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AT&T Planning Launch Of New Prepaid Wireless Brand
In $35, $50 and $70 Flavors Starting June 15
by Karl Bode 12:33PM Friday May 03 2013
According to Fierce Wireless, AT&T is preparing to take the wraps off a new prepaid brand they hope will be able to fend off the growing number of prepaid wireless upstarts in the market. Sources tell the website AT&T's new prepaid brand will be dubbed "All in One," and that users will have the option of three flavors. Feature phone users will pay $35 for unlimited text, voice and an as-yet-unspecified amount of data. Smartphone users can pay $50 for unlimited voice, text and 2 GB of HSPA data, or $70 for unlimited voice, text and 5 GB of HSPA data. AT&T is currently testing the service in Florida and Texas this month, and will launch nationwide on June 15.

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MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

T-mobile pressure

Looks like AT&T isn't as confident as they'd like to make you think about T-mobile and mvno's

$50 and $70 options, this is clearly aimed at T-mobile competition.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: T-mobile pressure

This is squarely a shot to American Movil (Net10, Straighttalk), where AT&T clamped net 10 to 1.5GB and on ST the have the magic potion to throttle people randomly to pi$$ them off. So 2GB vs 1.5 and we are golden. Now the other bad thing about the Net10 1.5 is that you can't "buy up". Once you hit the data limit, you are shut down until your next renewal cycle. Clearly AT&T is trying to screw AM over to get defections.

Of course you will be treated to the best customer service money can buy...

Now this is AT&T, so I can't believe they won't have some draconian restrictions or throttles in place so that what is on paper is purely a marketing exercise, so using that 2GB will be a pipe dream.

If you look at Ts earnings last week they are really hemorrhaging subs, so this is a way to make back some of that margin and build up some brand loyalty. So this is like virgin mobile.

As T migrates folks to LTE, HSPA will be smooth sailing for the bottom dwellers like me.

And if Verizon weren't CDMA and proprietary, with a stellar network they would be losing subs too... They will get theirs tho...
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: T-mobile pressure

And AT&T probably won't offer roaming coverage like AM. 1.5GB is more than enough for even moderate to heavy users, as long as they don't stream a ton of audio.

bobthe2nd

@ptd.net

Re: T-mobile pressure

i go over 3gb every month and stream nothing, your statement is false about 1.5 being more than enough for moderate to heavy users.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: T-mobile pressure

Then you're downloading a bunch of stuff. Normal web, email, maps, etc, is nominally half a gig +- a few hundred MB.

mech1164
I'll Be Back

join:2001-11-19
Lodi, NJ

Ahh NO

I'll stay with my 30.00 Tmo plan and get better than anything ATT has. Thank you.
ssavoy
Premium
join:2007-08-16
Dallas, PA

Re: Ahh NO

AT&T coverage eclipses T-Mobile. Their LTE footprint alone in the past year is about equal to T-Mobile's 3G footprint they've had 5 years to build.
en103

join:2011-05-02
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable

Re: Ahh NO

Not everyone lives/travels outside of metros often enough to pay for that footprint.

I'll stick with AT&T postpaid, only because its relatively cheap - I have 2 lines for $93 with unlimited data. With rollover minutes I'm somewhere around 4000 minutes.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
·Comcast
Glad to hear that everywhere you go has T-Mobile 3G or better. not all of us have that luxury. In Texas, ten miles out of a city with 100k population or greater and you're on EDGE if you're lucky, GPRS if you aren't.

Don't get me wrong, I like T-Mobile's network...I have a Nexus 4 with a 5GB data-only plan. But T-Mobile is the only national carrier that I really couldn't use as my main line, since I'd end up with an effectively unusable data connection whenever I venture out of a populated area.

newview
Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
Premium
join:2001-10-01
Parsonsburg, MD
kudos:1

No Thanks ...

I'm perfectly happy with my Republic Wireless ... $19 a month, no contract, unlimited voice & data.
josephf

join:2009-04-26
Reviews:
·VoicePulse

Re: No Thanks ...

said by newview:

I'm perfectly happy with my Republic Wireless ... $19 a month, no contract, unlimited voice & data.

