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Updated: Walmart's Exclusive $45 GoPhone Unlimited T&T, 1GB Plan Now Available

It looks like that "Walmart Exclusive" $45 month 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)icon" 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!

Update 4/28 8:45 AM PT: AT&T press support has replied to my questions with the following details about 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."
Update 5/9/2014 7:45AM PT: A HowardForums user reports that the built in hotspot is working with the $45 plan on his unmodified Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s.

Related:
Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone
GoPhone Increases Smartphone Data, Eliminates Unlimited Feature Phone Data
Updated: AT&T Announces GoPhone Data Increases, Hotspot Availability and Two New Plans

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  1. maybe it only activates that plan? what if you are already an existing gophone customer? does gophone have your balance as a cash balance, or a dated balance like Straight Talk? questions questions!

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    1. GoPhone PINs add cash to your account. Plans renew out of that cash balance.

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  2. If I could refill this one at CallingMart, I'd be all about it for my wife's phone.

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  3. @Dennis Bournique: Does the Walmart-exclusive $45/month GoPhone plan include hotspot capability?

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    1. I doubt it. That's yet another of the many unanswered questions about this plan.

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    2. Dennis, please ask that question to ATT when you interview them about this plan.

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  4. The AT&T news release says it's a: a new plan with 1GB of data for $45 a month + unlimited talk.
    I hope it also includes unlimited text.

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    1. It does. A user HoFo posted pictures of a display and cards for the new plan that he took at a Walmart store. Both the cards and the display state "Unlimited Talk & Text 1 GB of data"

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  5. that's just a refill card ("ecard"). you'll have sign up (or switch) to the $45 plan separately. they're just making it easier to pay the specific $45 refill each month where you just buy the $45 "card" ("ecard") at walmart.com. this $45 web "exclusive" at only walmart.com may become less exclusive if at&t ever starts printing up actual $45 cards to hang on racks at any real brick-and-mortar store, or if people just realize they can buy the $50 cards at most real stores (including a real walmart). for now, people who do not know any better, will be captured into just getting into the habit of buying online only from walmart.com for their $45 monthly refill.

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    1. I just tried activating an AT&T SIM on the GoPhone site. When it required me to choose a plan, the $45 1GB plan was not an option. It asks you to choose a plan before it asks for a plan PIN or payment or other method.

      It looks like there's a non-standard way of activating this plan, perhaps a special phone number to call.

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    2. According to the same HoFo thread (post #449) that you cite, the number to call is 1-800-901-9878

      http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1828522-Go-Phone-Plan-Changes?p=15404201#post15404201

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  6. I wonder if that $45 card can be added to a current plan without it changing anything?

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  7. Something else that is interesting is that the card says "90-day Expiration."

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    1. That's nothing new. This has always been the GoPhone policy: $10 to $24 refill cards expire in 30 days; $25 to $99 refill cards expire in 90 days; and $100 and higher refill cards expire in 1 year.

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    2. Not really, they all have expiration dates.

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  8. I think you need to walk into WalMart to activate this plan...this why Dennis could not do it above

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    1. You don't need to walk into a WalMart to active this new plan -- it's "Email Delivery" from the WalMart site:

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/AT-T-Mobility-45-Walmart-Exclusive-Email-Delivery/36040271

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  9. do you need a Go phone or will any ATT off contract phone work on this plan? ie iphone 4s

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    1. You don't need a GoPhone, as long as it isn't blacklisted, any AT&T phone or unlocked non-AT&T GSM phone that supports AT&T's bands should work

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  10. Not to be rude but why would anyone want this plan when straight talk just up'd their $45 plan to 3gb? They can use At&t towers as well.

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    1. Uncapped LTE, low pings, and none of ST's fooling around about how you can or can't use your data allotment.

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    2. I take it you didn't read the previous posts, think quality vs Wal-Mart.

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    3. Many reasons: ST throttle data if you use more than 10mb per day. Calls to certain country like Guam not free on ST. Better CS on Gophone. Etc

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    4. There is more to phone service than data specs/price. Some people appreciate good customer service, unlimited international texts to 100 countries and roaming in Canada and Mexico with GoPhone. Strangely, it's not possible to send international text messages with most Straight Talk phones and SIMs, even on the International Plan. There are no hassles setting up MMS with GoPhone. Finally, the price difference is more than $10/month if you use the Callingmart discount for GoPhone and avoid the ST taxes, sales tax and fees. Why would anyone want to pay for data service they do not need, especially when they will be throttled or shut off for streaming, tethering, speed tests or just using "too much" data in a day, week, or session? Some people think they are being cheated when that happens, particularly since the rules seem to be enforced arbitrarily.

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    5. If your needs change and you do not need ST unlimited/3GB in the future, you have to risk ST losing your number porting out to save money (and they may have lost your number porting in). GoPhone lets you just switch down to the $40 or $25 smartphone plans, and switch back up as needed. ST has no flexibility, so you may pay more than GoPhone over time, not less.

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  11. ST routinely deactivates phone when cards are refilled, numbers are changed without notice and sometimes it takes several hours for accounts to be credited with a refill. ST CS is suspect with hang-ups for no reason and many other problems. I've used GoPhone for 7 years with no outages and have never called CS.

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  12. Gophone, pop your sim in, no tweaking around with settings that sometimes don't work. US based cs just to name a couple.

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    1. GoPhone customer service call centers are located in both the USA and in the Philippines. Exactly which call center you will reach depends on where the call router is sending calls at the moment that you call.

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    2. US or Phillipines, doesn't matter to me: I lack a racial bias.

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  13. I guess he has enough reasons now...but back to the plan. My friend called Gophone cust services, asked for the wal-mart 1 gb plan, and paid with no issues.

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  14. @Dennis Bournique: Is there an official ATT or Walmart web page that gives the details about this plan?

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    1. There's the AT&T press release. I doubt you'll see anything else about the on att.com. It's up to Walmart to promote it.

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    2. Dennis, please ask that question to ATT when you interview them about this plan. Perhaps there is an "unlisted" web page about this plan on att.com (in other words, a web page that is not linked to from any other att.com web page).

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  15. Does anybody have the activation code to activate directly from phone? Bought a sim from Walmart today and it doesn't have code for this plan, just 60, 40, and etc. It should look like *123*Zip Code*00#

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  16. The plan is called GW1. Just go the the nearest ATT location and ask for a change of plan.

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  17. What's The Activation Code ?

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    1. There's supposed to be an activation code that comes with GoPhones purchased from Walmart but you don't really need it. Just call GoPhone support at 800-331-0500 and ask to be activated on or switched to the $45 Walmart plan.

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  18. I ordered gophone sim online from att. When it arrived i called the transfer (port) phone #. Ask to speak with manager to create account start 45 walmart plan and port # all at once. Only manager can do it all.

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  19. Dennis,
    is there latency difference between ATT postpaid, prepaid Gophone and Cricket data service?
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  20. Yes, in my experience. (ATT Prepaid better than Cricket Wireless idk ATT postpaid)
    "is there latency difference between ATT postpaid, prepaid Gophone and Cricket data"

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  21. this is the first i ever found this site what's difference between a 45 Walmart plan and 45 regular???

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    1. The $45 Walmart plan no longer exists. It eventually became the regular $45 GoPhone plan. For current info on GoPhone see our Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone.

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