1 GB of usage has no expiration date, but the 3 GB of bonus data has to be used in a month this link provided by the user suggests the 4GB doesn't expire. It looks like the mobile hotspot has been quietly dropping in price too; it was being sold for $120 this summer, was dropped to $99, and has now sunk to $80.

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primeomega

join:2004-03-11
De Pere, WI

Hmm, does not read right

I appears the 1gb data does not expire. But the 3gb "extra" data you get does in 30 days. Sounded to good to be true.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: Hmm, does not read right

Makes me wonder if they count against the "bonus" data or the 1gb first?

Jason Levine
Premium
join:2001-07-13
USA
From what I can see on Walmart's site ( »www.walmart.com/ip/Email-Deliver···ethod=rr ), it looks like you can choose the "Go Big" option and get 4GB that doesn't expire if you use it at least once in a 12 month timespan, or the "Go Bigger" plan and get 8GB of data that expires in 30 days. Either option costs $45.

They also have a "Go Big" never expiring 1.5GB/"Go Bigger" 30 day expiring 3GB option for $25.
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listonr12

join:2005-10-05
Terre Haute, IN

Re: Hmm, does not read right

I was just getting ready to post that. You beat me to the punch!
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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said by primeomega:

I appears the 1gb data does not expire. But the 3gb "extra" data you get does in 30 days. Sounded to good to be true.

The 3GB "extra" with 30-day expiry comes with the purchase of the MiFi unit.
»www.walmart.com/ip/TruConnect-In···20665535

The $45 renewal card buys you 4GB that never expires, provided you use at least one bit in 12 months.

»www.walmart.com/ip/Email-Deliver···wedItems

Confusing, yes. But most of Walmart's offerings are.
primeomega

join:2004-03-11
De Pere, WI
Nice, always glad when I am wrong. Thank you for the info.
marinemaster

join:2004-04-12
Suwanee, GA

It's Sprint.......

If it was Verizon I would do it, but not Sprint.....

88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: It's Sprint.......

Yep totally useless for my area. Why would walmart choose a company with the least coverage?
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: It's Sprint.......

walmart == cheapest everything
cramer
Premium
join:2007-04-10
Raleigh, NC
kudos:9
They're choosing whomever will sell them a service at a low enough price. Verizon is big enough to not give a rats ass about MVNO/reseller deals.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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You think Verizon would sell access to its network at low enough rates to allow for that kind of plan? Over its dead, cold body.

For areas where Sprint works well/well enough (a fair chunk of the US...Sprint has more coverage than T-Mobile, for example), this plan is a good thing, though I won't be getting it since I already have a Sprint phone that can tether.

compuguybna

join:2009-06-17
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You have Charter cable internet. why would you need a mobile broadband device?

said by 88615298:

Yep totally useless for my area. Why would walmart choose a company with the least coverage?


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: It's Sprint.......

said by compuguybna:

You have Charter cable internet. why would you need a mobile broadband device?

said by 88615298:

Yep totally useless for my area. Why would walmart choose a company with the least coverage?

Go a few miles away like some friends of mine live where cable doesn't exist and TDS or at&t doesn't think DSL is worth deploying.

Black_Mage
iMage
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join:2012-09-12
USA
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Rip off

Exactly when did it become trendy for companies to price bandwidth as if it's a rare and scarce commodity?
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

$5, $10, $15.. do I hear $20??

how much is a gigabyte worth?
even with gas prices tamping down like a feather.. the price of a gigabyte seems to be going up all the time..

amarryat
Verizon FiOS

join:2005-05-02
Marshfield, MA
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Re: $5, $10, $15.. do I hear $20??

said by tmc8080:

how much is a gigabyte worth?
even with gas prices tamping down like a feather.. the price of a gigabyte seems to be going up all the time..

I think $10 is a ripoff! Verizon charges $50 for 1 GB. That's 5X a ripoff.

Imagine if cable rates were like that. Let's see, if you used somewhere around where Comcast's cap was (300GB), you'd be paying $3000 per month.

88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Re: $5, $10, $15.. do I hear $20??

said by amarryat:

I think $10 is a ripoff! Verizon charges $50 for 1 GB. That's 5X a ripoff.

wrong the $50 also includes unlimited minutes and texting. On old pricing unlimited family texting costs $30.

So go from 1 GB to 2 G is an $10. To go from 2 GB to 4 GB is $10. In fact every 2 GB after that is $10 or $5 per GB. Still high but not the $50 per GB you are implying.

Also why are even comparing to this to PHONE service when the more applicable comparison would be Verizon's HomeFusion service. It's $60 a month for $10 GB and you get 4G speeds.

amarryat
Verizon FiOS

join:2005-05-02
Marshfield, MA
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Re: $5, $10, $15.. do I hear $20??

said by 88615298:

wrong the $50 also includes unlimited minutes and texting.

