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AT&T Announces New GoPhone Plans and First Prepaid LTE Phone

Today, AT&T formally announced the availability of 4G LTE data for GoPhone Prepaid customers along with the first prepaid LTE GoPhone. The company also revealed the details of  new GoPhone monthly plans. Effective June 21, the following GoPhone Monthly Plans will be available:

  • $60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited domestic calls and unlimited messaging. Additional data is available for $10 per 1 GB. This plan replaces the current $65 plan which includes unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data
  • $40 a month for 200 MB of data, 500 voice minutes and unlimited messaging. Additional data is available for $5 per 100 MB.
  • $25 a month for 250 voice minutes and unlimited messaging, with an optional data package of 50 MB for an additional $5 a month.

All GoPhone monthly plans include international texts from the U.S. to Mexico, Canada and 100 other countries.

There's also a new $35 feature phone plan that includes 500 voice minutes, unlimited data and unlimited messaging. This plan is not available to smartphone users.

The current 10¢/minute and $2/day plans are being retained as is the $50/month feature phone plan that includes unlimited domestic calls, unlimited messaging and unlimited data. Smartphones can be used on this plan but won't get data. The current $5/50MB, $15/200 MB and $25/1GB add-on rollover data packages will not be available after June 20 with the exception of the $5/50MB package which will continue to be offered on the $25/month plan only.

AT&T's first prepaid LTE phone is the $249.99 Samsung Galaxy Express shown above. It features:

  • 4G LTE
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED® Plus display
  • 5-megapixel rear facing camera with 720 p video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second
  • 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with VGA video recording at 15 frames per second
  • Internal memory/storage: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage with support for up to 32 GB microSD cards
The Galaxy Express will be available June 21 online at www.att.com/gophone and at AT&T stores and independent retailers.

Source: AT&T

Related:
Updated: AT&T Ending Most Add-on GoPhone Data Packages June 20
Confirmed: AT&T GoPhone Gets LTE Data, Visual Voicemail and Official iPhone Support
Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone

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  1. Ultra.me at $19.99/mth includes the same 250 voice minutes as on the $25.00/mth Go-Phone plan + 50mb of data at no extra charge, unlimited domestic AND international texting, with $1.25 per month of international calling.
    I think it speaks for itself....

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    1. Ultra is on T-Mobile, kinda like comparing a VW bug to a GMC Yukon...........

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    2. Some people would rather pay $19 a month with Republic Wireless.

      That is one main benefits of so many prepaid plans -- you get to pick the plan that best suits your needs.

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    3. And some people would rather pay $10 every two months to PTel.

      That is another one of the benefits of doing your own survey of the many prepaid plans -- you get to pick the (cheaper) plan that best suits your needs.

      Ahem. lol lol lol

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  2. Better than t-mobile's $60 plan. sure you lose half a gig but you get a faster and broader LTE network.

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  3. Ultra.me is a TMobile MVNO, so you'll likely be getting far worse service in my experience. I've tried a number of TMobile MVNOs in the SF Bay Area and they've all been a horrible disappoint compared to ATT.

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    1. I live in Metro Detroit, TMobile is horrible in my area.

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  4. This sounds fairly competitive at the current market. However, once T-Mobile and Sprint complete their LTE build outs, there will be some downward pressure on data pricing.

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    1. Really??? How long do you think it will be before Sprint and T-Mo have a network the size of AT&T? I would not hold my breath on those networks putting pressure on anybody

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  5. the $40 plan seems okay.... :-\

    before the new $40 plan, you could be spending $40 which could be the combination of the $25 plan (250 voice minutes + unlimited texts) plus $15 data (200 megabytes).

    for the new $40 plan, you get 500 voice minutes, unlimited texts, and 200 megabytes of data.

    the incentive with this new $40 plan seems to be getting more voice minutes. would really like more data, like if it was 400 megabytes of data, then me would personally want to jump on such a $40 plan. but AT&T really wants people to move up to the new $60 plan.

    me most likely definitely sticking with the $25 plan plus the occasional $5 for 50 megabytes of data. might as well load up on data while you can and then roll the data over with monthly $5 data. as mentioned in comments for the other recent article on the AT&T GoPhone plan changes, paying for the occasional $5 data is like getting my starbucks coffee. yeah, me sticking with AT&T GoPhone. lol

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    1. I am assuming that the rollover rule will remain the same? The unused MB will roll over and you can roll over no more than 3GB?

      Loading up on data and sticking with the $25 monthly plan would be my option also.

      Pity they didn't bring back data packages to the 10cents/minute plan...that was my best option as a very light user.

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  6. If you only need 250 voice minutes and 200mb/month, I think the $40 plan is ~ a $7/month price increase, on average. Old plan with data rollover: $25 + $25 the first month = $50. $25 + $5/month for the next 5.333 months* = $160. $50 + $160 = $210/6.333 = $33.16/month average.

