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GameStop Mobile. They now have their own cell and data service, piggybacking off AT&T.

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GameStop, the popular video game retailer in the US, has decided to get into the wireless service business. The retailer has announced its new service, GameStop Mobile, a contract-free, prepaid MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) using the AT&T network.

The company hopes its prepaid offerings will allow consumers more flexibility with their plan, as they tout 5 new plans, ranging from $20 up to $55. The new virtual carrier will offer $20 per month for complete pay as you go, charging 10 cents per text or minute, and $1.50 per megabyte of data. The plan is aimed to those who want a reliable phone service for emergency-only use. For $35, $45, and $55 per month you get unlimited text messages and voice minutes, and 0, 100, or 500 megabytes of data respectively. Obviously the plan capping out at 500 megabytes of data isn't for a power user, but is a great no-contract alternative available from a carrier capable of 3.5G data capability on an iPhone.

GameStop Mobile also has a data only plan available, so you can use it with an air card or iPad. The plan is $55 and includes 1 gigabyte of data.

All of the plans are no-contract, the minutes include nationwide coverage on the AT&T network, free voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting. International calling is available in increments of $5 or $10 as a pay per minute add-on, and rates are aggressive. GameStop does not charge an activation fee.

Right now, SIM cards are only available in-store at GameStop retail locations. It's likely you will be able to buy them on eBay or other resale outlets if you don't have a GameStop available in your area.

We're excited to see more competition between MVNO carriers in the US. When carriers compete, the customer usually wins. Do you think the GameStop option is good? While for many the data cap would be an issue, do you see a niche in the market where GameStop will be successful with this launch?

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And now we all await Kittyrow's response. :daydream:

A lot of people keep saying that the death of used games will be the death of GameStop, it seems like this corporation is trying to get into many different markets. First they opened up buying and selling used iPhones, iPads, and iPods and now this new service. Will it pan out for them?

I don't keep up too much on cellular and data prices but these seem slightly steep, especially with the $55 plan that only has 500 MB of data, two gigs would make this appealing.

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$35 a month for unlimited voice and text, that doesn't seem like a bad deal if you have one of those clamshell smaller screen phones you wouldn't use the internet on anyway...My prepaid deal on Virgin is better though IMO ($45/mo for 1200 voice, unlimited everything else)

Geez, Gamestop is diversifying like a mofo, who do they think they are, Virgin? First it's mobile carrier, and Steam-cash retailer, next it's Gamestop Airways. Madness! :P

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$35 a month for unlimited voice and text, that doesn't seem like a bad deal if you have one of those clamshell smaller screen phones you wouldn't use the internet on anyway...My prepaid deal on Virgin is better though IMO ($45/mo for 1200 voice, unlimited everything else)

Geez, Gamestop is diversifying like a mofo, who do they think they are, Virgin? First it's mobile carrier, and Steam-cash retailer, next it's Gamestop Airways. Madness! :P

I feel like once a company starts trying all these different things they may be seeing their demise in the future

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Wow, 500 MB at 55 bucks a month is fucking worthless. There is like 30 other providers offering unlimited everything at that price, and even one in my area that offers unlimited music in a zune-like store on top of that.

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Anything that moves this abysmal company out of gaming and into other markets is absolutely fine by me.

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Anything that moves this abysmal company out of gaming and into other markets is absolutely fine by me.

This is an expansion, not a move.

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Great, so they will be asking you if you need a new phone plan when you checkout.

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Great, so they will be asking you if you need a new phone plan when you checkout.

My first thought.

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Wow, 500 MB at 55 bucks a month is fucking worthless. There is like 30 other providers offering unlimited everything at that price, and even one in my area that offers unlimited music in a zune-like store on top of that.

AFAIK, Sprint is the only company offering true unlimited data.

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Or go with Red Pocket Mobile like I use for my iPhone 4 and pay $60 for unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data no contract. It's an AT&T MVNO as well, same service but half the price. :)

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God, I despise prepaid no contract shit. Makes it so much easier for people to comit crimes using their phones. Has to be the most anti-law enforcement thing I've ever seen.

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Or go with Red Pocket Mobile like I use for my iPhone 4 and pay $60 for unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data no contract. It's an AT&T MVNO as well, same service but half the price. :)

There has to be a down side to getting the service at 50% off, right? Is it just buying your phone at full price ($800 or whatever it is) or is there something else?

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There has to be a down side to getting the service at 50% off, right? Is it just buying your phone at full price ($800 or whatever it is) or is there something else?

Well I had my iPhone 4 from AT&T but my contract was up so I left, phone is mine so there really is no downside. Unless of course you don't own a phone then you have to shell out money for a phone first, but if you already have an AT&T GSM phone you're good to go.
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God, I despise prepaid no contract shit. Makes it so much easier for people to comit crimes using their phones. Has to be the most anti-law enforcement thing I've ever seen.

Right, other than that being the vast minority of people who use no contract plans...

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Right, other than that being the vast minority of people who use no contract plans...

BUT ONE PERSON MIGHT USE THEM TO SELL COCAINE, SO WE SHOULD BAN THEM

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One person? Don't be naive bub.

And drugs are the least of the problem when it comes to these prepaid phones.

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