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AT&T GoPhone Introduces Two New Prepaid Monthly Plans

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Earlier today, AT&T announced that they were adding two new prepaid plans to its GoPhone brand. The first plan they introduced comes with unlimited data and is somewhat similar to the Unlimited Choice plan the carrier offered to AT&T customers two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the second plan they introduced today comes with 6GB of data.

AT&T GoPhone Unlimited Plan

When you sign up for AutoPay, you can get unlimited data for only $60 per month. Without AutoPay the plan us $65 per month. According to the announcement made by AT&T, the plan already includes unlimited talk, text and data usage with a maximum speed of 3Mbps. Video streaming is at 480p but if you use over 22GB of data in a month, it will be slowed down during network congestion. Hotspot is not allowed.

As a bonus, the plan includes calls and texts in and between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada without additional charges.

This new unlimited plan replaces AT&T GoPhone's currently available $60 ($55 with autopay) per month plan. Plan users under this $60 plan are exempted from this new regulation and may keep their plan as they wish.  

New 6GB Plan

In addition to the new Unlimited Plan, AT&T also increased the amount of high speed data included with its $45 ($40 with AutoPay) GoPhone plan. Under this plan, you can get unlimited talk, text and data usage with the first 6GB at 4G LTE speeds. Once you use more in excess of the allotted data, the speed will drop to 128 Kbps. Any unused data can be rolled over to the next month's cycle. Hotspot is still included with the $45 plan.

The plan now also includes calls and texts in and between the US, Mexico, and Canada. Call, text and data roaming is included in Mexico and Canada.

Both plan changes are expected to go live today. You can also add or remove lines without a penalty since all AT&T GoPhone monthly plans are equipped with Multi-Line discounts.

For a limited time, AT&T is running a promotion where they are giving $20 off on select smartphones. This offer expires on April 20th so make sure you visit their website for more information.

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  1. 480p streaming and 3mb max speed...cricket is a better deal!

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  2. AT&T GoPhone Unlimited Plan - Details: Data

    Data for Smartphone: Includes Unlimited data usage. After 22GB of data usage on a line, AT&T may slow data speeds during periods of network congestion until your next plan renewal. Data speeds limited to a max of 3Mbps. For content we can identify as video, speed will be limited to a max of 1.5Mbps (Standard Definition quality about 480p). See att.com/broadbandinfo for details on AT&T network management policies. Use of device as a Mobile hotspot is not allowed.
    New 6GB Plan - This is actually not a new plan they just added 2 GB to the Old $45 plan . Details - Data

    Data for Smartphone: Includes 6 GB of high-speed data. Data usage exceeding the 6 GB high-speed allowance will result in reduced data speeds of up to 128 Kbps for the rest of your 30-day term. Actual speeds vary by device capability and location. See att.com/broadbandinfo for details. High - speed data packages are available for an additional charge. If you have a capable smartphone, you can use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share your data with other devices.




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    1. Thank you. Sad when a commenter posts a more concise, clearer, more informative post than the OP.

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    2. Ditto. Terrible writer. Brutal grammar. Info incomplete/incorrect. Painful to read.

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    3. Hard to blame the OP much this time. The releases and details from AT&T on all these changes have been confusing.

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  3. Well, well, silence from the Chirpies is telling. Still in a daze.
    Why keep their Basic or "Smart" plans with second-class service now that the $40 plan is here on GoPhone?

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    1. Call me a Chirpie. I'd not lose data to downgrade to that $40 plan on Gophone, but the difference between the roughly $60 unlimited Gophone, Cricket, and AT&T Choice unlimited plans is sure confusing.

      I'm kinda holding out to see what happens during the coming month.

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  4. I'm not even sure why they come out with these plans... For $40 I use TMo pre pay monthly and get unlimited T&T 3GB of high speed data, not limited to 3Mb... I've got download speeds of 59Mb.. And calling and roaming to/in Canada & Mexico included...

