Prepaid plans have a lot of advantages, the biggest of which is that you don’t have to sign long-term agreements with your carrier. On the other hand, prepaid plans are sometimes considered less attractive due to some limitations. To make the plans more appealing to customers, carriers constantly improve their offers. Take for example AT&T’s GoPhone – the network’s $60 and $45 prepaid smartphone plans now offer unlimited talk and text plus 2.5GB and 1GB of data.
New AT&T GoPhone Smartphone Plans
The more expensive option includes unlimited talk and text as well as 2.5GB of high-speed data. Before the change, once you hit the data cap, you were not able to go online unless you purchased extra data. Now, you can still browse the web, send and receive emails, etc.; however, you will be able to do so at not so impressive pace of up to 128kbps. In other words, the speed will be significantly throttled for the remainder of your billing cycle.
The $45 plan is a new addition to AT&T’s GoPhone offer. Actually, the plan has been available since May this year, but it could be purchased only in Walmart. Now it sits on AT&T website between the $40 and $60 plan, meaning that you can buy it from AT&T online store. Like other options, the plan includes unlimited talk and text but comes with 1GB of high-speed data. After you used it up, the speed will go down to 128kbps. Regardless of which plan you choose, you can always add more high-speed data for $10. For ten bucks you will get 1GB of data if you are on the $60 plan or 500MB of high-speed data if you are on the $45 plan.
Reducing data speed is a common practice among the carriers and, frankly speaking, a good one. Surfing the web at 128kbp may be frustrating at times, but still it’s much better than paying $10 for 1GB of data if you only need to send one email or check weather online. Now you won’t have to worry about getting cut off the internet when you least expect it, even though your patience may be put to test.