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GoPhone $60 and $45 Plans Get Unlimited Data

As expected, AT&T's GoPhoneicon has added unlimited data to its $60/month smartphone plan. As before, the plan includes unlimited talk and text and 2.5 GB per month of high-speed data. Starting today, after the high-speed data is used up, unlimited throttled data is available for the rest of the plan month.

The change is not a complete surprise thanks to a goof-up that had the GoPhone Website briefly showing unlimited data on the $60 plan last month.

Last month's leak displayed the throttled speed as 512 Kbps. Today the desktop version of the AT&T site shows the throttled speed as 128 Kbps. However AT&T's mobile site lists it as 512 Kbps. I suspect the mobile site is wrong, but we can hope.

The difference between 512 and 128 Kbps is significant. 512 Kbps provides decent Web browsing and is fast enough for non-HD video streaming. 128 Kbps is usable for email and slow web browsing but not much else. But until today, data was shut off after 2.5 GB was used. Even 128 Kbps data is better than no data at all. If you aren't happy with the throttle, additional high-speed data is available at $10 for 1 GB.

The other change is that the formerly Walmart exclusive $45/month plan is now available to all and also gets unlimited data. The $45 plan includes unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of high speed data and unlimited throttled data after 1GB is used. Additional data on the $45 plan is a bit more pricey at $10 per 500MB.

There are no changes to GoPhone's other plans. See PrepaidPhoneNews' Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone for details of all GoPone plans and services.

Sources: AT&T via HowardForums


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  1. Still there are AT&T MVNO's that compete very well with the GoPhone offers.

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  2. Do you know what LTE speeds go phone provides?

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    1. Anywhere from sub 1Mbps to 50Mbps depending on location and network load. 10 to 20Mpbs is typical.

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    2. Same as AT&T. No throttling. Cricket from what I hear does get throttled during peak times in crowded areas, but GoPhone, nope. They even get access to AT&T's CSRs.

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    3. Do you mean GoPhone has no throttling until you go over the 1GB limit, while Cricket might throttle for arbitrary reasons well short of the limit they have?

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    4. Cricket's "high speed" data is throttled to 8Mbps for LTE and 4 Gbps for HSPA+ .

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  3. Now with that new $45 plan, I wonder what that will do to the Walmart $45 plan? Not bad when you consider also the $5 auto-pay discount.

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  4. These changes are good. Sprint postpaid is still much lower in cost for new customers, 12 months:
    $25/month for Family Share Pack 2GB, BYOSD;
    $72 up front for 2 activations, or $6/month;
    Taxes of $4-5/month, for a total of $35-$36/month for 2 lines. Save $54/month or $648, less any GoPhone monthly discount.
    You get voice and data roaming on Verizon and regional carriers.
    After the first year, move your phones to Ting and keep the voice roaming; about $84/month if you can share 2100 minutes and 2000 texts, and 2GB of data. With the lower Ting taxes, you end up about the same $90 per month as GoPhone (w/o their discounts), but lose the data roaming. You could also just pay the extra $50/month plus tax to Sprint, keep data roaming and pay about $95/month for year 2. That is what Sprint is hoping you will do.

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    1. One problem with any Sprint plan? It runs on Sprint's network. I like coverage everywhere I go. Give me AT&T Gophone or Verizon Prepaid.

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  5. These days the wireless telecommunication gets away with throwing around the "unlimited" marketing buzzword much too easily. If 128kbps is the throttled speed, I won't be jumping ship back to GoPhone. Why not throttle at 2mb down/1.5 up? For 61.74 on Verizon from callingmart I can get 3.5gb of data per month. 3gb of it could also last for as long as 90 days depending on how much of it I use.

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    1. There are at least 10 Unlimited TnT plans with 4GB of high speed data for $60 or less before any discounts, so $61.74 is no big deal.

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    2. I value coverage over cheap data. So give me Verizon Prepaid/Callingmart 3.5GB of data for $61.74

      I use Verizon Prepaid and I never think about my phone not having coverage in or out of my local city limits. And I work out in the sticks.

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    3. Sprint Family Pack 4GB with two phones costs $20/month for both lines, plus about $4 tax/month. Avg. of $30/month through 2015, including the $72 activation fees (paid up front).

      You get free voice and data roaming on Verizon.

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    4. Correction: Family Share Pack 4GB is $40/month for 2 lines. $25/month shares 2GB.