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    1. Not sure? Didn't read. There is no 3Mbps cap on the $40 plan. 6GB with rollover. Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico, and full roaming there too.
      T-Mobile doesn't look so good now.

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    2. The $45 Monthly - 6 GB of Data($40 with AutoPay) is not throttled.

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    3. Because when it comes to coverage... the ability to actually use the phone... Gophone kills anythning TMO based.

      I am willing to consider T-Mobile based plans when and if the network becomes as good as AT&T and Verizon in a few years. But not before: life is too short to have a phone with a data plan that doesn't work in such a large proportion of places.

      I'm not alone in this: customers overwhelmingly choose the good-coverage carriers.

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    4. Check again. You don't have Canada and Mexico roaming for $40.
      If you have it, you're paying $45.
      GoPhone includes it in their $40 plan, no extra cost.

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    5. GoPhone $40 plan includes Hotspot and Tethering.

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    6. AT&T beats Tmo coverage in many places.. hence thumbsUp for this updated 40$ Gophone plan!

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    7. T-Mobile will retaliate. They always do.

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    8. "T-Mobile will retaliate. They always do."

      How? Will they do something like what they did with Binge-On, and fine you for visiting most websites, and call it "Web Freedom" ?

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    9. T-Mobile is offering 10GB for $50/month now. Better value than GoPhone 6GB for $45/40.
      MetroPCS is selling unlimited lines for $40/month if you buy at least two. Better value than GoPhone $65/60/month; save $40-$55-$60-$70/mo. for 2-5 lines. Full speed LTE.

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    10. It would be a better value if they provided the same thing. But they don't. Your speed comparison misses out on the fact that in half of the places where GoPhone provides data, MetroPCS provides none at all. There is a huge coverage difference.

      What good is 10 gigabytes of data, if half the time you just can't use it at all?

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  5. I'm not even sure why they come out with these plans... For $40 I use TMo pre pay monthly and get unlimited T&T 3GB of high speed data, not limited to 3Mb... I've got download speeds of 59Mb.. And calling and roaming to/in Canada & Mexico included... And Hotspot!

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    1. $45 Monthly ($40 with AutoPay) has Hotspot Included AND International-

      Includes unlimited nationwide calls and messaging in and between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Also includes use of the high speed data allotment from your plan while in Mexico or Canada. Data usage exceeding the high-speed allotment will result in reduced data speeds of up to 128 Kbps for the rest of your 30-day term. Number of texts and number of voice minutes while in Mexico and Canada cannot exceed 50% of the total no. of texts or voice minutes you use in a month, for any consecutive three month period. Also includes unlimited messaging from the U.S., Mexico, or Canada to over 100 countries. To make international long distance calls from the U.S. to countries not included in this plan - click here for details. Coverage and svc. not avail. everywhere. Limited availability in select markets outside of the U.S.

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    2. Anon @ 6:00pm
      The GoPhone $45/$40 plan is NOT limited to 3Mbps, it's wide open full speed LTE up to 6GB, plus rollover data for the following month. Plus hotspot. And for many people AT&T has better coverage than T-Mo. More choice is all good. Pick the one that works best for you. Don't like it, switch. Those are the joys of contract free pre-paid BYOD.

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  6. the 6gb plan is really the $45 plan but now with more data. go on autopay and it's $40. was 4gb and before that was 3gb. also has rollover data. afterwards then 128kbps unlimited data.

    have had the $45 gophone plan and appreciate the data increases. buy refills on callingmart to get down to $40 (or close to that amount) without the extra federal taxes and fees.

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    1. That's true use calling Mart, GoPhone auto pay charges tax so it will never be $40.

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    2. with rollover data, currently have 8.9gb data on my $45 plan. and yeah, do NOT call it a new $40 plan! it is the same old $45 plan with more data! so what about the autopay bringing it down to $40, the feds just bring it back up with taxes and fees making it >$45+ anyways. pay monthly at callingmart if you want close to the $40.

      christine probably just doesn't know any better. she probably never had at&t gophone before.

