With T-Mobile bringing their unlimited data plan to prepaid through MetroPCS not too long ago, it’s not too surprising that AT&T is now doing the same with their prepaid GoPhone plans. AT&T has announced new unlimited and 6 GB plans for their prepaid customers, although there are similar restrictions to their lower cost postpaid Unlimited Choice plan.
The unlimited GoPhone plan will include unlimited talk, text, and data for $60 per month, with coverage in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The main restriction here is in data speeds, and it’s onerous. Like the postpaid Unlimited Choice plan, data speeds are capped at 3 Mbps down. That’s on the border of 3G and 4G speeds, and it seems hard to justify spending a lot per month on what could be considered 3G speeds. That also means that video streams will be capped at 480p at 1.5 Mbps. Speeds could be throttled further if 22 GB of data are used in any given month.
A better deal might be their 6 GB plan. This plan also has unlimited talk and text plus coverage in Canada and Mexico, but doesn’t have that 3 Mbps speed cap. Instead, data speeds will be throttled to 128 Kbps after that 6 GB has been used up. That plan will cost $40 per month, and unused data can roll over to the next month.
AT&T is rolling out both plans today. Keep in mind that prices for both plans assume that you’re getting the $5 per month discount for enrolling in autopay, too. If 6 GB is all you need, that plan stacks up well with other prepaid plans we’ve looked at, especially if you live in an area that has strong AT&T coverage. The unlimited plan doesn’t seem worth it considering the price and the restrictions.