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AT&T Offering 'Unlimited' Plan to GoPhone Customers

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Top message:  Nice! by Jarahawk   Oct 1, 2012, 1:15 PM

Replying to:  Re: Nice! by T Bone   Oct 1, 2012, 9:32 PM

Re: Nice!

by algorithmplus    Oct 1, 2012, 10:33 PM

T Bone said:
There's a bit more to it than better phones, you actually do get a better network with superior coverage on a post paid account than you do on a pre-paid account....

That, my friend, is an ASSumption, especially when you state it in the all-inclusive tone that you do.

I will show an example to prove my point, and I will use T-Mobile.

Post Paid:
Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue 32 GB
$329.99 after $50 mail-in rebate, I will assume $329.99, 2 year contract required.
Qualifying Plan:
Classic Unlimited™ Bundle with Data, includes unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited data with first 2gb at 4G speed at a cost of $79.99 per month.

24 months x 79.99 per month = 1919.76, plus 329.99 cost of phone = total of 2249.75 over two years.

Pre-Paid:
Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue 32 GB
$679.99 possible $50 mail-in rebate, I will assume $679.99, no year contract required.
Qualifying Plan:
Monthly4G, includes unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited data with first 2gb at 4G speed at a cost of $60 per month.

24 months x 60 per month = 1440.00, plus 679.99 cost of phone = total of 2119.99 over two years.

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With T-Mobile, you can basically pick any plan on post-paid and see an identical allotment plan on pre-paid for $20/month less. That's a $480 difference over two years. So, just add $480 to the contract price of the phone, and you will find you've actually paid more using a post-paid plan.

In this example, I chose a pre-paid and post paid plan that included identical usage allotments, and compared the cost of the phone at full retail price which you can walk into any retail store and purchase at full price, over the course of 2 years you actually saved $129.76 by going pre-paid over post paid, by choosing the exact same phone.

Now, on the Monthly4G plans and the traditional post paid plans, I would invite you to look at coverage. If you can find an address that is not covered on the pre-paid that is on the post paid, please post that address. I can verify that that particular plan will roam onto the AT&T network where T-Mobile coverage is unavailable, such as using 'service partner' coverage in the Dakotas. T-Mobile also allows WiFi calling on their pre-paid Monthly4G plans, and I can verify that my GPS-based apps, calling, and texting all worked in an area of zero cellular coverage from any carrier with no problem and at no extra charge. The only drawback I found was that certain plan add-ons were not available on pre-paid when they were on post paid.

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