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Updated: AT&T Prepaid Sweetens Plans - 8 GB for $40, Unlimited Data for $55 With Auto Pay


AT&T made the following changes to its prepaid plans today:
  • The $45 ($40 with autopay) unlimited talk, messaging and data (1st 6 GB at High speed) plan has been replaced on AT&T Prepaid's Plans page with a $50 ($40 with autopay) plan with 8 GB of high speed data.
  • The autopay discount has been increased from $5 to $10 on the $65 deprioritized, no hotspot, unlimited data plan.
  • The $85 ($75 with autopay) unlimited data plan's high speed hotspot allowance has been increased from 6 GB to 10 GB.

Multi-line discounts have also been increased. The second and third lines get a $10 discount, the fourth and fifth lines get a $20 discount. The old discount scheme was $5, $10, $15, $20 off the second through fifth lines respectively. In addition, all lines of a multi-line account, instead of just the first line, are now eligible for the autopay discount.the multi-line discount is available on all AT&Y monthly plans priced at $30/month and up.

With these changes the AT&T Prepaid lineup now looks like this (all plans except the 25¢/minute PayGo plan include unlimited talk and messaging):
  • 25¢ Per Minute - 20¢ per SMS or MMS, data not available to smartphone users, 1¢/5 KB ($2/MB) for feature phones. Minimum top up of $10 every 30 days or $25 every 90 days required.
  • $2/day (charged only on days when a call is made or received or a text is sent) - data available at $1 for 100 mb good for one day. Minimum top up of $10 every 30 days or $25 every 90 days required.
  • $30 ($25 with autopay) - no data included, add 250 MB for $5/month.
  • $35 ($30 with autopay) -  unlimited data, first 1 GB at high speeds. HD video. Unused data rolls over. Plan data is used before rollover data and rollover data expires after 30 days. Hotspot available.
  • $50 ($40 with autopay) -  unlimited data, first 8 GB at high speeds. HD video. Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada. Unlimited voice and messaging and 8 GB of high speed data roaming in Mexico and Canada. Unused data rolls over. Plan data is used before rollover data and rollover data expires after 30 days. Hotspot available.
  • $65 ($55 with autopay) -  unlimited data, video at 1.5 mbps (480p), data subject to deprioritization at all times if the network is congested. Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada. Unlimited voice and messaging and high speed data roaming in Mexico and Canada. Hotspot NOT available.
  • $85 ($75 with autopay) -  unlimited high speed data, subject to de-prioritization after 22 GB if the network is congested. HD video. Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada. Unlimited voice and messaging and high speed data roaming in Mexico and Canada. Hotspot available, but throttled to 12k kbps after 10 GB.
Update: The $45 ($40 with autopay) 6 GB plan is gone from AT&T's main Plans page. However it is listed as an available plan when you activate a new SIM or phone or do a plan change online. I don't know how long the $45 plan will be available for activations or plan changes. Old plans do generally disappear from those webapps eventually. Also, current and future $45 plan users are grandfathered and can keep the plan indefinitely. If you are on the $45 plan and want to switch to the new $50 8 GB plan you can do it at paygonline.com or by calling tech support or at an AT&T dealer.

Source: AT&T

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  1. It is still not sweet enough an offer for me to jump ship. MetroPCS works just fine!

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    1. Careful with IMEI changes, though.

      If the sim doesn't fit in your new phone and you're mobile-only, you're stuck without service until you hoof it to a dealer.

      It's especially bad if your job keeps you traveling and you use public transportation like trains, planes and Ubermobiles to get around, and are sans backup phone/Wifi at the time.

      You better have an amigo to bum a ride from, or you're gonna be breakin' in those new dress shoes on the mean streets of a not exactly affluent area.

      The point is, Metro's "One IMEI" policy is one slipup away from giving you a bad time, so you should think long, hard and thick about going with a carrier that makes even something as simple as a sim swap into such an unpleasant chore.


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    2. Drama-puss. A good, safe SIM adapter set and a SIM cutter costs less than $10.

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    3. Whonused anything but a nano SIM these days?

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    4. The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T, Verizon and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, according to six people with knowledge of the inquiry.

      In February, the Justice Department issued demands to AT&T, Verizon and the G.S.M.A., a mobile industry standards-setting group, for information on potential collusion to thwart a technology known as eSIM, said two of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details are confidential.

      S: NYT

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    5. Anonymous April 20, 2018 at 2:12 PM "The Justice Department has opened..." https://www.reuters.com/article/us-doj-at-t/telecom-standards-group-puts-new-technology-on-hold-in-wake-of-u-s-probe-idUSKBN1HS0GW

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  2. How much does an AT&T SIM cost?

