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AT&T makes changes to GoPhone service

AT&T has announced some changes to its prepaid GoPhone service that definitely won't make existing customers happy. The no contract, no credit check prepaid service will continue to operate, but AT&T is eliminating several of the more affordable data plan options for GoPhone customers on June 20.

Currently, GoPhone has a $25 monthly plan that includes unlimited text messages, 250 voice minutes, and the option of adding 50 MB of data for an additional five dollars per month. AT&T is eliminating the 200 MB data plan ($15) and the 1 GB data plan ($25).

"We're making some changes to our AT&T GoPhone prepaid plans to simplify our offers and better align with what customers are choosing and telling us they want," the company said in a statement. "We've begun letting customers know about the changes in advance, and we'll have more information on new, additional plan options soon."

According to AT&T, new plans will be unveiled in the "coming weeks", but there is no indication if the new plans will carry prices as low as those currently offered.

Source: CNET

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By spamreader1 on 6/7/2013 9:08:39 AM , Rating: 3
Why would anybody want less for more when it comes to an already overpriced data cap?

RE: huh.
By DanNeely on 6/7/2013 9:19:30 AM , Rating: 3
Because they're trying to force customers into the $65 unlimited/unlimited/1gb plan that once you factor in buying a phone for at full cost is just as profitable for them, and as expensive for the consumer, as a 2 year contract.

RE: huh.
By DanNeely on 6/7/2013 9:21:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure what the customers actually said was more on the line of "these data caps on the cheap plans might've been reasonable when they launched a few years ago; but are completely useless now please make them higher"; and the PHBs decided to profiteer at the same time by just eliminating the plans their customers said were too small.

RE: huh.
By karimtemple on 6/7/2013 9:33:58 AM , Rating: 2

Your argument is invalid.

(Although, yeah, I'm not going to pay $65 for 1GB lol)

RE: huh.
By rdhood on 6/7/2013 11:03:08 AM , Rating: 3
"We're making some changes to our AT&T GoPhone prepaid plans to simplify our offers and better align with what customers are choosing and telling us they want," the company said in a statement.

What an f'n lie! Which customer said, "we want to pay 4x more for data!"?

RE: huh.
By Kanbai on 6/7/2013 11:38:50 AM , Rating: 2
RE: huh.
By eek2121 on 6/7/2013 12:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
Thought the pro plan offering for AiO was pretty awesome. 7 GB, unlimited talk/text, $70. AT&T network?

RE: huh.
By karimtemple on 6/7/2013 12:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
Straight Talk is $45, Aio is $55. Straight Talk is everywhere, Aio is hardly anywhere (which makes absolutely no sense lol, Tracfone is a 3rd party, Aio is owned by AT&T). I don't get it. I'll just stick with Straight Talk.

The only viable assumption is that AT&T is about to force Tracfone to raise their prices (or drop them).


RE: huh.
By Motoman on 6/7/2013 1:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
Considering that ST also runs on all the other major networks, I'm sure that would be fine.

T-Mobile and Sprint anyway for sure...guess I'm not positive about Verizon.

RE: huh.
By karimtemple on 6/7/2013 4:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
Except carriers always make MVNOs 3G-only, and AT&T has the only 3G network worth a crap. Which is why I use the AT&T-based version of Straight Talk.

T-Mobile is sweet in a handful of cities and is basically garbage if you ever leave your house, Sprint is just stupid, and Verizon being 30% the speed of AT&T is a best-case scenario (it's often something like 10%).

RE: huh.
By DanNeely on 6/7/2013 6:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon only has a single MVNO; it has crappy phones and prices only barely cheaper than VZWs own expensive pre-paid plans. Other than that, AFAIK the most they do is to let Sprint MVNO customers roam onto their voice (but not data) network. (Direct Sprint customers can roam on VZWs 3g data network.)

RE: huh.
By erple2 on 6/8/2013 11:05:38 AM , Rating: 2
Straight talk is no longer selling AT&T SIM cards (though apparently existing AT&T SIM cards through Straight Talk continue to work).

Also, they did offer the pseudo 4G speeds of AT&T's HSDPA+ network. I would get around 5 MBit with speed tests when using my International Galaxy S2. There was some tweaking that you had to do, but you did get at least 1+MBit (which is fast enough for almost everything I did with that phone).

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