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HSPA+ and LTE now available to AT&T GoPhone customers

The movement towards prepaid services, even if the majority of wireless subscribers continue using postpaid, is undeniable. If you need proof, just look at everything the major carriers are doing to keep up. Verizon prepaid has continually upgraded data allotments without increasing costs, and has hinted at an off-brand prepaid service. AT&T GoPhone has adapted well with new packages, and will launch its own off-brand service. The latest move comes on the core GoPhone brand, and will allow customers to access HSPA+ and LTE data, as their handsets permit. Yes, that means more open usage of those high-end handsets on GoPhone service.

Customers can use these HSPA+ and LTE smartphones on GoPhone in two ways. First, they can purchase a phone, unsubsidized, from AT&T. That includes the iPhone, which AT&T previously tried to keep away from GoPhone. The other is to bring their own device, which means an AT&T locked device bought from a third party, or an unlocked device compatible with AT&T’s network. It sounds like a great deal for people looking for a faster connection, if not the best possible deal.

For its part, AT&T does offer 1GB of data, plus unlimited talk and text, for $65, with each additional GB of data costing $25. That does seem a little steep, especially with Verizon recently increasing the data allotment on its $60 plan to 2GB, and its $70 plan to 5GB. Yet Verizon does not allow LTE devices on its prepaid service, so AT&T can claim an advantage there.

Existing customers will notice a change, if they have an HSPA+ or LTE device already connected to GoPhone, on June 21. But they can call in for a manual upgrade earlier.

Via Engadget via FierceWireless.