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GoPhone $60 Plan Likely Getting Hotspot, FaceTime Over Cellular and More Data

AT&Ticon is reportedly about to add 500 MB of data to the $60/month GoPhone plan increasing the plan's data allowance to 2.5 GB. That's according to a story published by PhoneNews.com yesterday. The increase is supposed to occur next Wednesday, April 23rd. 

In addition to the data increase, AT&T is enabling Hotspot and FaceTime over mobile data for iPhone users on the $60 plan. That change appears to have already gone into effect for some users with several HowardForums members reporting that the previously hidden "Personal Hotspot" menu on their iPhones appeared yesterday and both it and FaceTime over cellular are working. Hotspot has also started working for some Android users.

According to PhoneNews, the plan price will likely remain at $60, although there is a possibility of a "slight" increase in the plan price.

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone

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  1. AT&T should be closely matching GoPhone with T-Mobile's Prepaid. Not increasing the prices.

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    1. AT&T uses Aio (and soon, presumably, Cricket) to sorta kinda match T-Mobile. Go-Phone exists more to compete with Verizon Prepaid.

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    2. Verizon Prepaid has a better plan setup than AT&T does too, IMO. I'd rather see AT&T adjust something similar to Verizon or T-Mobile Prepaid. I don't think an plan increase is going help AT&T.

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  2. Why would AT&T have to match T-Mobile? T-Mobile has limited to no coverage where I live. Cheap data or Coverage? I would take coverage.

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    1. I think you're negating a huge demographic, city subscribers.

      T-Mobile data performance is the best at my job and has better reception throughout where I live. Why would I pay more for less?

      I'm not saying AT&T has to spot-on match T-Mobile. But, some plans that somewhat rival T-Mobile or Verizon Prepaid would tip the scales for someone like me.

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  3. why do people even compare T-Mobile to verizon/at&t? all T-Mobile has is price, because they don't have a big boy network.

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    1. If you tried T-Mobile, you would know.
      Speed.
      My T-Mobile iPhone 5 on T-Mobile gets 12 Mbps down on HSPA+ 42 and 18 Mbps down on LTE, with 3-4 bars of signal. The same unlocked iPhone can only do 1.2-2.1 Mbps on AT&T HSPA+ 21 here, with 5 bars of signal. My wife's iPhone 5 ST on Selectel prepaid can only do 800kbps-1.2 Mbps down with 5 bars.
      Verizon 3G is a very slow network for prepaid.
      T-Mobile with AT&T roaming IS a big network, but there is certainly not fast data everywhere.

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  4. Sridhara-syama dasaApril 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Is this enabling of disabled features only for iPhone users? I use a Blackberry Z10 - what are the chances that the hotspot and these other data features will be enabled for my phone?

    Hare Krishna
    Sridhara-syama dasa

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    1. Some Android users on HowardForums say that hotspot started working for them yesterday so it seems like AT&T is opening up hotspot to everyone.

      If you are currently using GoPhone have you tried to enable hotspot lately?

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    2. Sridhara-syama dasaApril 18, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Well, last Saturday is when I for the first time (on GoPhone) tried to use the hotspot feature - it didn't work as the settings screen had been disabled by AT&T - similar to how they disable to APN settings screen. My Z10 was directly purchased from Blackberry and does not have any carrier branding. After that I checked with you as well as call GoPhone support and both confirmed that tethering / hotspot was not allowed on GoPhone plans.

      I tried this again - just now - and the hotspot feature is enabled and I was able to switch it On. Good to see that I can use my phone for this purpose - when needed now.

      Thanks for your wonderful site Dennis - but more than that for the wonderful help and support that you personally provide to anyone who makes the request to you.

      Hare Krishna
      Sridhara-syama dasa

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  5. If GoPhone ever matches Aio's pricing, it will take off like crazy. I understand ATT owns Aio but most people don't and will be even more confused when it changes to Cricket.

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  6. I've been tethering (both Wifi and Bluetooth) on GoPhone since I started with it back in October. But, I've always had a non-carrier-branded phone - either a Galaxy Nexus or Moto X Developer Edition. I've also never gone over 1GB in a month - even this month when I accidentally allowed almost 600MB of videos to auto backup to Google+ over mobile data. Any increase in price that goes along with features I already have, or data I don't need, will be most unwelcome.

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  7. I also noticed AT&T also increased the data limit on the $40 plan from 200MB to 500MB

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

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    1. hoping they don't drop the $5 of 50meg data that you can add onto the $25 plan. but it looks like it is still there. whew. for now.

      my guess is that att may eventually force all smartphone gophone users (who want data) to at least the $40 plan. but the $40 plan with 500meg is indeed reasonable if you really want to stick purely with AT&T (and not with aio or some mvno) with more than 50meg data per month.

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  8. Hotspot and facetime now working on my go phone ... another 500 mb should be good as well!

    Thanks for the infor

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