    *uses up the rest of the 1gb after the first 200mb month, with 150mb subtracted every month after that until the remaining balance of 800mb is used up ($5 gives you the other 50mb = 200/month).

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    1. yeah, can't see myself using more than 250 minutes a month. really only use maybe 20 to 30 minutes a month. as for data, typically use up the 50 meg and then need another 50 meg to get through the rest of the month. this is because my iphone is using wifi most of the time and only using data when out elsewhere where no wifi.

      so it's thank goodness for the $25 plan plus the $5 data package.

      but then let's see what happens next year when AT&T is itching yet again to make their annual GoPhone changes. lol

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    2. On an apples to apples comparison, you need to compare 3G speeds to 4G speeds.

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    3. OK; will do. Just answer a few questions so I can get started:
      1. How much more/mb is LTE worth, where you can find it, compared to HSPA+ 21?
      2. List this extra amount in #1 out separately for data activity, like web surfing, email, etc, since you probably would not pay as much for things like email and Facebook updates as you would for surfing.
      3. Tell me what percent of time the average person spends on each data activity.
      4. And finally, what % of the time will the average person find LTE on the AT&T network?

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    4. You are missing the point.

      When you do a comparison, you have to be fair and reasonable.

      1. Comparing 3G vs 4G is NOT fair nor reasonable, since 4G is better, other things being equal. The benefits of 4G is different for each person -- some people really value their time while others have time to burn so the value of the faster 4G speed depends on the individual, respectively.

      2. In your original comparison, you looked at someone who liked to use a lot of data, i.e. you looked at one end of the range. You failed to compare the other end of the range where the user DID NOT buy 1 GB of data. You need to look at the person who is a low data user but gets 4G speeds. What I am saying is by biasing your analysis to fit your argument, you are not being fair nor reasonable.

      The changes in the ATT Go-Phone plan doesn't benefit everyone equally -- it helps some more than not. It is clear that ATT wants to INCENTIVE data users to pay $60 a month. Here, it's 2 GB of 4G LTE speeds, which is a good deal (not the best deal) when compared to other prepapid plans that offer 2 GB a month (especially when compared against Verizon's 2GB of data at 3G speeds).

      In summary, the ATT Go-phone plan is a very competitive plan in today's prepaid market.

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    5. go 3G!!! (because my phone can't do 4G LTE)

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    6. "When you do a comparison, you have to be fair and reasonable.
      1. Comparing 3G vs 4G is NOT fair nor reasonable, since 4G is better, other things being equal."

      Apparently my comparison confused you, so I will explain. I was simply comparing the best *pricing* under the old/current plan with 200mb to the new $40 plan that offers 200mb. We get the best pricing for 200mb under the old/current plan by buying an initial 1gb, and then buying a 50mb option each month before 30 days are up, so the remaining balance of the 1gb rolls over to the next month.
      My point in asking you the rhetorical questions about the monetary value of LTE is the same one that you made in your #1 above: the value depends on the user. You could not answer the questions even if you wanted to. Yet you insist that I do a value analysis as opposed to a price comparison, factoring in the extra value of LTE, vs HSPA+ 21 (which AT&T calls 4G). This is unrealistic and unreasonable for reasons you yourself have pointed out: the value depends on the user. We compare prices all the time, *then* weigh differences in overall value.

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  7. This would have been a great phone on virgin mobile second only to the galaxy s3

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  8. I have tried to get confirmation from ATT that data will roll over as it has in the past...the CS reps seem confused (what's new?).

    Anyone get confirmation that data rollover will remain the same? And that 3 GB is the most you can roll over?

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    1. AT&T hasn't said if there's rollover. I suspect that there is, at least on the $25 plan. I'll ask my AT&T press contact if he can get a definitive answer.

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  9. I will keep my 29.95 a month with 1200 talk mins and 3000 text messages and 250 mg of data think you

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    1. How is that slow network and the outdated 3G phone working out for you? ;-)

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    2. I was on P+ for 2 years but then decided to jump ship to AT&T. Couldn't really bear with Verizon's 3G. Most of the time, it's like dial-up speed.

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    3. I moved one Pplus line to Ptel and the other to AirVoice. The speed is much better now, and I use nicer phones. I don't have to wait on hold or pay somebody to switch phones on my lines. I can talk and use the browser at the same time, and my phones work outside of the US. AirVoice PayGo voice rates on the $10 plan are the same as the Pplus $80 plan, but sms is 2c vs 5c, and data is 33c vs 99c. Ptel PayGo data costs 10c vs 99c, and I am saving a lot more with the half-price Ptel PIN discount.
      I wish I had switched earlier.

