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GoPhone Reportedly Will Get LTE and Cheaper Data Next Year

Prepaid news site 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.

Source: Wontek.com

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  1. I'll never go back to GoPhone unless they let you add a data package to PAYGO voice minutes like they used to.

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  2. Wonder how long it will be before Verizon even thinks about allowing LTE to be used by MVNOs

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    1. I imagine it won't be that long, since VZW is aggressively rolling-out their "Rural LTE in America" program to fill those "holes" not served by VZW.

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    2. What does that have to do with allowing MVNOs access to it? Verizon is notorius for being very stingy in allowing access to its network. When you're the "king of the hill" though, you can be.

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  3. It can't get "cheaper" until it gets cheap. It would be more accurate to say that it may get "less expensive".

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  4. If Gophone doubled there data, say $25 for 2Gb, $15 for 1GB, 300mb for $5 they would be the best buy on prepaid. Unrestricted reliable data is more important than unlimited data with restrictions? Throw in some decent phones or byop and I am there.

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  5. GoPhone needs to add the iPhone 4 at the same time and many, many customers would move over. I've had GoPhone for 5 years with no outages, alway bars no matter where I am and zero dropped calls. Samsung Mythic feature phone works great but I'd like the 4 just to have it.

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    1. There's nothing stopping anyone from using an iPhone on AT&T today, lots of people do it.

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  6. I heard the AT&T $50 Unlimited GoPhone plan (Voice,Text/MMS,3G Data)designed for "feature" phones (non smartphones), actually works fine (the data too) with smartphones that were never subsidized by AT&T -- for example a Sony Xperia U. So if the smartphone IMEI's are not "known" by their system, you get Unlimited 3G Data. Can anyone confirm this? Wonder in the future if it will work with an LTE phone?

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    1. I can confirm that the international version of Galaxy Nexus, GT-I9250 is treated a feature phone. I don't use it with the Monthly plan, but I use it with the pay-as-you-go and it is charged at $0.01/5KB.

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    2. Sometime between Sep 20 and Sep 30, AT&T has changed. International version of Galaxy Nexus is no longer treated as a feature phone.

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    3. I'm not surprised, AT&T closes the loophole sooner or later for every reasonably popular non-AT&T smartphone.

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  7. Are you sure!? that's over $2000 for 1GB!!

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    1. Alex_CO is correct AT&T pay per use data for feature phones really is 1¢ per 5KB. Crazy but true.

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  8. I am really impressed by AT&T move and it looks like someone at the corporate office is finally using their brain power to offer Gophone customer value. Now through in some decent smartphones with decent specs and a real competitive rate on data plans and then AT&T will see their investment payoff for them.

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    1. Agree 100%. Go Phone has a new android, the Huawei U8665. It's shown on the GP site as the ATT Fusion 2. Haven't found a review of it yet.

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  9. i was chatting with ATT online and they said iPhone cannot get prepaid data. why? i thought i could get their prepaid plan + $25 1Gb. Ideally i'd use their gophone with iphone 5.

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    1. Data doesn't work with GoPhones "out of the box" because the data APn is the postpaid one. To fix that:

      1. Connect to WiFi and go to http://unlockit.co.nz/ with Safari on the iPhone.
      2. On the Unlockit site, tap "Create APN".
      3. Choose County: United States, Carrier: GoPhone and tap the "Create APN" button.
      4. Tap "Install".
      5. Turn the phone off and on and test that the web works.

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  10. I agree with Yeswap. I did the same thing with my Iphone4 and got data by paying for a data plan. Now here's the thing. On the new IOS 6 operating system, you can still do that, but there you can't send picture messages. So if you are using an Iphone 4, don't upgrade to IOS 6. I'm not sure if it worked for me because of the old operating system or because that phone was jailbroken. Either way, there is no jailbreak available for the IOS6.

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  11. Not to go against what somebody says that probably knows way more than I do, but, I have a 3gs iphone I am using as a gophone with IOS 6 and it will send a picture message. I just did it a little while ago.

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  12. AT&T has learned a lot when people use o get the iPhone 3g to work on the go phone network, specially the data portion of it. Now that method won't work anymore. I am glad at the possibility of getting LTE on go phone which would be great in this troubling economy. I am not an iPhone fan or user but I can appreciate the fact that they still update the older model iPhone OS, unlike Android where one can wait
    .for an extreme long time to update. Whose fault is it is but i do know this, it takes to long time go get an update. Thanks for the XDA Development community.

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    1. iPhones, including the 3G still do work on GoPhone.

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  13. Thanks Yeswap for posting the corrections.

    I have an iphone 3gs and my wife has an iphone 4 on gophone, both with iOS 5.1. The data and picture messaging work great. The only features that don't work are Visual Voicemail and the AT&T Services features available from within the phone settings.

    Our combined mobile phone expenses are about $900/year ($25/month/phone for 250 minutes and unlimited texting + $5/month/phone for data rollover). A few times per year we have to purchase the $25/1gb data plan to increase our allotment, but fortunately we don't have to do that very often because we have wifi at home and at both work locations.

    I'm now considering buying an unlocked iphone 5. Even though the phone isn't subsidized, it ends up being quite a bit cheaper than signing up for any of the postpaid plans. The only thing I'm waiting for is LTE capability...

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  14. ^
    I do the same as you Anonymous , I used an iphone 3GS , just took 1Gb of data once, and then just pay 5$ a month to get a rollover. Since I have wifi at home and at work this is a good plan.
    I now switch to a 4G LTE phone (Nokia Lumia 820, bought fully unlocked in Europe, ).
    I have unlimited H+ , but not yet LTE. The international version of it doesn't support the at&t LTE frequency, but the one I bought in Europe does.
    I'm now just waiting for the prepaid pay as you go network to enable LTE.

    ( unsubsidized, the phone was 550$ more expensive that subsidize, but I pay around 30$ a month instead of ~80$ , so in 12 months it will end up cheaper)

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