When you're a child the world is your oyster and the holidays are your playground. You study and toil learning your ABCs, your multiplication tables, piano chords, vocabulary and more; all for those few days a year when the entire family comes together among great food and piles of gifts. But how do you stay connected with your family the other 360+ days a year? Thankfully this is not an issue the modern tween/teen has to tackle. With the internet and Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web mobile phone service it's easier than ever for families to stay connected, no matter the distance. And now we officially are a Walmart Family Mobile family!
Growing up my relatives were spread across the country. I only ever saw them once or twice a year, if that, and I was only really encouraged to form bonds with my grandparents. My father's parents, in particular, made a regular effort to connect through the miles. I remember when our family got their first 'long distance' phone plan my grandparents would call us every Saturday afternoon at 2 PM on the dot. Long before Skype, we'd create our own interactive family time with 'quiz' questions they had emailed the week prior. I'd earn a quarter for every 'quiz' question I'd answer correctly covering everything from mathematics to geography. It was one way we bridged the miles with phones and communication.
Recently Sabrina (12), and her family, had to relocate to Texas through their association with the military. As many of you know my relation with Sabrina is much more like an older sister than aunt, and the distance these past few months for her and her mother have been tough. Of course Sabrina, who has proven herself responsible with a standard flip phone, has been quick to note that all of her friends 'back home' have smartphones to keep in touch on. She has been asking for one for Christmas but her parents have been skeptical about the cost of a smartphone handset device and potential data/overcharges.
Thankfully, as the 'cool aunt' I knew all about Walmart Family Mobile and was ready to chime in with the amazing $34.88/month plan for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web ( with just $29.88 for the second line) bundled with 5GB of 3G Data. I was also quick to note that this is a Talk and Text only plan, should they decided Sabrina can't handle all of the Smartphone responsibilities quite yet, for just $24.98 a month. With prices like that it was easy to get them on board, but they were even more impressed to learn that Walmart also had great smartphone handsets at amazingly competitive prices. Handsets like the Nokia Lumia 635 on rollback from $129.88, now $99.88, or the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit on rollback from $99.88, now $79.88.
What Sabrina, and her mother, didn't know when I was offering to gift my niece with a brand new smartphone and Walmart Family Mobile service, for the holidays, is that I already had plane tickets to arrive in Texas this very week. Instantly a plan was forming as I picked up the Walmart Family Mobile LG Optimus L90 Smartphone (just $119 on rollback from $149.88) and an activation kit at my local Walmart. Though I've been quite rushed preparing for my secret vacation, and juggling a holiday workload, I easily set up the new smartphone in just minutes online through the Walmart Family Mobile Website.
Next I was sure to load the phone with a few of my favorite photos of Sabrina and I, and her family; customizing backgrounds, and adding the phone numbers for her closest family and friends. There were a few Parental Controls the Optimus L90 easily walked me through to limit internet access to WiFi only, and track all incoming and outgoing messages and calls. After that it was time to make sure the phone was charged and ready to go on a journey. I brought the new L90 Smartphone with me on the trip to the airport, at the Starbucks stand, and on the plane, all the way to touch down and that first Texas highway overpass, snapping photos along the way.
Thankfully my flight arrived with plenty of time to get home before Sabrina, so we easily placed the phone back in it's box and prepared for her parents to present it to her when she arrived home from school. I'd used all my 'journey' photos to chronicle the trip and build a special photo album in her new Optimus L90. Like a typical tween, she immediately began exploring the phone and discovered the album of photos I'd created especially for her; the last of which of me standing in her room! When she ran upstairs to look for me, I escaped from the laundry room downstairs to record her reaction- it was priceless!
While I have to get offline for a much needed 'girls day' with my two favorite women, I should note that the phone has not left her side, and I've already received a myriad of emojis and selfies from my favorite niece. The holidays are much happier knowing that, when I arrive home on the 22nd, I won't be too far to connect with Sabrina from home! The Walmart Family Mobile service is $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web ($29.88 for the second line) and includes 5GB of 3G Data. Holiday shoppers can also take advantage of a $40 Walmart Gift Card promotion with the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Avant, 12/14-12/27. Who in your life do you wish you could connect with more this time of year?
What Daughter Says: Eliminate all excuses and connect with loved ones this holiday thanks to affordable low priced unlimited plans and rollback prices at Walmart.