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New AT&T GoPhone Plans Are Now Available - More Data at the High End, Less at the Low End

The new GoPhone prepaid monthly plans that were announced last week are now live on the AT&T site. As expected, LTE data is now available, there are three new plans and most of the old add-on data packages have been eliminated. The changes are mostly positive although light data users will end up paying more. Here are the details of the changes:

LTE and HSPA+ data:

iPhones and 4G phones are now officially allowed on all GoPhone plans. LTE and HSPA+ 4G data as well as visual voicemail is supported on compatible phones. GoPhone data no longer requires special APN settings which means all AT&T branded devices, including iPhones, will be fully functional "out of the box" on prepaid.

New plans:

$60/month - 2 GB of data, unlimited domestic calls and unlimited domestic and international messaging. Additional data is available for $10 per 1 GB. This plan replaces the current $65 plan which included unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data.

$40/month - 200 MB of data, 500 voice minutes and unlimited domestic and international messaging. Additional data is available for $5 per 100 MB.

$35/month feature phone only plan - 500 voice minutes, unlimited data and unlimited domestic and international messaging. This plan is not available to smartphone users.

Changes to existing plans:

$50 monthly plan. Data packages can no longer be added to the $50/month unlimited talk and text plan plan. Feature phone users still get unlimited data. Smartphones are allowed but get no data.

$25 monthly plan. The only data package available is 50 MB for $5. This plan is available with any phone including smartphones and includes 250 voice minutes and unlimited domestic and international messaging.

Data packages - expiration and rollover.

The data add-ons for the $60 and $40 plans are good for 30 days from the date they were added provided the underlying monthly plan remains active. If a package is added before included plan data is depleted, add-on data is used first.

I know many users are wondering if unused data from GoPhone data packages still rolls over if another package is added before the current one expires. The AT&T site is mostly silent about rollover. The only reference to rollover is on the GoPhone Terms of Service page which does state that add-on data does roll over. However that page doesn't seem to have been updated for today's changes as it still suggests that smartphone users can add a data package to the $50 plan and that the unlimited smartphone plan includes only 1GB of data rather than the current 2GB. I've contacted AT&T asking for a clarification of the data rollover policy and will update this post if I get an answer.

My gut feeling is that the $5 add-on for the $25 plan still rolls over but the add ons to the $40 and $60 plans don't.

Here's a table listing all the current GoPhone plans:
Name Monthly Price  Voice Text/MMS Data Limitations
10¢/Minute Plan $8.33 and up 10¢/min 20¢ domestic, 25¢ international or use package 1 1¢ per 5 KB ($2/MB)  No data for smartphones
$2/Day Plan $2/day on days used, $8.33/month minimum unlimited unlimited domestic and international 1¢ per 5 KB ($2/MB) No data for smartphones
Monthly Plan $25 250 minutes, overage 10¢/min unlimited domestic and international 1¢ per 5 KB ($2/MB)  or
50 MB for $5
1¢ per 5 KB non-smartphones only.
50 MB for $5 OK for all phones
Monthly Plan $35 500 Minutes, overage 10¢/min unlimited domestic and international unlimited non-smartphones only
Monthly Plan $40 500 Minutes, overage 10¢/min unlimited domestic and international 200 MB, Add 100 MB for $5 smartphones only
Monthly Unlimited Plan $50 unlimited unlimited unlimited on non-smartphones No data for smartphones
Smartphone Monthly Plan with Data $60 unlimited unlimited 2 GB, Add 1GB for $10 smartphones only

1 Available Domestic Messaging packages: 200 messages  $4.99/month, 1000 messages  $9.99/month, Unlimited $19.99/month.

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  1. AT&T just announced that LTE is available to Aio customers via an over-the-air SIM update. They also announced a ZTE LTE phone, the Overture, a mid-range Android 4.1 device with a 4-inch LCD display, rear-facing 5-megapizel camera and front-facing camera.

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  2. Dennis, do you know whether the $5/month, 250 minute international calling option can be added to the basic pay-by-the-minute plan?
    Also, is the $5 in addition to the $25/90 day charge, or does it come out of the cash balance on the account?
    Thanks.

