It's not often we find ourselves excited about prepaid here in the US, but if any store can get people excited about saving money, it's Walmart. And what Walmart and T-Mobile just announced is actually pretty exciting if you're looking for a way to get on the smartphone bandwagon with low monthly overhead.


For $300, Walmart will sell you a contract-free T-Mobile Galaxy S II. That in and of itself probably isn't very exciting. The Galaxy S II is definitely getting long in the tooth, but it's also not a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination. The really exciting part is that once you buy it, for $30 a month you can get a prepaid T-Mobile plan that gives you 5GB of 4G data, unlimited texting, and 100 minutes of voice (come on, who uses minutes?).

Sure, you're not getting the best Android phone out there (or the best network), but it's hard to argue with savings like these if you're on a tight budget. The math makes that much obvious: 12 months with a free on-contract smartphone on Verizon with a 1GB monthly Share Everything plan would cost you $1080. Even with the $300 phone, you'd only be paying a total of $660 for this Walmart deal over that same period. Hard to argue with those numbers.

This deal is apparently out of stock online (see here), though that just may mean it's not available quite yet. Either way, this is definitely something to check out if you want a decent smartphone with a really cheap plan.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TheWhiteLotus

    Or, for $50 more, get the off contract Galaxy Nexus with the exact same plan.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Actually, that's not the case:

      The $30 Unlimited Web & Text with 100 min talk plan works only with T-Mobile Phones purchased from a Walmart store or from Walmart.com (from Walmart's website, and the page for said plan: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tmobile-30-Wireless-Airtime-Card/15443357 )

      Presumably, if they catch you with an IMEI that doesn't correspond to a T-Mobile product sold at Walmart, they'll boot you and cancel service. So you probably shouldn't do that.

      • Kendrick Vargas

        Not true. The $30 plan isn't walmart specific. You can get that online, or in the store. You just need to buy a prepaid SIM (add $5-10). My uncle did just that with a Galaxy Nexus and the $30 plan mentioned above.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Seems you're right. Once again, T-Mobile's confusing plans serve to help absolutely no one. I cannot even begin to comprehend what their logic on this is. They really need to clear this stuff up.

        • BangIShotYou

          The prepaid SIM is I believe less than $2 if you order it online from T-Mobile. Which saves you a few bucks more.

      • endfinity

        That is actually incorrect.
        In addition to Walmart, you can also activate the SIM card from T-mobile website directly for the $30 prepaid plan.

        So, buy a SIM card activation kit from T-mobile website and activate it there for the $30 prepaid plan, if you already have the phone.

      • z3rods

        Actually not quite. It works with activation kits, not necessarily phones. I work at a Walmart store here in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I've activated this plan before. All they ask for is the SIM number.

        • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

          Well and the phone number. (I am the same poster as above... I just wasn't signed into disqus)

        • fixxmyhead

          i already have the phone. do i just need to buy an activation kit or what to switch to this 30$ plan?

          • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

            You would need a new SIM since you can't switch to the plan on an existing account, unless you convince a Walmart associate to lie to the rep on the phone. New SIMs from Tmo run less than a dollar right now from the prepaid site.

          • fixxmyhead

            so just buy a new sim and go activate it on walmart?

          • http://www.thewordofjoe.com/ z3ro

            You can also activate the plan on the prepaid site. It's offered in four places: In Walmart retail stores, on Walmart.com, on Tmo's prepaid site, and in a T-mobile retail store (I believe... not 100% on this last one).

            So no, you don't have to go into a Walmart store to get it done if you buy a new SIM from Tmo. Just do it right there on the site when you get the SIM in the mail.

          • fixxmyhead

            ok cool

    • z3rods

      well, closer to around $64 with average tax and 2 day shipping, but your point is still extremely valid. :)

    • master94

      Most average consumers prefer Galaxy S3. Its the best selling phone in the world right now. Agree The GNexus in awesome.

      • aiden9

        Its too bad this deal is for the S2 then. $300 for the S3 and I'd be all over it=p.

        • master94

          Read the article wrong. Thanks for the heads up :)

      • bluevoodo

        Id say most average customers dont know, once you inform them that it will not receive any more updates, and the low res screen, and :( Touch wiz, they would rather take the Nexus.

    • jimsis

      Exactly, you beat me to the exact same comment

  • Bill Stebbins

    Exactly this. I paid just a bit more for a used GS3 and am using it on this plan. Why pay $300+tax for a GS2?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    I use this plan with a Galaxy Nexus bought from the play store. Excellent value, and speeds blow away what I saw on Sprint.

    • bluevoodo

      Exactly how I do it!

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      That's what I plan on doing when the new Nexus comes out.

      • bevon

        Me too. Im waiting for the new nexus so i can pay sprint $100 eft to drop them.

    • Riffraff

      I did the same thing two months ago and haven't looked back. T-Mobile may be #4, but they are so much better than Sprint. The GNexus with Jellybean is the best cell phone I've used, too.

  • Freak4Dell

    The $30 plan has been around for a while now, and it's available from Walmart and T-Mobile's website. I'm not sure why you think that's the hotter part of this deal, since you could have gotten that for months before this deal came out.

    $300 for an SII isn't exactly cheap, but it's a good price for a brand new SII. Used ones seem to be around $225-250, so I don't think an extra $50-75 for a brand new one is too much to ask.

  • anamik

    So its contract free but tied to T-Mobile. How does that work? The mobile can't used in any other network?

    • Freak4Dell

      You could always unlock it if you wanted. On contract plans, CS will give you the unlock code if you've been a customer for a few months, but I'm not sure if this applies to prepaid. Either way, the codes are less than a buck on eBay.

      T-Mobile has the cheapest prepaid plan as far as data goes, though, so not very many people are going to want to use another network with this, anyway.

    • kimbercin

      This is exactly why I just returned my G2 to walmart this morning..So if I want to change plans, it says this phone can only be used with this plan...And the amount of data that's included on the walmart family plan is not per device, but shared...That wont work for my 3 phones...

  • Darrinb

    So how does the Galaxy Nexus compare to the GalaxySII? I am looking to try out the Tmobile plan but just shopping around for a phone. So the GalaxySII does not get any updates? ICS, JB, etc.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    if it is available at the end of the year and i can port my current t-mo phone number to the s2 i might be in. coverage area in northern california means coverage everywhere. even with tethering at $15/month more it still beats comcast.

  • Yasmina

    $45 a month, unlimited everything, for up to 10 GB of data, with unlimited minutes at Walmart. I choose walmart.