AT&T GoPhone Prepaid Adds Data-Only Option

Starting today, AT&T is now offering a prepaid plan that offers unlimited data, without any voice charges.

Previously, GoPhone Pay As You Go offered feature packs, which allowed for adding 1 MB or 5 MB of data for $4.99 and $9.99, respectively. When the data was used up, a customer could call back to 611 and re-add the data package. Unused data would roll over from month to month, provided the customer re-purchased the add-on.

Today, AT&T has added to that offering with a new package: Unlimited MEdia Net for Pay As You Go plans. For $19.99/month (same as Unlimited MEdia Net on other plans), customers can use MEdia Net service without paying any monthly airtime charge. All a customer has to do, is call 611 at the start of every month to have the automated system re-add the Feature Pack to the account.

This game-changing move affects a broad range of devices. Savvy users can now, with minor changes, use any unlocked GSM or UMTS phone, smartphone, PDA, or aircard as a data device… without paying any monthly voice fee.

Frequent readers of PhoneNews.com will note that we covered a loophole in AT&T’s GoPhone Pick Your Plan offering that enabled customers to cash out unused airtime balances. However, this new offering eliminates the need for that.

This new offering may also pave the way for Apple iPhone users to finally use the device as a data-only smartphone. Currently, customers that wish to use iPhone as a data-only device must sign up for the $50/month GoPhone plan, and use our cash out loophole to get their airtime balance back.

In addition, existing GoPhone Pick Your Plan customers can switch to Pay As You Go service and also benefit from the new offering. Simply call AT&T Customer Service to switch your account over

Thanks to reader Gordon H for sending this news tip in…

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62 responses to “AT&T GoPhone Prepaid Adds Data-Only Option”

  1. kinser

    BUY A STRAIGHTTALK PHONE!!!!SCREW AT&T!! GET THE MOTOROLA PHONE (EITHER ONE WORKS BUT GO FOR THE RAZOR IF YOU CAN) BUY THE UNLIMITED DATA (5 GIG LIMIT REALLY) DOWNLOAD PROPER DRIVERS AND DIAL INTO THE QNC NETWORK FOR TETHERING!!!! THINK ABOUT IT!! 50 DOLLARS FOR UNLIMITED MINUTES MESSAGEING DAT !!!TETHERING!!!

  2. emergency cell phone

    That’s really not that good of a deal, plus what is the point of having a phone just for internet?

  3. kinser

    haha 20 dollars versus around 60 dollars fool!!

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  5. polaatx

    Hello, I have t-mobile G1 that I use with a TM prepaid account. TM does not provide any data with their prepaid plans so I am really interested in defecting to the ATT. Has anyone tried this data-only scheme with a G1. Does anyone foresee any issues?

    My phone I don’t think it unlocked. But I bought it used and I asked the seller not to reset it to factory default. I just put in my prepaid TM sim and it works fine.

  6. polaatx

    So is this unlimited data-only plan for $20 still available or not?

  7. Octavio

    I’ve researching myself so ATT has the following plans. 1mb $4.99USD, 5mb 9.99USD. Now for for the $19.99 or $20 data plan I got 100mb from a customer service agent and some websites and also 200mb. which one I find out when I upgrade or better yet buy mmyself a new Gophone along with packages. For all u Iphone buff who want to keep their Iphone but not pay the iphone bill this site is for you.

    http://theappleblog.com/2010/07/26/how-to-give-your-old-iphone-new-life-with-prepaid-data-and-minutes/

  8. Eric

    My ATT 3G PAYG SIM does not show the 3G symbol on my NOKIA N95, and I can’t connect to the internet. Can anyone help me with correct configuration. I have paid for the $19.95 100MB data plan.

  9. Random guy

    AT&T is stupid.They now offer you TWENTY DOLLARS for only HUNDRED MEGA-BYTES.This is a waste of money.Too much money for a tiny bit of Internet!Why did they withdrawl the unlimited plan?Here’s how THEY put it.”Starting on November 12th,the Unlimited $20 plan will be removed because it is too cheap for so much Gigs.We will look for more ways to access internet and we will replace the unlimited with 100MB” SREIOUSLY?!RIGHT WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO GET IT,THEY REMOVE UNLIMITED AND PUT SOME CRAPPY 100MB ONE IN.WHAT WAYS CAN THEY LOOK NOW?WE ALL JUST GOT RUINED.NOW THEY WILL LOOSE MANY CUSTOMERS WITH THIS HAPPENING.Now i can’t get my phone because there’s only limited data plans which are too much money for a crappy low limited amount.NOT HAPPY WITH AT&T. >:-(

  10. PALM PIXI PLUS

    SOME ONE E-MAIL ME WITH ANSWERS.. I HAVE A PALM PIXI PLUS THAT I PAYED CASH FOR THROUGH AT&T, NO SERVICE AGREEMENT. I JUST RECEIVED AN I-PHONE 4 FOR CHRISTMAS. WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS , CAN I PURCHASE A NEW AT&T-VERIZON -T-MOBILE SIM CARD AND RECEIVE SOME TYPE OF UNLIMITED PLAN , THAT ALLOWS ME TO ASCESS THE INTERNET, E-MAILS ETC, BASICILY STILL HAVE MY SMART PHONE CAPABILITIES ? SOMEONE PLEASE WALK ME THROUGH THIS…. MY E-MAIL IS / CPBLACK1@HOTMAIL.COM.. THANKS

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