11/22/2010, 02:31 AM
Yes and no. The Go-Phone SIM card is sold with minutes only, and you can choose how many $$ to buy your SIM card with for initial use. The card can only be used for voice minutes at that time. It should come with instructions to either dial 611 or give you a url enabling you to go to the go-phone web site from your PC to set up an account and select a go phone plan. If you don't get those instructions with the SIM card the rep should be informing you of that.
Originally Posted by MudShark22
So yes they come with minutes only on them, but put the sim into a phone (a device other than an unactivated Palm smartphone needing a data connection from the git go in order to to activate) and dial 611, you can choose from a couple of different pre-paid voice or voice and text plans at that time.
Once you have a pre-pay plan (way to be charged for the minutes/text you use) then you'll be able to choose whether you want to add one of the pre pay data feature options. Go-Phone data is absolutely available as a feature option and it's available to add on to all go phone SIM's once it has been set up on one of the currently offered pre pay plans. There's a disclaimer that not all phones will be able to utilize this feature before you confirm your data feature purchase, but they are willing to sell a data feature to you if you need or want it. If you dont choose the unlimited talk and text pre-paid plan, you'll probably want to add one of the messaging feature option choices too.
Keep in mind that choosing a go phone plan is what's needed so AT&T can charge you for your usage as you use it based on what plan you choose. When you have a plan you can then add money to your pre pay account as needed. Depending on the amount of money you "refill" your prepaid plan with and the voice/messaging plan you choose, the "refil" you add can be good for use for up to a year. As an example, I have a second line which is a go-phone account, and I add "refills" in $100 increments as needed which are good for a year, then I have the voice plan, messaging feature, and data feature I last chose deducted as I use them. My voice plan is a $1 charge the first time I use the phone on any given day, plus so much per minute used that day. If I don't use the phone for voice calls the next day I don't get charged that day. Nothing gets taken out of my remaining balance until the next day that I use my phone. That coud be the very next day, or several days later. There is an unlimited talk and text pre paid plan to choose from if desired. You'll need to add a monthly pre paid data feature option to that in order to use data on your Pre 2.
The messaging and data feature options are charged on a monthly basis. My choices are $5.00 per month for 100MB or $19.99 per month for 1GB. Just like the $1.00 per day and daily voice usage charges are deducted from my remainng balance when I make calls, the charge for messaging and data features are also deducted from what's left out of the $100 refill I added previously, and since the features are offered on a monthly basis, I get charged for them once a month in advance. I rarely use data on my go-phone device, so I generally have it set to auto add the $5.00 100MB feature monthly and change it to the $19.99 1GB data feature when I know I'll be using it a lot the following month. then I can go back in and change it to the $5.00 feature as long as I do it before the 30 day period is up, I don't get auto charged for the $19.99 feature. I'm not sure which choices will be available to you as that's dependant on the plans offered at the time you setup or modify your go phone plan.
The messaging and data feature options expire monthly so you need to manually add them every month, or you can choose to authorize AT&T to automatically add a particular feature every month like I do, as long as you have money available in the go-Phone sim card's account so they can deduct it. Having a pool of money you've "refilled" your go phone simm with isn't a bad thing either. You can manage your spending by only adding an amount you choose to add knowing it is good for a specific period (30, 60, 90 or 365 days).
As for the Go-Phone SIM you just purchased at the store with only voice minutes on it, don't buy a SIM at the store and put a $100 worth of minutes on it. Put the minimum amount you need to in order to purchase it, then add money when you set up your feature options as described above. IE; You'll need to add money and choose a base pre-pay plan before you can add the data feature option.
NOTE: If you plan on using more than 100MB or 1GB of data per month and those happen to be the feature plans you are offered to purchase, then you'll need to monitor your data usage so you can re add one of the data features having the charge for it taken from the remaining money in your go phone account. If you use all of the data you purchased as a feature option up before a month has passed, and you don't re add a data feature before then, they don't shut your data access off, which is good, but they start charging you on a per kb used basis and it's quite expensive. Those charges (just like your plan, and feature purchases) are taken from your remaining go phone balance until you run out of money in the account. The only time you'll not be able to use data is if you run out of money in your go phone account and they can't charge you for usage.