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AT&T Go Phone - "No roaming charge" means no roaming

kcora 211 68 June 15, 2011 at 01:04 PM
I've read warnings here about AT&T's GoPhone cost versus service and, unfortunately ignored them. Now I have a GoPhone, promised by several reps to work if I traveled outside the coverage area, with "no roaming charge." Now I'm outside the roaming area and there just is no coverage.

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.



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Actually, I thought it was common knowledge that GoPhones worked only in areas with AT&T towers. Regardless, their prepaid coverage has recently improved a little in the midwest provided that you have a 3g phone.

Perhaps Tracfone/Net10/Straight Talk might work in your area as you can roam with that service. Page Plus does not use AT&T at all, but instead uses Verizon towers. Be aware that if you roam on Page Plus, you will be charged 29 cents a minute.
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ive never had roaming trouble with my prepaid att in texas.
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