AT&T's GoPhone Prepaid Brand to Gain iPhone and LTE/HSPA+ Support Tomorrow

MacRumors has learned that AT&T's GoPhone prepaid wireless brand will be undertaking a significant expansion of its services starting tomorrow, offering support for AT&T's fastest LTE and HSPA+ data networks for the first time and also adding official support for the iPhone.

Until now, GoPhone has allowed iPhone users to sign up for service, but without cellular data access. With the changes coming tomorrow, the iPhone will have access to the full range of AT&T services through GoPhone, including LTE data and Visual Voicemail.

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GoPhone will support three service plans for the iPhone, including the high-end $65/month plan that offers unlimited calls and texts and 1 GB of data. Users can also opt for cheaper $25 and $50 plans, but they must purchase separate data packages on top of those plans if they wish to use cellular data.

For iPhone purchases, GoPhone customers can either bring their own off-contract iPhone or purchase one in-store at the full no-committment price. Existing GoPhone iPhone customers will be automatically updated with support for cellular data access on June 21, but support representatives will be able to manually upgrade customers before that time upon request.

The iPhone has been making significant inroads into the U.S. prepaid carrier market, led by Cricket nearly a year ago. Since that time, Sprint's Virgin Mobile brand and AT&T's prepaid brands Straight Talk and Aio have also begun offering the iPhone. Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile has also been rumored several times to be launching iPhone support, but has yet to do so.

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flux73 Avatar
145 months ago
Gee, I wonder why they're doing this (https://explore.t-mobile.com/iphone-5).

Competition is good.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gotluck Avatar
145 months ago
getting there att but not good enough yet. LTE is nice but 1gb isn't enough - and the price is too high. MVNO's & Tmobile still win for the value approach
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
braddick Avatar
145 months ago
Excellent.
Nice to have choices when our contracts run out.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Diseal3 Avatar
145 months ago
Better to stay single I guess... more $$ in the pocket all 'round


Don't you forget it
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tripmusic Avatar
145 months ago
I bought an iPhone 4s from Virgin last August and am pretty happy. $30/month gets me 300 talk mins and unlimited text/web. Only 3G speeds, but it's usually good enough. When I'm at home I'm using WiFi anyways. Though I don't talk a lot on the phone, I have gone over my mins a couple of times. Not a huge deal, you can top up at 10 cents/min, or just restart your new month at any time. The next plan gets you 1500 talk mins for $40. Still pretty damn good. I upgraded to that one for a month. It's funny, when I'm single I can stay on the $30 plan, but when I'm playing the field I need more mins! Better to stay single I guess... more $$ in the pocket all 'round
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tiger8 Avatar
145 months ago
Net10 rules!

Unlimited talk and text + 1.5 GB data: $45
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)