AT&T is expanding its pre-paid GoPhone service to include a limited number of tablets for the first time. This will allow users with compatible tablets to purchase data time on AT&T's network on a monthly basis.

AT&T has a list of the compatible tablets that can be used by the GoPhone service:

  • Asus K005
  • Asus (TF300TL) Transformer Pad
  • Google Nexus 7
  • iPad 3
  • iPad Mini
  • Lenovo IdeaTab (A2107A
  • Pantech Element (P4100)
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera (GC100)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (SGH- I467)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-I497)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (SM-T217T)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 (SM-T217A)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-I597)

Owners of these products must also purchase a $9.99 GoPhone SIM Kit card in order to use the service. Once that's done, they can pre-pay for their tablet data on AT&T's network. For $15 a month, users can access just 250 MB of data, and 100MB of additional data can be purchased for $10 each. For a $30 monthly fee, the data limit goes way up to 3GB, with 500MB more for $10 each. Finally, paying $50 a month gives tablet owners on GoPhone 5GB of data, with each extra GB worth $10.

Assuming your tablet is on AT&T's GoPhone list, is this pre-paid service something you might want to use?

Source: AT&T

 
There are 17 comments

shadeoblac says:

That's so dumb. You can get 250MB for free on T-Mobile. Why would you pay $15.00 a month on AT&T?

lr1517 says:

Coverage maybe?

Well AT&T may just work better for you so it's worth paying.

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ChromeJob says:

I've been so frustrated with T-Mo's coverage in parts of NC, that I've considered getting a voice/data or data-only plan with another carrier, and tether or use SIP calling.

So ... one needs to know if AT&T restricts tethering on unlocked, rooted Android devices with these SIMs and plans. If not ... woot!

You can teether only if you are on the 5 GB plan

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newboyx says:

200mb

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Channan says:

Wow. So the old prices are back, except additional data is more expensive. Wow.

They never went away. They have been on that for mifis all along

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abbott says:

Yeah these plans have always been available to any tablet, at buyasession.att.com
In fact there is even a $25/1GB plan that lasts for 90 days before expiring.

unglued94ta says:

If only I could get those data rates for a phone plan. I have the T-Mobile 100min/100texts/5gigs of data for $30 right now but rarely use the minutes or texts but use about 2.5-3 gigs of data each month. I only get edge where I work but 3g/lte where I live. I wish I had better data where I work so I could be entertained durring lunch and breaks.

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TheMimic12 says:

What about those data connect plans? Are those still available?

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Gekko says:

or just wifi tether ANY tablet for FREE.

bonedatt says:

Exactly!

bonedatt says:

Exactly!

abbott says:

Some people like me use a tablet has our primary device, lugging around two devices doesn't make sense when you only want to use one of them. If this is the case it's actually cheaper to get an LTE tablet, I get unlimited through Tmo for only $10 with 1.2GB at high speed, nothing beats a $10 cell bill

ChromeJob says:

In a word, John: YES. I could even use such a SIM in one of my older phones, as I use SIP calling and Google Voice. I tested using an iPod 5gen tethered to my Nexus 4 last Sunday, it worked pretty well.

movielover76 says:

Why limit the tablets it can work with that makes no sense to me?
AT&T allows me to use my work AT&T sim in any GSM phone that can connect to their network.
Making it only compatible with certain tablets seems kind of absurd for a GSM carrier.
Otherwise the rates actually aren't that bad for AT&T