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AT&T GoPhone Expected to Make Increased Data Cap Announcements January 8

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Sources from AT&T have unveiled that the carrier will be making some changes to the prepaid plans they offer. As these sources state, these plans will have more data without the worry of a price hike. Here are some of the changes that you can expect from AT&T GoPhone:

  • $60 GoPhone prepaid plan - 5GB high-speed data per month (from 4GB)
  • $45 GoPhone prepaid plan - 2GB high-speed data per month (from 1.5GB)

You might recognize these data bucket increases as similar to the ones they've already had in the past. If so, your account will automatically be increased to the new amount on your next billing cycle after the changes have been made.

Aside from these data cap changes, AT&T is said to increase the per minute rate on their prepaid talk plan from $0.10 per minute to $0.25 per minute. If you currently have the $0.10 plan, this is the rate that you will be able to keep for now.

Again, these changes are expected to be announced tomorrow, January 6th Friday, January 8.

Update 1/6: Droid-Life repots that AT&T has confirmed the changes but says that they will occur Friday rather than today.

Update 1/8: The changes are now live on the GoPhone site.

Source: Droid-Life

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  1. The 150% increase in GoPhone PayGo rates should help AirVoice, H20, PureTalk and other AT&T MVNOs attract more customers. Consumer Cellular may even pick up departing GoPhone PayGo customers. CC offers more value, roaming coverage, no-charge calls to family plan members, phone financing and mobile data for smartphones.

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    1. True, unless AT&T starts charging the MVNOs more who in turn would have to raise their rates.

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  2. ZOMG!! The change I have been waiting for but going to wait to see what Cricket Wireless has to offer...

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    1. hope something, but likely since they give 2.5gb now for $10 less... won't be coming.. AT &T doesn't probably won't to change current Cricket Pricing.. metro isn't that much different either..

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    2. I wouldn't hold out for new offerings from Cricket. Check out MetroPCS. I think they have the best thing going in prepaid right now. You might also look at Boost Mobile if you live and work in a good Sprint coverage area.

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    3. RingPlus offers the best up-to-7GB plans for varying prices by allowing you to combine data addons with a promo plan.

      GoSmart offers the best 8-10GB HSPA+ plan for $45. Depending on your "4G" coverage and phone, it might be faster than throttled LTE on both Verizon and Cricket.

      Metro offers the best Unlimited Everything plan for $60

      Everything else has subpar pricing that's only preferable if it fills a needed niche.

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    4. "Check out MetroPCS. I think they have the best thing going in prepaid right now."

      Not if you actually want to use your phone. Metro has poor coverage. Anything using the Verizon or ATT network is hugely better.

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  3. It's good to see competition but this is still no bargain. Both MetroPCS and Cricket have far more compelling offers. I'm a happy unlimited MetroPCS customer.

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    1. True, but Cricket throttles data to 8 Mbps, and they charge $10 a month for tethering, so it just depends on your needs.

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  4. It is confirmed. We received promotional materials today. I work for AT&T dealer.

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  5. raising the per minute to a quarter, these companies must have a hate for low usage customers.. and/or trying to drive everyone to unlimited..
    also hard for low income to find mvno's (other than tracfone) if little or no internet...

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    1. These companies shrug off low-usage customers because those customers don't spend very much.

      There's nothing greedy shysters hate more than poor people. Even the greatest of cons (like charging for artificial scarcity) won't squeeze money from a pauper.

      The fact is, when you're a swaggerin' mobile ISP running your own nationwide fiefdom, your favorite little serfs are always going to be the ones with the biggest tribute to offer your self-appointed greatness.

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    2. Pure Talk $5/mo for 80 minutes (text count as 1 min). For seniors, they have incremental minute buckets that ramp up from 80 minutes to 120 minutes in 6 months, also for $5.

      They give 10% discount to military, student & teachers, first responders and others through id.me.

      They're an AT&T MVNO and my backup line with them has been trouble-free.

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  6. AT&T won't impress anyone unless it switches to a capacity-based pricing model.

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  7. if they give some data with unlimited talk and text for their $30 plan could be a game changer for those you have to have AT&T coverage

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  8. if it's true that Straight Talk's 5 gigabyte plan for $45 is actually unthrottled then why would you go with AT&T go phone for $60 even if you don't like the tracfone company it's still AT&T and almost $200 a year cheaper.

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    1. ST uses towers from all the Big Four. I will never subscribe to ST again. I bought a ST phone and it ran off of Sprint towers. Never again. They had terrible coverage in the Metro Detroit area years ago.

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  9. Why? I would rather pay $60 for 5GB of data on AT&T Gophone than $45 for 5GB on Straight Talk. I would use Callingmart to pay my monthly bill which would lower my bill to $54 no tax. Plus, You can thether with all your data on Gophone. Can't do that on Straight Talk.

    Straight Talk $45 plan is $48 after tax. Straight Talk has a history of losing your phone number and other shady practices. That's $6 is worth it not to deal with Straight Talk.

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    1. How You do that? $54 on callingmart? Any promo codes? Or what.

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    2. Callingmart gives you 10% off At&t refills if you sign up for autopay. Also Secrest Wireless sell $100 refill cards for $87.3 when using coupon codes. This makes the $60 plan $52.83.

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  10. The extra data is in effect for current customers as of now, I'm on the $60 plan and my Rollover now has an extra GB of data.

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  11. The new AT&T Gophone rate page shows there's no mention of "Basic Phone only" or "Smart Phone Only" for any of the plans. Does this mean that pay-as-you-go can now be officially used with a smart phone such as iPhone with $0.01/5KB data?

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    1. Smartphones have been allowed on GoPhone pay as you go forever. They were blocked from using the $0.01/5KB data. I doubt that's changed. $0.01/5KB is $2/MB, $2000/GB. Even just checking email would get very spendy at that price.

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