Stay in touch with dad by giving the gift of unlimited talk, text, and web with #FamilyMobile!

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Two weekends ago my kids and I had a chance to drive to my hometown and visit my parents. We had a wonderful time just enjoying the weather and the outdoors; plus it was fun to be able to just take a weekend off and spend time with my family, something I don’t get to do very often anymore. This trip also helped me realize the perfect father’s day gift for my dad – Unlimited talk, text, and web!

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Spending quality time with family

While we were visiting my mom grilled out and let the kids run around her yard playing in the sprinkler. We all had a ton of fun and enjoyed just spending some quality time together. The next day we visited my dad and he took the kids fishing. They really loved seeing grandpa and learning about fishing, and my daughter even caught the biggest fish out of everyone!

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My son caught a fish or two as well; and even though his wasn’t quite the whopper like my daughter’s fish, everyone still had a great time hanging out with grandpa.

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Living long distance is hard!

This visit made me realize that my parents are missing out on a lot of things that happen in my kids’ lives. My son had lost two teeth and cut his hair into a Mohawk since the last time my mom saw him. It has been even longer since my dad has seen the kids.

The one good thing my mom has going for her is that she has technology that allows us to keep in touch more often. She sees pictures of the kids on Facebook, and at times we will even Skype so she can still see the kids.

My dad on the other hand, does not have any technology available at all. He doesn’t even have a smartphone, so if I wanted to send him pictures – I couldn’t. He has a very simple, very basic cellphone that doesn’t even have a camera! I think he has a hard time seeing the little buttons on it too. He has sent me text messages but imagine it must take him forever on that old-school phone!

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After seeing how much my dad is missing out on when it comes to my kids, I realized that this Father’s Day I wanted to give him a gift that would allow him to stay in touch with us a bit more. That is when I knew a new smartphone would be the way to go. He doesn’t have a computer at home, but at least with a smartphone he can still log onto Facebook (I’ll have to create an account for him) and view pictures of the kids, plus he can go online instead of asking me to look stuff up for him all the time. 🙂

Finding the perfect father’s day gift at the right price

Yes, my dad has been stuck in the Stone Age but I think it is time for him to join us in this century and stay connected! I found that the Walmart #FamilyMobile plans have the best price for what we need. With unlimited talk, text, and web for only $39.88 a month I know that the price is right for us to be able to stay in touch all the time!

Since we don’t live in the same location as my dad, I wasn’t actually able to purchase this phone in my local Walmart because the plans don’t offer coverage in my area. I was, however, able to do site-to-store and have the phone shipped to me in less than a week (you can also ship to your house if you desire)!

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Once I ordered the phone, I simply had to head to my local store and pick it up and then I could activate it so my dad could use it where he lives. I decided on the Alcatel One Touch Evolve as it looks like a great starter smartphone for my dad. It was very simple to setup and I feel like he would be able to easily use the features (once I give him a little tutorial of course). 🙂

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So even though moments like these don’t happen as often as I’d like, at least with a new smartphone my dad can stay up to date on everything that is happening in my kids’ lives!

Kids fishing



So tell us….

Do you have a great gift in mind for your dad or husband for Father’s Day?  




Jesica H

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35 thoughts on “Stay in touch with dad by giving the gift of unlimited talk, text, and web with #FamilyMobile!

  • June 3, 2014 at 9:31 am
    LOVE the pics on your post! And your right - a great gift for dear ole Dad! :) Reply
    • June 3, 2014 at 9:41 am
      Thanks Rachel! The kids had a ton of fun and the look on my daughter's face when she was reeling in that fish was priceless. :-) Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    Since my dad is really into horse races, I usually get him anything that is horse related, such as an art print or throw. Reply
    • June 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm
      Great idea, I never know what to get dear old dad so this was something that I think he will finally use! Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    I think this would make the perfect gift for dad! And that is one big fish!!! Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm
    This would be such a thoughtful Father's Day gift! Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    Once our contracts are up, we're going to switch to this. Looks like a great deal. Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm
    Hugs. I totally know how you feel regarding living far from family. I live across the country from my family (I am in California and my family is in New York/Missouri). I honestly haven't even thought about Father's Day... perhaps I should start on that now :) Reply
    • June 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm
      Awww, we aren't quite that far so we can visit more often, we just seem to lack the time! Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    The kids and I are going to wash and detail hubby's truck. We have all the necessary items. So it works well with out current spending "diet." Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    My husband needs a new phone, so either that or a hammock for relaxing on the deck Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm
    Talk about a gift for the man who has everything. Lots of fathers would appreciate that as a father's day present. Reply
  • June 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm
    Gosh, can I just tell you how GORGEOUS your pictures are! Big, beautiful, clear, wonderful! I think a phone like this is a WONDERFUL present for Father's Day. We have this service for our teens and we absolutely adore it, it's wonderful! Reply
    • June 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm
      Thanks Lisa, I loved how the photos of the kids and grandpa turned out. My daughter was so excited to catch that fish! Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 3:20 am
    I got my dad a cell phone from Walmart Family Mobile for Father's Day, too! It'll be his first cell phone ever, so I'm excited to give it to him {but not excited to teach him how to use it}! Reply
    • June 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm
      Ha! I know...I'm gonna have to teach my dad too, lol. Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 6:29 am
    My grandpa has this plan I think. It's a great way to have a cell phone at a pretty inexpensive price Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 6:39 am
    Aww, I love that your Dad will be able to keep in touch now. These moments are soo precious, as the kids grow. Great article. Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 7:11 am
    We've been looking at getting me a pre-paid plan, so this is perfect timing. I'll have to pass this on to my husband. (He would consider this switch an awesome Father's Day/birthday present!) Reply
    • June 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm
      Ha, just make sure to get him something else too if the phone is for you. ;) Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 7:19 am
    It's really a great plan, and so affordable. It actually does make a great gift! Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 9:04 am
    This would actually be a great gift for my dad for Father's Day. He doesn't have a call phone and is rather technology challenged, but it would be good for him to have. Reply
    • June 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm
      My dad is too. He doesn't have a computer and is always asking me to look things up for him! :) Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 9:33 am
    This is such a great gift idea, especially for family that unfortunately doesn't live close by! Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 11:47 am
    I have no idea what I'm getting my dad or my husband for Fathers Day! ugh! Too bad my dad already has a cell phone or I'd be all over this! Great idea! Reply
  • June 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm
    What a great price. My hubby already has a phone but this would be great for my daughter. Reply

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