AT&T makes changes to pre-paid GoPhone plans to add new pricing tier and data speed throttling

AT&T makes changes to pre-paid GoPhone plans to add new pricing tier and data speed throttling
AT&T did a little juggling with its pre-paid GoPhone service plans on Wednesday. The carrier added a new pricing tier, and replaced a data cap with unlimited data. Before Wednesday, AT&T had two pricing options with unlimited talk and text for GoPhone subscribers. The $40 a month plan comes with 500MB of data, while the $60 a month plan allows subscribers 2.5GB of the sweet stuff.  Subscribers exceeding their data cap would have their access to the internet cut off, unless an additional bucket of data was purchased.

On Wednesday, AT&T added a new $45 tier that offers unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. And the carrier also eliminated the data cap on all three plans. Instead of cutting off access to the internet for those who exceed their cap, and offering additional data for those subscribers to buy, AT&T will throttle their data speed to 128kbps. That speed will continue for the remainder of the customer's 30-day subscription period.

Would you rather pay more money for additional data after exceeding your cap, or would you prefer to have your data speed throttled instead?


source: AT&T via AndroidCentral

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7 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Throttled. 128kpbs may not be fast, but enough to stream Pandora which tbh is more important than streaming videos over LTE.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

Why not straight talk 45 dollar with 3 gb.. my wife note 3 is a bad imei from tmobile and it work fines

3. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Cricket is the way to go, 100% owned by AT&T and you get the same network and its $55 a month for 10GB of data.

7. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

you mean 10GB of data throttled from STARTING (High-speed data access allows download speeds of a maximum of 8 Mbps for compatible LTE devices and 4 Mbps for compatible HSPA+ devices.)

4. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

They have to add Unlimited Talk, Text and 4G LTE data with no throttling for around $80.00/month to make a dent on T-Mobile. T-Mobile is still a better deal if you live in city with T-Mobile service.

5. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Why not both? Hell, I'd love to throttle my kid's connection down to 14.4kbs to show them the old days.

6. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I use Simple Mobile because it uses T-Mobile network and gives 1GB of data for only $40 (including all extra charges and taxes). Simple Mobile (like T-Mobile) just throotle down your phone to 3G when you pass your 4G LTE data allowance. I have tested my phone with Simple Mobile side by side (at the same place and at the same time) to phones using T-Mobile and proving them that I am getting their same speed or faster...

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