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Walmart, TruConnect Unveil Prepaid MiFi Hotspot
With Data Buckets That Don't Expire...
by Karl Bode 09:12AM Friday Jun 22 2012
WalMart's flirtations with the wireless data sector continue, with the company this week unveiling a new offering from prepaid vendor True Connect. Together the two companies are providing users with a MiFi 2200 by Novatel Wireless powered by WalMart's Internet on the Go service, which runs over the Sprint network. Users can pay $10 for 100 MB, $25 for 500 MB or $45 for 1 GB -- with users being able to reload their bytes by paying $20 for 450 MB online. One difference from other plans of this type is that your data allotment doesn't expire if you don't use it by the end of the month. The hotspot will cost users $120 when purchased from Walmart.

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pnh102
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Money Shot

quote:
One difference from other plans of this type is that your data allotment doesn't expire if you don't use it by the end of the month.
This alone is the best part. It'd be nice if all capped data services offered rollover.
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desarollo

join:2011-10-01
Monroe, MI

Re: Money Shot


I'd settle for fair priced use-based billing and not being forced to buy things I don't want.

Oh_No
Trogglus normalus

join:2011-05-21
Chicago, IL
But these prices are horrible.
$10 for 100 MB = 10 cents a MB
$25 for 500 MB = 5 cents a MB
$45 for 1 GB = 4.3 cent a MB

This is laughable when the costs for data have no bearing on usage and if you actually broke the network cost down to usage numbers you would be below .01 cents a MB.

It makes more sense to just have a prepaid unlimited for like $20 a month.

sivran
Seamonkey's back
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Irving, TX
kudos:1

Re: Money Shot

Yeah, I might've actually considered it if the prices were better.

And if it weren't Walmart.

aaronwt
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join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA

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said by Oh_No:

But these prices are horrible.
$10 for 100 MB = 10 cents a MB
$25 for 500 MB = 5 cents a MB
$45 for 1 GB = 4.3 cent a MB

This is laughable when the costs for data have no bearing on usage and if you actually broke the network cost down to usage numbers you would be below .01 cents a MB.

It makes more sense to just have a prepaid unlimited for like $20 a month.

These prices are high just to have roll over capability. I got a T-Mobile hotspot a couple of days ago when my FiOS services were down. It's 4G and for $25 you get 1.5GB to use for a month. $35 gets you 3.5 GB and $50 gets you 5GB. There is also a $15 option that gives you 300MB for a week. But thats not as good a deal as the other options. It is better prices than when I had a virgin mobile adapter a few years ago.

I was surprised how well the T-Mobile hotspot worked. I got decent 4G reception and it worked great with multiple devices. I plan to use it on vacation this year.

Oh_No
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join:2011-05-21
Chicago, IL

Re: Money Shot

said by aaronwt:

said by Oh_No:

But these prices are horrible.
$10 for 100 MB = 10 cents a MB
$25 for 500 MB = 5 cents a MB
$45 for 1 GB = 4.3 cent a MB

This is laughable when the costs for data have no bearing on usage and if you actually broke the network cost down to usage numbers you would be below .01 cents a MB.

It makes more sense to just have a prepaid unlimited for like $20 a month.

These prices are high just to have roll over capability.

That does not justify it.
It only makes sense to charge for unlimited when it comes to data. The per byte pricing is a practive they get away with from collusion and lack of competition.

Back around 2002 you could get unlimited data with ATT for $20 a month. Once mobile internet and text started encroaching on their voice minute revenues they went to pay by the byte to screw us over.

Mike Litorus

@208.251.50.x

3G or 4G

Wondering if it's 3G or 4G ?
sandman_1

join:2011-04-23
11111

Re: 3G or 4G

Looked it up on Google and it says 3G (EVDO Rev. A/0) only. That and there is no Wireless N support.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: 3G or 4G

said by sandman_1:

Looked it up on Google and it says 3G (EVDO Rev. A/0) only. That and there is no Wireless N support.

I don't think you need 500Mbps 802.11n to support a 700kbps 3G connection

Oh_No
Trogglus normalus

join:2011-05-21
Chicago, IL
Why would you need wireless N?

lordfly

join:2000-10-12
Homestead, FL

Coverage is ...

spotty, but checking their online map seems to cover most of the places I would go. This is a nice option. However, I still think the prices are a little steep and why even offer a 100 MB option. I can run through that just surfing the net and downloading a couple apps.