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    1. you need to be on the $25 monthly plan to be able to get the $5 data package for 50 meg (or be on the $40 monthly plan to get the $5 data package for 100 meg). this was part of the change from last year where AT&T made GoPhone users get on a monthly plan in order to be able to buy a data package. the $5 comes out of whatever money that you put on your GoPhone account. so, since you have to be on at least the $25 monthly plan, you'll have to have $25 in the account in order to pay for the monthly plan, plus you'll need more money in the account to pay for the extra $5 data package. in other words, you'll need at least $30 in the account to cover both. me usually have a little more and have always been putting money in either by using my AT&T GoPhone refill card at my local CVS or by more recently going to CallingMart to use the discounts there.

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    2. Yes; thanks, but I am wondering about the >other< $5/month feature package, the international calling option, >not< the data package.

      Do I have to be on a monthly plan to get this option, or can I add it to the basic pay-by-the-minute plan?

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    3. If the GoPhone site is to believed, the $5 international addon is available on all plans. It's purchased using your prepaid cash balance in the account.

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    4. Thanks, Dennis! This looks like a good deal for calling overseas land lines, works out to 2c/minute to quite a few named countries. 4 hours+ calling for $5, and 1c/minute for any additional minutes over 250.

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    5. Does this PayGo international add-on qualify as a "Best Prepaid Mobile International Voice & Text Deal?" China and Canada landlines and mobiles, and Mexico and UK landlines all cost 2c/minute if you use all 250 min, but there are no Philippines calls included in the package, for a comparable market basket price. Also, I can't tell from the website whether you still have to pay the GoPhone 10c/minute when you use the international add-on.

      http://www.att.com/shop/Upper_Funnel_Promo_Modals/Wireless_Promo_Modals/prepaid-international-ld.html#mainpar_genericmodal

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  3. I'm just waiting for it to be released nationwide. I will switch in a heartbeat from what I am paying now to a $55/ month with 2GB of LTE?? Coooooommmmmmeeeeee oooonnnnn!

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  4. Since APN settings are now standardized would I get any benefit from changing them from wap.cingular? I'm using a Nexus 4 so it won't get LTE regardless.

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    1. It's worth trying. I don't have a GoPhone account so I can't test it. If you do please let us know the results.

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  5. dennis, you'll have to change the chart. at least to make more clear about the $25 plan. look at https://www.paygonline.com/websc/rateplans/rateplan_en.jsp more carefully and you'll see on the top row for smartphone plans in the big box for "Also Available" includes the $25 plan and the $50 plan and that only the $25 plan does allow the $5 data package for smartphone and that no pay-per-use for smartphones. and for the $50 plan on a smartphone would have no data at all, meaning no data package, no per-per-use, have to use your wifi.

    me have the $25 plan on my iphone with data package. can definitely only buy $5 data package for 50 meg. my goodness, me just bought a $5 data package! and you do have the option to automatically renew the data package every month.

    the options for $5 for 100 meg and $10 for 1gig are blocked off for my $25 plan - those other data packages appear with yellow caution "!" signs where when you click them, you then get pop-up pages saying those are for the $40 plan and the $60 plan. on the $50 plan, those are also most likely all ($5-50meg, $5-10meg, $10-1gig) blocked off with yellow caution "!" signs also. clicking the yellow caution "!" signs for the $5-10meg and the $10-1gig data packages give me the following two pop-up links:

    $5 data package for 100meg
    https://www.paygonline.com/websc/viewConflictDetail.do?featureCode=GBG5

    $10 data package for 1gig
    https://www.paygonline.com/websc/viewConflictDetail.do?featureCode=GBG6

    also, data packages roll over. read the Packages section on https://www.paygonline.com/websc/rateplans/rateplan_en.jsp
    "Renew before your package expires and any unused service will roll over to your new date. Unlimited packages do not roll over."

    AT&T set up the chart that makes it look like somethings are missing at first glance. So, it is easy to have misunderstandings about what is available and not available. They may want things to look confusing and therefore possibly causing users to go for the higher-priced plans.

