Sources reveal that AT&T will come up with a new prepaid brand in the second week of this June. Reportedly the carrier will test its new prepaid brand at Texas and Florida and launch it in the U.S. on June 15.
These new prepaid kits are initially priced at $35 for feature phones and for smartphones at $50. Alike fellow prepaid plans, the ‘all-in-one’ brand will also feature unlimited text and talktime plans in its prepaid kits.
Alike former prepaid plans, feature phones will not be facilitated with any data plans. But smartphone users would be able to consume 2 GB data per month.
Rumors also suggest that AT&T is going to offer 5 GB data usage to its customers with a prepaid kit priced at $70, which will also feature unlimited talktime and texting. Probably, this prepaid plan will not be effective on 4G LTE, but users will be facilitated with an option to sign up an additional contract in order to access 4G LTE.
Reportedly, the new ‘all-in-one’ prepaid brand will not utilize the 4G LTE and instead be effective over the 4G HSPA network of AT&T, which is way slower than LTE. All smartphones on contract with AT&T support the 4G LTE network, resulting HSPA to become less popular. Probably AT&T has opened up with ‘all-in-one’ to reshape its HSPA network.
AT&T prepaid population had declined by 184,000. The carrier claims declines in GoPhone and session-based smartphones to be the reason. AT&T is encircled within a stiff competitive sphere by regional carriers, other US carriers and MVNOs.
Verizon has also come up with new prepaid kits, which are priced at similar rates to those of AT&T’s. Hopefully, AT&T’s new prepaid brand will feature some cost-effective data, texting and talktime plans in favor of the smart giants.