Today the folks from AT&T have announced a slew of changes and improvements to their GoPhone prepaid plans and lineup of smartphones. We've been hearing rumors lately about what could be changing, but today they made it official. Things are about to get cheaper, and they'll also be offering 4G LTE access to prepaid customers.
AT&T has announced that they'll be restructuring their entire prepaid plans for the better, and this shows a huge change over what we've seen from the company in the previous years. Not only will they be among the first major carriers to offer 4G LTE to prepaid, but they'll do so at a decent price.
Starting next week AT&T will be offering a few different prepaid options for GoPhone customers, and it will follow a new tiered system with three different options. Here's what to expect from the folks at AT&T:
• $60 a month for 2 GB of data, unlimited nationwide calling, and unlimited messaging — 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.
While the $25 prepaid plan isn't the best and only offers 250 minutes and unlimited texts and an option to add data, their highest $60 choice is pretty good. Previously $65 got you just 1GB of data on GoPhone, but now you'll get double that for a few dollars less.
At the same time AT&T confirmed the budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy Express with 4G LTE will be available to prepaid customers. That will get you an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered 4.5-inch smartphone. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and doesn't have a 720p HD screen, but should make most users pretty happy.