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    5. $49.50 for PagePlus with unlimited talk and text with 3 GB data on a wholesale account saving 10%. Speeds are 5 up and 2 down with Verizon coverage.

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    6. People forget 56k was the pinnacle of dialup technology and 128k was a business grade ISDN connection not so long ago.

      You can still blow through a gigabyte in a day at 128kbps, which they would normally charge $10 for, so it seems like a generous freebie to me.

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    7. Only if you want to settle for less. I think I am speaking for the rest of us here who want the most "bang for the buck", the most data per month for the least money. 128K is dinosaur-slow. While it is better than nothing, having more full 4G or LTE data is a lot better.

      And I would disagree with any description of these deals, with the 128K, as "generous". The US carriers grossly overcharge for the product, Just check other countries, like the UK.

      We are being gouged in the US, plain and simple:

      "“The United States lacks meaningful competition in its cellular market sector, which leads to higher cell plan prices than a growing list of other countries,”"

      Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/business/two-countries-two-vastly-different-phone-bills.html?_r=0

      It's not a freebie, and they are gouging us, not being generous.

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    8. From the same article:

      "“Over the next decade,” Mr. Meinrath said, “U.S. consumers may overpay by over a quarter of a trillion dollars for worse levels of service than customers in other countries receive.”"

      Dennis said - "$20 for unlimited T&T and 1 GB is unrealistic."

      I don't disagree with him. It is unrealistic in today's environment in the US where the providers gouge us, charging almost double. In a better more competitive environment like in the UK, this $20 plan he names would even be said to be a little high.

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    9. The NYT author and Meinrath are either ignorant about business, economics, geography and population density or are pushing a self-serving agenda. Britain is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with an extensive wireless infrastructure and super-regulated wireless industry. EU mandates GSM phones, for example (no CDMA competition possible). The population density justifies the private infrastructure investment based on potential sales and ROI. The US market is not like Britain at all, so comparing prices is meaningless. Of course, many posters on this forum still demand towers everywhere, even in the middle of deserts and remote woods. "Those greedy companies just need to pay up! Then cut their prices in half!"
      Not going to happen. If you don't like it, move to that rainy island and pay your high income taxes and VAT so that you can enjoy your low cellphone bill.

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    10. > If 128kbps is the throttled speed, I won't be jumping ship back to GoPhone. Why not throttle at 2mb down/1.5 up?

      128Kbps is the magic speed that doesn't allow for good quality audio streaming. It is still adequate for email, text communication (twitter, notifications), GPS, and slow limited (not extended) web browsing. If you up it to 256K+, Pandora/TuneIn/etc usage and network load would explode. I bet many people won't even bother shutting down the apps even with their earphones off as it is "unlimited", wasting/abusing valuable bandwidth, just like a number of people I know who keep Pandora, TuneIn and Netflix running unattended at home on Cable/FIOS. Carriers don't want subscribers to waste their limited capacity like that without at least paying extra for a higher tier plan. Their goal is profit after all.

      >People forget 56k was the pinnacle of dialup technology and 128k was a business grade ISDN connection not so long ago.

      Unfortunately, we're not living in the 90's and most don't fancy waiting a minute to load a webpage. A typical webpage (CNN, Yahoo) can be well over 1MB and would take over one minute to load on 128K. Even mobile-friendly pages are getting bigger and bigger too. I just tested that the very basic, mobile version of prepaidphonenews.com took around 100KB up/300 to 500KB down of data to load, desktop version more than double, and that is a still very simple page.

      I'm pretty sure that all cellular data agreements with any business sense will say the carrier reserves the right to notify you, terminate data usage, or even terminate the contract if you "abuse" or usage deemed "excessive" the "unlimited" throttled data.

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    11. "The NYT author and Meinrath are either ignorant about business..."

      This is just one of many reports on this situation. It is well documented from many sources (this is just one more. And you come across sounding like a shill for one of the big carriers, peddling myths to justify these companies charging us twice what they should.

      I doubt your experiences and qualifications can even approach those of Sascha Meinrath, Mr. Telco Shill.

      The US market isn't like the UK market in that the competition is much better there, and they aren't able to get away with double charging us. No "rainy island" fantasies.

      The fact remains that Dennis' $20 plan he discussed is unrealistic in this country, at this time. At least until something changes and the companies stop charging us double.

      Now, I wonder how much they paid you as a PR flack.

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    12. Hello Kitty said: "128Kbps is the magic speed that doesn't allow for good quality audio streaming. "

      Do you know of any Pandora-like player that lets you "dial down" the bandwidth requirements so it will work on 128Kbps?

