AT&T's GoPhone gives pre-paid users more high-speed data to use

AT&T's GoPhone gives pre-paid users more high-speed data to use
Hey, consumers using a pre-paid carrier are people too. They want the same things that postpaid subscribers want including the best for their kids, a good 5 cent cigar, and a losing season for the New England Patriots. They also want as much high-speed data each month as they can get their hands on. While AT&T can't do much about your kids, cigars and Tom Brady, it can and did do something about the amount of high-speed data available each month.

GoPhone subscribers get unlimited talk, text and data. But once they exceed a certain high-speed data cap, they are throttled down to 128Kbps for the remainder of the month. Starting this Friday, AT&T GoPhone subscribers paying $45 a month for the 1GB data plan will actually receive 1.5GB of high-speed data. Those paying $60 a month for the 2.5GB data plan will be given 4GB of high-speed data. Those with the $60 plan will also be allowed to make unlimited calls to Mexico.

The two plans include unlimited texts to Mexico, Canada and over 100 other countries. They also include access to AT&T's Wi-Fi hot spots. The extra high-speed data is automatically added to the $45 and $60 pre-paid accounts, which means you don't have to call customer service to activate it.

source: AT&T via Engadget

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16 Comments

2. GenericFanboy

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

They removed the data meter so you'll have to call CS for you're current data usage.

3. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

When it will be available this??

4. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Cricket doesn't have tethering or full speed LTE.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Cricket's LTE speed is a joke. XD

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

How is 8mb down a joke? The most recent consoles only require 1mb down for gaming and unless you're completely deserted from wifi, why would you burn through your data requiring anything more than 8mb down? Anybody that would need to download large files would probably do it through wifi. I doubt 99% of people will be streaming 4k through their phone too. I'm really curious to know what you do to require more than 8mb down.

14. Oskker

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I totally agree with you. 8-12mb is good enough. I don't know why people say it's a joke. You have 20gb of high speed and It's pretty fast for a lot of things. I use my hot spot on a lot of devices. I even use it on my Android car stereo.

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Pray tell, so then Cricket does allow tethering?

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yep. It's good enough, and I already signed up for Cricket because it'll work for me. The speed itself isn't a joke to use at all, but being 4G LTE with 8mbps is a joke, way too low comparing to what LTE can offer. Nobody can deny that. T-mobile 3 years ago could already get me 20mbps download on HSPA+ (and when we look at HSPA+ on Cricket, 4mbps download). On T-mobile I get LTE with the speed of 20-60mbps download most of the time. Apps on Google Play store are usually downloaded at way over 4 Megabytes per second.

24. hurrycanger

Posts: 1776; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nope, I'm not talking about speed for average use. Average users will get by perfectly fine with 8mbps down for video streaming and gaming. But is it even LTE speed? Nope. That "LTE speed" is less than half as fast as HSPA+ speed I got from T-mobile... 3 years ago.

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

If you BYOD, you can tether. My Moto G Global hotspots just fine. It's the phones THEY sell with THEIR software that have tethering disabled. So, you're statement isn't entirely true...

19. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Had an att gs3 on cricket, I couldn't tether.

5. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

This definitely beat T Mobile deal with better signal too... Too bad I have the 2 line unlimited $100 from tmobile

9. Oskker

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I totally agree with you. 8-12mb is good enough. I don't know why people say it's a joke. You have 20gb of high speed and It's pretty fast for a lot of things. I use my hot spot on a lot of devices. I even use it on my Android car stereo.

15. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

One main advantage of AT&T owned GoPhone over AT&T owned Cricket, besides UNCAPPED high speed data is how the data servers are configured. GoPhone has access to AT&T's postpaid servers, so LTE ping speeds are very low (less lag). Cricket's data is routed through proxy servers, with high ping speeds (more lag). One of the reasons LTE is superior to HSPA, besides more speed is lower pings. But if you CAP the speed at 8MBPS and then route all data through a proxy server, you are negating any LTE benefits. You are basically emulating HSPA! For Cricket, their LTE speeds are capped at 8mpbs and often have triple digit ping speeds (lag) due to the proxy server issue. That's crippling LTE to an HSPA experience, when you are PAYING for LTE. If you are technically ignorant or don't care, then you are the customer AT&T is targeting. AT&T is positioning GoPhone as the "upper" prepaid tier brand, and Cricket as the "lower" tier. Same way P&G sells Tide, Gain, and Cheer detergents. Prepaid GoPhone still gives you savings over postpaid AT&T, and technical advantages over sibling prepaid brand Cricket. GoPhone is positoned to compete with carriers T-mobile and Sprint, while Cricket is positioned to compete with the MVNOs like Straight Talk, Net10, H20, etc. GoPhone is configured like a carrier, while Cricket is configured like an MVNO. With GoPhone, my pings are in the 30ms - 40ms range, and I get 40 - 60mbps download speeds. Cricket can't compete with that, as AT&T has favored GoPhone technically among its two prepaid brands. Of the two prepaid brands, GoPhone is the top tier (sold, serviced in AT&T stores, same AT&T sim card, same AT&T APN, access to postpaid data servers) while Cricket is the lower tier (in standalone stores, different sim card, different APN, capped speeds, data routed through proxy servers).

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Way to take the time to explain it. But, at the end of the day, even after I hit the soft cap on Cricket, I can still stream, Netflix included. The better question is, what in the **** are you people doing with your phones that you need 100 Mbps? It's like a "my d*ck is bigger than yours" contest. Move on...

20. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

That explains it better than att ever could. If anyone is still confused, there is no help for you.

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