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He did it! My husband just graduated from Graduate School! He is now a Master of Mathematics! And this fall he will start work on a doctorate degree. As a college graduate looking for a new job and starting the next new and exciting stage of life, it can be very helpful to have a smartphone, especially one with the lowest priced unlimited plan. Thanks to Walmart Family Mobile you can get Unlimited Talk Text and Data for only $39.88 a month!! Talk about an amazing deal! When I got my first cell phone as a freshman in college (2006) I was paying $40 a month for like 450 minutes and 300 texts a month, and that was with the student discount (and taxes)! The unlimited data is 2.5 GB of data at 3G speeds; then is reduced to 2G speeds for remainder of cycle.
Josh and I haven’t ever owned a smart phone before, so we were excited to try out the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit on the Walmart Family Mobile service. And while I know you don’t technically need a smartphone to navigate post-college life, it sure can be helpful, for the following reasons:
10 Ways Navigating Post-College Life is Easier with a Smart Phone
1. The nature of Graduate Life.
College graduates are generally in a period of flux. They have earned that degree… but now what? As college grads search for employment, change apartments and living situations, and check out new cities, it can be useful to always have access to the internet and a phone. For only $40 a month, a phone with basic internet access can save you from having to pay (and commit) to an over-priced internet connection. You also don’t have to find a place offering free Wi-Fi. While a phone is not ideal for certain types of work (like filling out all those applications), they can certainly allow a new graduate to never miss that email asking for an interview!
2. GPS and Maps
Trying to locate where your interview is, find a potential new apartment, or a great place to eat lunch are all made much easier with GPS, especially when navigating a new city.
3. Money-Managing Apps
There are several great money managing apps out there, like Mint.com’s app. Many banks offer some pretty great apps including easy ways to deposit checks. Now that a college graduate will be working a full-time job and managing more of their own finances, it will be very important to keep on top of when bills are due (including those fun new student loan payments), know how much is in their checking account, savings, and their new retirement investments. All of this can be made easier with a smart phone, so you’ll always know how much you have left as you’re shopping.
4. Exercise Apps
Finally lose that Freshman 15 (or 30) that never went away after that first year. Use awesome diet apps like MyFitnessPal and awesome exercise apps like MapMyRun (or MapMyRide for my biking husband).
You may have graduated college and soon be on your way to a job with a much larger pay rate than minimum wage, but it doesn’t mean you should skip on saving money where you can. Money saving apps will help you have more breathing room as you get established, pay off those student loans, buy a first car, and more. Favado, Cartwheel by Target, Coupons.com, ShopKick and the Walmart Savings Catcher App.
6. Job-Finding Apps
Never miss a job opportunity. Check-in on LinkedIn, search Monsters.com, local newspaper classifieds (with their mobile apps), and more with your phone! Hopefully you’ll be getting your dream job sooner (and easier) than you thought!
7. Housing Apps
Zillow, Craigslist, rent.com and other apps will help you locate a new apartment or a new home.
8. Skyping with a potential employer.
My husband did an interview for a job after he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree via Skype. With a smart phone you can be wherever to do your interview and hopefully land the job too.
Manage your to-do lists, appointments, and interviews easily with notifications from your smart phone. Never forget that important event again.
10. Stay in touch.
Changes are coming. And you will likely be moving around. Having a smartphone with unlimited talk, text, and data helps you stay in touch with your loved ones. Family and friends can always be just a phone call, email, Facebook message, or skype call away.
All of these can be done easily with an unlimited talk text and data/web plan and Walmart Family Mobile makes it super affordable and with no contracts (in case that new job you lands provides you with a company phone), awesome phones to choose from, many for under $100, and one of the cheapest wireless plans around. My husband has been using the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit phone (which retails for $99.88) for a week now and has had no connection problems while at home, while on campus, or on the go. Powered through T-Mobile’s network, it’s great service for a great price! Also, they offered a replacement plan for only $9, so if you are prone to dropping your phone, you might want to think about taking them up on that offer. You can also use a phone you already have, or pick up one from Walmart. Just be sure to grab the $25 starter kit and you are ready to start saving and doing more with your phone!
What do you think? How could Walmart Family Mobile’s unlimited talk text and data help your graduate navigate post-college life easier? What apps do you find most helpful?