Engadget is reporting that sometime today AT&T will start letting GoPhone prepaid users access the AT&T LTE network.
AT&T is also enabling Visual Voicemail on compatible devices and eliminating its policy that denied iPhone, HSPA+ and LTE device users access to data on GoPhone plans. While it was easy to work around the iPhone/LTE/HSPA+ device ban by changing the APN , GoPhone support reps would often refuse to help users who experienced data issues with an unsupported handset.
Visual Voicemail will be supported for GoPhone users with an iPhone 3GS or newer, Windows Phone 7.5 or higher or a compatible Android device. However, BlackBerry BIS is still not available on GoPhone.
The new data features will be available on three GoPhone monthly plans:
- $65 Smartphone Monthly Plan with Data - includes unlimited talk, messaging and 1 GB of data, 5¢/MB for data over 1GB
- $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan - includes unlimited talk and messaging. No data is included but add-on data packages 1 are available.
- $25 Monthly Plan - includes 250 talk minutes and unlimited messaging. No data is included but data packages 1 are available.
1 Available data packages for the $25 and $50 plans are: $25 for 1GB, $15 for 200MB or $5 for 50MB. Packages are good for 30 days, unused data rolls over if another package of any denomination is added before expiration.
LTE, HSPA+, iPhone and Visual Voicemail support will be available today to users activating a new compatible device. Existing users will automatically receive the new features on June 21 but can call customer care for an immediate update.
The Engadget story is based on a leaked document so consider it a rumor for now. I will update this story as details emerge.
Assuming the leak is true, it will be interesting to see if and when AT&T extends LTE to its MVNOs. With this change AT&T joins T-Mobile and Sprint in supporting LTE on prepaid and puts more pressure on Verizon to add LTE support to its prepaid offerings.
Update May 25, 2013: Although AT&T still hasn't officially confirmed the availability of LTE on GoPhone there are many reports on the web of users successfully activating LTE and Visual Voicemail by calling GoPhone support. Users have also been told by GoPhone customer care that additional data will be available for $10 per GB on the $65 plan sometime in June.
GoPhone data now works with the default postpaid Phone APN so it's also no longer necessary to use the unlockit.co.nz hack to get data working on iPhones.