updated 07:19 am EDT, Fri June 7, 2013
Changes will force heavy data users onto $65 prepaid plan
AT&T is streamlining its GoPhone prepaid brand by removing some of its data plan options from its cheapest offerings. The carrier will be limiting the number of data plans its customers can choose from on June 20th for its two lowest plans, forcing data-hungry customers to upgrade their plans to a more expensive version.
The carrier's $25 plan currently provides 250 minutes and unlimited texts each month, but according to CNET, the existing data options of paying an extra $15 for 200MB or $25 for 1GB will be removed, leaving just the $5 for 50MB option. The $50 plan, one with unlimited calls and texts, would normally have a data option available to choose, but would no longer do so. The last plan, the high-cost $65 per month option, will provide unlimited calls, texts, and 1GB of data.
"We're making some changes to our AT&T GoPhone prepaid plans to simplify our offers and better aling with what customers are choosing and telling us what they want," said the company in a statement, along with a promise of more information on "new additional plan options soon."
The changes are marginally different from those suggested two weeks ago in a rumor, which also claimed that GoPhone would offer official support for the iPhone and access to LTE and HSPA+ networks.