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GoPhone Plan Changes Include Some Previously Unannounced Ones

The previously announced GoPhone plan changes are now live on the AT&T siteicon. They include a number of things that weren't mentioned AT&T's blog post announcing the changes.

As announced:

  • The high speed data allowance included with the $60/month plan was increased from 2.5 GB to 4 GB and unlimited calling to Mexico, including to mobile phones was added.
  • The high speed data allowance included with the $45 plan was increased from 1 GB to 1.5 GB.
There are a number of other changes that weren't officially announced although some had been rumored:

  • The $55 US, Mexico & Canada plan adds unlimited calling to Mexico, including to mobile phones as well as unlimited texting while roaming in Mexico and Canada. There's also a new $25/month roaming data add-on that's only available with this plan and adds 1 GB of data roaming in Mexico and Canada
  • There's a new $30/month plan with unlimited talk and text. Feature phones on this plan can use data at the absurdly expense rate of 1¢ per 5KB ($2/MB). A $5/month 100 MB data add-on that's available to both smartphone and non-smartphone users is a better deal.
  • A new $1/day 100 MB Data Day Pass is now available to users on the $2 Day Plan
  • The $25 250 minute, unlimited texts plan and the $40 500 minute, unlimited texts, 500 MB plan have been discontinued, current users on these plans are grandfathered.
  • The $45 plan no longer includes unlimited 3G data for non-smartphone users. All users on that plan now get 1.5 GB/month of high speed data plus unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps after the high speed allowance is used up.
The changes are generally positive. The data increase and the addition of unlimited Mexico calling certainly make the $60 plan more attractive.

I'm sure some will be upset about the discontinuation of the $25 plan which, when combined with the $5 for 50 MB data add-on was GoPhone's least expensive option for smartphone users who wanted a little data. But the new $30 plan with its $5 100 MB data add-on provides twice as much data plus unlimited voice for just $5 more seems like a better deal unless you only needed less than 250 minutes and 50 MB per month.

The new Data Day Pass for Daily plan users is interesting, especially if description on the AT&T site is accurate and using data doesn't trigger the $2 daily fee, which is only supposed to be charged if a call is made of received or a text. $1 per day for data only use is a pretty good deal for sort term international visitors or anyone who needs data only occasionally.

The table below lists all the current GoPhone plans.
Name Monthly Price Voice Text/MMS Data Notes
10¢/Minute Plan $8.33 and up 1 10¢/min 20¢ domestic, 25¢ international or use package 2 Basic phones: 1¢ per 5KB ($2/MB) Data not available for smartphones
$2/Day Plan $2/day on days used, $8.33/month minimum 1, 3 unlimited unlimited domestic and international Basic phones: 1¢ per 5KB ($2/MB) 1¢ per 5 KB non-smartphones only.
100 MB/$1 Day Data pass OK for all phones
Monthly Plan $30 unlimited unlimited domestic and international 1¢ per 5KB ($2/MB) or
100 MB for $5
1¢ per 5 KB non-smartphones only.
100 MB for $5 add-on OK for all phones
Monthly Plan $45 6 unlimited unlimited domestic and international unlimited 1.5 GB High Speed, Add 500MB for $10
US, Mexico & Canada Monthly Plan $55 6 unlimited including to Mexico unlimited domestic and international including while roaming in Canada and Mexico unlimited 1 GB High Speed, Add 500MB for $10 4 Calls to Canada and calls made roaming within Canada and Mexico to the US and 25 other countries are 1¢/minute.
Monthly Plan $60 6 unlimited including to Mexico unlimited domestic and international unlimited 4 GB High Speed, Add 1GB for $10
1 $8.33 is the minimum monthly cost which is by using a $25 top up every 90 days. A $0.25 - $2.50/month "911" fee is deducted from your prepaid balance in some states.
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 A $25/month international roaming data add-on is available with the $55 plan only. It adds 1 GB of data roaming in Mexico and Canada
5 $45, $55 and $60 plans include unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps for the rest of the plan month after the high speed allowance is used up
6 $5/month credit available for using auto pay on $45 and higher plans.

Related:
Confirmed: AT&T GoPhone Increasing High Speed Data Allowances
Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone

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  1. Just making sure on the $30 plan that includes unlimited pic messaging? Or would it come out of data if you add $5 add on? Thanks in advance.

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  2. That sucks...I am a fan of the $40 plan, which can be as low as $36 via callingmart. It looks to me that AT&T is encouraging low end users to go to Cricket. I was literally gonna activate the $40 plan this coming Monday. Time to re-evaluate.

