Prepaid Faceoff: MetroPCS vs. Walmart Family Mobile



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With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at MetroPCS and Walmart Family Mobile. Both companies operate on T-Mobile’s network, and it’s been said they have the best value on the network, so I thought we could put them head to head. Here’s how they compare:

Plan Prices  Price range? What is included?

MetroPCS – Plans range from $30 – $60

Plans on MetroPCS all include unlimited talk, text, and data with various amounts at high speeds. You can view the full lineup of plans here.

Walmart Family Mobile – Plans range from $24.88 – $49.88

Plans on Walmart Family Mobile start with unlimited talk and text, and all except the basic plan include unlimited data as well. You can view the plans in detail here.

Unlimited Talk/Text  Is it offered? What is the lowest price?

MetroPCS – Yes, all plans include unlimited talk and text, starting at $30/month.

Walmart Family Mobile – Yes, all plans include unlimited talk and text, starting at $24.88/month.

Data Ranges  What is the most and least data available?

MetroPCS – Unlimited data is included on all plans, with various amounts at high speeds. The $30 plan includes 1 GB of high speed data while the $60 plan includes unlimited high speed data.

Walmart Family Mobile – The basic plan for $24.88 does not include any data. Unlimited data starts on the $29.88 plan, with 1 GB at high speeds, and works up to 10 GB of high speed data on the $49.88 monthly plan.

Pay-As-You-Go Rates  What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates?

MetroPCS – N/A— no pay as you go options available.

Walmart Family Mobile – N/A— no pay as you go options available.

International Calling  What options are available? What does it cost?

MetroPCS – No international features are included in the plans, but you can purchase international texting for $5, calling to Mexico for $5, and world calling for $10. View all international add ons here.

Walmart Family Mobile – No international features are included in these plans either, but you can purchase a $10 “Extras Pack” for international calling.

Activation Fees  How much do they cost?

MetroPCS – No activation fees.

Walmart Family Mobile – There aren’t technically activation fees, but Walmart Family Mobile requires that all new customers activating a line purchase a SIM starter kit, which costs $19.88.

BYOD  Can you activate your own device?

MetroPCS – Yes, you can bring unlocked GSM devices in for activation. SIM cards are available for $10.

Walmart Family Mobile – Yes, unlocked GSM devices can be activated here as well, and SIM cards are available for $19.88.

Network/Coverage  What network does it use?

MetroPCS – T-Mobile | Coverage Map

Walmart Family Mobile – T-Mobile | Coverage Map