AT&T is now letting prepaid GoPhone customers use LTE 4G data on any capable device including the iPhone 5.
However, more changes are coming. GoPhone customer care reps are telling users that effective June 20, add-on data packages will no longer be available on the $50 GoPhone monthly plan and only the $5 - 50MB add-on will be available to $25 plan users.
If you doubted the veracity of GoPhone customer care reps, AT&T is sending $25 and $50 plan users texts confirming the end of data packages. $25 Plan users are seeing this message:
"As of 6/20, the $5/50MB data package will continue to be offered on your rate plan. All other data packages will be discontinued. Auto-renewal of those data packages will be canceled."
The message to $50 Plan users says:
"AT&T Free Msg: Starting 6/20, data packages will no longer be available for Smartphones on the $50 plan. You can continue to use Wi-Fi data, or choose a new Smartphone plan that includes data. We'll send you a message when the new plans are available."
In place of the old data packages, users on the $65 plan will reportedly be able add up to 3 GBs of additional non-rollover data for $10 per GB starting June 20.
While AT&T has yet to announce these changes, PrepaidPhoneNews reached out to an AT&T spokesperson and got this statement;
"Beginning June 20, we're making some changes to our AT&T GoPhone prepaid plans to simplify our offers and better align with what customers are choosing and telling us they want. We've begun letting customers know about the changes in advance, and we'll have more information on new, additional plan options soon."
Although lacking in details, the statement does confirm that changes to prepaid plans are occurring on June 20 and that there will also be unspecified new plan options.
The elimination of data packages on lower priced plans is consistent with AT&T's past behavior. Just over a year ago, AT&T removed the data packages from pay as you go and daily plans forcing users who wanted data to switch to a $25 or higher monthly plan. Dropping the $15 and $25 data add-ons would have the similar effect of forcing users who want a useful amount of reasonably priced data to the $65/month plan.
The addition of LTE and visual voicemail and the elimination of the iPhone/4G device ban are welcome changes. But dropping all the data add-ons except the $5 one from the $25 plan is not going to please light data and voice users who are used to buying an occasional $25 add-on and rolling the data over for $5 month.
Originally published May 27, this story has been rewritten and updated with new information including text messages from AT&T to users confirming the elimination of all data add-ons except the $5 package which will only be available with the $25 Plan.
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