AT&T Go Phone - "No roaming charge" means no roaming
The coverage area for the Go Phone is much smaller in the Midwest especially, than the standard post-paid AT&T coverage. I think this is much misrepresented and treated as a dirty little secret by AT&T.
Now I find on the Walgreens site, in fine print, the following conditiions for Go Phones:
This phone is sold for use with GoPhone service and may only work on the AT&T network. ... Due to coverage and system limitations, service may not be accessible at all times. You must be in Pay As You Go coverage area to place or receive calls. ..."
Please be forewarned, as I was not, that last - you must be in a Pay as You Go coverage area to place or receive calls - even to AT&T.
I've read good things here about Page Plus prepaid plans. I will look into them and try to deal with AT&t.