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    3. As far as I can tell it would be a total of $43.65 to use CallingMart for the $45 plan.

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    4. Calling mart - either wait for sales code and buy a few pins or do the autopay a few days in advance of due date for 10% off, so $40.50 plus there is another 1% to use later so just over $40 net cost.

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    5. Use Airtimeclub to pay $39.99 no coupons, pins, or bs needed.

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  7. Cricket has HD streaming and data at 8Mbps for $55 with autopay and no taxes. How is 480p streaming and 3Mbps data for $60 + taxes better?

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  8. T-Mobile is going to retaliate, no doubt about it. T-Mobile wins in the prepaid industry (my opinion). watch within the next month T-Mobile is going to release a new awesome prepaid deal. Like the current prepaid deal where a new prepaid customers get 10gb of lte data and unlimited talk text. It's a great plan honestly.

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    1. "T-Mobile wins in the prepaid industry (my opinion)."

      Except for number of customers, coverage, profits and value of their plans for consumers, T-Mobile wins big!

      Becuase "opinion" counts more than any objective measurables.

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    2. I guess you couldn't read "prepaid industry."

      T-Mobile leads AT&T 19.8M to 13.4M prepaid subscribers. Because they offer better overall value, which includes coverage. Profits are not a factor to customers.

      Looks like your opinions overcome any objectivity.

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    3. "Looks like your opinions overcome any objectivity."

      So says the person that just said that T-Mobile prepaid has better coverage than AT&T prepaid.

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  9. The $40 plan is a Great Deal. But the $60 plan is Garbage. Why would anyone pick this plan when Cricket wireless has a better $60 plan. 3 Mbps speeds really? Why don't you just call it Unlimited Slow Speed. No Hot Spot either. At&t really had a chance to take the lead in the prepaid Market and they dropped the ball on this one. I'm waiting to see what VERIZON PREPAID come out with to beat this plan. I guess some people just like being in second place. SMH #teamprepaid

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    1. This is so funny. Cricket fans always post here "what can't you do with 8 Mbps" but they actually average 3.6 Mbps according to the last independent test that compared Cricket (the slowest by far). Cricket fans settle for that. But 3 Mbps service is "Garbage?"
      Garbage is the 8 junk fees like paying $10 extra for hotspot, lousy CS, unreliable proxy servers that may not give you any data when you want it. Second class service.

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    2. You have to be a deadbeat to pay the junk fees. I've never seen any, but yet again I am a responsible non-millennial.

      I'm curious what the 3 mbps speeds are like.. but Cricket always gives me 9 mbps or higher... too much difference to even imagine anything like it. That's speeds from 9 to 12, not ever 8.

      And 9 mbps is 9 mbps faster than the 0 mbps that Metro PCS gives you in half of the US. Do an objective speed test that averages out MetroPCS at all data points and you will see it is much slower than people claim.

      I want a phone that works the vast majority of the time, so MetroPCS (or anything TMO-based) is not even worth consideration. Not surprising that twice as many people choose At&T over TMO... and traditionally have spent a lot more to get their much better service.

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    3. 3 Mbps is GARBAGE, if you're trying to compete with the other prepaid companies like Metro, T-Mobile, why come out with 3mbps speeds. Before this plan I think straight talk had the slowest speeds at 5mbps.There are ways to get hot spot without paying the $10 (look it up). If you're going to put a cap of 22g (like everyone is doing these days) why slow the speeds down also. If you own Cricket wireless,which ATT does, why make your plan worse than theirs? It's easy to see that cricket has a better $60 unlimited plan. #boostmobilecustomer

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    4. "3 Mbps is GARBAGE"

      Metro gives its customers 0 mbps in half of the territory of the continental US. The prepaid plans from the good carriers more than compete with Metro's still lousy coverage.

      This lousy Gophone plan is already much better than MetroPCS: 3 mbps speed is faster than 0 mbps speed. But it certainly looks like there is no reason for it to be there alongside other AT&T offerings.

