AT&T launching new GoPhone prepaid plans, adding Galaxy Express to GoPhone lineup on June 21Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
AT&T said earlier this month that it would soon be axing some of its existing GoPhone plans and replacing them with new offerings, and just as promised, today the big blue carrier announced new GoPhone prepaid plans. The new GoPhone smartphone prepaid plans will be available starting on June 21 and offer varying amounts of minutes and data, ranging from 250 minutes and no data to unlimited minutes and 2GB of data use. Here's how the new GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans break down:
- $25 per month for 250 minutes and unlimited messaging, 50MB data add-on available for $5 per month
- $40 per month for 500 minutes, unlimited messaging and 200MB of data, with additional data available at a rate of $5 per 100MB
- $50 per month for unlimited talk and text, Wi-Fi data only
- $60 per month for unlimited minutes and messaging as well as 2GB of data, with extra data available at a rate of $10 per 1GB
Customers that'd prefer a quick messaging or basic phone will have their own set of prepaid plans to choose from. One such offering includes 500 minutes along with unlimited messaging and data for $35 per month.
While AT&T's new GoPhone plans don't appear to offer quite the same flexibility as the old ones, which let consumers select a base plan and then add one of three different data buckets, the new plans do offer several options for folks looking to make the prepaid jump on AT&T. One of the most notable aspects of the new plans is that AT&T has bumped up the the data allotment on its top-end GoPhone smartphone plan from 1GB to 2GB, making it a more enticing option for smartphone users. Finally, it's worth noting that GoPhone now supports HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity, meaning that consumers can bring their own smartphone onto GoPhone and gain access to AT&T's growing LTE network.
In addition to its new GoPhone plans, AT&T today announced that its also adding the Samsung Galaxy Express (shown below) to its prepaid lineup on June 21. Originally launched on AT&T back in November 2012, the Galaxy Express features a 4.5-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras, 4G LTE and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The GoPhone version of the Galaxy Express is available for $249.