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.
$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:
|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.