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    13. Desktop site takes 14.18 seconds to load 93 files totaling 4191KB.

      Mobile site takes 3.67 seconds to load 13 files totaling 108KB.

      At the end of the day, before was hard cap and today is unlimited. I'll take the 0$ upgrade.

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    14. "There are at least 10 Unlimited TnT plans with 4GB of high speed data for $60 or less before any discounts, so $61.74 is no big deal."

      How many of those are on at&t or Verizon?

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  6. This is great news! You have to wonder how long till AT&T does this with post-paid ;)

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  7. Is Sprint postpaid really much lower for just one user?

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    1. The best price with Sprint is the Family Share pack with at least 2 users. One user plans cost more. iPhone 6 with unlimited data is $50, still a good deal.

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  8. Currently I am on H2O $30 plan ($27 with Auto Recharge). Is there any ATT/TMobile plan or MVNO plan with Unlimited Talk/Text and ~1GB Data for around $20 which I can use with my unlocked Nexus 5 GSM phone ? I need it for 2 lines.

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    1. $20 for unlimited T&T and 1 GB is unrealistic. See http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011/09/five-at-mvnos-compared.html for what's available.

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    2. Good Luck with H2O CS reps. Absolutely abysmal customer service.

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    3. Your not going to find unlimited talk text and 1gb of data for 20 bucks, that's a pipe dream.
      Ultra mobile for 19 bucks has talk and text unlimited but only 100mb of data.
      that's about the best low cost plan available..

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    4. If you could scrape together 3 more friends/relatives, Cricket's Group Save is 5 lines for $100 = $20 each, for unlimited T&T and 1GB high speed data, throttled to unlimited kbs after. In my Cricket Group Save, 3 are on this 1GB plan for $20.00 each and 2 are on the 10GB plan for $40 each (taxes included). All BYOD, unlocked GSM or locked to ATT, ok. 4 are iPhones and 1 is Nokia Lumia 630. Hard to beat this deal, and all on ATT network.

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    5. The original republic wireless plan would give you 1gb for $20. I know it was still available recently.

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  9. Is the ONLY way to get LTE on AT&T with these 3: GoPhone/StraightTalk/Cricket?

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    1. There's also NET10, REd Pocket and Consumer Cellular.

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  10. This is really a pretty nice deal. At 128K you Can listen to Shoutcast or Icecast based Internet Radio such as The Legacy Nobex app or XiiaLive or TuneIn Radio. Pandora should work as they stream at 128K (I think) although The Legacy Nobex For Classic Rock fans does stream at 64K AAC+ which with a wireless FM transmitter it should sound nice on your car Stereo. With that said AT&T really is good for Internet Radio listeners and I'd highly recommend them along wth US Cellular's Prepaid $60 plan and the Moto G LTE phone on sale for $49. Note @ Walmart you get 2 GB of data for $55 with US Cellular and our Elizabeth City Walmart carries the US Cellular Moto G LTE so both companies need to be checked out of your serious about good Rock.

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  11. Cricket for $45 a month has 3gb high speed data, computed to 1gb with Go Phone. Cricket seems like a much better deal... what am I missing in this comparison?

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    1. Cricket you don't get LTE at full rated speed.

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  12. $20 unlimited talk and text and 1gb is not unreasonable.
    Cricket group plan has it: 5 lines for $100.
    I have it and it has LTE.

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  13. "$20 unlimited talk and text and 1gb is not unreasonable.
    Cricket group plan has it..."

    But for individual plans, that is less than HALF of what Cricket actually charges.

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  14. "Cricket you don't get LTE at full rated speed."

    But still the Cricket deal has 3GB of LTE, vs 1GB of LTE with GoPhone.

    Surely the Cricket so-called LTE is a lot faster than the throttled 128 you get after the 1GB is used with GoPhone?

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    1. Cricket's full speed service is only around 8mbps max, but reports are that some users are getting down to well less than 1mbps at various times and in various locations. I don't find that speed very compelling when on H2O and other HSPA+ services I routinely get 4-8mbps. Of course I don't have an LTE phone yet either! Not sure if there is any advantage to LTE other than speed, and if you don't have the speed where's the advantage? Note too that Go Phone is only claiming "up to 128." It could be anything.

