Originally Posted by mstone
I was looking at the plans
last night after reading another thread about the full price unlocked iPhone.
AT&T has a 10 cents a minute plan. So if you can get by with 150 minutes, for $15, add a small data plan for $15 and a txt plan for $5, that comes out to $35 a month. There is one question: They say "on qualified smartphones". I'm not sure if iPhone qualifies.
Yeah, the GoPhone SIM will work in the iPhone.Instructions on how to do it.
The only thing that doesn't work is Visual Voicemail.
GoPhone is not really price competitive if your data needs are greater than 300MB per month.
Concerning the GoPhone data packages, the 100MB package at $15 is actually the poorest value. Apparently, unused GoPhone data will rollover if you buy another data package before the 30 days are up. You should consider buying the 500MB package at $25, then refreshing with a $5 plan. You'll get over twice as much data (510MB vs. 200MB) over two months at the same monthly cost of $15. By doing it this way, you're actually getting more data (255MB per month) on GoPhone versus the same $15 (250MB) on the cheapest contract data plan.
I've estimated my own usage and I think I'll end up averaging $15-18 per month with GoPhone, mostly in data charges. I use Google Voice, so the vast majority of daytime calls actually ring my work phone and texting is free. You can use the Talkatone app for free outgoing Google Voice calls over WiFi.
By my calculations, if I go with a factory unlocked iPhone plus GoPhone prepaid service, the break even point is eleven months versus the cheapest AT&T contract plan (at $55/mo) and a subsidized phone (which has an activation charge).