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  3. 99¢ with airtime purchase online from AT&T.
    $10 at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
    Anywhere from free to $20 at AT&T stores.

    You can also activate most AT&T MVNO SIMs on AT&T Prepaid.

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    1. You can also get them for ~$2 shipped on eBay. You just have to make sure you aren't buying a used SIM.

      I wish I had known about the MVNO trick earlier. That's amazing.

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    2. "You can also activate most AT&T MVNO SIMs on AT&T Prepaid"
      That's interesting...just go to atts site, enter iccid,etc, and voila? Does cricket Sims work as well?

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    3. I don't think Cricket SIMs would work as they have the wrong MNC. H2O and TracFone SIMs have been reported to work.

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    4. Thanks Dennis.

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    5. 99c with airtime at at&t... Cannot get past the I'm screen. Says can't verify what size sim I need. Um, I know...can't I just buy a sim for X's sake!?

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    6. AT&T uses the IMEI to determine the SIM size. If it doesn't recognize one IMEI, try another one. You can enter any IMEI, even ones that are already in service. AT&T doesn't seem to use the IMEI for anything except determining if the phone is compatible with AT&T and what size SIM you need.

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  4. AT&T Prepaid Plans are
    $35 3GB
    $45 6GB
    $50 8GB
    $65 Unlimited
    $85 Unlimited with 10GB

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    1. There is no 3 gig plan

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    2. Or a 6 gig plan...

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    3. I do still find a reference to the $45 6GB plan on the multi-line discount page but the $35 plan includes 1GB, not 3GB. I assume the 3GB plan listed above is a typo.

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  5. Is it possible to set up an AT&T account, sign up for a plan, provide a CC# but use a refill card for the first month's airtime and get the autopay rate for the plan?

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    1. People have reported doing that and say it works.

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    2. Thanks Dennis. To clarify, people have reported getting the autopay discount starting from the first month (which they paid for with a refill card?)

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    3. No, if you pay for the first month with a refill card you will not get the auto pay discount on that first month. You have to be enrolled in autopay to get the discount. Enrolling in auto pay will charge the first payment to your card or bank account.

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  6. I wonder how Verizon Prepaid will react to these changes.

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  7. Idk why att competes with itself having prepaid and cricket.

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    1. They do it for the same reason that TracFone has seven prepaid brands and Heinz has 57 varieties. The goal is to give the consumer the illusion of choice. Don't like Cricket service, try AT&T Prepaid. Many customers don't know that Cricket is AT&T and Total Wireless, etc is TracFone.

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    2. They are technically different due to the 8mbps throttle.

      The only question is whether AT&TP still has that stupid 3mbps throttle on its new $55 plan.

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    3. The (not new) $65 before autopay plan has not had a 3mbps throttle since mid-March. The throttle was replaced with de-prioritization whenever the network is congested.

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  8. The $45 plan is continuing for AT&T Prepaid customers who are grandfathered on that plan. So Dennis Bournique's statement in the news article that the $45 plan has been "replaced" is not completely true.

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    1. Indeed the $50 plan does not officially replace anything -- for grandfathered customers or shoppers or anybody else. It is simply a new plan at a new price point. So Dennis's use of the word "replaced" is totally wrong.

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    2. still have the $45 6gigabyte plan on my phone. doesn't look like any switchover here to $50 8gigabyte plan. nothing to indicate have to pay more for the next cycle. perhaps most likely grandfathered unless if decide to switch over? would have been pissed at the increase in price. would rather pay via callingmart where promo code gets it down to close to $40 like $40.50 where the 50¢ is cheaper than paying taxes and fees with auto-pay.

      but will have to see in the coming days if changes on my account, and at the end of the current cycle. my guess is no change.

      oh, could say $50 plan replaced $45 plan if you don't have a $45 plan.

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    3. AT&T Prepaid and GoPhone before it has always grandfathered discontinued plans for current users.

      The $50 plan has replaced the $45 one on AT&T's main plan page. The $45 plan is still available as an option when activating a new SIM or doing a plan change. I would not be surprised if it disappears from those pages eventually like the old $60 plan did a couple of years ago.

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    4. Wait, the $45 plan is still an option for now, for new customers or is it just documentation that hasn't caught up?

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    5. The $45 plan is still available, I don't know for how long. Get now if you want it.

