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Updated: AT&T Announces GoPhone Data Increases, Hotspot Availability and Two New Plans

Confirming yesterday's rumor, AT&T has updated the GoPhone Plans page to indicate that the $60/month GoPhone smartphone plan now includes 2.5 GB of data instead 2 GB. The page also shows the $40 smartphone plan as now coming with 500 MB of data rather than the 200 MB it has included up to now. 

Update 4/18/2014: 8 PM: AT&T has issued a press release confirming the data increases on the $60 and $40 plans and also that Hotspot capability will be officially supported on the $60 plan. AT&T also announced two new plans:

  • Available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, a new plan with 1GB of data for $45 a month and unlimited talk and messaging.
  • A new $45 a month option for basic and messaging phone users. This plan includes unlimited data, unlimited talk and text, and unlimited texts. Unlimited data on this plan includes 2 GB at 3G speeds. 4G speeds are not available. After 2GB allowance is used, speeds are reduced to 128Kbps max. for remainder of 30 day period.

Contrary to earlier rumors, their are no price increased to existing plans and, as before, all GoPhone monthly and daily plans include unlimited text messaging, including unlimited international texts from the U.S. to Mexico, Canada and over 100 countries.

All the changes officially go into effect April 25, although many users are reporting that hotspoting has already started working for them on a variety of devices including iPhones, AT&T branded and unbranded Android phones and on an unbranded BlackBerry Z10.

See Also:
GoPhone $60 Plan Likely Getting Hotspot, FaceTime Over Cellular and More Data
Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone

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  1. AT&T's site is still showing the old data allotments for my zip code (07728).

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  2. Very Interesting! with the upcoming new AT&T go-phone plans, also available exclusively at Walmart is a AT&T new Go Phone plan featuring 1GB of data with unlimited talk and text for $45 per month with option that delivers unlimited data, talk and text.

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  3. See AT&T's own news release for Wal-mart's exclusive plan (not much details, though).
    http://about.att.com/story/att_gophone_adds_more_data_to_smartphone_plans_at_no_additonal_cost_with_no_annual_contract.html

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  4. Do the ATT GoPhone plans charge additional tax or is the rate tax inclusive?

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    1. the federal taxes fees etc. are already included. but depending on your state, there could be the typical state sales tax that could be tacked on like what you have for typical goods and products. in my situation, no sales tax when pay for my gophone refills over at CVS here in california.

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    2. If you buy directly from AT&T or use their auto-pay, applicable state and local sales taxes and e911 fees are charged.

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    3. no taxes if get your refills on CallingMart.com and instead get discounts

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  5. I went from straight talk AT&T to gophone, like night and day, totally worth the $15 bucks.

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  6. That Walmart $45 1GB plan looks great. For people with WiFi, 1GB is the right size. Also, dealing with AT&T is a lot better than dealing with Straight Talk. I like clarity. Straight Talk still has no streaming videos on 3G/4G on their T.O.S. But they advertise how much data you use when you stream videos on 3/4G?

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    1. Aio failed so badly they call it "New Cricket" as punishment.
      First they copied T-Mobile Magneta and Simple plans. They lost in court over "Plum."
      Took them way too long to roll out.
      Basic plan prohibited smartphones for a long time. Your iPhone had to be unlocked until lately or it would "burn up the SIM" according to CS.
      Aio will disappear soon.
      Good riddance.

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  8. Aio treats their customers badly in some ways. They charge high junk fees, like the one that punishes you if you pay a day late. They also charge full price for iPhones, and then lock them to Aio! I guess they think some customers are ignorant enough to buy from them, instead of just buying an unlocked iPhone.

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    1. Wow, yes so ignorant for wanting the easiest process of obtaining an iphone on at&t's network -rolleyes-.

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    2. You are right. Should have said "ignorant or dumb," since they would pay $550-$650 for a phone that would only work on Aio.

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  9. Why pay $60 per month to Gophone, when you can get 2.5 GB from AIO for $45 (after auto-pay) discount, and unlimited data after 2.5 GB at throttled speed.

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    1. Choose AT&T if faster data, lower latency, FaceTime over mobile data and hotspot are worth $15/month to you..

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    2. GoPhone is as close to AT&T postpaid without being post paid, some people like a little quality in their prepaid, nothing wrong with that.

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    3. Hmmm, on the $45 plan you are limited to 3G speeds, does this mean I can use an LTE enabled phone and be limited to max 3G speeds?

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    4. If you use a device that AT&T recognizes as a smartphone on a plan like the $45 one that AT&T designates as a feature phone only plan data is blocked,

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  10. @Dennis Bournique: Is ATT the only one of the big four that has hotspot capability on a prepaid plan?

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    1. T-Mobile allows hotspot on $50 and higher plans. Verizon allows it on all their prepaid smartphone plans.

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  11. BREAKING NEWS

    The new plans have gone live on the ATT website within the past few minutes.

    http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html

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