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Prepaid cell service has come a long way in the United States in the last few years. What was once near-taboo, is becoming increasingly commonplace, even for those with the credit to qualify for post-paid plans. That’s because prepaid is often cheaper, all while offering more flexibility. Not to mention that great devices like the Nexus 4 certainly have hurt prepaid’s growth any.

One the downside, prepaid services also tend to offer much slower network speeds due to the lack of 4G LTE support. Luckily AT&T is changing this by introducing brand new GoPhone prepaid plans, which all support both HSPA+ and LTE.

Depending on your needs, there will be three different smartphone-compatible prepaid plans to choose from.

The base plan is just $25 a month, offering 250 minutes of calling, unlimited text and the option of 50MB of data for $5 more.The next up in the line is the $40 plan, giving you 200MB data, 500 minutes and unlimited texting. Additional data will run you $5 for every extra 100MB.

The optimal plan for most smartphone users will be the $60 plan, which gives you unlimited talk, text and 2GB data. Each additional 1GB of data runs just $10.

So when do the new plans with LTE support roll out? LTE access is slated to be available June 21st. With other prepaid options, like those from StraightTalk, costing less – is this a good deal? Honestly, it depends on how important LTE access is to you. If you mostly connect to Wi-Fi for data, probably not. If you are absolutely thrilled by the idea of 4G LTE support, this could be the perfect plan for you.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
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