Duramax08
To The Moon
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Not bad

For a backup internet if you need one.

norbert26
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Warwick, RI

Re: Not bad

said by Duramax08:

For a backup internet if you need one.

with those puny caps better not need it too long.

pnh102
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Re: Not bad

said by norbert26:

with those puny caps better not need it too long.

I can stomach capped data if there is no monthly fee, and I only pay for what I use. You know, just like any other kind of metered service.
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88615298
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West Tenness
said by Duramax08:

For a backup internet if you need one.

Considering on an average day I might use 6-8 GB, 100 MB would last 15-20 minutes.

mitchell

join:2002-06-21
Darlington, SC

Re: Not bad

said by 88615298:

Considering on an average day I might use 6-8 GB, 100 MB would last 15-20 minutes.

I am betting they are aiming at general usage not the heavy users like yourself. Question What takes 6-8 GB per day if I may ask. I have streamed CNN all day along with a audio feed of a scanner plus normal(for me) data speadsheets and web browsing and NEVER came close to that kind of usage

88615298
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Re: Not bad

said by mitchell:

said by 88615298:

Considering on an average day I might use 6-8 GB, 100 MB would last 15-20 minutes.

I am betting they are aiming at general usage not the heavy users like yourself. Question What takes 6-8 GB per day if I may ask. I have streamed CNN all day along with a audio feed of a scanner plus normal(for me) data speadsheets and web browsing and NEVER came close to that kind of usage

A movie on Netflix can use up 4 GB all by itself. A game demo on XBOX Live can be as high as 1.5 GB. And that's a demo. If you buy a game from Steam or XBL that can be 6-10 GB or more right there. OnLive uses 3 GB an hour or more. A HD movie from Vudu can be 10 GB. HBOGo uses up 1.5 GB per hour. Tons of LEGIT uses that can eat up bandwidth.
mogamer

join:2011-04-20
Royal Oak, MI

1 recommendation

Re: Not bad

said by 88615298:

said by mitchell:

said by 88615298:

Considering on an average day I might use 6-8 GB, 100 MB would last 15-20 minutes.

I am betting they are aiming at general usage not the heavy users like yourself. Question What takes 6-8 GB per day if I may ask. I have streamed CNN all day along with a audio feed of a scanner plus normal(for me) data speadsheets and web browsing and NEVER came close to that kind of usage

A movie on Netflix can use up 4 GB all by itself. A game demo on XBOX Live can be as high as 1.5 GB. And that's a demo. If you buy a game from Steam or XBL that can be 6-10 GB or more right there. OnLive uses 3 GB an hour or more. A HD movie from Vudu can be 10 GB. HBOGo uses up 1.5 GB per hour. Tons of LEGIT uses that can eat up bandwidth.

Exactly right. Fairly easy to do with a family of four with two teenagers. When my older son is away to school, we average about 200gb per month. When he's home, it's around 250 - 260 gb per month. I love it when people say, "I don't use that much, you must be doing something bad." Not everyone lives the same way as you do.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: Not bad

said by mogamer:

Exactly right. Fairly easy to do with a family of four with two teenagers. When my older son is away to school, we average about 200gb per month. When he's home, it's around 250 - 260 gb per month. I love it when people say, "I don't use that much, you must be doing something bad." Not everyone lives the same way as you do.

And how many of those who "don't use that much" know exactly how much they use?

mitchell

join:2002-06-21
Darlington, SC

Re: Not bad

said by talz13:

And how many of those who "don't use that much" know exactly how much they use?

A lot like me...I didnt consider teenagers.oh boy..My bad.

I can see that usage being low...now..

If that is what you need I would think this product is not most cost effective for that situation..

Lloyd

88615298
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West Tenness

Re: Not bad

said by mitchell:

said by talz13:

And how many of those who "don't use that much" know exactly how much they use?

A lot like me...I didnt consider teenagers.oh boy..My bad.

I can see that usage being low...now..

If that is what you need I would think this product is not most cost effective for that situation..

Lloyd

Well you don't have to be a teenager to use Xbox Live or Netflix. I do find that people without kids tend to think singularly. And you really can't blame then that's just hat they're use to. So the idea that MULTIPLE people in a household would be using a connection is not something that just naturally occurs to them.

bbrlogue
Learning New Things Daily
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Alexandria, VA

Rollover

Rollover data - that sounds familiar. But this one's on Sprint 3G.