After a hefty upfront fee to signup and receive a lack of choice device.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Heave they gotten WiFi to cellular handoff fixed yet? Can you port in a Sprint number in markets where bandwidth.com doesn't have local numbers? My Defy XT wants to know :/

nunya
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join:2000-12-23
O Fallon, MO
kudos:12
Reviews:
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·surpasshosting

Re: No Thanks ...

I have two phones on Republic Wireless. They are still VERY beta. A LOT of glitches in the system (dropped calls, one way audio, latent audio, etc...). Wi-fi to cell is a no-go.
--
If someone refers to herself / himself as a "guru", they probably aren't.
clocks11

join:2002-05-06
00000

Re: No Thanks ...

I had a truly awful experience with Republic Wireless, and will never use them again.
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Which is why my family uses Ting rather than Republic. Good idea, poor execution at this time.

dcurrey
Premium
join:2004-06-29
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·Cincinnati Bell
·ViaTalk
Since my two Sprint phones could be moved over to Ting I went ahead and moved. Seemed like a good bet since I had no up front cost. Bill is now $30 with taxes compared to the $72 with taxes Sprint was billing me for two lines. Hell that was even with 24% discount.

Was tired of waiting for RW to get better phones. If they do guess I could easily move over but right now I see no reason.

karpodiem
Hail to The Victors
Premium
join:2008-05-20
Detroit, MI

no explicit mention of LTE...

no LTE, no deal. Yes, I'm aware of what a good HSPA+ signal offers, LTE is still superior. actually now that I think about it, doesn't at&t consider HSPA+ '4G' anyways?

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

Re: no explicit mention of LTE...

Yes HSPA+ is considered 4G by both AT&T and T-mobile
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Lack of LTE wouldn't be quite as big of an issue if AT&T had DC-HSPA+ turned on. To my knowledge, they odn't. Then again, neither does Go Smart Mobile.
josephf

join:2009-04-26

Re: no explicit mention of LTE...

Only T-Mobile has DC-HSPA+, correct?
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2

Re: no explicit mention of LTE...

In the US on a major carrier, yes.
Rakeesh

join:2011-10-30
Mesa, AZ
Reviews:
·Sprint Mobile Br..
·Cox HSI
LTE is superior in that it offers better long term potential (hence the name) but in practice its data rates are within a margin of error different from HSPA42.

Because of that, I'd say LTE is actually worse overall right now, namely because its modulation technique (OFDMA) is a serious battery hog. When I'm on HSPA, I don't see any battery life degradation. LTE on the other hand is a massive drain.

Eventually LTE will be the hands down winner, but not right now.
medbuyer

join:2003-11-20
kudos:4

ST's AT&T compatible cards are gone because of this?

With ST not selling the AT&T compatible cards anymore...it looks like this is going to kill ST's plans....

Between ST and AT&T, I would probably deal with AT&T...
ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL

Re: ST's AT&T compatible cards are gone because of this?

I have a friend with ST and who is on AT&T's network. From the sound of his voice calls, it seems like AT&T was de-prioritizing ST traffic in a major way. Sound quality is abysmal. I don't know about data speeds, but he said he's getting throttled a good bit, so I doubt they're very good.
medbuyer

join:2003-11-20
kudos:4

Re: ST's AT&T compatible cards are gone because of this?

said by ISurfTooMuch:

I have a friend with ST and who is on AT&T's network. From the sound of his voice calls, it seems like AT&T was de-prioritizing ST traffic in a major way. Sound quality is abysmal. I don't know about data speeds, but he said he's getting throttled a good bit, so I doubt they're very good.

That's understandable that AT&T would prioritize its own post paid and prepaid subs first before MVNO's...If AT&T would serve ST the same way then everybody would just move to ST then right?
georgeglass5

join:2010-06-07
New York, NY

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Re: ST's AT&T compatible cards are gone because of this?

