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GoPhone Adds Rollover Data to $45 and $60 Plans

AT&T announced today that unused high speed data on the GoPhoneicon prepaid $45 and $60 unlimited plans will rollover to the next month when the plan renews. For example, if a customer on the $60 plan, which includes 4 GB of data, only uses 3 GB in the current month, the unused 1 GB will rollover so the user has 5 GB available in the following month.

The change to rollover data begins May 15. New customers who start service on or after the 15th will get rollover data. Existing customers will begin accumulating rollover data the next time their plan renews after May 15.

While rollover data is nice it's not quite as good deal as it sounds. That's because plan data is used before rollover data and rollover data expires after 30 days. So if a user on the $60 plan has 5 GB high speed data available (4 GB plan data and 1 GB rollover) and they olny use 4 GB they don't get to rollover the unused 1 GB. Still, expiring rollover is better than no rollover at all.

GoPhone's $45 and $60 plans both include unlimited domestic voice minutes, unlimited domestic and international texts, unlimited domestic MMS and WiFi hotspot capability. The $60 plan also includes unlimited calls to Mexico. The $45 plan comes with 1.5 GB of high speed data, the $60 plan includes 4 GB. Both plans have unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps after the high speed data is used up.

For more about GoPhone see Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone.

Source: AT&T Consumer Blog

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  1. Verizon's prepaid is a much better deal. If you buy the 45.00 plan with the 20.00 data add on, theven add on data is good for 90 days.

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    1. Then that is 65.. not 45..!

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    2. Yes, but you keep the data for 90 DAYS!

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    3. Verizon pre-paid coverage isn't the same as post paid coverage. If you have straight talk with the verizon 4g sim card, you get the post paid coverage with 5gb of data (byop) at $45. Verizon pre-paid has horrible coverage.

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    4. Dennis, do you agree with the claim made by Anonymous May 11 at 6:46PM that the Verizon prepaid native coverage is less than Verizon postpaid?

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    5. Yes, Verizon postpaid has free off network network voice, text and data roaming.

      Verizon prepaid has 20¢/minute voice roaming, free text roaming and no data roaming.

      However his claim that Straight Talk Verizon BYOP has the same coverage as Verizon postpaid is incorrect. Straight Talk Verizon BYOP has no voice roaming.

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    6. Yes. for sure. I found it to be a significant difference. Selectel is an actual MNVO that offers the postpaid Verizon map. The others require you to pay extra to roam off of the smaller Verizon prepaid map.

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    7. "Verizon pre-paid has horrible coverage."

      Compared to what? I would say it is somewhat worse than Verizon postpaid (enough that I have made it a factor in my decisions), but the difference isn't THAT huge. The Verizon prepaid map is still hugely better than those of T-Mobile and Sprint.

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    8. Verizon Prepaid's $45 plan now includes 2GB with auto pay. That's 500MB more than GoPhone's $45 plan.

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    9. The "May 12, 2015 at 7:03 AM" post is misleading because it is comparing Verizon with auto-pay to GoPhone without auto-pay. GoPhone with auto-pay is $40, not $45; there is a $5 refund each month for using auto-pay.

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  2. I was just talking to my Wife last night after I kept hearing the AT&T commercials on my Radio station and made a comment that it would be nice if they did this with Prepaid. If something happens to my Galaxy Note 2 from US Cellular I'll be looking for an AT&T Galaxy S4, Note or better. Maybe even the HTC 610. Either way I can buy a SIM card at Wal Mart for AT&T and be good to convert a used contract phone into a Prepaid phone. Sometimes Walmart does have some nice 4G AT&T phones. I just wonder how easy is it to port my US Cellular Number to AT&T? Hopefully not too bad. I have a friend who has a Galaxy S4 from AT&T but he lost his contract. Worst comes to worst he'd have to buy an AT&T prepaid 4G phone and then put that SIM into the S4. It should work for when I lost my AT&T contract I was able to put my Samsung exhilarate on Straight Talk no problem. So I'll tell him about this cuz it may be worth it to him.

