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AT&T GoPhone $60 Plan Users to Get 4GB of High Speed Data While Roaming in Mexico and Canada

AT&T announced today that beginning this Friday, Aug 21, customers on its $60/month GoPhone prepaid plan will be able to use 4 GB of high speed data at no extra cost while roaming in Mexico and Canada. The $60 plan will also include unlimited talk and text from the US to Mexico and Canada.

Surprisingly AT&T's press release announcing the changes doesn't mention voice and text roaming IN Mexico and Canada, only data. I suspect that's an oversight as including high speed data but not voice and text would be unusual although not impossible.

Update 8/23/15: A GoPhone $60 plan user has confirmed that the description of the plan on the their paygonline.com  GoPhone account page says it includes unlimited talk and messaging as well as 4 GB of high speed data while roaming in Mexico and Canada. International use must not exceed 50% of total use per month for more than three consecutive months.

AT&T's latest move follows the trend by US operators to include free international roaming.
  • T-Mobile started it by giving postpaid customers unlimited text and 2G data roaming in 120 countries last year. 
  • On July 15, 2015, T-Mobile gave its prepaid and postpaid Simple Choice Plan customers unlimited free calling and texting to Canada and Mexico plus unlimited voice, text and LTE data roaming in the two countries. On the same date T-Mobile's MetroPCS customers got unlimited Mexican calling, texting and LTE data roaming until 2016 on $40 and higher plans.
  • AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand added unlimited calling and texting to Mexico in $50 and higher plans on 2/11/15 and to Canada on 4/20/15. On August 2, Cricket customers got free Mexican voice and text roaming and they are supposed to get free Canadian roaming sometime this month.
  • TracFone's Simple Mobile, which is owned by Mexican based multi-nation operator Telcel, added unlimited Mexican talk, text and data roaming for customers on its $60 and higher international plans starting August 4, 2015.
The trend seems to be toward treating the US, Canada and Mexico as one big coverage area for mobile users. Something similar is going on in Europe where roaming charges between Euro-zone customers are being gradually reduced and are scheduled to go away entirely next year. I'd love to someday see an end to the whole artificial nonsense of international roaming charges. It doesn't cost me anything extra to send bits halfway around the world when I open an Indian web site on my phone in the US, why should I have to pay exorbitant fees to do the same thing with my phone or laptop while traveling internationally? It's the same bits just going in the opposite direction.

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Simple Mobile Shakes Up Plans With New Unlimited Mexico Roaming, Unlimited, Unthrottled Data Plan and More
Cricket To Include Mexico and Canada Roaming With $50 and $60 Plans
Confirmed: MetroPCS Offering Unlimited Mexico Calling and Roaming For Free Until 2016
T-Mobile Adds Free Canada and Mexico Calling and Roaming to Simple Choice Prepaid Plans
Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone

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  1. High Speed data. Does this mean 4G LTE and does the unused data rollover to the following month

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    1. Probably no 4g LTE in Mexico. AT&T has said that it is going to take 18 months to to 2 years and 3 billion dollars of investment to build out its network into Mexico after iusacell aquisition.

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    2. Cricket users say their Mexican roaming was on Telcel, not Iusacell. Iusacell's GSM network is pretty small.

      Of course Cricket's roaming is talk and text only, not data. But Telcel has LTE so it's possible on GoPhone

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  2. I wonder what the difference will be between this plan and the $55 US-Canada-Mexico plan. It seems silly to have a 1 GB plan costing $55, then a 4 GB plan costing $60.

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    1. the $55 US-Canada-Mexico Plan gives you access to1gb of data at an additional cost of $25 to be used exclusively in Mexico and Canada.

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    2. Not really. The draw on the $55 plan is voice and text roaming, which matters more to the Hispanic/Latino base than data, especially as free Wi-Fi is pretty common in city and tourist centers in Mexico. The $60 is meant for those that want even more data to use compared to the $55 plan.

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    3. There is no Roaming data on the $55 US, Mexico & Canada Monthly Plan. The 1GB included is for Domestic use Only.

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  3. Please let us know when you get confirmation of voice and text when in Canada and Mexico. I will be in Canada in early September.

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  4. I'm still waiting for Cricket's Canada voice and text roaming, which their press release said was coming sometime in August. Trip to Edmonton, AB in mid September. Anyone heard anything on that?

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    1. Cricket chat sez Canada Roaming will be up and running 8/23.

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  5. The prepaid wars seem to be heating up. As a MetroPCS customer, I'm waiting to see what happens next. Here's to hoping that Canadian roaming gets opened up.

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  6. And of course AT&T will be sure to share all the data with the NSA like they have all along. Lol

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    1. As they all are, only not all admit it.

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  7. Verizon Wireless must be looking at the market with growing concern. There is little or no reason to use them now because the coverage gap has narrowed significantly. They can only rest on their "America's Most Reliable Network" marketing for so long when better, less expensive deals present themselves. Since VZW uses CDMA, I suspect the only thing they can really do is offer more data in an effort to keep people from defecting.

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    1. Verizon will stop using CDMA in 3-5 years, and go LTE only.

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    2. Verizon made 4 billion in profits last quarter. And they lost prepaid customers. I don't think Verizon is even thinking about what these other prepaid companies are doing.

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  8. Large U.S. Companies can afford no roaming fees but many smaller countries can not.

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  9. Verizon Wireless need to step up their prepaid game. I don't understand why they don't just buy page plus and open page plus store nationwide

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    1. Isn't Page Plus already a Carlos Slim "Movil" division?

      Dennis might be able to tell us how likely it is for American Movil to jettison off its divisions to others. Does it happen?

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    2. They say a at the right price everything's for sale but as far as I know TracFone has never sold one of its brands.

      I don't think Verizon is interested in being very competitive in prepaid. Their strategy with prepaid seems to be to make it unattractive enough that few Verizon postpaid customers will switch to prepaid. As long as their subscriber count and revenues continue to rise I don't expect that to change.

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  10. Page Plus was aquired by America Movil

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  11. Seems like things are fine as it is. Verizon is out there for those who want the best prepaid coverage, as long as the customers don't mind paying the premium for best coverage.

    http://bgr.com/2014/03/05/verizon-vs-att-coverage-map/

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  12. New GoPhone $60 Monthly with Rollover Data plan DOES INCLUDE unlimited Talk & Text while roaming in Mexico and/or Canada.

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    1. Where are you seeing that? The GoPhone Plans page says:
      "Unlimited nationwide Talk, Text & Data Usage; includes 4GB of Data Usage at high speed*
      Rollover Data
      PLUS Unlimited Talk and Text from the U.S. to Mexico.
      5¢ per minute calling within Mexico and to the U.S., and unlimited text while roaming in Mexico."

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    2. It doesn't show up on the official GoPhone Plan page, but it does show up under plan details if you have a GoPhone account. I can send you a screenshot if you like.

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  13. Dennis, if using AT&T's GoPhone 10 cents a minute service and you fail to recharge by the appropriate date I realize you lose the remaining balance entirely. Do you also lose the # right away as well? Thank you.

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    1. You have 60 days after the balance expires before the account is canceled, the phone number is lost and the SIM is invalidated and can no longer be re-activated.

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