Momma Told Me: Don't let technology take over your life.
Have you ever stopped to watch someone lost in their technology? No, I don't mean the early adopters who seem to have 4+ electronic devices on their person at any given time; I'm referring to those overwhelmed by the devices that seemingly have wormed their way into everyday life. I could say it's generational, but the truth is there are just as many 20 somethings who own devices with capabilities they'll never grasp, as there are 50 somethings. The simple truth is that technology moves much to fast for the average consumer to keep up. When I was a young girl Momma adopted the pager fad as part of her 'personal security' initiative. If I had a dollar for every time little 5'8, 90lb, Momma had to pull off the road in an unknown town to find a payphone, I'd be rich. But isn't it amazing how society learns to accept these little inconveniences, in exchange for the social status these devices offer? The truth is, we shouldn't have to choose between empty wallets and over-complicated devices; there is a phone and cheap wireless plan for everyone!
If you're like me, you've probably been thinking about upgrading your handset for months, maybe even years; but have been afraid to invest in a high end handset while still swallowing the never-ending surcharges, contract fees, and monthly service plans. I have been with my current provider for almost 3 years now. Thought I recently upgraded my father to a new Windows Phone, and switched him to a T-Mobile No Contract plan, I was still hesitant to make the switch myself. My current provider and I have a love-hate relationship that's been increasingly tipping towards the later as of late. Just last month I called to update my billing information only to be billed, twice, on my old card the very next day. I then spent over 6 hours on the phone with customer support trying to rectify the issue; which included no compensation for the time or inconvenience. Sadly, this has become a monthly event in our home; every month I have to physically call the provider and 're-opt' back into the unlimited no-contract plan. I have to verify my billing information again, and often speak to 4-5 individuals before my call is done.
coverage map (our home is in an 'Excellent' zone), to determine if the network is right for them. While I knew our hometown received consistent coverage on the T-Mobile network, it was great to see it in black and green!
Walmart Family Mobile plan is actually fairly straight forward. For $40 a month a customer can enjoy unlimited web access, US calls, and texts. While the plans support 4G devices, it does seem the current service caps 3G speeds at 1GB, then proceeds to drop down to 2G for the remainder of the month. Additional lines, for a total up to 5, are $35 more per month, though the 3G data cap is shared among users. How the difference in speed will effect me, remains to be seen but, is my primary concern. Regardless, I journeyed into our local Walmart to learn more about the plans and devices available. As it turns out, the department manager was not only knowledgeable about the Walmart Family Mobile plans, but a user himself! He was more than happy to walk us through the set up process, verbally, and set us up with the one time activation pack ($25/device), which would provide us with our first month of service upon activation.
What Daughter Says: Modern technology should enhance your life, without making you broke. #FamilyMobileSaves modern families money, while pairing the best handheld devices for every family member with trusted T-Mobile network service.