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    1. I don't see anything wrong with the chart. It indicates that data is not available with smartphones on the $50 plan and that smartphones on the $25 plan only get data with the $5 - 50 MB plan. How is that wrong or incomplete?

      I think you are right about rollover. But rollover on the $40 and $60 plans is of limited use because package data is used before plan data. You have to be careful not to accumulate so much package data that you end up losing plan data which expires after 30 days.

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    2. oops. sorry. those $5-10meg are suppose to be $5-100meg for the $40 plan.

      for me, since want to stay with AT&T because Tmobile really sucks in my area (tmo's 3G is hit and miss, really tmo's 3G is almost non-existent for me), the next best thing is Airvoice (an AT&T MVNO).

      the airvoice $40 plan is better with 500meg than the gophone $40 plan with 200meg.

      the airvoice $35 plan, with 100 meg data with unlimited voice/texts, is relatively better than if you get the gophone $25 plan along with two $5 data packages for 50 meg each - because airvoice has the unlimited voice. but for me with the gophone $25 plan, me typically get two $5 packages (one after another as needed, not at the same time). so, since me not need unlimited voice, my lazy assz self is simply staying with AT&T GoPhone on the $25 plan. lol

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    3. it's your chart, dennis. it just didn't read clear to me. me know what the deal is with the plans. but my guess is some people may need to be told exactly what is for the smartphone on the $25 plan. that's just my perspective. anyways, it's your chart. you can just keep my comment if someone reads this chart the same way as myself. cheers.

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  6. $35.00/month very decent feature phone plan.

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  7. Does that mean my AT&T phone (LTE capable) will say LTE instead of 4G ( on straight talk right now.

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  8. Verizon has a $35 basic phone plan, unlimited text/data with 500mins.

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  9. So AIO's 2gb plan allows throttled data after 2gigs, Gophone cuts you off after 2gigs? am I un understanding correctly?!

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    1. @zach: Yes, that's correct. But AIO is currently only selling to customers in certain parts of Texas and Florida.

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  10. I just connected to the $60 per month new Gophone plan. It does NOT offer LTE even though there is LTE service in my area and I used to have LTE with AT&T. I called them they tried to send me new APN settings which did not resolve tye problem. directions to the family stated that the service does not have ok to eat in every tower. The tower Im connected to has five bars 4G. I was able to get LTE this same tower with AT&T.

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    1. After an hour and a half on the phone with AT&T I resolve the problem myself. I backed up all the information on the phone and did a hard reset to factory settings. That resolved the problem

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  11. @ Robert, is the 4g to lte a noticeable difference?

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  12. I've seen test results of 25-45 mbps on download speeds on the 1 gig version of this LTE plan. It kills Aio's paltry 8 mbps max on their lte and is available EVERYWHERE NOW. Aio really needs to get their rear in gear as by the time they finish buidling out their ambitious nationwide store chain, the prepaid landscape will have yet again changed.

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  13. does ,will aio have retail stores?

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    1. Aio has stores in the markets where they have launched.

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  14. The $60 2gb plan is the best around or at least for my area. the speed is ridiculous and i always have great reception. i am using a Galaxy S3 and i was using it with straight talk (which IMO is terrible) customer service sucks and the whole unlimited data is non sense they basically throttle you when they feel like it. no one could ever tell me what the cap was i would get throttled anywhere from 500mb to 1.5gb and the speeds were decent when they worked. with LTE i am getting easily 3-4x faster speed than ST. i am so happy AT&T did this. Thank you

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  15. just an update comment about gophone data: currently on $25 plan, plus with the $5 data, on an iPhone 5. the $5 data does definitely rollover if you don't use it up at the end of the month - just keep buying more $5 data and you will keep what you have from before. and you can buy as much $5 data as you want if you want more data for the month although that can become more expensive when compared to just upgrading to the $40 or $60 plan. can definitely get LTE where the iPhone says LTE in the top status bar - and my ookla speedtest says 14.27 mbps down and 3.07 mbps up. but omg the LTE does suck up your data using it up quickly. so better to switch the LTE off and instead used 4G HSPA+ or 3G if you want to preserve your data - otherwise definitely upgrade your plan to the $60 plan for more data that you can use on LTE.

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