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    1. You can walk into any AT&T store and ask for a SIM card. That's what I did when I started my GoPhone account. They tried setting it up from me (porting my account from an AT&T Straight Talk account) needless to say, I ended up walking out of the store with it and the account not setup. Looks like they have no way of porting in from AT&T based Straight Talk accounts in store. This was 2 years ago when the LG G2 came out.

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    2. Just ported my number to AT&T GoPhone it was a breeze, they take care of everything. I suggest doing it online. by ordering the SIM for $4.99 which allowed me to get the port request rolling in the same process. I already had an non-activated SIM so I didn't have to wait for the new SIM to arrive by mail. Which by the way they will not ship out and charge you for, if you do your port AND phone activation in a VERY timely manner. The only information AT&T needs is your account number and passcode/PIN, if there is one. Once the port number is VERIFIED with previous provider, Activate your GoPhone online which will give you a new number. Once the activation steps have been completed, turn off your device 10 minutes and then turn back on again this will complete the activation process. Then call 611 "technical support" from your GoPhone to get your VERIFIED number transferred to your activated GoPhone. Turn off your old phone when doing the port/number transfer to your new GoPhone.The whole porting process with AT&T was very smooth.

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    3. @ The Lagacy
      I know US Cellular is CDMA but your Note 2 should support GSM as well. Can't you just get your Note 2 unlocked and put an AT&T SIM in it and use the phone on GoPhone? Or get a Cricket SIM and put the phone on a Cricket plan and get AT&T coverage?

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    4. Re the 6:57 question above: The Note II from US Cellular has no fallback to 3/4G HSPA service in areas where there is no AT&T LTE available.

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  3. Cricket is a much better deal.

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    1. crikey! these crickets! lol

      seriously, cricket is slow compared to gophone. pay less if you can live with cricket speed. pay more for gophone if you want real LTE faster speeds.

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    2. Knee jerked. In order to brag about that "deal," you swallow poor customer "service," unreliable data proxy server that interferes with your connections, and when you do connect, you only had half-speed LTE and HSPA+ data at best. Would you accept a "deal" that offered you twice the driving at half speed, the car stalled a lot, and could not be improved? Cheap bus rides that got you to or from work in an hour+, instead of 30 minutes driving? 10% off groceries, but you have to wait 45 minutes to check out and the checkout clerk didn't communicate well and could not answer your questions? Chirp, chirp.

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    3. You get a lot more data on Cricket. But Cricket runs through a throttling, high ping proxy. I am not sure if Gophone does also, but am doubting it.

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    4. Cricket's proxy servers don't just have a high ping. Data service if not available much more of the time compared to AT&T data service (latest opensignal report).
      All that data is just hypothetical if you can't use it. You pay your bill, regardless.

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    5. Cricket is a better deal if you want a lot more LTE data that isn't as fast as Gophone, but still fast enough to play Netflix and Youtube over the air.

      If you want much faster data and a lower PING time, and a lot less of this data, go with Gophone.

      Still not sure what you are missing out on by not having LTE speeds over 8mbps.

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    6. Time = money. Time = your life. With Cricket, you are wasting your life's time. If you have nothing better to do with your life, get Cricket vs. GoPhone.

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  4. 99% of Gophone customers would find cricket the same experience as Gophone for less money and more data. 5 lines for $100 with unlimited talk and text and plus lots of data: priceless! Gophone blows

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    1. The opensignal report says the experience will be quite different for "99%":
      For Cricket:
      .5 Mb/s 3G; 1.4 Mb/s 4G

 AVERAGE
 DOWNLOAD SPEED

      0.3 Mb/s 
3G; 2.5 Mb/s

 4G AVERAGE
 UPLOAD SPEED

      660 ms 3G; 
59 ms

 4G AVERAGE
 LATENCY

      83 % 3G; 
87 % 4G 

NETWORK
 RELIABILITY

      For AT&T:
      1.6 Mb/s 3G; 4.5 Mb/s LTE

 AVERAGE
 DOWNLOAD SPEED

      0.3 Mb/s
 3G; 2 Mb/s

 LTE AVERAGE
 UPLOAD SPEED

      586 ms 3G; 
48 ms

 LTE AVERAGE 
LATENCY

      81 %
 3G; 84 % LTE 

NETWORK 
RELIABILITY


      Cricket chirps, but it doesn't perform very well.