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    4. It is getting hard to tolerate Verizon's slow 3G data but the coverage just makes using PP so worthwhile. I'm a cyclist so sometimes I go out into fairly rural areas and back roads. Coverage really trumps data speed. AT&Ts coverage is really second rate when compared with Verizon. I'm somewhat loathe to give up my safety net. If something bad should happen, help is a phone call away. Each time I think about jumping ship to another provider, I remember that coverage is really the most important aspect of a cell phone.

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    5. I hope Verizon prepaid/mvno will get LTE soon.

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    6. CFO Fran Shammo of Verizon already said that prepaid and MVNOs will not be getting LTE access any time soon. Given the recent moves by AT&T, this could change but my guess is Verizon is going to stick to its guns.

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  10. I think the HTC First was the first LTE prepaid GoPhone. You can buy one today for $449.99

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  11. For me Boost Mobile is a better option, they have all you can eat and if you pay on time your monthly bill goes down. With Att go phone you just paying for the name, still prepaid.

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    1. Except faster data, more coverage (depends on where you are) and wider rage of phones you can bring on Go Phone. Boost and Virgin both are great, but it's unlikely you 'll get as reliable a network at least for now. Virgins 35$ month plan is REALLY tempting though

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  12. What, if any, types of restrictions exist using go phone vs. Att regular on contract service? I can't really see the negative to go phone now that it has LTE.
    I almost went to TMO $30 plan but then I heard no roaming and stepped back. With any provider in the US, no roaming = not an option for me.

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    1. There's no roaming with GoPhone.
      T-Mobile prepaid has limited voice and text roaming but no data roaming.

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  13. Most people don't need to suffer outdated phones and slow internet speeds 99% of the time to get better coverage 1% of the time. Just store a Pageplus dumbphone in the car and pay the $30/year. Then enjoy the modern phone and fast data speeds 99% of the time.

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  14. AT$T and Google will lead the trend.

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  15. Yesterday I signed up for the $25 GoPhone with a $25/1Gb add on (using a Nexus 4). Today I got a text from AT&T that "your GoPhone acct will be debited for $25.00 on 7/15/13 for the Data 1GB pkg if funds are available." Does this agree with what you have seen/heard so far?

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    1. The $25 add-on is being discontinued June 21. I expect you will get another text sometime after the 21st saying your data package auto refill has been cancelled. That's what happened last year when AT&T discontinued data add-ons for pay as you go and daily plans.

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    2. Got it, thanks. I'll post back once I hear (if I remember).

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    3. You were right, the data add on was discontinued, and in the end I switched to the $60 smartphone plan. I got excited for a bit when a $10/1Gb auto renewal was on my account, thinking that I could keep the $25 plan with the add on for a total of $35/mo. But the auto renewal disappeared on my renewal date. Thanks for the help.

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  16. Dennis, how does this change your recommendation for Best Prepaid Data Deals on the AT&T Network? Currently you list 'AT&T $25 plan with rollover data add-ons' but I assume that changes when the $25/1GB rollover add-on disappears this month.
    Thanks

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    1. Yes that recommendation needs to change. Unfortunately there isn't a good option anymore for someone who needs a considerable amount of AT&T network data but doesn't need or want to pay for unlimited voice.

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    2. It's not cheap, but I pay $.17/mb on Truphone when I need to use AT&T data. $17/100mb.

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  17. Does anyone know if the Samsung Galaxy Express can be rooted? There doesn't seem to be much development on this phone.

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    1. Root istructions are on XDA-Developers RQ: Root for Samsung Galaxy Express I8730. There doesn't seem to be any recovery or ROMs yet but the phone is new, give it time.

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  18. Thanks Dennis. Two other questions:

    1. Are there any guides out there for undoing root?

    2. What has to be done to get a GoPhone like this unlocked for usage with other carriers, ie T-Mobile?

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    1. 1. Not that I know of.
      2. AT&T will unlock your phone for free if you meet their requirements. Otherwise you need to pay an unlocking service like cellphoneunlocker.com

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  19. saw the new rate plan options and data packages today:

    https://www.paygonline.com/websc/rateplans/rateplan_en.jsp

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    1. If the table is accurate, the $25, 250 minute plan will exclude smartphones. This would be something new.

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    2. I don't believe that is right. This page www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html lists the $25 plan under Smartphone plans and and when you you mouse over the questionmark icon next to "$25 monthly" a popup message appears saying "50MB data package can be added. Smartphone users must purchase a data package to use data on this plan.

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  20. You know, I've always wondered what is the best "dumbphone" that you could use on say, AT&T's GoPhone $35 feature phone plan that includes unlimited data, without AT&T getting onto you because your using a "smartphne"? Something that has decent internet capabilities and a decent browser. You know a phone that's better than other "dumphones" but still not a "smartphone".

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    1. The top models of Nokia Asha series, the Asha 302, 303, 311 and 501 are probably the most smartphone like of the non-smartphones. Good browser, 3G, VOIP over SIP support, Mail for Exchange support for email, calendar and contacts sync.

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