"On 4/18 data packages and auto renew will be only available with monthly plans. Pls move to monthly plan if you want 2 continue data package use."
For anyone that didn't talk or text very much but did use any significant amount of data this change represents a price increase.
Currently the Pay As You Go plan requires a minimum payment of $25 every ninety days which sits in the account as a cash balance that can be used to pay for voice calls, text messages and data packages.
The data packages come in three sizes:
10 MB for $5
100 MB for $15
500 MB for $25
They expire after 30 days but if you purchase a another package of any denomination before the current expires the unused data rolls over. If you consistently use less than 500 MB/month it's generally less expensive to start with a $25 package and then add $5 packages every 30 days than to buy a $15 package every month.
After April 25th, users have two choices;
- Stay on Pay As You Go and pay 1¢ per 5 KB ($2/MB) for data (package data costs between 5 and 50 cents/MB). Non-smartphone users only*
- Switch to the $25 or $50 monthly plan and then add on a $5, $15 or $25 data package every month
This change is brings no benefits to people currently on monthly plans and is a price increase of up to $25/month for anyone currently using the 10¢/month Plan or the Daily Plan.
It's obvious that AT&T is doing this to increase revenue by forcing users on to the monthly plans who don't want and won't use the voice minutes or messages that are included in the monthly plans.
It's not clear what will happen to used data banked in users accounts if they do not switch to a monthly plan before April 18th. Used data from the packages rolls over provided a user adds a new package every 30 days. AT&T allowed users to keep up to 1.5 GB or $75 worth of data in their accounts. Will AT&T force users to switch to a monthly plan to use the data they have already paid for?
Prepaid Phone News will be following this story closely and will update this post when we have more information.
Update: According to GoPhone telephone support, 10¢/minute or $2/day plan users who do not switch to a monthly plan have to use up all their data by the date their current data package expires. Any data left after that will be lost.
If you have more data than you can use by your current expiration date, you could add a $5 data package April 17th. That would extend your expiration until May 17th. giving you a little more time to use up your data.
Source: Howard Forums