That's good to know. They really should update their website.
Ahhhh, I think I see what you're suggesting: get TWO T-Mo SIMs, one activated and pre-configured for the $2/day unlimited voice and data plan for when you need data, and the other used as a pure PAYG for voice for days when you don't want/need data.
And actually, now that I think of it, the whole having AT&T 3G as a fallback to my Sprint 3g/4g mobile router plan has not been necessary, as by the time I get fed up with Sprint and turn off wi-fi router, disable wi-fi on my phone, the Sprint modem is usually back up.
Thanks, as I think I see my "Farewell to AT&T" strategy quite clearly now.
On your GV page, under 'settings', 'calls', the 'Caller ID (outgoing)' section determines the behavior you have for texts:
* When I text a Google Voice number from one of my forwarding phones:
1) Don't change anything
2) Display my Google Voice number
It also adds this note: "this setting currently only applies to text messages; calls will be included soon."
However, it's shown that same message for a few years now, I think....
You can even switch between the $2/$3/day plan to the PAYG and back anytime you want on the T-Mobile web site. It doesn't cost anything.
Verizon 4G LTE
San Francisco | San Jose
AT&T 4G LTE
AT&T works for sure with GV VM, but I haven't had any luck with TMo. I disabled TMo's VM a few days ago, as nothing torques me off more than having to pay for the prior line's callers/bill collectors leaving messages on MY NEW #, and then having to pay airtime to also retrieve THEIR messages! GV allows you to block callers who leave VM on your GV line (and you can retrieve messages over the web from a laptop/desktop, so no airtime charges), so in the future they will hear the familiar, "this number is no longer in service" recording.)
Well, there's the answer: you were on one of their 4g monthly plans, and GV works with those, but not with the PAYG and PBTD plans. When I try on my PAYG plan, I get a series of "setting activation failed" error messages.
I HATE having to think about this stuff, including setting reminders for expiration of airtime and data plans (and I suppose that's what AT&T is banking on: users who just want their phone to work as it always has, and damned the costs)....
Now, I am ALSO thinking of doing just what you thought I said. I was thinking of setting up a second SIM for the $2/day plan and since it would be a new number, it would most likely not get any calls or texts, and slip in that SIM on the days I want data.
But, then I got to thinking, that I'd have to manage two account balances, and not know how much I would need in each to keep them active, it seemed easier to just switch to the data plan with one SIM when needed.
Having said that, I stand by my statement. If you need any kind of 'unlimited' feature, AT&T GoPhone pay2go (10c/min, 20c/txt, used to be able to add data package with various rates, now no longer) is NOT a good deal at all.
Only one out of my four (one of them temporal)GoPhone PAYG accounts received the text from at&t, despite the fact that three of them were using data packages with iPhones (3GS and 4S). If we were to extrapolate from this, we could probably say that only 1/4th of data package users might have got the notice and only two weeks in advanced, thus the silence. I'm sure the vast majority of PAYG data users are still for a rude awaking in the coming days when they try to renew their data packages and realize that the terms were suddenly changed. Remember that the at&t press release was only made public the very same day this thing took effect and only blogs, industry-related or specialized outlets picked the story, sites that the vast majority of users never check.
When at&t has really (and nicely) wanted to promote services it had resorted to sending not only (properly spelled) SMSs but even personalized letters thru regular mail to the registered addresses, I still once in a while receive those encouraging me to buy text packages for the accounts that don't have it. This was a completely price increase and they are trying to spin it as if it was an improvement of service and the few sites covering it completely bought it, forgetting about the hundred of thousands (if not more) of PAYG users that are being negatively impacted.