Could increase traffic at smaller carriers
Apple's US stores are preparing to do in-store sign-ups for people wanting to put an iPhone on a prepaid or monthly plan, a source says. At the moment, people can buy an unlocked phone at an Apple Store, but they have to use their own SIM or go to a carrier outlet if they don't want to sign up for a contract. Initially Apple is said to be partnering with AT&T and T-Mobile; in the case of the former, stores will reportedly be stocking up on GoPhone activation kits and SIM cards. T-Mobile subscribers will only need the SIM cards already available through Apple.
Playstation Store puts 30 games on sale for $1 each
Sony has announced a flash sale on its Playstation Store, offering 30 games on sale for $1 each. Classic titles such as Braid, Everyday Shooter, Gotham City Impostors, Plants vs Zombies and more are available for PS3, PSP and PS Vista. The Playstation Store's flash sale runs until April 21 at 7AM PST.
Offers expected to be made quietly to handful of customers
Some AT&T stores will be offering refurbished models of the iPhone 3GS to prepaid GoPhone subscribers, a source says. The carrier reportedly won't be displaying the phone or advertising it in any way, but some sales clerks are expected to offer it to people who can't afford more expensive hardware. The source adds that while not all AT&T stores will have the 3GS in stock, larger urban centers should have sufficient quantities.
Nokia Lumia 520 first Windows Phone 8 device on GoPhone, priced at $100
AT&T will be adding the 4G-capable Nokia Lumia 520 to the GoPhone roster, making it the first Windows Phone 8 device to do so. The Nokia smartphone has a 4-inch IPS WVGA display, a five-megapixel camera, runs on a Snapdragon S4 processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage, and can connect to AT&T's 4G network. GoPhone will be selling the device for $100, without a contract, from July 26th.
Extra data bolt-ons no longer an option
Starting June 21st, AT&T is officially adding LTE 4G support and a new set of plans to its GoPhone prepaid network. The base tier costs $25 per month, and includes unlimited texting and 250 voice minutes, but no data unless a person pays an extra $5 for 50MB. With a $40 plan people can upgrade to 500 minutes and 200MB of data, expandable to 300MB for $5.
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.
iPhone previously dataless with option
AT&T's prepaid GoPhone brand is set to get a major upgrade on Friday, MacRumors claims. This includes official support for the iPhone, and access to LTE and HSPA+ networks. People have been able to sign up to GoPhone with an iPhone in the past, but until now had to sacrifice cellular data access.
Galaxy Appeal becomes first side-slider for AT&T's GoPhone offering
AT&T has just introduced a new smartphone for its GoPhone pre-paid offering, the Samsung Galaxy Appeal. The first side-slider for GoPhone sports a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 4.3-inch, 480x320 touchscreen. It's powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm processor and Android 2.3.
AT&T doubles data caps for GoPhone plans
AT&T has changed up its GoPhone prepaid data plan offerings on Wednesday. It has at least doubled the data in all three tiers, with the new packages going into effect on April 22. Customers will then get 50MB of data for $5, 200MB for $15, and 1GB for $25 per month.
Basic Android phone AT&T's smartphone entry point
AT&T has begun shipping a new Android smartphone for its prepaid GoPhone service. The entry level U8652 Fusion features a 3.5-inch touchscreen and runs Android 2.3.3. Although not officially confirmed, the phone is most likely the Huawei Jengu.
Pantech Pocket and ZTE Avail intro at CTIA
AT&T rounded out a slew of Android phones with a pair of more affordable models, including just its second for prepaid users. Regular subscribers get the Pantech Pocket, which carries an unusually wide four-inch, 600x800 display intended to improve browsing while staying small enough to be usable one-handed. The carrier is unusually short on performance details but does promise HSPA+ Internet access, a five-megapixel camera with HD video, and Android 2.3.
LG Thrive and Phoenix bring Optimus One to ATT
AT&T on Tuesday morning brought out its first real smartphone for prepaid users and its first LG Android device. The Thrive spotted earlier is AT&T's adaptation of the Optimus One and has the same 600MHz processor, 3.2-inch touchscreen, and 3.2-megapixel camera mated with Android 2.2. As a GoPhone device, though, the Thrive can run on as little as $2 per day for no-commitment unlimited voice and text, and has the new option of a $25, 500MB block of data for those who need substantial data but don't want to commit in the long term.
AT&T unlimited daily calls
A Friday announcement from AT&T has the provider releasing a new prepaid calling option on May 11 that will let users make unlimited cellphone calls to anywhere in the US. The provider's prepaid GoPhone Unlimited Calling customers will only be charged on days when they make or receive phone calls. Text messages or data use are not covered by the plan, and are charged at the same rate as in other GoPhone plans or packages for both or either can be purchased separately.
AT&T to stop GoPhone data
A recent report reveals AT&T will stop offering its $20 per month prepaid unlimited data plan on November 12. As part of the wireless network provider’s GoPhone service, the plan was the cheapest offered anywhere for access to unlimited data on fast 3G networks. AT&T officially explains the discontinuation as the end of a trial and the company is now looking into other prepaid data offerings. Critics argue that AT&T was losing data plan subscribers, who saved money by switching to the pre-paid GoPhone option.