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AT&T PREPAID (formerly GoPhone)
Industry Wireless telecommunications
Headquarters United States
Area served
United States
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
Products Mobile telephony
Parent McCaw Cellular (1987-1994)
AT&T Inc. (1995-present)
Website www.att.com/prepaid/index.html

AT&T PREPAID (formerly GoPhone) was the brand name of prepaid mobile phone service from AT&T Mobility, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc.

The GoPhone name and product were originally conceived and implemented by McCaw Cellular by its founder Craig McCaw and first used in commerce in 1987 by his company. It was later bought by AT&T in 1995 and used by the pre-2004 "AT&T Wireless" after Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless in 2004 for $41 billion.[1] At that time, Cingular was jointly owned by SBC Communications (Southwestern Bell Corporation) of San Antonio, Texas, which owned 60 percent, and BellSouth of Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

The original GoPhone service was discontinued and Cingular renamed its prepaid services under GoPhone. The GoPhone brand name is still in use even after "Cingular" renamed itself "AT&T Mobility" until 2017 when it was rebranded AT&T PREPAID.[2]

Network[edit]

2G Shutdown[edit]

AT&T announced to both Postpaid and AT&T PREPAID (formerly GoPhone®) customers of a permanent 2G GSM 850/1900MHz network shutdown as of December 31, 2016.[3]

AT&T Requires at least the minimum 3G support for all devices on it's network.[4]

  • 3G WCDMA/ UMTS/ HSDPA/ HSPA+ network – 850/1900MHz Bands 2 & 5 (minimum requirement for nationwide service)
  • 4G LTE network – 700/850/1900/1700/2100/2300MHz Bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 17, 29, 30, 40, 66

Domestic Roaming[edit]

Prepaid customers are restricted to AT&T Network only when in the US and can't access roaming partner networks. So in areas without AT&T native coverage customer's phones will not work.[5] This does not affect international roaming in Canada and Mexico for the plans that include it.

Stream Saver[edit]

Starting in early 2017, AT&T started to add Stream Saver both postpaid and prepaid accounts.[6] Stream Saver lets customers watch more video on your wireless phone or tablet while using less data, by streaming most higher definition video at standard definition quality, similar to DVD (about 480p).

Pay As You Go plan[edit]

The AT&T PREPAID Pay As You Go plan allows users to refill their airtime at their own leisure by purchasing prepaid cards, or one of several airtime packages available through their refill site. AT&T PREPAID devices can connect to AT&T's UMTS/HSPA+/LTE networks. Some AT&T PREPAID plans have expanded messaging services to included with no extra fees. Text messaging is unlimited to the United States, Canada, and over 100 countries while using the AT&T PREPAID service within the United States.

Current Offers[7][edit]

Monthly Plans (30 Days of Use)[edit]

$30/mo. $35/mo. $50/mo. $65/mo. $85/mo.
With AutoPay discount $25/mo. $30/mo. $40/mo. $55/mo. $75/mo.
Data Wi-Fi or buy a Data Add-On 1GB

After high-speed data allowance is used, data speeds are slowed to a max of 128Kbps for the rest of the term.

8GB

After high-speed data allowance is used, data speeds are slowed to a max of 128Kbps for the rest of the term.

Unlimited

For all data usage, you may temporarily experience reduced speeds during times of network congestion

Unlimited

After 22GB of data usage on a line in one monthly term, for the remainder of the term you may temporarily experience reduced speeds during times of network

Mobile hotspot No Yes Yes No After 10GB, hotspot speed limited to max of 128Kbps. For use in U.S. only.
Stream HD video (up to 1080p)

HD quality when available with Stream Saver turned off

Yes, if Data Add-On is purchased Yes Yes No Yes
Unlimited talk & text to Mexico & Canada

(min. 50% U.S. usage required)

No No Yes Yes Yes
Use talk, text & data in Mexico & Canada

(min. 50% U.S. talk and text usage required)

No No Yes Yes Yes

Other Plans[edit]

  • $2 DAILY - Unlimited nationwide talk & text Pay only on days used.
  • 25¢ PER MINUTE - For all nationwide calls.

Voice Mail[edit]

GoPhone accounts include Basic Voicemail and Visual Voicemail for compatible smartphones. Incoming calls to unreachable AT&T PREPAID phones are automatically routed to voice mail. Unanswered incoming calls are automatically routed to voice mail as well. These calls normally do not trigger a daily fee or airtime usage.

Bring Your Own Device "BYOD"[edit]

The majority of AT&T's PREPAID customers bring their own non-branded devices.[8][9]

APNs[edit]

Apple Devices have built in carrier settings that can be downloaded on demand for any approve Apple Carrier so manual setting changes are not required[10]; However most androids and other phones do require manual programming of the carrier's APNs.

Simple APN Definition[edit]

A set of instructions that tells the phone or device how to talk to your carrier’s data network.

APN Tables[edit]

Basic Phone and Quick Messaging Devices[11][edit]
Cellular Data MMS
Mobile Internet http://device.home Gateway wireless.cingular.com
Protocol HTTP Port 80
Proxy Address Wireless.cingular.com:80 MMSC/Server Address http://mmsc.cingular.com
Proxy Port 8080 Connect Via Mobile Internet
Linger/Time Out 300 Sending Limit 600k
Service Name MMS
User ID Leave Blank
Password Leave Blank
3G UMTS and HSPA+ Devices (including device that lack support for AT&T's LTE Bands 12/17, 14, 29, 5, 4, 66, 2, 30)[12][edit]
Data settings Smartphones Tablets
Name ATT Phone ATT Broadband
APN Phone Broadband
Proxy Not set Not set
Port Not set Not set
Username Not set Not set
Password Not set Not set
Server Not set Not set
MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net Not set
MMS proxy proxy.mobile.att.net Not set
MMS port 80 Not set
MCC 310 310
MNC 410 410
Authentication Type None None
APN type default, mms, supl, hipri default, mms, supl, hipri, fota
APN protocol IPv4 Enabled
Bearer Unspecified Unspecified
Supported LTE devices[13][edit]
Data settings Smartphones Tablets
Name ATT NXTGENPHONE ATT Broadband
APN NXTGENPHONE Broadband
Proxy Not set Not set
Port Not set Not set
Username Not set Not set
Password Not set Not set
Server Not set Not set
MMSC http://mmsc.mobile.att.net Not set
MMS proxy proxy.mobile.att.net Not set
MMS port 80 Not set
MCC 310 310
MNC 410 410
Authentication Type None None
APN type default, mms, supl, hipri default, mms, supl, hipri, fota
APN protocol IPv4 Enabled
Bearer Unspecified Unspecified

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rohde, Laura, "Cingular Buys AT&T Wireless", PC World, IDG News Service, Feb 17, 2004
  2. ^ "AT&T GoPhone is now AT&T PREPAID". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  3. ^ "2G Sunset Brings Faster Speeds, Newer Technologies | AT&T". about.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Bring your own phone or tablet to AT&T PREPAID". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  5. ^ "AT&T Maps - Wireless Coverage Map for Voice and Data Coverage from AT&T". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  6. ^ "AT&T Introduces Stream Saver | AT&T". about.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  7. ^ "Prepaid Phone Plans from AT&T PREPAID". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31. 
  8. ^ "BYOP- Bring Your Own Phone or Device to AT&T and Save". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  9. ^ "https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/wireless/KM1018340". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.  External link in |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in the United States and Canada". Apple Support. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  11. ^ "https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/wireless/KM1218302". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "What are the APN settings for AT&T?". Android Central. 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  13. ^ "https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/wireless/KM1218306". www.att.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.  External link in |title= (help)

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