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.
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.