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Trying out AT&T GoPhone this month. I have to say that I am happy with the LTE download speeds in Lafayette, but the network here is pretty congested so at peak times it is not as fast. Think 5mbps vs 30mbps. But I am impressed by the low ping numbers and much faster data than i got with my previous provider. It is more expensive, and I had to program my APN myself because I'm running a custom rom on my S3, but I am impressed.
I know that AIO is capped at 8mbps download speed. Are all the other MVNOs like Straight Talk, Net10 and AirVoice also limited to 8mbps download speeds? Do they suffer from higher latency?
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Thanks for the quick reply and honest assessment. Now I just need to find those cheap pins...
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"AT&T vs. other mvno's"
GoPhone is not an mvno.
It is completely owned and operated by AT&T.
Where do people get these ideas?
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I think att gophone is a great choice overall.
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Sprint AYG, great pricing but currently lousy handset selections.
Boost and Virgin Mobile, once again good plans, Sprints native network (which is fine for many) but yet again, limited handset selections.
Verizon, 3G only as well as under-performing handsets.
T-Mobile, good plans, great unrestricted handset selections but by far an inferior network nationwide. They are OK if you don't leave the major cities but heaven forbid if you travel. There are so many areas of EDGE/GPRS as well as plenty of no service areas.
disclaimer: this post may be slightly off-topic, but it does offer my opinion of and experience with my att gophone service.
i just switched (within the past week or so) from tmo pre-paid (via solavei) to att gophone. while my coverage is more consistent with att, the speeds on tmo were soooo much better. granted, i'm running a nexus 4 (without the lte hack) so i'm comparing the two network's hspa speeds, but i just didn't expect such a stark contrast. i had always heard that att's hspa speeds were pathetic, but i figured by this time as more and more users are migrating to lte devices, maybe their hspa network congestion would drop off a bit.
boy was i wrong.
the absolute best speeds i can pull are roughly 5Mbps down, but that's only on a good day in just the right spot. most often i'm pulling only around 1-3Mbps. uploads are never more than roughly 1Mbps no matter where i am. with tmo, i was consistently seeing 12-15Mbps down, and around the same as att on the upside (although usually closer to 1.5Mbps and sometimes even 2Mbps).
think it's just my area? i'm northwest of philly.
i know i have the proper apn settings. i know i have my phone provisioned as a "4g capable" smartphone because i spoofed an s4 imei through tech support just to be sure they weren't screwing me around with the whole "an unlocked device isn't supported and therefore we can't guarantee speeds blah blah blah" song and dance.
i was expecting speeds more in the 8-10Mbps range and have read plenty of reports from users achieving these speeds. i may have overlooked the geography of those reports, though.
just wondering what the rest of you are getting with gophone speedwise? (phone and location too, please!)
However, I recommend you call CS and put the correct IMEI on your account. They don't mind that device at all and it will push the proper APN to your phone.
I switched to an HTC One X (and have had 3 other phones since then) and then it flew.
Even now I'll run a speed test and compare with AT&T always spanking T-Mobile HSPA vs HSPA.
Maybe it is your area?