GoPhone Data Plan

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GoPhone Data Plan

I have 2 questions:

 

  1.  Is it possible to add data plan by using the available balance on, say $100 GoPhone card?
  2.  Can I buy data plan for selected non-contiguous month of the year?
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Re: GoPhone Data Plan


ilikewireless wrote:

I have 2 questions:

 

  1.  Is it possible to add data plan by using the available balance on, say $100 GoPhone card?
  2.  Can I buy data plan for selected non-contiguous month of the year?

Yes and yes. Deciding on which months you'd like to use a data plan is entirely up to your decision.

Cat Happy Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 Cat Happy



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Re: GoPhone Data Plan


ilikewireless wrote:

I have 2 questions:

 

  1.  Is it possible to add data plan by using the available balance on, say $100 GoPhone card?
  2.  Can I buy data plan for selected non-contiguous month of the year?

Yes to 1) - you do it in two separate steps.  Add the refill card to your account first so that it's included in your account balance, and then you purchase the data feature plan using funds from your account balance.

 

2)  It depends on what you mean - if you are just asking if you have to maintain a feature plan every month to continue using one, the answer is "no" - you can pick and choose the months you would like to add a feature plan to your account.  But if you are on a limited allotment feature plan, you would lose any rollover of the unused feature plan balance by not adding the same type of plan in contiguous months.  There is not an option when purchasing a feature plan to purchase it for a future effective date, if that's the intent of your question.

                                                                                                                         =^..^=
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     - Doug Larson

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Hey hme83 and Wild Banchi and Razr8, thank you very much for your support. As far as I recall I have not left out the names of other members that provide support in this area. Thanks to others whose name I cannot remember at the moment.

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You're welcome. Smiley Happy Glad to help.

Cat Happy Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 Cat Happy



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hme83 wrote:

ilikewireless wrote:

I have 2 questions:

 

  1.  Is it possible to add data plan by using the available balance on, say $100 GoPhone card?
  2.  Can I buy data plan for selected non-contiguous month of the year?

Yes to 1) - you do it in two separate steps.  Add the refill card to your account first so that it's included in your account balance, and then you purchase the data feature plan using funds from your account balance.

 

2)  It depends on what you mean - if you are just asking if you have to maintain a feature plan every month to continue using one, the answer is "no" - you can pick and choose the months you would like to add a feature plan to your account.  But if you are on a limited allotment feature plan, you would lose any rollover of the unused feature plan balance by not adding the same type of plan in contiguous months.  There is not an option when purchasing a feature plan to purchase it for a future effective date, if that's the intent of your question.


 

Yah I was thinking about data plan for the months I have the need. Having read about the data feature pkg one more time, I am thinking that non-consecutive months usage would result in being billed at the much higher ppu rate.
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Re: GoPhone Data Plan


ilikewireless wrote:

hme83 wrote:

ilikewireless wrote:

I have 2 questions:

 

  1.  Is it possible to add data plan by using the available balance on, say $100 GoPhone card?
  2.  Can I buy data plan for selected non-contiguous month of the year?

Yes to 1) - you do it in two separate steps.  Add the refill card to your account first so that it's included in your account balance, and then you purchase the data feature plan using funds from your account balance.

 

2)  It depends on what you mean - if you are just asking if you have to maintain a feature plan every month to continue using one, the answer is "no" - you can pick and choose the months you would like to add a feature plan to your account.  But if you are on a limited allotment feature plan, you would lose any rollover of the unused feature plan balance by not adding the same type of plan in contiguous months.  There is not an option when purchasing a feature plan to purchase it for a future effective date, if that's the intent of your question.


 

Yah I was thinking about data plan for the months I have the need. Having read about the data feature pkg one more time, I am thinking that non-consecutive months usage would result in being billed at the much higher ppu rate.

No - you can add the data feature package for isolated 30 day periods to avoid incurring the PPU rate during that period (of course with your new LG Thrive, you won't have access to prepaid PPU data anyway Smiley Wink ).  The only "con" to not consecutively adding the data feature package is the loss of any unused feature balance rollover to the following month - you have to add another data package within 30 days to maintain that benefit.