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  15. And with US Cellular you do get 8MB Down and 5.74 MB UP (up speed beats Time Warner Cable). The Down speed seems to compare with the 8MB as mentioned before. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I get all my bars as well. This may be something they do to Prepaid although I don't remember the speed you get on US Cellular contract. So I'd look at other carriers if something does happen to my Note 2.

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  16. I've hardly looked into US Cellular before, but they appear to cost 33% or so more than the competitors

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  17. The Walmart $55 2 GB LTE plan does compete with Page Plus because with page plus you started off with only 3.5 MB and last I heard people were finally able to get 5MB (Still slower) than 8MB on Cricket or US Cellular. AT&T GoPhone does sound very good, but their phones are a bit more expensive and less choice. Also I'm thinking about the availability of used phones with clean ESN's. Verizon phones are easy to find en Elizabeth City pawn stores and Facebook Yard Sale groups. US Cellular is very easy to find down here with AT&T being a bit harder. Although I did find a used Galaxy S4 for $150 on AT&T which could be converted to GoPhone or Cricket easily. For someone who is visually impaired like me size does matter with the smartphone. Anything less than 4.5 inch screens are a no go for me and Straight Talk, Net 10 seem to sell a lot of those types of phones. Plus the LTE phones are made better than the 3G type not to mention the speed. Today I would not even take a second glance at any smartphone saying 3G I'd walk on to the next without even looking at anything else about it. You can find many good used and even New 4G LTE smartphones at good prices so why would anyone settle for a 3G low end phone? It don't make sense to me at all.

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  18. has anybody figured out how to check gophone data usage since they made these plan changes? .... *777*3# no longer works since the plan changes went into effect.

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    1. You can use paygonline.com. or call 611

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    2. unfortunately, it's not showing on paygonline.com anymore either (at least not for me). i guess 611 is the only way to go for now ... this is bugging me.

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  19. @Dennis Bournique:

    Am I missing something or am I correct that AT&T has not issued a press release about the November 19 changes to GoPhone plans? If I am correct about that, this is very strange because in the past AT&T has always issued press releases when significant changes have been made to GoPhone plans.

    AT&T press releases:

    http://about.att.com/allpostpage.html?category=all&months=All&page=1

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  20. I've decided to bite the bullet and quit Virgin. And go with the Cricket "Basic' plan. This is more appealing than GoPhone since Cricket will credit me $100 for porting out of Virgin. GoPhone won;t. But if after a while i find Cricket really IS bad, I can easily go on to GoPhone...

    Should work...

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  21. Dennis, anywhere on your site are the terms of AT&T's old $50 unlimited plan available? (The current $45 plan replaced it.)

    If they are not do you recall the difference between the two plans?

    Thank you.

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    1. The $50 plan included unlimited data at 3G speeds for non-smartphones only. Data was not available with smartphones. It was discontinued April 2014. Details of the plan are in http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2013/06/new-at-gophone-plans-are-now-available.html

      The current $45 plan includes 1.5 GB of high speed data and unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps with any phone.

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  22. Thanks Dennis, for someone who uses data regularly it would appear the $50 plan is the better deal. Am I right?

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    1. The discontinued $50 plan would only be better for someone with a non-smartphone who uses more than 1.5/GB month. It's pretty hard to use that much data on a non-smartphone

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  23. Do non-smartphones have some kinda data meter where you can see how much you've used? (I don't think any do.)

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    1. Some have a lifetime data counter usually in a hidden menu.

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  24. Dennis, can you recommend any 3G non-smartphones? (Preferably made by Nokia if possible.)

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    1. Asha 300, 302, 303, 311, 503; Nokia 207, 208, 301.

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    2. Pay attention to the 3G bands on Nokia models; make sure they support 3G in your country.

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    3. The older Nokia candy bars like the 3310, 3390 and 6110 are indestructible and easy to use.

      I have a Samsung Factor flip phone for Boost Mobile that has great battery life and reception and the best call quality of any phone I've used on the Sprint network.

      I have an Asha 303 and I don't recommend it because of its keyboard. The shape of the keys makes it easy to hit multiple keys simultaneously. The similar sized keyboards of the BlackBerry Curve, Motorola Rambler and the smaller keyboard of my Palm Pixi are all much easier to use. Another issue is that the key cap labels for the alt characters (symbols and numbers) on the Asha are a very hard to read blue on a brown background. In addition, there are no arrow keys and it's difficult to accurately position the text cursor for editing using the touch screen.

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  25. Thanks to all for your input. I should have stated the phone should be able to be used with AT&T.

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