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…