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Customers Under $30 GoPhone Plan May Now Enroll in Auto Refill



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AT&T GoPhone has made some changes to its Auto Refill discount. Prior to today's announcement, the $5 Auto Refill discount was only eligible on the $45 and $60 GoPhone plans. Today, however, customers under the $30 GoPhone plan are now eligible to be part of the Auto Refill Savings Program.

An SMS message has been sent out to customers informing them of the changes made by the company. And as written on the text blast, the changes will take place alongside the first successful Auto Refill payment after June 8, 2016. With this change, customers on the $30 GoPhone plan are entitled to get the $5 discount.

As announced by the company, no further action is required to be taken by customers.


Source: AT&T GoPhone


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  1. Even at the $25 price point (taxes additional?), what advantage is there for a talk/text plan with gophone vs any other att mvno?

    Coverage would still be the same. What does that additional $5 get you?

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    1. Visual Voicemail,Strong Retail Presence, Support for call forwarding, call waiting and 3-way calling. Online call records. MMS on iPhones' w/o needing to jailbreak.UNLIMITED Picture and Video Messaging.

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    2. Jason in PortlandJune 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM

      It's service directly offered by AT&T and available with the SIM card included in GoPhone retail packaging and some support is available at physical AT&T Wireless locations. I'd guess they're looking to capture users that buy the phone and take it to an MVNO, and/or those who are using a third party refill service that offers discounts and/or other perks. They also accept credit/debit cards and e-checks which is an additional payment option than some MVNOs. Therefore I think this change is a great idea from a business perspective. This also IIRC puts the GoPhone offering in near parity with their own Cricket $25 plan.

      There is a caveat that's not on the announcement page but is on the bottom of the main GoPhone page: the first month of service for new customers is at full price, not the $5 off price.

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    3. All the answers are in the GoPhone carrier profile. E.g., coverage is not the same.

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    4. You have a local ATT store if you need it.

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    5. MMS on iPhones' w/o needing to jailbreak.UNLIMITED Picture and Video Messaging. for $25 (plus tax) isn't bad

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    6. To the poster above, how is coverage different?

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  2. Just make the $60 plan truly unlimited (unthrottled) like Metro PCS and life would be great!

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    1. The closest unlimited data with max throttle of 8mbps would be at&t owned cricket wireless with auto pay $65

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    2. no tether on cricket. at least not officially.

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  3. Cricket officially has tether, for an extra monthly cost, for an limited number of phone models.

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  4. Now all they need to do is inc. 1gb of data and they'd have something attractive.

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    1. I believe 1GB of included DATA on the $30 Monthly Plan is just around the corner.

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    2. Here's hoping your belief turns into reality.

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    3. "I believe 1GB of included DATA on the $30 Monthly Plan is just around the corner."

      Please clarify what you mean by "just around the corner". How long from now?

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  5. You know it's another shitty article if you have to DYOR.

    It turns out the $25 plan has no data, where as Cricket's $35 plan adds 2.5GB for just $10 more.

    That drops down to $20 if you throw in a group discount.

    That's not even counting referral, porting and phone credits.

    All in all, GoPhone is still a poorer value.

    On the bright side, Cricket is still a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T, which means that their customers are also AT&T's customers.

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    1. by all means second class at&t customers proven by their recent regional outage.

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    2. chirpies are Settlers. Settle for crippled, unpredictable network service with lowest priority, extra-cost tether, poor CS, junk fees (and the dumbest branding and logos around).
      So they to overcompensate they rationalize their choice by saying you should sign up 4 friends or family for all that settling, and then endure the hassle of trying to collect every month. Masochist Settlers.

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    3. I'm not sure why you have such a huge problem with Cricket. Point by point:

      "chirpies are Settlers. Settle for crippled, unpredictable network service with lowest priority"

      Until the recent outage, I'd had more issues with T-Mobile than Cricket; that doesn't include the fact that Cricket's coverage is better in my area.

      "extra-cost tether"

      You can tether on Cricket all sorts of ways without paying extra. I do it all the time on a phone that Cricket officially doesn't support tethering on.

      "poor CS"

      Both Zendesk and Chat have been great when I've had questions.

      "junk fees"

      What junk fees? I haven't paid a single fee - or taxes - to Cricket yet. Pay your bill on time and there are no fees. Nor are there any fees for activation online.

      "and the dumbest branding and logos around"

      OK, I've got some agreement there.

      "So they to overcompensate they rationalize their choice by saying you should sign up 4 friends or family for all that settling, and then endure the hassle of trying to collect every month. Masochist Settlers."

      And if I already have 5 family members on a shared plan? You're saying that instead of paying Cricket $100/month for five people I should pay $200/month to GoPhone ... why? *Just* because you intensely dislike Cricket? Oh, and as for payment everyone gives me $120 every 6 months to cover their service. So my "administrative" time consists of putting $600 in the Cricket "bucket" every 6 months and they deduct the service costs monthly. BTW, that $120 for some of them was close to what they were paying AT&T postpaid for *one* month of service.

      And you're conveniently ignoring the great deals Cricket periodically runs on phones, e.g. LG G Stylos for $59, iPhone 5s 16GB for $150. Plus, as an existing customer you can get the promotional pricing on a new phone by paying 1 month's service into your account.

      In short, just get over it.

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  6. Eliminate cricket or go phone; roll them together!!! Why on earth att has two separate prepaid options is left to the CEO.

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  7. If you need your phone on Friday night #allyouheariscrickets

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  8. I prefer to use att's 25 plan instead cricket's 25.

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  9. Forget the stupid gophone / cricket fight. Is there a $30 gophone plan with data that gets $5 autopay discount ?

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    1. Yes; it costs $30 with data add-on and the autopay discount applied.

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  10. Verizon is the answer they never discriminated customers. Just expe sive.

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    1. Expensive is just another word for class discrimination.

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    2. ".... class discrimination ...."

      Discrimination pretty much against those too lazy to earn something. The greedy takers instead of the makers.

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