The revamp is mostly as expected with data increases to the $40 and $60 smartphone plans and a new $45 feature phone plan. But AT&T also discontinued two of its existing feature phone plans.
Here's what's changed.
- The $60/month unlimited smartphone plan gets its data increased from 2 to 2.5 GB per month. Using your phone as a WiFi hotspot is now permitted on this plan. Although not mentioned on the AT&T site, $60 plan users report that iOS FaceTime, which used to only work on WiFi, now works over mobile data. Additional data is available for $10 per 1 GB on this plan.
- The $40/month 500 minutes plan gets it's data allowance increased from 200 MB to 500 MB. Additional data is $5 for 100 MB on this plan.
- There's a new $45/month plan for "basic and messaging" (aka feature) phones. It includes unlimited voice minutes and messaging. Data is also unlimited with the first 2 GB per month at "3G" speeds. After 2 GB speeds are throttled to 128 Kbps for the remainder of the plan month.
- The old $35/month, 500 minute and $50/month, unlimited feature phone plans have been eliminated. Current users of those plans are grandfathered and can continue using them as long as they don't switch plans.
|10¢/Minute Plan||$8.33 and up 1||10¢/min||20¢ domestic, 25¢ international or use package 2||1¢ per 5 KB ($2/MB)||No data for smartphones|
|$2/Day Plan||$2/day on days used, $8.33/month minimum 1, 3||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) |
50 MB for $5
|1¢ per 5 KB non-smartphones only. |
50 MB for $5 OK for all phones
|Smartphone Monthly Plan||$40||500 Minutes, overage 10¢/min||unlimited domestic and international||500 MB, Add 100 MB for $5||smartphones only|
|Monthly Unlimited Plan||$45||unlimited||unlimited domestic and international||unlimited 4||non-smartphones only|
|Smartphone Monthly Plan with Data||$60||unlimited||unlimited domestic and international||2.5 GB, Add 1GB for $10||smartphones only|
2 Available Domestic Messaging packages: 200 messages $4.99/month, 1000 messages $9.99/month, Unlimited $19.99/month
3 $2/day is charged only on days the phone is used to make or receive a voice call (including a call to voice mailbox), send a text or use IM.
4 Unlimited data for non-smartphoes, First 2GB per month at "3G" speeds. After 2GB speeds are throttled to 128k Kbps for the remainder of the plan month.
The elimination of the $35 and $50 plans is significant because these plans included unlimited data. AT&T could afford to do this because it's difficult to use very much data on a feature phone. If you tried to use these plans with something that AT&T recognized as a smartphone, AT&T would disable your data. However users discovered that some non-AT&T smartphones and even WiFi hotspots were not detected on these plans and could be used to get unlimited, unthrottled data for as little as $35/month, at least until AT&T detected non-feature phone like usage levels and blocked the user's data. It looks like that loophole has been closed.
Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone
Updated: AT&T Announces GoPhone Data Increases, Hotspot Availability and Two New Plans