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Last Updated: June 16th, 2013

AT&T must be feeling more confident in its LTE network because the carrier is going to allow the unwashed masses of prepaid customers to access it very soon. Beginning on June 21st, new and existing GoPhone users will be able to connect to 4G LTE service with compatible devices.

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AT&T's GoPhone service comes in a few tiers, all a bit cheaper than the regular plans. These are your options:

  • $60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging — now double the data at a lower monthly price. Additional data is available for $10 per 1 GB.
  • $40 a month for 200 MB of data, 500 minutes of nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging. Additional data is available for $5 per 100 MB.
  • $25 a month for 250 minutes of nationwide calling and unlimited messaging, with an optional data package of 50 MB for an additional $5 a month.
  • All GoPhone monthly plans include international texts from the U.S. to Mexico, Canada and 100 other countries.

In addition to buying a regular AT&T-compatible LTE handset, Ma Bell will offer a budget-friendly LTE device specifically for GoPhone service. The Samsung Galaxy Express has been on AT&T for a while, but it's getting a price reduction for prepaid customers. It has a 4.5-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera, and 8GB of storage. The device will sell for $249.99 off-contract.

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  • Iggies

    ok

  • unni123456

    I have a AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket on 2 year contract. I pay almost $80 per month even though I rarely use the phone for phone functions. So, the GoPhone $25 + $5 plan suits me better. If I terminate my existing contract, will I be able to use a GoPhone SIM in my phone? Also, do they sell GoPhone SIM without phone?

    • S. Ali

      You might have to buy a cheap gophone like $10-15 and pop out the sim card, or visit a store and see if they will give you one.

      • Justin W

        I thought so too - I'm checking with AT&T customer service right now on that.

        • Lwabbit22

          Does it work with locked AT&T phone?

          • Justin W

            Err... Didn't ask that. Check with their Customer Service, but I would bet it will (rather, I don't see why they wouldn't).

          • Chris

            Yes, it does. As long as it is an AT&T phone or is an unlocked GSM phone, it will work.

          • Lwabbit22

            Thanks, great to know!

        • unni123456

          That's cool. Thanks man...Will go to AT&T store today and see.

      • unni123456

        Will checkout AT&T store today. Thanks...

        • bgamblin1

          FYI
          Just contacted ATT. I purchased a ATT Galaxy S3 off contract to use with Straight Talk. Been happy with Straight Talk was able to get the ATT SIM version to use with it but would like the LTE speeds of the new gophone plan. They said I could go to a ATT store and get a SIM and sign up for the new $60 gophone plan. When I went to BestBuy and talked to their Cell Phone "expert" he said I could not.

          • Derail Doax

            Could you elaborate on what the Best Buy "expert" said could not be done? I worked at Best Buy years ago and I wouldn't consider anyone who worked there at the time experts on anything. I was highly knowledgeable about computers and knowledge didn't matter at all. Most sales people just lied their way through the day. Honestly from working there all I can tell you is don't believe anything any employee says.

    • Chris

      If you are on a contract, you have to pay an early termination fee to switch to GoPhone service. But if you do terminate the contract and pay the fee, you can use your existing phone with GoPhone service and keep your same SIM/Number.

  • timrcm

    If AT&T added LTE to my area, I'd happily switch from Straight Talk to that 2GB plan..

  • KanishkSingh

    "$60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging"

    Dont see this plan anywhere on the ATT website. All I can see is $65 for 1gb.

    • timrcm

      Read the story above. Those are the NEW prices launching June 21st...

  • S. Ali

    Complete ripoff.

    • makapav

      Why?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Because this guy bitches about everything. A troll, some might say.

    • Justin W

      Think about it this way - you have defined data caps, unlimited talk/text, all for less than 450 min/3GB (or 2gb on VZW) data (no text messaging) on AT&T/Vzw. It's a good deal, and though not the same as Straight Talk's "unlimited" everything plan, you have defined data caps and LTE. It's a great plan IMO for only $15 more.

      • Idon’t Know

        I can get either AT&T or Verizon straight plan for the same just like anyone else who gets any sort of discount on their service. And i can get a signal pretty much anywhere with Verizon.

        • Justin W

          Because I have an affiliate employee discount (I work with a company that can use a Comcast discount), I can do much the same with both, but they are post-paid with additional taxes and such (AT&T's Admin fee they just added on, other misc charges, etc.). With the prepaid plans, you have strictly sales tax on mobile phone service (at least in my area). In addition, you are getting the same service as you would with an AT&T postpaid plan for less than anyone without an employee discount.

          On top of that, you really can't take your CDMA phone from Vzw and hop on another carrier as easily as you could with a GSM phone and this plan. Sure, you could leave them, but you can only really sell the phone to someone already on Vzw to use.

  • azholio

    This would work nicely with a nexus 4, correct? It's capable of LTE, but I'm not sure about this.

    • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

      Only on 1700mhz LTE of which AT&T has very little at the moment.

      • Idon’t Know

        Even then you have to hack it and I think the latest Nexus 4's no longer have LTE. You could not make it work on a daily basis.

        • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

          Same hardware. Still possible, requires a radio downgrade. But still impractical unless you live in a tiny sliver of 1700mhz LTE coverage. I just bought the Optimus G instead, same hardware and you can run the same stock Android or CyanogenMod that you would on the Nexus 4 with a minor amount of work.

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Unfortunately these data prices are completely terrible so no reason to switch to this

    • Idon’t Know

      Agree.

  • Veridor

    If GoPhone is getting LTE access, I wonder how long until MVNOs like Straight Talk and Net10 get it? Hopefully soon, as I'm not sure if LTE is worh an increase of $15/month over my Straight Talk plan.

    • Justin W

      I don't think MVNO's will get it anytime soon. GoPhone is an AT&T company, not a non-affiliated company who's using AT&T's network, and I'm sure AT&T wants to keep it that way for a while, that way they can profit off of it over other companies.

      • Veridor

        Yeah, I know it's a long shot. Maybe it's worth the extra $10 a month to switch to GoPhone for LTE access. Not sure yet, though.

        • Justin W

          In my experience, if you are using T-Mo's HSPA+ 42mbps network, it's not worth it. If you are on an MVNO that doesn't have access to it, then LTE is a better option.

          • Veridor

            Yes, but I'm on an AT&T SIM from Straight Talk. T-Mobile data coverage is abysmal in my area.

          • Justin W

            LTE is definitely worth it, IMO. AT&T's HSPA+ speeds are abysmal compared to their LTE network.

  • blairh

    So this is the exact same coverage as post-paid customers? I'm paying $75 a month for 2 GB grandfathered plus 450 minutes and 1000 texts. Problem is I'm under contract with AT&T and a web search clearly states that you can't switch to GoPhone without paying a ETF. Ugh. So annoying.

    • Justin W

      It's two different types of a plan (prepaid vs. post-paid). It's unfortunate, but once your contract is up, hop on GoPhone - AT&T should be able to get you an GoPhone sim to use with your current phone.

      • blairh

        This is just another reason why contracts SUCK. My ETF is $245 right now. Obviously not worth it to break to save $15 a month with GoPhone.

        I'm going to nicely ask a sales rep this weekend. I'll expect a firm 'no' but it can't hurt to ask.

  • DarrenR

    Its pretty awesome of AT&T to open that up to pre-paid, especially because I cant even have it on my post-paid.

  • Beverly

    Can I use a Samsung Stratoshere on prepaid by changing everything from my phone to it?