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10 December, 2014

The Holidays Are Calling: Give the Gift of Staying in Touch


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How do you keep in touch with your loved ones over the holiday season if you can't actually be together? I love seeing my family, but sometimes it can be hard because everyone lives so far apart. My parents live in two different states and my sister, who is the closest to me geographically, lives over and hour away by train. Yikes! I've been meaning to get a new phone plan with a bigger data package so I can call and share photos more often with my family over the holidays, but I usually held back because of the price. Luckily I discovered Walmart Family Mobile, which has an unlimited talk, text and data plan for just $34.88 per month. Yowsa!

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I purchased the Walmart Family Mobile Starter Kit (which comes with both a standard and Micro sim card) and the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit phone, which is currently on rollback for $79.88 (originally $99.88). In addition to my new plan I've also been wanting a new phone, go figure.

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The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit is a really great phone for the price—it has the Android 4.1.2 OS, which means that lots of popular apps are compatible with it, a 1GHz STE U8420 dual-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, and a lot of other bells and whistles. Not bad, not bad at all! I laugh whenever I think about smartphones in comparison to the first computer I owned as a kid, which weighed about four pounds and had a whopping 64 kilobytes of RAM. Oh, how far we've come in such a short time. That, or I'm old. Anyway... the Walmart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text & Web plan costs just $34.88 per month for the first line, and allows for up to 5GB of data at 3G speeds—who needs kilobytes when you can have GIGABYTES? I love the modern world.

The Walmart Family Mobile phones should be easy to find in the store—look for a bright blue display that says Walmart Family Mobile near the electronics! And of course you can check on their website beforehand to see if they have the phone you want or ship-to-store.

The main reasons I wanted a new phone was so I could stay in touch with my parents more easily over the holiday season. My mom lives a few hours away, and my dad lives all the way down in Atlanta—that's about a 13 hour drive away from NYC, for those of you who aren't familiar with east coast geography. Calling, texting and sharing lots of photos is a must if you can't be together over the holidays! My dad has been asking me recently if I have a webcam so I can Skype with him—well guess what? I don't need a webcam because I can Skype through the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit with ease! It has a front-facing camera too, by the way.

Walmart Family Mobile Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

Of course when I handed my new phone over to Stan for inspection, the first thing he did was look up free games. So unsentimental, that one.

One of the things I've always wanted to share with my folks since I moved to my current neighborhood is how serious people get about decorating for the holidays. The front yards of brownstones may be small (and not really "yards" at all), but the lights and decorations are large. Even on the main avenue, there are Christmas lights suspended above the street on every block:

Those go on and on for at least a mile, I'd say. It definitely lends a festive atmosphere to the neighborhood. Anyway, I thought I'd take my new Samsung Galaxy Exhibit out for a spin and snap a few pictures to text to my folks so they can get a little taste of what it's like too.

Exhibit A:

Candy cane-shaped lights seem to be very popular on buildings with railings. Probably because the little loop on the top makes them so easy to hang? I don't know.

Exhibit B:

Inflatables are also VERY popular around here. There's one family nearby who squeezes this MASSIVE inflatable nativity scene into their front "yard", but unfortunately they didn't have it up yet when I went out to take pictures. I liked this little tableau though—we've got a nice snowman family, Minnie Mouse, and a giant Santa Claus who looks like he's going to trample them all.

Exhibit C:

Criss-crossing Christmas lights over the bars on ground floor windows also seems like a popular decorative choice. I would probably do the same if I didn't live in an upper floor apartment facing away from the street.

Exhibit D:

One of the local churches has this nice, big (and BRIGHT) Christmas tree up. I usually pass it when I walk home from the subway and it makes me happy.

Exhibit E:

Stan and I attempted to take a selfie in front of the nice Christmas tree, but it was kind of dark so we couldn't really see what we were doing, haha. Will my mother be able to tell that it's us? I don't know, but I'm going to send it to her anyway!

If you're looking for a new phone to keep in touch with over the holiday season (or to give as a gift!) then be sure to check out Walmart Family Mobile—I think $34.88 is the lowest price I've ever seen for an unlimited talk, text and data/web plan, plus there's no contract. They have several other phones on rollback right now as well:

  • Alcatel One Touch Evolve 2 - $49.88 (was $59.88)
  • ZTE ZMAX - $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • LG L90 - $119.00 (was $179.88)
  • Nokia Lumia 635 - $99.88 (was $129.88)
  • Samsung Galaxy Exhibit - $79.88 (was $99.88)
  • Nokia Lumia 530 - $49.88 (was $69.88)

You can also get a $40 Walmart gift card with your purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Avant between December 14th and December 27th, 2014.

Are you a fan of Christmas lights and decorations? What holiday traditions would you capture and share if you had a new smartphone?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. I love Christmas decorations! I do a little decorating inside my house for Christmas but not much outside since I have a townhouse and dont have a yard or porch, railing etc. I do have a wreath on my door and have been asking my husband to put lights on our bushes. I love seeing houses all lit up and decorated for the holidays.

  2. We live in apartment building so there's not much decorating we can do on the outside. There are lots of single-family or two-family buildings on our street though, and they're the ones who do it up right with inflatables and lights and whatnot, haha. I really like the lights the most!


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