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GoSmart Makes Changes to Data Plans

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Recently, GoSmart made some changes to their data plans. The changes were uploaded on their website in the last couple of days. 


  • $25/month - The same. No data.
  • $30/month (with Auto Pay) - Unlimited web of up to 4GB data per month (previously at 2.5GB); available for $35/month without Auto Pay
  • $45/month - Unlimited web of up to 12GB data per month (previously around 5GB)
  • $55/month - Unlimited web of up to 20GB data per month (previously at $10GB)
Each plan comes with the following:
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Unlimited international texting to over 200 countries
  • Unlimited 4G LTE access to Facebook & Facebook Messenger
  • Nationwide network & 3G speeds included
While the data quantity may be higher compared to other carriers, it's important to note that the speed is only at 3G/1Mbps. Some market reports, however, indicate an increase of 6-20Mbps.

Will you be willing to take on these plan options providing it comes with high data quantity at 3G speeds?


Source: HowardForums

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  1. The 3G-only disclaimer was the nail in the coffin. I'll be staying with my $30 T-Mobile secret plan!

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  2. Dennis, can you explain how go smart limits you too 3g, will you possibly get throttled LTE or is that band totally disabled, like if I live in a T-Mobile 2g and LTE market only I'd be stuck on 2g or throttled LTE?

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    1. Based on my experience, your phone will connect to the LTE network but will be throttled to 1 Mbps.

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  3. with 3g speeds, even India have 4g speeds now.

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  4. I get 5.4 Mbps on T-Mobile 3G, HSPA+ presumably. That's plenty fast for most, assuming that is what GoSmart serves.

    Also, their plans include tethering.

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    1. Zach, LTE is not available on GoSmart (except for Facebook) so if there was no 3G at a given location you would get 2G.

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  5. Hotspot included?

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  6. This and the changes to T-Mobile Simply Prepaid Plans is maybe why P-Tel threw in the towel?

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    1. PTel's troubles probably started quite a while ago. But continued data increases and price cuts by the MNOs are going to kill off other MVNOs.

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  7. I'm sorry to say this because this is one of my favorite websites. But this article needs bit of cleaning up. First of all the way the plan changes are written are, to say the least, a bit confusing. Second, what we now call "3G" was advertised as 4G not too long ago. Its actually HSPA+ which is much faster than the 3G speeds you would get from CDMA carriers Verizon and Sprint. You just can't compare 3G with HSPA+. It was the fastest form of mobile data available before LTE came along and most of the time is still faster than Sprint single band LTE. Most people won't be able to tell the difference between HSPA+ speeds and LTE. Much of the wording in this article is confusing or misleading. It would benefit from some skilled editing.

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    1. GoSmart doesn't describe HSPA+ as 3G - see their "Open Internet" page: https://support.gosmartmobile.com/articles/internet-services

      GoSmart describes their 3G service as:

      3G (HSPA UMTS) network: typical download speeds of 400 – 700 Kbps and upload speeds of 100 - 250 Kbps.

      This would be noticeably slower than the T-Mobile HSPA+ speeds I have experienced (which are typically 2-4 Mbps for me).

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  8. Go! GoSmart! bit the Cricket!!
    After launch 5G, future plans are:
    $45 Unlimited call and message / 25GB of web
    $55 Unlimited call and message / 40GB of web

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    1. still the speed will be 3g.

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  9. I gather that no one that has posted thus far here has tested the service. Reports elsewhere have speeds at 1 Mbps when the service started several years ago. More recent have it at HSPA speeds. Once the snow melts here in the East, I'll get a SIM to give it a try and report back. I'm guessing all connections are at best speed (LTE, HSPA+) and then throttled according to traffic type, seeing how they allow Facebook at LTE speeds and the rest at 3G. Maybe T-Mobile developed their BingeOn and streaming music traffic manipulation technology on GoSmart -- it's the same kind of thing.

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    1. That would be a great piece of information. Looking forward to it.

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    2. Someone on HowardForums reported speeds of 6- 15 Mbps down and 1.4 Mbps up over a year ago.

      Gosmart Mobile data speeds. Please post.

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    3. 1Mbps (Los Angeles area) Novemberer 2015-January 2016. Correct, I was connecting to the LTE network, the speed was just throttled.

