Want to add on-the-go connectivity to your Wi-Fi-only tablet or e-reader? Wal-Mart could have just the thing for you.
Our sister blog Gadgetell reports on a new prepaid MiFi plan coming out through a deal between Wal-Mart and TruConnect (whose $5/mo + 3.9 cents per megabyte plan I currently use). The plan will use the same MiFi 2200 model as TruConnect’s, but instead of a monthly fee, there will be a one-time charge for megabytes that never expire (as long as you use the device at least once a year so your account stays active).
The press release explains the rates:
Customers can buy Internet on the Go service with refill, credit or debit cards in increments of $10 for 100 MB, $25 for 500 MB or $45 for 1 GB and use this bandwidth as quickly or as gradually as they want. Online automatic refills are also available for $20 for 450 MB.
I’m almost regretting being on TruConnect’s $5 + 3.9 cent plan when I check out that pricing. Obviously, the $10 rate is not as good a deal as what I have, but I’d have to use a whole gigabyte worth of data in a month ($5 + $39) to beat the pricing on that $45 for 1 GB package. And needless to say, I’d probably have to buy a whole new MiFi to switch over to Wal-Mart’s pricing scheme because I don’t think TruConnect will just happily switch me over with the service I have. On the other hand, it’s just a difference of a few bucks a month.
For people who just want to check their email every now and then—or download e-books to a Wi-Fi-only device—and don’t want the hefty monthly fees or contract lock-ins that come with regular MiFi service, this is easily the best deal yet.