A comment about donating a portion of prepaid GoPhone balances... latest news from AT & T is that they no longer will do this!! You cannot text message a donation--pretty cheap of them if you ask me!
We're accumulating GoPhone balances (several hundred dollars), which we'll never use. It'd be great to be able to donate them.
Perhaps there's a way to embarrass them. Maybe I can find the most heart-warming, tug at the heart strings charity to use as the exemplar and go viral on them about this.
If an Internet campaign doesn't work (do I have the energy and support for such a thing?), then maybe the conversion to postpaid and a close out is still viable.
Someone earlier mentioned postpaid without contract, but I'm not finding that on wireless.att.com web site. Perhaps I'm overlooking something. I'd really like to find, in print, a monthly non-contract postpaid plan--along with explicit language that says if you close it out, you'll get your balance. Don't want to gamble away several hundred $$$.
^ Have you tried it, do a text donation with your AT&T go phone and see if your balance goes down. February of this year I was able to Donate $30 while roaming in Canada to US text donations. I tried to text donate using the go phone while in Canada to a Canadian Charity it kept giving me a message of some sort, I can't recall what it was but for American Charities it worked fine. The reason why I did it because my go phone balance was going to expire so I figured I better give it to a charity then to AT&T
Thanks for the reply! Yep, tried doing it with 3 different charities. Two different AT&T reps have said they no longer participate, alas!
Mobile Giving used to feature AT&T prominently as one of the 3 or 4 carriers that participated with them, so I was going to contact them. Alas, last I checked, that blurb is no longer on their site. I even thought that maybe it was regular cell vs. GoPhone.
We're a couple of hundred in on our balances and this really was the most wonderful option-- stick with AT&T, draw down the balance, and help charity.
Besides doing a little rabble rousing, I'm unsure what my other options are. Of course, one has to have a clear chunk of time to devote to such things! All my spreadsheet calcs on using the balance to to switch to a postpaid plan ends up a big loss, even if I were to buy, say, an iPhone 5 when it comes out!