AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone service expands to tablets, including iPad 3 and iPad mini

By , Jun 6, 2014

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AT&T’s prepaid wireless service for smartphones, marketed under the GoPhone moniker, now works with cellular-capable first-generation iPad mini and third-generation iPad with Retina display (also known as iPad 3).

The nation’s second-largest wireless operator said Friday that owners of a limited number of  select tablet models can now purchase cellular data on a month-to-month basis, for the first time…

After choosing one of the available plans (no credit check required) and inserting a GoPhone SIM Kit card (a $9.99 value) into your tablet’s SIM tray, you’ll be surfing the web at LTE speeds, thanks to AT&T’s decision last summer to enable faster 4G LTE and HSPA+ cellular networking on GoPhone plans (previously 3G-only).

The $15/$30/$50 buckets offer 250MB/3GB/5GB of high-speed data per month and can be refilled manually, by purchasing a GoPhone card, or automatically by tying a credit or debit card to your account.

The $15/$30/$50 tiers offer 100MB/500MB/1GB of additional data at $10 each. AT&T’s web app makes it easy to check your account, data balance and packages and more.

ATT GoPhone for  tablets (plans 001)

The list of compatible tablets includes the following models: the 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) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9” (SGH-I597).

Oddly enough, there is no mention of the iPad Air or the iPad mini with Retina display. Here’s hoping that AT&T adds support for these devices down the road.

GoPhone is great because it doesn’t require a device purchase. Just bring your own tablet, activate a plan and you’re good to go – no annual contracts, no device installments, just month-to-month data service that you can cancel at anytime.

If you plan on bringing a tablet from another carrier, don’t forget to ask them to unlock it.

As a guidance, your device must support one of AT&T’s GSM network frequencies: multi-band GSM (850/1900MHz), UMTS (850/1900MHz) or LTE (Band 2 1900MHz, Band 4 1700MHz, Band 5 800MHz and Band 17 700MHz).

You can check the supported devices list and familiarize yourself with GoPhone plans over at the AT&T website.

How do you get your cellular data?

Do you go prepaid or commit your soul to a carrier by signing on the dotted line?

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  • Rigs101

    This seems worth it youjizz on the go haha

  • Framboogle

    How the hell does a person live on 250 MB of 4G LTE? That’s like nothing these days.

    • Deltec Enterprises

      If all you want to do is SSH and check stock prices, it’s just fine.

  • Delric Thomas

    I am not sure if this is worth anything. I always thought that you can buy a certain amount of minutes as a go phone and it doesn’t expire until it’s gone or 60, 90 days later after purchase. But I must admit I don’t have it to go phone. This just seems like prepay. This is something you can currently do by calling customer service or sign up directly on the iPad.

  • Deltec Enterprises

    Finally, I can get my iPad on AT&T without an SSN!

  • Jeff Nims

    I have a T-Mobile iPad Mini. I get 200 MB of free data, which I can’t use because of the awful data coverage. I have GoPhone wireless service, which offers mobile hotspot. I have 1 GB a month to use, and using it between both devices, I never reach to 1 GB, so people like me don’t need the tablet plan if you already have mobile hotspot on your cell phone.