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Confirmed: AT&T GoPhone to Get Multi-Line Discounts

A HowardForum's member and AT&T GoPhone user "haris163" spotted something new on their On-Line Account Management (OLAM) portal yesterday. The new content was a page of information explaining the workings of a GoPhone "Multi-Line Discount". That's interesting because GoPhone does not currently offer multi-line discounts. The OLAM changes hint that GoPhone might be getting them soon.

The reference to multi-line discounts disappeared as suddenly as it appeared, but not before haris153 was able to get some screen captures. I've included one of the captures in this post, follow the source link to see more. Based on the screenshots, the discounts will be as follows:

  • The second line gets $5 off
  • The third line gets $10 off for a total discount of $15 for 3 lines
  • The fourth line gets $15 off for a total discount of $30 for 4 lines
  • The fifth line gets $20 off for a total discount of $50 for 5 lines
The first line of a multi-line account is also eligible for a $5 auto-pay discount, bringing the total discount to $55 for five lines.

GoPhone personal accounts are limited to a maximum of five lines. GoPhone Small Business Accounts can add up to 10 lines, with the sixth through 10th lines each getting a $20 discount for a total savings of $155 for 10 lines with autopay.

Only GoPhone's $45 and $60 plans are eligible for the multiline discount. Both plans include unlimited voice, messaging and data. With the $45 plan the first 3 GB of data per month is at full speed, followed by unlimited 128 Kbps data for the rest of the month. The $60 plan increases the high speed data allowance to  6 GB and also includes unlimited calls and messages to Canada and Mexico and Mexican and Canadian voice, messaging and data roaming.

Just to be clear, AT&T has not officially announced multi-line discounts. We don't really know when or even if these discounts will appear.The leak of the discount's details make it seem likely that we will eventually see some sort of multi-line discount for GoPhone.  In addition, a couple of HowardForums members who called GoPhone support were told that the multi-line discount offer was scheduled to begin Tuesday August 16. Front-line support reps are historically not the most reliable sources for unannounced changes, so take that date with a grain of salt.

Update 11-Aug-2016 5:30 PM PT: AT&T  has officially announced that multi-line plans with discounts as listed above are coming to GoPhone August 19.

Source, image: HowardForums

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  1. Not really that great on pricing (especially when you don't get roaming, volte, or wifi calling). Better off on Cricket or even post-paid.

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    1. Do you get roaming,volte, or wifi calling with Cricket?

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    2. "Do you get roaming,volte, or wifi calling with Cricket?"

      - No roaming. but Cricket is on a very extensive network.
      - I am only learning about VOLTE. What does it do?
      - I have only rarely ever found a place where the Cricket cell network didn't work at all, and wifi is so spotty that I don't see a need for Wifi calling.

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  2. Oh oh might make me want to switch from Cricket.
    Blacksurfer

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  3. How about adding more data!

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  4. Sales gimmick with no real benefit to many customers.
    AT&T, how about adding data to the $30 plan and including it here too?

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  5. Every time AT&T improves its GoPhone plans Verizon Prepaid matches it within a few weeks. It will be fun to see how Verizon responds. T-Mobile Prepaid will appear uncompetitive if both AT&T and Verizon Prepaid offer family plans while T-Mobile says sign up for postpaid.

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  6. $150 discount or bust.

    If they can't do $15/3GB and $30/6GB, then I might as well stick with Cricket.

    Way to disappoint, AT&T.

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  7. I would still take Gophone over cricket. Same AT&T network but Gophone is more appealing to me.

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    1. Cricket has high ping compared to Gophone, but I have not noticed any problems arising from it. Cricket is throttled compared to Gophone, but it is fast enough to stream from Netflix, etc. So, personally I am not noticing the deficiencies. The big difference is that I get a massive amount of data for the money in Cricket compared to Gophone.

      But if Cricket vanished, then I would consider Gophone.

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  8. Gophone has higher network priority. No?

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    1. Everyone assumes so, but no real evidence of the fact. Read HoFo about this. You know what happens when you assume...

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  9. GoPhone may be slightly better in some ways.

    But if Cricket just works for you, then the only thing GP can compete on is price.

    And if they can't even compete on price, then into the trash they go.

    At least GoPhone can still be trash buddies with Metro and Boost.

    They can go on about how they're unthrottled data makes them so much more appealing, all while Cricket steals their would-be customers away by offering some of the best, cheapest phones and service in town.

    It's actually a shame GP, Metro and Boost overvalue themselves like that.

    If they just lowered their expectations/rates and settled, more prepaid subscribers might actually give them a second look.

    But of course, if you try telling a modern subsidiary MVNO that their prices are too high, all you'll get is a lecture on how you're just an entitled whelp who doesn't own them, can't tell them what to do, and should be glad they're even giving you the time of day.

    Haha, subsidiaries. They're not all trash, but being a subsidiary doesn't automatically make one a better value than the competition.

    The point is, GoPhone is a lot more niche in that you really need to value whatever extra benefits it offers, otherwise the inflated prices are just downright laughable.

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    1. "They can go on about how they're unthrottled data makes them so much more appealing, all while Cricket steals their would-be customers away by offering some of the best, cheapest phones and service in town."

      Ummm. you do know it is the same company, right?

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    2. Cricket is owned by ATT so they probably don't care... idk why they even have competing brands with themselves...

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  10. Cricket has been notorious for screwing up MMS regardless of a correct APN. This is probably the best reason to go with GoPhone

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  11. Does GP offer hotspot also and Cricket doesn't?? That's huge to some people..

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    1. Hotspot is free on GoPhone. It's a $10/month add-on on Cricket ($50 or higher plan required) and it only works on some Cricket branded phones and iPhones, except the SE.

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  12. Let me get this straight, Dennis.

    If I have two $45 plans, my discount would be:
    $5 for multi-line
    $10 for autopay ($5 for each)

    So two $45 plans with the discount would cost $70 total? Seems like a good deal to me.

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    1. No, you only get the autopay discount on the 1st line, so the discount would be $10 and the cost for two lines would be $80.

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    2. So this would be identical to having 2 separate accounts, $45 plans, both of them on autopay? What is the benefit....?

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  13. "....the first 3GB a month is full peed." Like a race horse?

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    1. Good one! Fixed, thanks for finding the typo.

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  14. When you have go phone what does it say at the top of your phone screen as your provider? AT&T or Go Phone?

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