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  10. I love gosmart even in 3g it works fast better than some companies that said they have 4g

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  11. GoSmart does kind of fill in a niche market for people who don't need 4G LTE speeds but 2G is too slow. Competitive at the low end, but on the higher end a move to MetroPCS makes more sense.

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  12. T-Mo's indoor signal is still weak.

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    1. Generalizations are a weak argument.

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    2. Way too broad of a generalization, I'm sitting at home , inside and my T-Mobile phone has full bars and LTE, even on band LTE band 2.
      Florida must just be an excellent T-Mobile market.

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  13. I just have to say in my experience, T-Mobile of 2010 is nothing like T-Mobile present,I'm so glad I went back, I Don't think I'm missing anything without at&t.

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    1. some parts of Florida aren't great for tmobile use..but same can be said for the other carriers just like Dennis said generalizations cannot really be made. .For it does matter where you live and work and how much you travel..
      Yet with that said t-mobile seems to still work better in dense urban areas than finding it great in the suburbs and/or rural areas. but your experience in your part of the country may be different and hopefully it will get better with band 12 so that we can have some real competition to keep prices from creeping up again!

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  14. Now is Gosmart still a unlimited data plan with slow 2g after the 3G?

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    1. Yes, still unlimited 128 Kbps after the first 4 to 20 MB.

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    2. Dennis, I hope you mean "GB".

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    3. Yup, s/b "still unlimited 128 Kbps after the first 4 to 20 GB."

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  15. A GoSmart review as promised a few days ago:

    Executive summary: speeds are throttled to about 1 Mbps, not HSPA+ speeds as many of us hoped. But still performs acceptably for most common activities and, with the included tethering, could be a viable home internet service ($55 20 GB plan) if one isn't addicted to the web.

    Picked up a kit at Target for $38 that included a combo mini/micro SIM and a PIN card for the $35 plan. Target added state sales tax and a 60 cent 911 fee.

    Activated with a new number online easily. They require an email address, alternate phone number, and a zip code. You can choose an area code for your new number.

    Speed tests were all done within the same hour, to the same ookla speedtest server, on the same phone, an unlocked Moto E XT1527, near BWI airport in MD. The phone connected at the "Preferred Network Type" (i.e., LTE, 3G, 2G) I chose in the phone's settings and the speed was throttled to a lower speed by TMO within that connection. LTE was Band 4, 3G was HSPA+, 2G was Edge according to LTE discovery. TMO speeds were using a SIM activated on the $30 5GB plan.


    GoSmart Speeds:

    Network Type / Download Mbps / Upload Mbps / Ping ms
    LTE / 1.1 / 1.0 / 30
    3G / 1.1 / 1.3 / 55
    2G / 0.2 / 0.2 / 180

    TMO Speeds:

    Network Type / Download Mbps / Upload Mbps / Ping ms
    LTE / 13.0 / 13.51 / 30
    3G / 5.4 / 0.9 / 76
    2G / 0.2 / 0.2 / 237

    Other notes:

    Didn't test speed after high speed data allotment was used up. Supposed to be 2G speeds.

    WiFi tethering to a laptop with the Moto E's hotspot worked fine. Speeds might not be acceptable to some for complex, ad laden sites.

    Online account management does not include call details, only minutes, texts and MBs used. Users can activate "Web Guard" to block adult content if they wish. There is stuff there to suspend your line if the phone is lost and change SIMs, and the usual to set up auto pay and fund your account or change plans. There are no data add ons that I saw.

    Music/Video streaming counts against your GoSmart data allotment -- TMO didn't accidentally include it in the BingeOn program. Slacker music worked perfectly with no buffering. Crackle video worked very well with a slightly lower resolution and about ten seconds of initial buffering compared to full LTE speeds.

    APN settings appear to be the same as TMO. They were added automatically to the phone.

    TMO's codes, such as #WEB# and #BAL#, work on GoSmart.

    The SIM isn't tied to an IMEI -- I moved the SIM to a T199 phone and it worked fine.

    GoSmart really gets in your face about "Arbitration of Disputes" during the activation process but that is the age we live in.

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    1. Thanks for the thorough test - that's really good information.

      It's too bad that GoSmart doesn't support the HSPA+ throughput. That would be a pretty good deal, for me at least. I find HSPA+ speeds to be quite acceptable. I don't think the 1 Mbps throttle will cut it for me, but I might try it out for a month to see for sure.

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