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    6. expect the $45 plan to be around for at least another year or even much longer. because there are still a lot of $45 prepaid refill cards being sold in stores. haha the $45 plan is the new "secret" plan that's hidden in plain sight!

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    7. was going to switch to the $35 one-gigabyte plan. but now just going to stay on $45 six-gigabyte plan. anyways typically have like ten to eleven gigabytes every month nowadays because of rollover. so it's like so what about the $50 eight-gigabyte plan unless if really use that much every month or if want more in your rollover.

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  9. What's the point of Cricket now?

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    1. Some people like cartoon bugs?

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    2. $30 autopay for 2.5gb still hit the sweet spot for some people

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    3. Cricket's $55 plan doesn't deprioritize you until after 22gb, video streams at the full 8mbps limit, it comes with 8gb of hotspot, they have referral bonuses, their plans are better at every price point except $40, their step-brand gets more attention paid to it than AT&T's own awkward in-house brand, and Cricket's account/voicemail apps see more frequent updates.

      It's just that Cricket's device pricing and selection both suck, which is why you Buy Moto and BYOD.

      Regardless, Gophone's only competitive plan is their $40 one, and it's still not that competitive given that customers nowadays are mostly split between light and heavy users.

      If you use more than 6gb you'll probably need unlimited data, and if you use less then you can probably get by with Cricket.

      With that being the case, Gophone will remain the almost nicheless black sheep of AT&T's prepaid lineup.

      Anyway, they should just do like T-mobile and differentiate their prepaid brands as "postpaid lite" and "budget" instead of going the Sprint route of cannibalizing themselves.

      Let Cricket have the best deals to compete with Trac and Metro, while AT&T retains higher prices and smaller buckets like the in-house prepaid offerings from Verizon and T-Mobile.

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    4. The 'point' of Cricket is that it offers VoLTE (HD Voice) and Wi-Fi Calling, unlike AT&T Prepaid. It also has a somewhat better phone selection, especially when porting a number to them (even a 'fake' number bought from ebay for porting purposes).

      The only other providers that offers VoLTE and WFC on the AT&T network are Striaght Talk and Consumer Cellular.

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    5. "It's just that Cricket's device pricing and selection both suck..."
      Maybe but their $350 deal for a new Samsung Galaxy S8 w/port in last mo. was pretty good.
      $350
      +$30 (req. 1mo. svc.)
      +$26 (tax)
      +$5 (throwaway # to port in)
      +$15 (SIM unlock code)
      -$18 (sold SIM w/1mo. service)
      -$20 (5% CC cash back)
      =$388 total for a new S8 = good price.

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  10. Too bad attached prepaid charged taxes and fees unlike cricket.

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    1. Buy online refills from Target or Callingmart.

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  11. ATT is the only prepaid that allows sim card switching betwween any of its devices without a requirement to make the device change on a website, store, or customer service by phone. Walgreens and Target have cheap ATT prepaid phones that can be used for device swaps

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    1. That's not true. With the exception of MetroPCS, swapping SIMs between supported phones works on all AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon prepaid brands without having to contact the operator.

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    2. What happens if I activate the SIM using a phone, then pull the sim, and use it in a tablet on one of these plans? Does At&t care per se?

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  12. Does anyone know if new users have to call customer service to port-in a number to AT&T Prepaid or can this be done online now?

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    1. When you order a prepaid SIM there's an option to port a number.

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  13. Jason in PortlandMay 2, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Couldn't find the previous discussion of it, but the change to the $2/day plan is now live. One now has a full 24 hours of voice/text from when they are charged the fee. Another change is the $1/100 MB add-on is valid for 24 hours of when it's ordered through 611 or the website, before it was possible to get almost two days to use it.

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  14. After reading lots, I'm still not clear whether there's a roaming/prioritization difference between Cricket and ATT Prepaid. But assuming not, the ATT Prepaid 8gb plan with autopay ($40 + approx. $5/mo. fees = $45) seems a better deal than the Cricket plans for me. I'm currently on ATT pospaid @ 2gb w/hotspot (granfathered) for $56/mo. including all taxes and fees ($50/w-o). I don't use a lot of hotspot or data, but when I'm in an airport or cafe w/o internet, I need hotspot. Would have to go with one of Cricket's unlimited plans to get that. And 8gb ATT Prepaid has high speed data in Canada and Mexico, etc., too.

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  15. ... oops, I forgot that AT&T Prepaid *still* has no HD Voice/Volte. Disappointing, especially give that Cricket and other prepaid plans do. I guess I'll have to stick it out a bit longer with postpaid--at least until I retire my current phone in a few months.

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