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Unlimited wireless internet for $20 a month w/o contract

Caleb Kimbrough

I didn't see a post on this, so I figured I'd say something.

At&t now offers the option of having unlimited pay as you go wireless internet for $20 a month with no contract. You can use a wireless broadband card or a phone as a modem, they'll both work. There's no contract, you just have to pay in at the beginning of the month and pay $20 to have unlimited data for the next month. Of course, this is perfect for chasing...since you'll only use it less than half the year...

Looking at the coverage map might discourage some though. There's decent data coverage in OK but it gets more spotty heading north, although up here in KC it's blazing fast ;)

Check out this article for more: http://www.phonenews.com/att-gophone-prepaid-adds-data-only-option-3381/

I signed up for it and am awaiting a phone and cable, but I'll let you guys know how it works...
 
I am going to drop my $60 plan and go with this. Thanks for the post :)

note there is a 5 gig soft limit cap that they don't enforce
 
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I'm confused, is this in addition to a preexisting AT&T plan, or can anybody get this service only? I don't use AT&T, but for a Jackson a month I would use it for unlimited data.
 
From reading this on ATTs website it sound close to what US Cellular has
with EasyEdge. The website doesn't say anything about tethering a phone
or using a card with it. It refers to using it "on the phone"

Or am I in the wrong spot?

Tim
 
ATT is like other cell phone companys they are not going to mention tethering but it can be done and you can also take your sim card and use it in a laptop card
 
I see, so it is like EasyEdge in some ways. I can tether from my phone to the laptop
but if I go nuts with downloading or start sending video upstream they could lower
the boom on me....

Tim
 
I am a frequent poster on the howard forums and nobody has gotten the boot for going over the limit or received a letter from ATT. I use on average 10 gigs a month with ATT and I have had usage like that for almost 2 years and never been warned or booted :)
 
Looks like you can do just the data plan from what I see. But concerned about
doing any large amount of downloading or uploading with it and using a card instead of a phone. Would have to see the fine print on this before jumping.. Its not the same
as the regular ATT Wirless broad band plans.

Tim
 
Hey guys...

So, you don't need to have an existing plan with at&t to use this. It is part of their pay as you go plan. You're not required to used any sort of voice plan either, it can be data only.

Here's a quote from an article I found on the plan:

"ATT's terms of service prohibit tethering and "downloading movies using P2P file sharing services" but seem to allow all normal browsing and phone applications including legal streaming."

Here's the article, it'll help you guys out a lot: http://wapreview.com/blog/?p=546
 
If this is a true "Pay as you Go" plan it might be very attractive for visitors coming to the plains that don't want to use expensive roaming options...
 
Too good to be true?

Hmmm... this sounds almost too good to be true.

So you get a data card, sign it up as a "pay-as-you-go" phone with data, and its just $20 a month, since obviously you can't make regular voice calls with a data card (but they are assigned phone numbers like a regular phone).

I would think this thread would be 10 pages long with everyone ditching Alltel, etc. Alltel is a "no-go" for me since I do not want to have a voice plan with them. Verizon is still incredibly expensive for data, but everyone I know and their brother is on Verizon, which is nice for the phone bill.

Anyone out there signed up for this "from scratch" who can report on the process and experiences so far? This would be great even for regular travel.

Thanks!
-Mike
 
Mike you can go with Alltell no contract on say the $39 plan and use it just for data. The data mins would come out of your 500 pool in the day time and be free at night and on the weekeneds. If you felt you were going to go over you could add unlimited phone as modem option for $24.99 and the best part is you can add this feature when needed and remove it from your online account. I have both Alltel and ATT and will try to help you with any questions that you may have
 
I've been using the AT&T "pay as you go" data service for over a year now and I really don't have any complaints. I ordered an elcheapo $29 Samsung phone when I ordered the service then took it's 3G sim card and slid it into my trusty LG CU500v where I use the Bluetooth to connect to the laptop with AT&T's connection software. I've never tried streaming but for data (GRLevel3) on the road, it does the job.
 
Mike you can go with Alltell no contract on say the $39 plan and use it just for data. The data mins would come out of your 500 pool in the day time and be free at night and on the weekeneds. If you felt you were going to go over you could add unlimited phone as modem option for $24.99 and the best part is you can add this feature when needed and remove it from your online account. I have both Alltel and ATT and will try to help you with any questions that you may have

Either plan sounds interesting...although I'm inclined to test AT&T first, though Alltel supposedly has better coverage.

For Alltel - do I need a dialup ISP to use the phone as a modem? When you say "Alltel no contract" does that mean I can cancel the phone at any time, or are you referring to the $25 unlimited phone-as-modem add-on? (I was under the impression from Alltel's site that canceling any voice plan incurred a penalty).

For AT&T, I'm still not sure how the process to start up works. Do I need to sign up and get a cheapo phone, with some prepaid balance, or can I purchase any GSM aircard I want and activate that with the plan? I'm going out to run errands this afternoon, so I'll print out the article from WAP Review and stop by an AT&T cellular place... but I get the feeling this is one of those not-heavily advertised things that is inherently difficult to get any info about from websites or pushy cell phone salesmen!

Thanks for your help!
 
Then just pop the SIM card from the phone into the aircard and you're good... or do you tether to the phone?

I did everything from their website (I chose "Pick Your Plan") and had the phone 2 days later. Don't know if you need to purchase a phone to get the sim but I didn't want to take any chances.
 
It would better to use a direct usb connection than bluetooth if you plan to stream and want faster speeds
 
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