Wrong. That's $40. $40 gets you unlimited talk and text, and $50 more gets you 1GB of data.
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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said by tmc8080:

how much is a gigabyte worth?
even with gas prices tamping down like a feather.. the price of a gigabyte seems to be going up all the time..

Contrary to the usual thumping that "data is data", a wireless gigabyte without a recurring monthly fee is certainly worth a lot more than one that expires in 30 days.

In this case, you're paying $11.25/GB to "own" it.

If your needs are sporadic (like mine), that's not a bad rate compared to renting expiring GB's at $5/month or more.

compuguybna

join:2009-06-17
Nashville, TN
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Deceiving Offer.

•BONUS 3 GB ($25 Value, 30-day expiration) with first refill (i.e., after you finish your first purchased data card).
* Balance of Data Never Expires as long as data is used once within a 12-month period from last use

i'd be REALLY leary of this. It doesn't sound like a 4GB EVERY MONTH plan.

Bonus 3GB with your FIRST refill....and must be used in 30 days......

Am i missing something?

onage

@qwest.net

Re: Deceiving Offer.

You have the choice of two plans, i received mine today and i am very happy. i will pay $45 for 4gb which does not expire. The free 3gb starts after your initial plan runs out of data and will last 30 days. once it expires you can go back on a plan which does not expire

88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
The $45 card says you get 4 GB that doesn't expire or 8 GB that expires after 30 days.

Internet on the Go offers great value for prepaid mobile Internet! With Internet on the Go you can choose between two plans: Go Big where balance of data never expires* and Go Bigger with more megabytes and a 30-day expiration.

Purchase the Refill Card and then choose which plan you want when you redeem the card. There are no other charges like monthly bundles or activation fees and the nationwide network will allow you to connect virtually anywhere you go. Use at home or use when away. Perfect addition for your home or office network when on the go.

Choice of plans:
•Go Big Plan, Never Expires 4 GB
•Go Bigger 30-day Expire, 8GB
• Service available nationwide via the Sprint data network.
• No roaming charges as roaming is not available with Internet on the Go.
•Only at Walmart
axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC

I really like buying data transfer that doesn't expire

There's a VPN service I use while travelling, where you buy so many Gigabytes for a fixed price, and you can use it whenever you want. I still haven't ran out after a year.

I might actually use a data plan like this, thanks for the info.
Ostracus

join:2011-09-05
Henderson, KY

Failure isn't an option.

Another use since it doesn't expire is as backup for one's main internet connection.

mitchell

join:2002-06-21
Darlington, SC

Why is this OLD NEWS being posted now?

»blog.laptopmag.com/walmart-truco···-service

Its 3G not 4G, and its been available since June...

Edited...OOPS My bad ...the news is that its now 4GB and never expires!!! Sorry about that....
ikeandcj

join:2012-01-09
Avilla, IN

data

How do you keep track of data amount?
or does it just shut you off when you are out?

CosmicDebri
Still looking for intelligent life

join:2001-09-01
Port Saint Lucie, FL

Re: data

said by ikeandcj:

How do you keep track of data amount?
or does it just shut you off when you are out?

From one of the reviews on the Walmart site, I read that they provide a way to measure your usage:

"The account management website is also very useful, as it measures usage in tenths of a megabyte (instead of rounding up) and instantly updates your remaining balance."

And also mentions: "The auto refill option is also great"
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Spensergig
Past my Prime
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join:2000-03-26
Bradenton, FL

So far, seems like a good deal

I bought one today, after checking as many alternatives as I could.
I'd rather have a 4G version, but that didn't exist at a similar price.
I have 90 days to return it if I don't like it.

The hotspot came with a bonus 3gb/30 days, which auto-loads when I finish the first card. It shows in the account as a refill waiting.

I bought the $10 card for my initial purchase, and chose 500mb with no expiration (vs 1gb for 30 days.)
I suspect that this will carry me almost to New Year's Day.
My planned use is mainly in the RV when the campgrounds have the (commonly) pathetic weak public wifi.

My other options are to
a) try Foxfi with my wife's gingerbread phone, since Sprint has ICS locked down, or
b) ~Pay~ for the tethering add-on and have it turned on and off over and over, or
c) choose a more expensive plan, maybe with 4G. (Don't like that option.)

I'll know more within a week or so - we'll be trying it out at a Rally in Daytona next weekend. Hold my beer - I'm going in.

compuguybna

join:2009-06-17
Nashville, TN
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New plans

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Bonus 3GB for 30 days after your first refill expires.