More data, plus tethering comes to AT&T’s prepaid plans
The $40 per-month GoPhone smartphone plan still comes with 500 minutes of talk time, but instead of 200MB of data, you get 500MB of data. The tier still includes unlimited text messaging, plus unlimited text messaging to Mexico, Canada, and another 100 countries.
AT&T’s top tier GoPhone plan, which costs $60 per-month, gets an increase in data allowance from 2GB to 2.5GB, plus Wi-Fi hotspot capability enabled. The $60 plan still includes unlimited talk and text.
The new plans are already up and on display on AT&T’s website. Existing customers get the new additions to their plans automatically. Unlike Verizon’s ALLSET or Sprint Prepaid plans, AT&T GoPhone service allows LTE data speeds for devices that support it.
AT&T’s new GoPhone features make a strong competitor to T-Mobile’s prepaid plans. Team Magenta offers unlimited everything in its prepaid service, sans international texting or tethering for $70 per-month. There is also a $50 prepaid option with unlimited talk and text, plus 100MB of 4G data.
sources: AT&T via The Verge
1. sprockkets (Posts: 1486; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Meanwhile, in France, users can get LTE speeds, 20GB of data a month and unlimited talk and sms to 100 countries, and free roaming, for $22.
Everyone here still sucks.
14. Korgoth22 (Posts: 17; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)
But to obtain such a plan... I would have to live in France...
No thanks, but you can keep enjoying eating snails.
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
If ATT decided to offer their version of T-Mobile's $30/month 100 minutes unlimited text 5GB data plan, they would pick some more customers. The ATT network is better than T-Mobile's most places. I would sign up for this sort of plan. It's not a good deal compared to France, but it's a better deal than many others in the US.
4. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
My area is good with T Mo - but I am glad to see that T Mo is forcing AT&T to make their plans better...
10. Augustine (Posts: 871; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
I hear you. I fortunately do not travel often, but when I do, T-mobile drops to 2G just 40min drive in any direction. In some places it's not even a good 2G, but a poor one, like dial-up poor. It's so bad that only one data-intensive app can be run, either streaming or navigating, and even then with hiccups.
I look forward to T-mobile upgrading its 2G network to LTE as they promised. For every other major carrier already offers at least 3G along the routes I use most, according to Root Metrics.
6. skymitch89 (Posts: 1176; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
But one thing that you guys fail to mention about T-Mobile is that if you're willing to spend an extra $10 per month, you can get unlimited everything including 4G LTE data (and that also includes 5GB of WiFi tethering).
7. tokuzumi (Posts: 481; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
Looks like T-Mobile has changed up their prepaid plans. According to T-Mobile's prepaid website, there is a $60/mo option, with 3GB of 4G data. The $50/mo plan now offers 1GB of 4G data. Now the $70 option is for 5GB of data, and the unlimited is $80/mo.
8. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
That's still $15 more than my Net10 smartphone plan...but it does add international texting and hotspot capability.
Though to be honest, I use WiFi so much I could probably get away with the $40 plan.
9. eman99 (Posts: 263; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
Doesn't make sense they're taking over cricket and offering 5gigs for 60 a month
11. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Probably doesn't include tethering or international texting. Might not even include LTE once they get the networks merged.
12. Jommick (Posts: 214; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
With aio it's similar to other mvno's, where it's a percentage of towers leased, throttled speeds, etc.
15. corporateJP (Posts: 2259; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Not so much. I get all of AT&T's towers, just not their roaming partners' towers, and trust me, I travel.
As for throttling, I'll gladly roll with 2.5 GB high-speed with soft-cap unlimited data.
Plus, I have a Lumia 820 that runs LTE on Aio/New Cricket just fine, so toss that theory out the window. On top of that, my "Internet Sharing" works flawlessly, as I run my tablet off of it frequently.
Aio/New Cricket is wireless' best kept secret right now, how long that lasts is anybody's guess. If Republic had a better backbone, I'd switch my other number to that and a Moto G, but Sprint's network is just awful most of where I travel.
16. diyi75 (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
I tried AIO for two months to compare it with my gophone. No comparison: data speeds are capped, ping times over 200ms. Even Net10 has better service. Maybe after fully integrating with Leap will things get better.