Now big carriers, particularly Sprint, are starting to launch more flexible, no-contract plans – Virgin Mobile being the best known.
Now Walmart is getting into the game through a partnership with TruConnect Mobile (which runs on Sprint’s 3G network).
Their new service – ”Internet on the Go” has one major advantage over any other PAGO plan - once a user purchases a block of data, it doesn’t expire as long as the service is used at least once a year — there’s also no monthly fee, so if you’re an infrequent mobile broadband user, this plan might make sense for you.
Data plans start at $10 for 100MB, $25 for 450MB, or $45 for 1GB; this certainly isn’t the cheapest data plan out there, but users will at least have the comfort of knowing unused MB won’t disappear at the end of the month. To use one of these plans, you’ll need to purchase the $99 Novatel MiFi from Walmart here -
The great thing about TruConnect in our experience, compared to Virgin Mobile is that Support is pretty decent and you can actually talk to a live person
For the record – dealing with Virgin Mobile is a truly awful experience which we wouldn’t wish on anybody!