Wontek.com is reporting that an unnamed source has revealed to them that AT&T will be giving its GoPhone prepaid users access to LTE high-speed data sometime next year. LTE will supposedly be a GoPhone exclusive and will not be offered to MVNOs like Straight Talk initially, but MVNOs will eventually get LTE.
The source goes on to say that the price of data on GoPhone, currently $25/month for 1GB, will be reduced when LTE becomes available.
No other site has confirmed the Wontek story and I consider it strictly a rumor for now. However I tend to believe that it's true. LTE is more efficient than 2G and 3G technologies so moving users to LTE increases network capacity. All carriers, including AT&T are under presure to increase network capacity to meet the ever growing data needs of smartphone users. There are competitive pressures at work too. MetroPCS and Sprint MVNO Ting already offer prepaid LTE and I expect other Sprint and possibly Verizon MVNOs will soon as well. While carriers like to make the good stuff exclusive to the more profitable post paid side of the business, the new tech eventually trickles down to prepaid. It looks like prepaid LTE's time has come.