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Is There Anything You Can't Find at Wal-Mart?

Is There Anything You Can't Find at Wal-Mart?

It seems like everytime I go to Wal-Mart, they've added something new to their long list of products and services.Is There Anything You Can't Get at Wal-Mart  You can get groceries and a haircut, go to the bank, get your eyes tested and purchase new glasses.  You can pick up a prescription and a bag a fertilizer all in one stop.  When a new big ticket item comes on the market, I just wait for a awhile and, sure enough, Wal-Mart will eventually carry it at a lower price.

Wal-Mart just announced a "first" for them.  They are now going to be in the cell phone service business.  They've sold cell phones and cell phone services like Verizon and Sprint for quite some time.  However, now they are selling service under their own brand name.  They call it Wal-Mart Family Mobile and it costs about $45 per month.  Unlimited texting and voice mail is included in that price.  If you need more than one phone, you can purchase additional lines for $25 each.  Did I mention no contract?

Wal-Mart won't have its own towers but will be using the T-Mobile network.

Now for the downside - no data plans or other smart phone amenities; something tech-savvy and business people can't seem to live without.

Comment balloon 18 commentsPamela Cendejas • September 14 2010 12:53PM

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Before too long, Wal-mart will own and sell it all.  Thansk for sharing.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 9 years ago

There are some things you can't find there - like certain product choices and lots of product knowledge.  I'd rather pay a little more and have good service.

Posted by Alan Bruzee (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

That would be a good option for my nephew and niece! txs

Posted by Christa Borellini (Prudential California) about 9 years ago

WOW, it never ends. Roll em back Wal-Mart! I go there for all of the daily household items (shampoo, soap, etc) but some things are better purchased elsewhere....like specialty items. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Jami Asanovich, Doing the right thing, every time! (Smart Concept Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Pam, Pretty interesting that Walmart is handling phone service too.  It really doesn't ever end!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 9 years ago

Hi Edward and Celia - I can see the headline now - "Wal-Mart Takes Over the World". ;D

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Alan - There are many things I don't buy at Wal-Mart - preferring quality over cost. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Christa - If your current plan doesn't have a good family, then I guess Wal-Mart just may have the answer, huh?

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Jami - I agree with you.  Every once in a while I used to go to the Dollar Store for incidentals.  Then, I saw a piece on the news that said you couldn't be sure about what was really in some of those products.  So, I use Wal-Mart for the little things and hope for the best.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Susan - Nice to see ya!  Yep.  Wal-Mart never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Pamela...we shop Wal-Mart for household, some food, RX [great $$],
           some household & other items [not clothing yet] including phones, some electronics; when we purchased phones [1 pay-as-go, & 1 AT&T] we had AT& T as our service & still so do. Cannot see us changing to another service at this point.  As for all the 'Techie' apps-we don't use them & don't miss them. For us Phones are for sending / receiving calls.  [I know, we are way to set in our ways] Good post.
Have a good week.
Barb & Sal

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan about 9 years ago

WOW Pamela, I will check out our local Wal-Mart..that interesting to expand in mobile market when the leaders are trying to keep their edge.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) about 9 years ago

I think I am the only person around that does not have a Wal-Mart close by...  Funny!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) about 9 years ago

Pamela, that family plan would be great for those who need it for personal use (just calls and texting) but those with smartphone and data needs should probably stick to the big 4 - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Thanks for the info! :)

Leilani

P.S. There are a lot of things I can't find at Wal-Mart, but I have to admit that I love buying my shampoo and conditioner there (Aussie and Suave Coconut) because it's no different than the brand names but it's only a fraction of the cost! :)

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) about 9 years ago

Hi Barb and Sal - It may not be for everyone.  I have a Smart Phone that I don't know I got along without before.  Thanks for your comments.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Ritu - Free enterprise, I guess.  It's sad to see Mom and Pop stores squeezed out - but that's another topic.

 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris - No Wal-Mart in Cupertino?  I live in Podunk, AZ and we have one! 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Bob & Leilani - I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of retirees on this plan.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

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