Other AT&T prepaid

LorQ1027

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Currently have cricket and i was thinking of switching back to AT&T. The postpaid plans are a bit too expensive for me and I was looking into prepaid. For those that have att prepaid, hows the service/internet speed? I saw this deal online and not sure if it’s a good deal?
 

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bigfatipod

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You may get good responses here, but you could also check out the forums on https://www.howardforums.com, which are more dedicated to that sort of discussion.
My experience a few years ago was that ATT prepaid was a bit faster and had more coverage than my current plan with Cricket. Don't forget that you'll pay tax with att pp.
 

prss14

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Went from Post Paid ATT to PrePaid ATT last year. No Service difference that I can tell in either speed or coverage. If you buy AT&T Prepaid cards from Target online there is usually a savings and no sales tax on the Target purchase or your AT&T renewal. My bill for 5 lines is $140. I usually pay in the $125 range because of the tax savings and depending on what promos Target has on the cards that month.

How much data do you need? They also have a promo still going on where you pay for a year up front for 8 GB and it works out to $25 per month. Otherwise that doesn't sound too bad for Unlimited.
 

now i see it

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I'm using that same service (AT&T prepaid unlimited) and it is unlimited data - but it can tell when you're downloading movies or big files via tethering and can throttle the hell out of your speed.

Videos that are embedded in web pages that don't allow you to view the video in the YouTube app pretty much won't play because of the throttling. If you can play it in the YouTube app, you can watch them all, but usually only at 480P resolution due to att&t's "Stream Saver" throttling (that you can't turn off with this package).

My usual download speeds are about 30Mb & upload are about 5Mb - in this town, but I'm a mile away from the tower. How good your connection will be depends on how close you are to a tower and how populated the area is using that service
 

jdclifford

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If I remember correctly, Cricket is AT&T's MVNO. Why would you need to switch from Cricket to an AT&T branded ppd plan?
 

prss14

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If I remember correctly, Cricket is AT&T's MVNO. Why would you need to switch from Cricket to an AT&T branded ppd plan?
Many of the AT&T plans have a much higher download speed that Cricket, even though you are correct that AT&T owns them both.
 

LorQ1027

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Yup correct! Speeds on cricket can be pretty slow. I was on the grandfathered att postpaid plan for a long time but it just got too expensive.
 
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TheIntruder

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If I remember correctly, Cricket is AT&T's MVNO. Why would you need to switch from Cricket to an AT&T branded ppd plan?
AT&T owns Cricket, but it operates as an independent entity, with throttled data speeds and lower in priority in the data queue than Prepaid.

Prepaid started a couple promotions last year that have become very popular -- a plan with bonus data sold through Walmart (25GB/$40), and $300 online only annual plan (8GB/$25+tax). Neither of them are limited to 8Mb/s like Cricket is.
 
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