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  10. Compared to Cricket, the only things GoPhone had going for it were faster data and hotspot. This new $60 plan has neither. Is GoPhone trying to make Cricket look good?

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    1. It's really hard to take Cricket seriously.

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    2. "It's really hard to take Cricket seriously."

      Other than it still seriously blows away anything on TMO/Metro or Sprint/Boost.

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    3. "it still seriously blows away anything on TMO/Metro or Sprint/Boost."

      No, it just blows. Metro has about twice as many customers as Cricket, and the gap is getting wider. Seriously.

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    4. @ March 11 7:45

      Do you have a source to back that up? Usually carriers don't tell you how many customers they have.

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    5. T-Mobile and AT&T issue press releases that are posted online and give interviews and speeches at industry conferences at various times that update MetroPCS and Cricket subscriber totals. The trade press such as Wireless Week will usually publish highlights. You have to dig to get these numbers, and then do some simple math. EG, Fierce Wireless announced on April 25, 2013 that Metro had 9M subscribers. T-Mobile stated on August 6, 2014 that MetroPCS had over 10M subscribers and Tmo had 15.64 M prepaid customers, overtaking Sprint in prepaid leadership. ATT had most recently reported 11.34 million prepaid customers at that time. Fierce Wireless stated on May 13, 2015 that Cricket had finally stabilized and reached 5M subs, the same number it had in July, 2013. During 2015 and 2016 Tmo and AT&T made various statements that MetroPCS and Cricket were driving their respective prepaid growth. This was also reported by the independent trade press like Market Realist. By the end of 2016 Tmo prepaid subs had grown to 19.8M and AT&T to 13.5M, based on annual reports from the carriers. Tmo added 500K more prepaid subs than AT&T in 2016. T-Mobile has widened the gap in prepaid subscribers from 4.3M in August, 2014 to 6.3M at the end of 2016.
      You just have to stay tuned.

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    6. T-Mobile net growth in 2016, 2.5M prepaid subs is impressive; they had sold 1.7M prepaid customers to Tracfone around Sept '16 (1.4M Walmart Family Mobile and 300K GoSmart).

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  11. T-Mobile prepaid plan for $40 only has 3gigs of data. Verizon and at&t are now offering more data for less money than T-Mobile, I'm switching, so over TMobile 's false claims.

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    1. False Claim. Verizon only offers 2GB/month for $40, vs. 3GB for T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

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    2. Music lovers may still get more data than GoPhone $5/40 with T-Mobile and MetroPCS. They don't count music streaming, unlike GoPhone.

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  12. The $40/45 gophone plan doubles the data of Cricket's $35/40, plus hotspot on gophone. This is probably cricket's most popular plan, if I had to suffer at&t's old school ways I'd take the $45 plan.

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    1. I agree. You also get much better international calling and roaming in Canada and Mexico. Full speed LTE, not throttled. They should just cancel the Cricket $40 plan now.

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  13. I am switching to Sprint(Boost). I know this company has spotty coverage but I don't travel to Western coast so deal is okay. And their iPhone is cheaper than other market! Sweet!

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    1. If you're going to buy their iPhone, you could use Virgin's bargain iPhone instead and get 5GB per month instead of 2GB full speed.

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    2. Boost has poor coverage in all but 6 or so states. It's not just the west coast. Beware.

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  14. This is a great deal for regular users, but for people who need a crowbar to get them to let go of their phone it's a bummer for them. I think the cap speed should of been 5MB per sec download and 2.5MB for the upload. With YouTube down to 430p should not consume data, but this plan will not be good for gamers but great for businesses.

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    1. Since I can't edit my comments, I hereby retract my statement about the latest offer from GOPhone. After careful review of several articles I personally believe that the CEO of AT&T has shot himself on the foot and this offer will hurt the image of the brand. They can make some alterations to make it attractive like raise the LTE cap to 7.5 or 8 MBs speed, keep the 22GB of data and stop calling it unlimited and give an option to pay for hotspot if you desires it. John Legere is going to have a field day with this one for sure.