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  3. Thanks for the info as always. ...They have some wacky prepaid phone prices on the GoPhone site: 8gb iPhone 4s: $449.99, Galaxy S3: $464.99.

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  4. This change definitely makes Cricket look much less appealing.

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    1. nooooo to that cricket crock

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    2. GoPhone and Cricket are both from AT&T, they're the same company on the same network with the same coverage.

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    3. still NOOOOO to that cricket crock

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    4. It's less appealing because the more data for the price argument for Cricket is invalid now and while its the same coverage, the throttled data that drops down to 1mbps frequently may not be worth it anymore.

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    5. "It's less appealing because the more data for the price argument for Cricket is invalid now"

      Cricket has the best data for the money plans with AT&T coverage. GoPhone has pretty much the same plans as Verizon Prepaid, which are the least competitive plans of any carrier.

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    6. cricket crock? lol

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    7. "Cricket has the best data for the money plans with AT&T coverage. GoPhone has pretty much the same plans as Verizon Prepaid, which are the least competitive plans of any carrier."
      That is only true if the data is usable, which it isn't much of the time. Now that GoPhone has 4gb, it becomes much more compelling.

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    8. I haven't heard of any data problems with Cricket, which is owned by AT&T. I find it hard to believe that AT&T would be selling a product that doesn't deliver what they advertise.

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    9. so what about cricket. at&t wants to boost its gophone numbers now. at&t lost 180,000 prepaid users - apparently on both the gophone and the cricket sides but you can probably expect better increases on the cricket side. yet at&t is at the bottom of the pile with its prepaid brands. at&t is apparently wanting to increase its gophone numbers by coming up with somewhat attractive plan changes. (but the much cheaper bargain hunters will go to cricket anyways or simply go elsewhere like tmobile.) also it's that time of the year again to tweak and change the gophone plans again.

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    10. "I haven't heard of any data problems with Cricket, which is owned by AT&T. I find it hard to believe that AT&T would be selling a product that doesn't deliver what they advertise."
      Cricket grew too many customers at once and overloaded their proxies. Look for it on Howard Forums and other such phone sites. Plenty of people having lost of problems.

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  5. Does GoPhone have roaming?

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  6. Still not enough to make me jump ship from MetroPCS.

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  7. I'm glad to see competition heating up. It's about time.

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  8. I see where Boost Mobile is now offering a new "Todo Mexico Plus" Monthly add-on to apparently compete with the new GoPhone and Cricket unlimited calling to Mexico.

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    1. Boost imMobile on sprinty noncoverage. No Thanks.

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    2. Boost also limits adaptive video to 3G speeds meaning Netflix and Youtube will be very poor quality. I'd consider Boost if they'd stop half assing their offerings.

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  9. Dennis - do you know if users are grandfathered into the new data allowances? I'm on the $60 plan.

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    1. No worries, just found out when I logged into my AT&T and checked on my plan details. 4GB automatically.

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  10. I was able to purchase a data package for $1 without triggering the $2 daily fee. I can also use my phone as a hotspot according to the plan description.I wonder if you can buy another data package within the day if you use up all the data.

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    1. i tried the same $1 w/out triggering $2 daily fee and it worked for me too ... however when i activated my hotspot it did not work ... i was using an unlocked sony xperia phone (factory unlocked, not carrier branded). i'm not sure if the failure was due to my phone or something on the gophone network side.

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  11. according to the plan description ... i believe you can buy another 100mb block of data for $1 once your data gets down to less than 10mb.

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  12. Dennis: The $2 plan has not footnote restricting to non-smartphones, and the GoPhone website does not state this in 'More Details.' But when you select this plan and then go to pick a phone, the only offer feature phones/dumbphones. Can you use a smartphone on this plan with a data package? This could be a good replacement for the cancelled T-Mobile $3/day plan.

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  13. All very interesting, but the reason I was reading this is that I have been on the previous $35 a month plan and last year I was suddenly informed(by text) that in order to continue having access to my email, I would have to cough up an additional $5 per month. That was bad enough, but then yesterday, I received a text that "As of march 31st Mobile Email would no longer be available." The best part? This is February 26, and it's already gone.

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  14. Can you be on the PayGo plan and use the $1/day data Pass?

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    1. No the Day Data Pass is only availbale if you are on the daily plan.

