AT&T introduces prepaid GoPhone service for tablets
AT&T has added tablet plans to its GoPhone prepaid service and unlike some other prepaid plans, they provide access to high-speed LTE data.
The service is aimed at those that already have a tablet and want add service to it without complicating existing post-paid plans or have to pay a $35 activation fee. Just buy the SIM card for $10 and data plans start as low as $15 per month.
For that tier, $15 buys 250MB of data for the month. You can add 100MB for $10 more during the cycle if you need it. The better value lies in the 3GB and 5GB plans, which are available for $30 and $50 respectively. Buying extra data is still in $10 increments, but if you are on the 3GB plan, an additional $10 buys 500MB and if you are on the 5GB plan, you get an extra 1GB for the same $10.
In terms of pricing, it would appear to not be much of a breakthrough, but the rates are a bit more aggressive than Verizon Wireless on the low end, where $30 buys you 2GB, but $50 buys you 6GB. The caveat there, however, is that Verizon’s prepaid service is 3G/EV-DO only.
T-Mobile has free 200MB plans for tablets, but the prepaid plans are also competitive and are on sale for a limited time. $10 (normally $20) gets you 1GB, $20 (normally $30) buys 3GB, and $30 (normally $40), provides 5GB of data. Sprint does not offer tablet plans for its prepaid service.
There are more options across the board, but the determining factor for most people should be coverage, no point in paying for something you cannot use.
sources: AT&T via SlashGear
1. JnCrls (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Jun 2014)
$15- 250MB (+$10/100MB)
$30- 3GB (+$10/500MB)
$50- 5GB (+$10/1GB)
3. HASHTAG (Posts: 257; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)
Except where's the T-Mobile coverage? They don't have coverage anywhere in my state, we'll except for roaming coverage.
4. joe1blue (Posts: 160; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
That's the main reason why they need to end these mergers the prices will go up for everyone the government should have stopped at&t from merging with Cingular way back in the day, let these companies fight it out on there own and watch how low the prices will get!
7. bigdawg23 (Posts: 417; Member since: 25 May 2011)
These companies only charge what the market will pay. You don't like pricing don't subscribe to their services. If people stop subscribing they are forced to change. Just look at Sprint they have horrible service and now are slowing correcting things. When you have three companies you have choices and there is also small companies still and prepaid.
I gladly pay if service gets me what I need. Currently I pay less with AT&T than possible with any carrier. In my personal experience I get better service than any carrier including Verizon.
8. joe1blue (Posts: 160; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)
Yea i understand what you are saying but i still feel like we would have much better prices with other companies at each others throats.
5. Omarc07 (Posts: 312; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Tru tmobile has better plans but then again att has better coverage i rather have 5 gigs of data on att than and pay 50 but at least ill have 3G coverage on road trips were tmobile has edge and signal deep in buildings were tmobile has no service.
2. hellonerds (Posts: 280; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
att rip off.. cant wait to leave them this month ends with att after iphone 3G.. might get the G3 and note 4 later.. enjoying my note 3 tmo on att rip off plan till 27 of this month.. 70$ unlimited sounds nice.. my bills was like 100+ last month going over mins/text grandfather iCrap plan...getting throttled sucks
6. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)
I already pay $45 a month with 8gb plan with Verizon through my job, for an extra $5 I can add a tablet to my More Everything Plan on Verizon, and for another $5 bump my data from 8gb to 10gb. xD This sucks! hahaha but kuddos to the rest of you. :P
9. rigorkrad (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)
there is no reason to sign up for this. if you want any kind of 3g or 4glte iPad data just take your cellular enabled iPad and sign up in the AT&T store and they will not charge you any activation fees and they will not charge you for a sim card. AT&T has given away sim cards for all iPad tablets since the iPad 1. this is just a trick to get you to pay $10 to $15 for a sim card that you can get for free. maybe with the go phone you don't need a credit card to add money to your account but i don't think thats worth ripping you off $15