Both voice capacity and packet-switched data speeds improved when 3G Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) equipment was installed in the network. On January 5, 2010, the company announced that it had upgraded its entire 3G network to HSPA Mbit/s, an improvement from its previous peak of Mbit/s. It also said that it planned to be the first . carrier to deploy HSPA+ across its network by mid-2010. The company had finished HSPA+ trials in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , and had begun deploying HSPA+ across its network.
1 AutoPay: Get $5 per month discount after enrolling in AutoPay. Restrictions apply. See /prepaidautopay for details.
2 $65 Monthly Unlimited Plan: After 22GB of data usage, AT&T may slow data speeds during periods of network congestion for the remainder of your 30-day term. Data speed limited to a max of 3Mbps. For content we can identify as video, speed will be limited to a max of at Standard Definition quality (about 480p). See /broadbandinfo for details on AT&T network management policies. Mobile hotspot use is prohibited.
3 After high-speed data allowance is used, data speeds are slowed to a max of 128Kbps for the rest of the term. Includes Stream Saver: for content we can identify as video, streaming will be at Standard Definition quality (about 480p). AT&T will activate it and you can turn it off or on at any time at /myprepaid . See /streamsaver for details.
4 Includes unlimited calling and texting within and between the ., Mexico, and Canada and use of your plan’s data in Mexico or Canada. Both the number of texts and number of voice minutes used, made, or received in Mexico and Canada cannot exceed 50% of the total number of texts or voice minutes in a month for any consecutive three-month period, or service may be terminated. Limited availability in select markets outside the .
5 Must enroll in Multi-Line account. Account owner is responsible for paying monthly plan charges for all lines. Additional terms and restrictions apply. See /multiline for details.
The big appeal to “upgrade plans” are that you earn points. The $60 plan earns 1 point a month, the $70 plan earns points a month, and the $80 plan gets 3 points a month. Once you’ve accumulated 18 points, you’ll be eligible for a $300 discount on a phone upgrade. In the prepaid world, customers are usually stuck paying the full price for phones, meaning higher-end products like the Galaxy S7 Edge are offered for the full price of $799. With this upgrade option, this brings flagship phones down to prices of around $499, and means that many mid-rangers could be yours for free, making it a pretty cool offer.