HowardForums members discovered that the description of the GoPhone $60 plan on the AT&T site has been changed to say that the plan now includes unlimited data. Go here to see the change. As the screen shot at the right shows (click it to view full size), the "Data" column of the plan matrix says: "Unlimited talk, text and data usage with first 2.5GB at high speed." and if you hover over the ? icon in "Plan" column, a pop up appears saying;
"$60 Monthly plan
Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data with first 2.5GB at high speed. All data usage over 2.5GB will be at 512Kbps or less speed regardless of device speed capability. Additional 1GB for $10 high-speed data package is available. It is recommended that you use most or all of the data in your plan before adding a data package."
Up to now data on the $60 plan has been shut off after 2.5GB has been used, with additional high speed data available by paying $10 for 1GB. Getting unlimited throttled data at no extra charge after the high speed allotment is a nice improvement and should help GoPhone compete with the likes of T-Mobile Prepaid, Boost Mobile and Straight Talk, all of which offer unlimited throttled data after their high speed allotment is used up. 512Kbps is fast for a throttled speed too. Boost and T-Mobile Prepaid throttle to 128Kbps and Straight Talk's throttle is even slower with some users reporting 40 Kbps speed tests. 512Kbps is plenty fast for Web browsing and streaming music and might even be fast enough for YouTube.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to confirm whether the change to unlimited data is in effect yet. Other pages on the AT&T site (like this one) still say data is capped at 2.5GB. I chatted with a GoPhone support person who didn't know anything about the change to unlimited data. One HoFo'er was told by a customer support manager that the plan change goes into effect Nov.12. I've contacted AT&T's press relations department asking for clarification and will update this post when I hear back from them.
Update 10/31: AT&T has rolled back the site changes removing all references to unlimited data on the $60 GoPhone plan. I suspect the Website was updated prematurely. Hopefully the the change to unlimited (throttled) data will still happen on Nov 12.
Update 11/12: AT&T customer support is now reportedly telling customers the switch to unlimited data will occur Nov. 19th.