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  15. Dennis, I recently rec'd a text from AT&T that effective 3/31/15 Mobile Email will no longer be available. Do you happen to know anything about this? If it helps I am on the prior $50 prepaid plain and use a feature phone. I contacted a corporate store and the rep I spoke to knew nothing about this. Thank you in advance.

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    1. It sounds like GoPhone is dropping support for the email app that was bundled with some of its feature phones. You may be able to use a 3rd party Java ME app like Picomail instead.

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  16. Much thanks Dennis. Besides Picomail do you have any other suggestions?

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    1. If you use Yahoo Mail, Yahoo had their own app. It' discontinued but can be downloaded here. I don't know if it still works or not, Gmail's Java app for feature phones no longer works. Other than that I don't know of any thing else, hardly anyone is developing apps for feature phones anymore.

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  17. Actually yes, I do use Yahoo. That being said is there an advantage to using Yahoo's app over the Picomail app or vice-versa?

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    1. It's been a long time since I used it but I think the Yahoo app loads email faster and is ad free. Picomail has ads but it's still being actively developed.

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  18. Again, much thanks Dennis!

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    1. If you are sure you entered your credentials correctly, Yahoo probably shut down the server's that the app used.

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  19. Dennis, I downloaded the Yahoo app and it downloaded fine. When I went to put in my Yahoo ID and password it didn't take. (And I know it's the correct password.) Any thoughts?

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    1. I know its none of my business, but if you pay $50 per month you would be better off buying a cheap smartphone. You can probably find one for around $40.

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  20. Thanks but it wouldn't give me back mobile email. I learned from another store AT&T is deleting mobile email entirely.

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    1. You can check Yahoo mail and any other email on a smartphone and you don't need AT&T's email app to do it. $50 per month is too much money to be paying for a basic phone.

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    2. Neither built in smartphone email apps nor 3rd part ones depend on AT&T. They just require a data connection.

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    3. That's what I said.

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  21. Well my intent is too (soon) either drop down to AT&T's $45/mo. plan or switch carriers entirely.

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  22. Dennis, does it make sense they would shut down the server even though the app downloaded w/o an issue?

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    1. Yes the download link I posted for the app was on a 3rd party site, the app hasn't been available directly from Yahoo for years.

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  23. Dennis, a little good news, PicoMail download fine and is usable but is WAAAAAAY less convenient than Mobile Email. Among other things having to press "yes" in response to the question "Data charges may apply. Continue?" is a giant pain. That being said I was hoping one of these apps would send me a notification when a get an email the way Mobile Email does. Should PicoMail do that?

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    1. PicoMail does not notify of incoming emails unfortunately and I don't know of any currently available apps for feature phones that do. If dealing with email on your phone is important to you I strongly recommend that you get a smartphone.

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  24. Thanks for your unadulterated thoughts Dennis. On a side note, doesn't it cost AT&T more money when one uses their phone's web browser to access email versus using mobile email? Assuming the answer is "yes" this move to eliminate mobile email is a little odd especially when one has unlimited data.

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    1. Using email in a browser might use a little more data than an app but I doubt the difference is significant to AT&T.

      I suspect that A&T is getting rid of mobile email on feature phones either to avoid paying the 3rd party vendor that provides the server infrastructure the app uses or because the vendor is shutting down the service.

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  25. Hmm, very interesting Dennis. Is there a spot on your site where one can view prepaid deals offering talk, text, AND data? (Preferably in a feature phone.)

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  26. Great, thank you. If you know will finding mobile email be a tall order with another carrier? (On a feature phone that is.)

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    1. It will be hard, maybe impossible, to find a good feature phone email service with notification. People who do email on their phones have moved to smartphones. There's no market for feature phone apps anymore.

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    2. Standard mobile email app on Sanyo Pro200 flip phone worked fine for me. There is an icon indicator for new mail on the phone screens. Use with any Sprint MVNO.

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  27. I here ya Dennis. Hmmm, does that include apps that come with the phone? That's what At&T's mobile email was.

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    1. Maybe, if you can find a phone with a pre-installed email that still works. Feature phones aren't powerful enough to run a full feature email app without a server to do the the heavy lifting. Boost and Virgin Mobile shut off the servers for their feature phone email apps last year. You could try T-Mobile or Verizon, I don't know if they still support feature phone email or not.

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  28. Thanks to the other poster regarding the Sanyo phone.

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    1. Pro200 and Pro700 have EVDO Rev A radios so mobile data works well for email. The app was not tied to a carrier service. It worked on Platinumtel and Eco Mobile for me.

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