GoSmart Mobile prepaid brand will launch a new $30/month plan on Sunday (June 28) that includes:
- Unlimited domestic voice minutes
- Unlimited domestic SMS text and MMS picture messaging
- 1 GB/month of high speed "3G" data
- Unlimited data throttled to "2G" speeds after the first 1 GB per month
- Unlimited LTE Facebook ac cess
- Hotspot and tethering are permitted subject to the plan's 1GB 3G and unlimited 2G limitations.
The mention of hotspot and tethering is interesting as GoSmart has never officially supported either in the past. If the $30 plan allows hotspot and tethering, I suspect all of GoSmart's plans will.
Update: Hotspot and Tethering are now supported on all GoSmart plans. The GoSmart Compare Plans page now lists Mobile Hotspot / Tethering as an included feature
GoSmart uses the T-Mobile native network only, off-network roaming is not available. Users report that GoSmart's high speed "3G" data is actually unthrottled HSPA+ (LTE is not available) which tops out at about 20 Mbps, although speeds of 6-8 Mbps are more typical and slower speeds are possible. The fine print at the bottom of GoSmart's Plans page warns that "GoSmart customers’ data is prioritized below data of T-Mobile-branded customers at times and locations where competing network demands occur, resulting in relatively slower speeds"
GoSmart offers plans ranging in price from $25 to $45 per 30 day month. Here's a table showing where the new $30 plan fits in the GoSmart lineup:
|Plan||Monthly Cost||Voice Minutes||SMS||MMS||Data 1|
|Unlimited Talk, Text||$25||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Facebook only|
|Unlimited Talk, Text||$30||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 1 GB)|
|Unlimited Text, Text & Web||$35||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 2.5 GB)|
|Unlimited Text, Text & Web||$40||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 5 GB)|
|Unlimited Text, Text & Web||$45||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (throttled to 128 Kbps after 10 GB)|
GoSmart works with GoSmart and T-Mobile phones and with unlocked GSM phones. GoSmart SIMs and phones are available online and at GoSmart dealers.
Update 6/28/15: The $30 plan is now available on the GoSmart site.
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