GoPhone plan that AT&T announced last week is now be available. At least a listing for an item labeled "AT&T Mobility $45 Walmart Exclusive (Email Delivery)" appeared this morning on Walmart.com.
Unfortunately the item's generic description doesn't say that the card lets you enable the Walmart Exclusive plan, which includes 1 GB of data and unlimited voice minutes and messaging.
I'm pretty sure this PIN card is for the 1 GB plan because it appeared on the Walmart site today which is when AT&T's press release said the new plans would be available. Plus it's labeled as a Walmart exclusive and I don't know of any other GoPhone plan that's exclusive to Walmart.
The $45 plan fits nicely into GoPhone's new smartphone plans lineup which includes a $40/month 500 minutes, unlimited messaging, 500MB plan and a $60/month unlimited talk and text and 2.5GB plan
There are lots of questions about this plan. I've asked AT&T and Walmart for more information and will post their answers here:
Update 4/25 7:30 PM PT: HowardForums users have posted pictures of a $45 plan display and airtime cards and a plans brochure which says that extra data for the Walmart $45 plan is $10 for 500 MB.
Another HoFo user has reported being able to activate or switch to the $45 plan by calling GoPhone support at 611 or 1-800-901-9878 and saying that they "want the $45 Walmart 1GB plan". They didn't even need a Walmart PIN to switch to the plan!
- Q. Does simply adding the Walmart Exclusive $45 PIN to an existing GoPhone switch the account to the 1GB Plan or do you need to contact customer support?
A. "The easiest way to activate is directly from the phone with the activation code included on the devices sold at Walmart stores (specific instructions are also included on the device packaging), or for existing (Walmart) customers, by dialing 611 and following the prompts to change your rate plan. Adding the $45 PIN to an existing GoPhone account does not automatically switch the account to the 1 GB plan."
- Q. Once the 1GB plan is activated can it be renewed with PINs from less expensive sources like callingmart.com?
A. "Once a customer is activated on the plan, it is automatically renewed each month as long as the customer has $45 or more in their account. Customers can purchase a refill card at Walmart or sign up for a auto refill with a credit/debit card."
- Q. Is extra data available for this plan and at price? AT&T tends to have different overage rates for each plan. Extra data is $10/GB on the $60 plan and $5/100MB on the $40 one.
A. "An additional data package can be added for $10/500 MB."
- Q. Is hotspot supported on the $45 plan?
A. "At this time, the Wi-Fi hotspot is not supported on the Walmart exclusive plan."
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