From: SMS on
SMS wrote:
> Following the lead of Verizon's MVNO PagePlus, AT&T (starting today) is
> offering unlimited voice and text on its prepaid service. Let's see how
> these unlimited prepaid services compare. I've also included Straight
> Talk Unlimited (offered by Tracfone).
>
> PagePlus AT&T Straight Talk
> --------- ---------- -------------
> Native Network Verizon AT&T Verizon
> Roaming All CDMA Limited GSM None
> Voice Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
> Texts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
> Included Data 20MB None 30MB
> Additional Data $1.20/MB $2/MB Not available
> MMS Part of Data Unclear Part of Data
> Lowest Cost $33/month* $60+/month $45/month
> Fees/Taxes Included Extra None
> Roaming Extensive Very Limited None
> Roaming Cost 59�/min No Charge N/A
> 2G Coverage Excellent Good Good
> 3G Coverage Excellent Fair Excellent
> Handset Choice Good Excellent Poor
>
>
> *Regular rate is $39.95 per month, but account can be funded with refill
> cards that include greater than the face value, and that are sold at a
> discount off the regular price. For example, $46 buys you $56 worth of
> PagePlus money on the $50 refill card (sold at an 8% discount). $39.95
> of PagePlus money is deducted each month for unlimited service. $39.95 x
> 46.00 � 56.00 = 32.82.

Actually there's a mistake above. PagePlus has lowered their data rate
to $0.60/MB for additional data over the 20MB that's included.
From: SMS on
Mike Jacoubowsky wrote:

> What is meant by "Limited GSM" under "roaming" for AT&T?

On AT&T's prepaid GoPhone you don't get roaming as extensive as you get
on their postpaid plans, and there is no way to pay extra to get that
roaming back.

Look at "http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/" and click on
"Voice" and then click on "GoPhone" and you'll see what I mean; you lose
significant amounts of coverage on GoPhone by not being able to roam
ontol any available GSM network. Look at southern Oregon, Montana, and
Wyoming.

Similarly, on Verizon's prepaid plan you don't get all the free roaming
that you get on postpaid, but you can roam on some other networks for
20� per minute (including some coverage that you don't get even on
Verizon's postpaid plans). On PagePlus it's 59� per minute to roam, but
they do include some non-Verizon networks gratis (i.e. my kids have not
been charged roaming up in the Sierra's and Gold Country when roaming
onto Golden State Cellular)
From: Mark Crispin on
On Mon, 12 Oct 2009, SMS posted:
>> What is meant by "Limited GSM" under "roaming" for AT&T?
> On AT&T's prepaid GoPhone you don't get roaming as extensive as you get on
> their postpaid plans, and there is no way to pay extra to get that roaming
> back.

AT&T GoPhone can roam in Mexico, but not in Canada.

T-Mobile's prepaid can roam in Canada and quite a few other countries.
Page Plus can also roam in Canada.

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From: SMS on
Mark Crispin wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Oct 2009, SMS posted:
>>> What is meant by "Limited GSM" under "roaming" for AT&T?
>> On AT&T's prepaid GoPhone you don't get roaming as extensive as you
>> get on their postpaid plans, and there is no way to pay extra to get
>> that roaming back.
>
> AT&T GoPhone can roam in Mexico, but not in Canada.
>
> T-Mobile's prepaid can roam in Canada and quite a few other countries.
> Page Plus can also roam in Canada.

PagePlus works, kind of, in Canada but not officially. Someone also said
they were able to use PagePlus in China.
From: SMS on
Mark Crispin wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Oct 2009, SMS posted:
>>> What is meant by "Limited GSM" under "roaming" for AT&T?
>> On AT&T's prepaid GoPhone you don't get roaming as extensive as you
>> get on their postpaid plans, and there is no way to pay extra to get
>> that roaming back.
>
> AT&T GoPhone can roam in Mexico, but not in Canada.
>
> T-Mobile's prepaid can roam in Canada and quite a few other countries.
> Page Plus can also roam in Canada.

Surprisingly, T-Mobile has not entered the fray of unlimited prepaid.
With AT&T's new offering, you can get unlimited prepaid on the AT&T GSM
network, on Verizon's CDMA network, and on both Sprint's CDMA and iDEN
networks, but not on T-Mobile. T-Mobile has been offering a "secret" $50
postpaid unlimited voice plan to select customers, but that's a far
poorer deal than what's available elsewhere.