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AT&T’s GoPhone Prepaid Service Gets Access to 4G LTE and HSPA+

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One of the downsides to joining a prepaid network has always been their lack of connectivity when it comes to 4G LTE networks. Some can take advantage of HSPA+ speeds, but none at this time connect to LTE networks from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Well, until today. AT&T will allow customers on their GoPhone prepaid plans to connect to LTE and HSPA+ going forward, as long as they have an LTE phone or iPhone.

Currently, the smartphone GoPhone plan runs $65 and only includes 1GB of data, along with unlimited talk and text. But hey, LTE on prepaid? We have to start somewhere.

Via:  Engadget | AT&T

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  • jrccomputer

    This article is 100%. Their are prepaid carriers that offer 4G LTE on a major carrier. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile offer 4G LTE on the sprint network and they are both a better deal than at&t you also get 2.5GB of 3G/4G speeds.

  • WickedToby741

    XFON on GoPhone?

  • BaltiCzar

    Still too expensive. That’s why I’m with H20 Wireless and deal with the 3G speeds.

  • HSN

    Can I bring my own device and use these plans or should I buy one of their offered phones bundled with the plans ?

    • WickedToby741

      You can bring your own. For instance an unlocked HTC One would work.

  • Zach Armstrong

    1GB of Data LTE would eat thru that in a day

  • barnassey thomas

    This article is incorrect tmobile and sprint mvnos as well as its prepaid let you have LTE phone on their networks.

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    Well…considering that T-Mobile is no contract now and month to month Pre-Pay, and they allow access to their LTE, the article is not correct. T-Mobile is the first pre-pay to allow access to LTE, and thus AT&T is not the only one or the first.

    Now T-Mobile LTE is only in 5 cities right now, but they say they will have their rollout nearly complete by the end of 2013…and much by summer 2013. It remains to be seen if they actually roll out as planned.

  • reggie1225

    Big news for LTE but I thought HSPA plus was already allowed on prepaid? Maybe it was just me sinced I used my Razr M on vacation.

  • Chris

    I’d love to see Verizon open LTE to its prepaid offerings. 65.00 per month with auto-pay with 4GB of LTE access on VZW would be pretty awesome, I need coverage!

    • michael arazan

      On Verizon? $65, maybe $165 for one phone with 4gb of lte.

      • WickedToby741

        Verizon: “Today we’re happy to announce we’re opening up LTE to our prepaid subscribers. We’d also like to debut our new, industry beating prepaid plans. For just $100/month you get unlimited talk, text, and 500 mb of data. For only $50/month more you can get a full 1 GB of data on the nation’s most reliable network, contact free. Compatible devices start at $900. Bring out J-Lo!”

      • Chris

        I do pay $65 with auto-pay with Verizon prepaid with 4gb and unlimited talk/text on 3G & taxes on that is .75 cents

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    Nothing beats T-Mobile $30 plan still. Speeds are pretty decent (I’m getting something like 3-5 Mbps which is close to what I was getting with Verizon LTE), it’s 5Gb included and it’s twice as cheap.

    • snowblind64

      I really like my T-Mobile $30 plan. With an average download speed of 15Mbps on HSPA+ I don’t even miss Verizon’s LTE network. T-Mobile coverage is solid in my area so I’m very happy to have left Verizon, contracts, and high monthly rates.

  • Chris

    With LTE now on 3 out of the 4 national carriers for prepaid, Verizon needs to step it up and and offer LTE on prepaid & stop being GREEDY! We need better phones than what little is offered

    • Dylan Patel

      This is the first LTE Pre-Paid that actually has decent coverage. What are you talking about?

      • Chris

        I’m taking about TMobile and Sprint already have LTE for prepaid now with AT&T, Verizon is the only carrier that doesn’t have it out of the national carriers.

  • UserDemos

    T-Mobile’s prepaid Monthly 4G has LTE access. I’m on that plan and I get LTE.

    • droister

      GoSmartmobile which is a Tmobile MVNO has I think one of the best plan pricing. With unlimited talk, text & MMS, and 5GB of data for $45/mo.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    This is great news. It’ll be even better when viva móvil gets it and I can get a nexus with a J-lo case :P

  • Tony Gultice

    Um… My Virgin Mobile phone can connect to LTE at LTE speeds(assuming of course I’m in an area with it)…. Or are you talking only the 4 Big Networks not offering LTE on prepaid?

    • Butters619

      Virgin Mobile uses Sprint’s Network. For one, Sprint’s LTE is by far the slowest of the LTE networks. It’s also the most sparse. And they only offer a single phone that uses LTE and it was made available in February.

      • Tony Gultice

        Doesn’t take away from my point, though.

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Yeah the premise that AT&T is the first prepaid LTE is just wrong on several levels. T-Mobile already has it for example, as well as others.

  • tcallahan

    @Kellex you can combine the $25 dollar plan (unlim text and 250min talk) with a data plan ranging from 1GB to 5GB a month…..your not stuck at just 1GB of data a month.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Link?

    • JMonkeYJ

      i see that plan you mention here:
      http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html
      but i don’t see how much the data plans cost. could you fill us in or show us where the plan pricing is?

      • JMonkeYJ

        actually, it looks like they do have the prices, $25/GB…don’t see a 5 GB option tho :-/

    • dsass600

      Ummm how so?

  • moelsen8

    Progress.. Now that $65 has to come down and/or the data up.

    • WickedToby741

      $50 or at least 2 GB for the existing price would be more appropriate.