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Five Reasons to Make the Switch to AT&T GoPhone

We’ve debated ditching our monthly wireless bill and switching to a prepaid service. A little over a month ago, we decided to dip our toes in by trying out the AT&T GoPhone, a pre-paid wireless service. We settled on the HTC Desire 610, a perfect gift for our 8 years old daughter who  has been hounding us to get a phone for quite some time. We all agreed this will be a “trial run” and  her “in-case of emergency”  phone, but most importantly a reliable phone without long term commitment.

Five Reasons to Make the Switch to AT&T GoPhone #GoPhone

AT&T GoPhone devices include the latest 4G & 4G LTE Android, and Windows smartphones at affordable prices. The HTC Desire 610, retails for about $199 with no contract.  The GoPhone plan is compatible with most phones, which allows you to utilize a phone you already own, including an iPhone even if the service is with another provider. Yes you heard that right, all you have to do is insert a GoPhone-activated SIM card into your current phone and you’re good to go.

Customization on the phone and plan was easy. Through the data manager, we can see how much data our daughter uses, which helped us allocate data usage each month. She’s currently set up with the $60 a month plan and that plan offers Unlimited text, Unlimited talk, and 2.5GB of data per month. If she’s getting close to exceeding her allocated data plan, we get an alert. To make sure she doesn’t make any authorized purchases, we added Purchase Blocker for FREE, it blocks the purchase of any premium services (i.e. apps, games, alert services, etc.). If all goes well and if we decide to keep the phone, we will set her up  account up for auto-refill every month. We might add  $5 for 250 Minutes of International calling which includes countries like Canada, India, Mexico, Philippines, Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia and Venezuela. So she can call her cousins that’s out of the country.

We’ve discussed the responsibilities that comes with owning a phone in great length, so she understands that this is a huge privilege and has taken the proper precaution to follow our rules. If she abuses this privilege, we will take the phone away – it’s that simple. Since she’s had the phone we’ve enjoyed the relief of knowing she can get a hold of us anytime.

Five Reasons to Make the Switch to AT&T GoPhone

  1. Teaches Responsibility – Owning a phone can provide you with a sense of comfort as it creates parameters around your family’s wireless plans, while also instills a new sense of responsibility for a new phone owner
  2. You Can Use a Hand-Me-Down Phone – AT&T GoPhone is compatible with most phones, which allows you to utilize a phone you already own.
  3. Bring A Little Flexibility Into Your Life – AT&T GoPhone monthly rate plans offer great value for smartphone and basic/quick messaging phone customers. With a smartphone, GoPhone users receive unlimited talk and text and 2.5GB of data, so it’s easy to stay in touch with everyone.The auto-refill feature makes it easy to pay with a credit/debit card or bank account. Refill cards are also available at thousands of retail locations nationwide.
  4. The Kids Will Have No Excuse Not To Call – With a phone in hand, if after school activities got cancelled at the last minute no more scrambling to figure out what’s going on.
  5. Their World is Constantly Changing – AT&T GoPhone is the right choice for customers who does not want to sign a wireless phone contract. With no annual contract, GoPhone customers have the flexibility to choose a plan that fits their needs and budget, and make changes as necessary.

While trying to decide on a plan, we noticed that the site also offer a daily option plan, for as little as $2, you will get unlimited calling, unlimited text and Wi-Fi data, that’s not bad at all.  The phone and the service has been stellar. My husband is currently trying to convince us to sign up for the GoPhone plan for tablet.

For more information about AT&T GoPhone, device options and available rate plans please visit

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are mine. Products mentioned are compliments of AT&T.

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Kira is the founder of the award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two daughters. 



  1. Andrea Kruse

    October 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Interesting. I haven’t looked into the AT&T Go Phones yet. My oldest is just turning 7 and I was kinda hoping we could put it off until Middle School. I agree, this looks like a great way to teach responsibility to a young person while keeping them connected.

  2. Liz Mays

    October 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I don’t have the GoPhone but I use the GoPhone cards for my AT&T hotspot. It works perfectly because I only have to pay for it in the months I’ll be traveling and needing it.

  3. Jesica H

    October 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I sure wish we had their service in our area, I’ve heard good things and it would be nice for the kids. 🙂

  4. Rebecca Orr

    October 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    My cousin uses AT&T Go Phone for her cell service. She loves it and is always raving about it over other plans that she has used. I have considered it, but have not taken the plunge. I am headed over to their site to read more. This would probably save my family quite a chunk each month!

  5. Megan @mnmspecial

    October 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    We got phones for our older kids to keep track of them when I was on bed rest. We are almost ready for our 3rd kid to get a phone. This is the prefect option.

  6. Beth

    October 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This would be great for when our kids get a little older. We have been trying to figure out the ideal age to give them each a phone.

  7. Sara P. (@SensiblySara)

    October 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I like that you can use a hand-me-down phone. I think if I made the switch to the Go Phone, I’d use it as a house phone.

  8. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    October 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    How interesting! I think this would be a great option for a teen’s first phone!

  9. Digna D.

    October 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I have been using a prepaid plan now for almost a year now and am very pleased with it. Didn’t know about the GoPhone-activated SIM card, this is interesting.

  10. Kimberly Grabinski

    October 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    We have been considering a plan like this for our son. He is in middle school and I’d like him to have something for emergencies. This seems affordable with great features!

  11. HilLesha

    October 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I need to get something like this when traveling!

  12. Elizabeth Ferree

    October 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    My oldest went and bought his own phone and continues to show me he is capable by paying his own bill. He sticks with a pay-as-you go type of thing, I like it because it isn’t a contract. Love the idea of the AT&T Go phone, gets them ready for life and if you own it you know exactly how much you will be getting charged every month.

  13. Crystal

    October 30, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    We don’t have unexpected surprises on our bill anymore, but we pay a pretty high monthly rate. I love the idea of the AT&T GoPhone. I’m realizing it would be a great savings for us.

  14. Nina Say

    October 30, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I love AT&T, they have the best service where I live & have many family members on their go-phones.

  15. Melissa

    October 30, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    This is such a good option, especially for kids. I had no idea you could use an older phone you might already have too!

  16. Crystal

    October 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I have an AT&T go phone and love it! I get service in places where most others fail and their plans are reasonable for what you get.

  17. Emily

    October 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

    These types of phones are definitely ideal for kids. I will keep this in mind in a few years when our kids will be needing phones!

  18. Emily

    November 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Our boys are still way to young for this, but I know with my friends who have older kids a cell phone is a hot topic. I love that there is an affordable options for parents.

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