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    2. the cricket chirping here is just as bad as it was in the gophone forum on HF. at least now, martin is more actively moderating over there to limit the cricket-vs-gophone flamewars. really hate these flamewars started by the cricket chirpers who feel they always have to blast their almost religious fervent sentiment that cricket is better. yeah, better for them, but gophone users find more value by sticking with gophone.

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    3. @Anon, 3:22pm

      Nice to read that you are clearly rising above the flamewar rhetoric that is exclusively perpetrated by Cricket enthusiasts (and never the GoPhone apologists).

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    4. I used to think platform (iOS vs Android) and smartphone brand fanboys were bad, but you carrier fanboys take the cake for endless argumentativeness.

      Get a grip people, one cooperator is not better or worse than the other in a general sense. One may be better for you but that doesn't mean they are better for everyone. We are talking about profit seeking corporations here not objects of love or hate.

      Coverage and pricing are known and quantifiable. Choose what works for you, don't assume everyone has the same needs and budget.

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  5. I know the S4 takes a micro SIM I'm sure its the same with the Note 2. What I don't know is if I were to go with cellunlocker.net if I can unlock the Radio not just SIM lick. Is the Radio in the phone set to non US GSM frequencies or could I simply pop in the AT&T SIM. It might be worth unlocking the phone and putting it on AT&T for the HIGH SPEED data. No I won't go Cricket because I run an Internet Radio station and when Time Warner has its hick ups I need something I can tether on in order to do my Live shows. I know how to use EasyTether but if the throughput is slow or stutters like I occasionally get with Time Warner its useless to me for a back up. I know AT&T Rocks for LTE Data and with the rollover data its worth trying to find out if the US Cellular post paid phones have locked Radio's. Who knows the SIM could already be unlocked. I may try and borrow my friends SIM and see what happens if I pop it in. I know I can't do the *#06 Send to get the IMEI to show so I doubt I can use cellunlocker.net to unlock this phone.

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    1. SIM unlocking doesn't change what bands and technologies a phone supports. There are ways to enable disabled GSM/UTMS/LTE bands on some Android phones The techniques tend to be complex and risky and generally require rooting and an unlocked bootloader.

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    2. If you can get your phone unlocked tethering will work on Cricket without the need for a tethering app. Just don't tell Cricket ;)

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  6. This is a great deal. In NYC I'm not paying any taxes or fees on my GoPhone and I'm using auto refill. $55 for all of the above is an amazing deal. The wifi hotspot is going to make it hard for me to ditch AT&T

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  7. I Agree the tethering without an app does make AT&T a hands down better deal. If I only knew if the Radio would give me FULL access to AT&T's 4G LTE would make it worth it. I've not tried to root any of my phones and I like the Note 2 too much to break it by experimenting with rooting and modifying the Radio. However I've SIM unlocked plenty of phones with Cellunlocker.net and was verry happy with how fast it was to do so. Guess if I really wanted to I could simply look into a Galaxy Note 2 or better used or possibly an LG G2 on AT&T. You find them here once in a while just like I had a chance at the S4 but took the Note cuz it was bigger but if I knew then what I know now I'd have taken the AT&T S4 for the roll over data and tethering. Could use my laptop on the hotspot of the phone. At least AT&T is finally doing 2 things right and I'm sure more Internet Radio owners like myself will hands down choose AT&T over any other carrier period. For to an Internet Radio operator it allows mobile broadcasting of special events as well.

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