 

Is there a specific statement within the data feature package description/terms that is leading you to the conclusion you would have to maintain it even when you didn't have a need for the data usage?

                                                                                                                         =^..^=
There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

     - Doug Larson

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ilikewireless wrote:

Hey hme83 and Wild Banchi and Razr8, thank you very much for your support. As far as I recall I have not left out the names of other members that provide support in this area. Thanks to others whose name I cannot remember at the moment.


 Thanks for the mention, but you have been very informative to me, so thank you!

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Re: GoPhone Data Plan


hme83 wrote:

ilikewireless wrote:

hme83 wrote:

ilikewireless wrote:

I have 2 questions:

 

  1.  Is it possible to add data plan by using the available balance on, say $100 GoPhone card?
  2.  Can I buy data plan for selected non-contiguous month of the year?

Yes to 1) - you do it in two separate steps.  Add the refill card to your account first so that it's included in your account balance, and then you purchase the data feature plan using funds from your account balance.

 

2)  It depends on what you mean - if you are just asking if you have to maintain a feature plan every month to continue using one, the answer is "no" - you can pick and choose the months you would like to add a feature plan to your account.  But if you are on a limited allotment feature plan, you would lose any rollover of the unused feature plan balance by not adding the same type of plan in contiguous months.  There is not an option when purchasing a feature plan to purchase it for a future effective date, if that's the intent of your question.


 

Yah I was thinking about data plan for the months I have the need. Having read about the data feature pkg one more time, I am thinking that non-consecutive months usage would result in being billed at the much higher ppu rate.

No - you can add the data feature package for isolated 30 day periods to avoid incurring the PPU rate during that period (of course with your new LG Thrive, you won't have access to prepaid PPU data anyway Smiley Wink ).  The only "con" to not consecutively adding the data feature package is the loss of any unused feature balance rollover to the following month - you have to add another data package within 30 days to maintain that benefit.

 

Is there a specific statement within the data feature package description/terms that is leading you to the conclusion you would have to maintain it even when you didn't have a need for the data usage?


Yes there is a specific statement. Here's the quote:

"Feature packages are good for 30 days as long as your account balance is not
expired. Standard rates apply if feature package is not renewed after 30 days.
Also, feature package balance rolls over if renewed before expiration date."

 

If a feature phone user who has a data feature package skipped 1 month, I can see that standard ppu rates would apply.

 

What will happen to smartphone users if they skip, say 1 month. During the skipped month with 0 kB balance, what would happen if a smartphone user accidentally enabled 3G data without knowing, and then tried to read e-mail while mistakenly thinking that the phone was in WiFi mode? Would it be similar to having $0 on airtime for talk* ?

 

* I once let a prepaid airtime hit 0, and the effect was immediate dropped call.

 

 


 

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Razr8 wrote:

ilikewireless wrote:

Hey hme83 and Wild Banchi and Razr8, thank you very much for your support. As far as I recall I have not left out the names of other members that provide support in this area. Thanks to others whose name I cannot remember at the moment.


 Thanks for the mention, but you have been very informative to me, so thank you!



You're welcome.Smiley Happy

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Oh, now I'm with you. Smiley Happy Yes, if you let your data package expire without renewing it, feature phone users would pay PPU rates for any additional data use. With a smartphone recognized by at&t, I'd expect you will just get some kind of a data connection error message (not be able to connect), and not be charged.

 

But just to be certain there is no misunderstanding - you aren't limited to making changes only in 30 day increments. For ex., you can use a data plan for 30 days, let it expire and not use data for 9 days, then decide you want a package again, purchase one and have it available to use for the next 30 days. The only thing you've lost by having an interim period with no data package is the rollover of any unused feature balance from your first period of having the package.

                                                                                                                         =^..^=
There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware.

     - Doug Larson

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It was my understanding, too, that the data plan could canceled at any time.  I canceled it by calling 611.  Still, AT&T took another $45 out of my balance.  I can't reach anybody.  How do you make sure the thing is canceled?  How do you stop the charges?  Does anybody know how?

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