IowaCowboy
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Springfield, MA
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Old news

Saw this being sold at the Chicopee (MA) Walmart about two months ago.
rdmiller

join:2005-09-23
Richmond, VA

Great!

This is great for people who only user their hotspot on vacations.

xyz64

@acterna.com

Re: Great!

This is the perfect use for this device.
I can see shelling out $45 for 1GB and then using this to occaisonally get online while I am at the beach or up in the mountains. Not every vacation home has internet access or a close by Starbucks. For everything else, there's always the smartphone.

Not having to pay a monthly fee or worrying about the data bucket expiring is big in my opinion

DownTheShore
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No Expiration Date Is What Makes It Attractive

On my AT&T Go Phone the current data rates are

50 MB = $5.00
200MB = $15.00
1 GB = $25.00

But the data balance will expire after 30 days unless you purchase a new amount, then it will rollover.
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Frenchfry

@bellsouth.net

Never expires

That might work for some people. Buy the $45 1gig package. If you use it on a tablet for email and web surfing it could last some people several months. That cool that it never expires.

Davidgz

@spcsdns.net

Re: Never expires

You are right. I bought one of these, and the 1 gig. It works great for me. They have both Andoid, and Apple apps to monitor your usage. I download my email and surf the Internet for about 30 min and it only uses between 5 - 6 Mb per session. I use it away from home and established hot spots and it works great. It is NOT for people who stream audio/video from the web. For everything else it is awesome and will cost me about $10-$15 per month on average. Great service!
flyingjoey

join:2005-11-07
Jersey City, NJ

1 recommendation

There's been a RAPE committed here.

so at 3.9c a mega x 1024 that's 40 bucks. That's expensive in my book.

I have an old iSpot jailbroken to allow any device to connect to it. Pay 25 bucks a month and get unlimited usage. Yes the service is not available everywhere, but at work (downtown Jersey City), where my "Great" AT&T service sucks monkey ass my iSpot works great. Average of 5 Mbits.

I bring my 3g ipad to work, connect it to my ispot and have it streaming ESPN all day while I work.

These wireless providers might as well be brought up on molestation charges... They're raping people with their excessive fees... and the worst part is that we aren't doing anything about it.
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Re: There's been a RAPE committed here.

said by flyingjoey:

so at 3.9c a mega x 1024 that's 40 bucks. That's expensive in my book.

I have an old iSpot jailbroken to allow any device to connect to it. Pay 25 bucks a month and get unlimited usage. Yes the service is not available everywhere, but at work (downtown Jersey City), where my "Great" AT&T service sucks monkey ass my iSpot works great. Average of 5 Mbits.

I bring my 3g ipad to work, connect it to my ispot and have it streaming ESPN all day while I work.

These wireless providers might as well be brought up on molestation charges... They're raping people with their excessive fees... and the worst part is that we aren't doing anything about it.

Page Plus charges $0.99/MB for data on their Standard PAYGO plan... $0.039/MB seems like such a relative bargain.

It is possible, however, to get free data on Page Plus using something called QNC on an older (say 4-5 years old or so) Verizon-branded phone such as the Motorola Q, W385 or E815. The catch? It's only 14.4 kbps down / 14.4 kbps up . It was usable on my W835 to send out the occasional picture message. Quite a bit slower than 1x, but doable for that purpose.

As far as I know, no Verizon-branded Android phones can do QNC, even with hackery.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Not for regular.

This is not for regular usage but would be great when you need quick and cheap access to the internet- maybe vacation where internet isn't offered.

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compuguybna

join:2009-06-17
Nashville, TN

Old News . . .

this is NOT new. This was advertised in Wal-Marts local circular almost a month ago. It runs off SPRINT. Most stores don't even carry the device.....

JuzzaJones

@98.125.117.x

Pay as you Go

Umm. Does no one get that this is for people who are away from their standard internet connections? truconnect's website even says that its for travelling and shouldn't be used for a replacement for your normal internet connection. Think in the car or a hotel with rip off prices.

BTW most mobile data users only use around 200MB per month on their data service (non-wifi). So if you buy 1GB + data service, you're probably just padding pockets for Tmobile / Sprint / ATT / Verizon.