Limiting minutes & data is one thing that's understandable, they all do it, lower priority? or deteriorating service because you pay less ? talk about cronyism, heh. With prepaid ramping up so much, that is tactic that really, won't last long.
medbuyer

join:2003-11-20
kudos:4

Re: ST's AT&T compatible cards are gone because of this?

said by georgeglass5:

Limiting minutes & data is one thing that's understandable, they all do it, lower priority? or deteriorating service because you pay less ? talk about cronyism, heh. With prepaid ramping up so much, that is tactic that really, won't last long.

that's probably why they came up with this new prepaid plan...to gain back or steal some of ST's subs that are on AT&T's network...
jrodson69

join:2012-10-02
Independence, IA
said by ISurfTooMuch:

I have a friend with ST and who is on AT&T's network. From the sound of his voice calls, it seems like AT&T was de-prioritizing ST traffic in a major way. Sound quality is abysmal. I don't know about data speeds, but he said he's getting throttled a good bit, so I doubt they're very good.

I experienced this too, the voice quality just got to be unbearably bad. Service began (about a year ago or so) very good but had steadily been in decline to the point about 4 months ago I gave up and went to Verizon. Granted I'm in a sub-rural location most of the time which is not AT&T's cup of tea but something was definitely amiss. There's no doubt the big carriers "rank" the MVNOs lower for service, especially as the site/tower fills up. Makes sense too.

morbo
Complete Your Transaction

join:2002-01-22
00000

Re: ST's AT&T compatible cards are gone because of this?

It would be great if phones indicated that a call was intentionally dropped by a tower due to prioritization.

khs11

@bellsouth.net
I'm on ST with an AT&T iPhone and have very bad coverage- within the city of Atlanta. With my previous phone and normal AT&T service, I never had coverage problems.
comicalmoody

join:2011-01-27
Gate City, VA

Will likely switch to this

I will likely switch to this, LTE is new to my area and I'm already on an MVNO that doesn't allow me to access LTE. Plus on HSPA+ I get 5-10 Mbps download wherever I am and 1-2 Mbps upload and I am quite happy with those speeds on a mobile phone. I'm currently on Net10 using an AT&T programmed SIM card and AT&T branded phone. I'm paying $50 a month for Unlimited Voice, Unlimited TXT/MMS, and 1.5 GB of data.

Why not switch? I will still have Unlimited voice, Unlimited TXT/MMS, and I'll get 500 MB more of data on AT&T for the same price I pay to Net10. I will actually have AT&T and their better CS. Net10's CS is terrible and I do have some issues with MMS at the moment too which also should be fixed if I hope on this new AT&T prepaid plan. I'm looking forward to this package and honestly this the $50 plan is really the best on the market now especially since this is coming from one of the two largest carriers in the US.

I'm very happy and surprised to see AT&T offer these plans, they are very competitive rates.

Zach

@charter.com

Re: Will likely switch to this

You know with these plans it HSPA they are going to be offering not HSPA+ so the data speeds will be slower at 3G speeds
sparek

join:2002-06-10
Benton, KY

Tether

Any clues as to whether you will be able to tether with this plan? Can you tether with AT&T's current GoPhone plans? I don't use a lot of data, if I use more than 1GB in a month that's a lot. But at times it is convenient for me to be able to tether my phone to my laptop. Personally, I don't see why tethering would not be allowed, if they give you 2GB, you can use that 2GB any way you see fit.

I like these plans, these definitely make sense, if you are someone that doesn't have to have the latest phone and are comfortable buying your phone outright. I've never been a fan of subsidizing the price of the phone in with your monthly cell phone plan. I like what T-Mobile has done and effectively split this.

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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

With no roaming

I have to assume this goes along with GoPhone in not having roaming.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

how about?

rip-en-off!!!

when the price is too high, don't buy!!
stop being fooled lemmings..

SysOp

join:2001-04-18
Douglasville, GA

Still no Roll Over Data?

Roll over data needs to be the next big thing from Att!