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  15. Does it come with volte wifi calling

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  16. The 3Mbps barrier will quickly fade...

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  17. Is the 40 gophone plan speed limited to 3mb download speed.

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    1. No, it's not. Full speed on the $45/40 plan.

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  18. Still a bad deal compared to MetroPCS, better speed and coverage on T-Mobile, plus cheaper devices, wifi calling, VoLTE, and tethering. Not to mention actual dedicated stores.

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    1. "...better speed and coverage on T-Mobile"

      Everything on AT&T has much better US coverage than anything on T-Mobile at this time. This includes Gophone. Huge difference.

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    2. "much better US coverage" depends on the person and where they need and want it. You never seem to leave your couch, so apparently you need to 'dream' of all the places you could go-phone. Good for you.

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    3. "Much better US coverage" is the same for everyone... what % of America is covered?

      The "couch" reference applies to home addresses, not mobile, and this is an area where T-Mobile comes out good. Buy I do leave the house, so no TMO for me!

      But yes you have a point... in half of the places Americans live, work, and play, MetroPCS gives a speed 3 mbps slower than this new Gophone speed.

      "T-Mobile....don't be mobile."

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  19. It's not competitive. I won't be leaving MetroPCS anytime soon.

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    1. MetroPCS has a much better unlimited plan than GoPhone or Cricket, at only $50. The Metro $60 unlimited plan doesn't throttle or reduce video resolution, and you can use Hotspot too.

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  20. So on $60 plan I'll get only 3 Mbps all the time? No LTE? Am I right?

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    1. It's LTE, but limited to 3 Mbps.

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  21. This "offering" is about as dumb as their initial post-prepaid answer to Verizon's Unlimited offering of February 12. Shortly thereafter, at&t had to back peddle on it, showing the same mentality. smh.

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  22. The $40/6GB plan is a great deal.

    Normally you'd only find something like that on a Tracfone company (which conveniently loses track of your service) or Mint Sim (which is basically a contract).

    I'll probably switch over after collecting ~$150 worth of cash and prizes from Cricket.

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  23. On the 40/45 plan can you use all 6gbs for hotspot like with T-mobile prepaid plans?

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  24. Do gophone grandfather their plans. say in the futurn they don't offer unlimted anymore?

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    1. Historically, yes, through observation of others' reports and personal experience having several $0.10 per minute plans still being honored.

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  25. Dennis do you know the simple mobile Double data promotion is still valid on new activations and if it includes airtime/phone kits purchased anywhere like best buy ect. Noticed on simple mobile's landing page it mentions it and that is valid until the end of this month. Thanks

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  26. I switched to Metro PCS the beginning of the month after having ATT for many years..I listened to the sales hype of better coverage...Now unfortunately I can't keep it and will be going back to ATT because of the crappy coverage I learned about the hard way..Don't always believe what is advertised..

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    1. Coverage is always king, and coverage maps are the royal decree.

      Never trust a mobile carrier that mainly advertises how many "people covered" only at their home addresses.

      If you want an honest map of MetroPCS data coverage without the Band 12 shell game or counting AT&T as native coverage, look here...

      http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011/09/coverage-maps-for-all-prepaid-carriers.html

      4th row, 2nd one: Go Smart.


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  27. But no data always on for the $30 plan?

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    1. You can add 250 MB for $5. See our Prepaid Operator Profile: AT&T GoPhone for details of all AT&T GoPhone plans.

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  28. http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011/09/coverage-maps-for-all-prepaid-carriers.html

    Is a three year old map.

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    1. Most of the map thumbnails in that post were updated a few days ago. The post's links have alway taken you to the latest detailed map on each operator's site.

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  29. AT&T is losing U-Verse customers. More and more millennials (55%; and 60% for 18-24 yrs.) are using unlimited plans instead of broadband. This may help explain why they throttle data and don't offer hotspot on this new Unlimited plan.

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