Staples is not Office Depot. Staples is huge in online sales. I have no idea why buying online is all the rage. Better to hold what you are looking for - see if it is indeed a good item, then have it bought and out the door than to blindly buy online, in most cases for same or higher price, then wait for the item, then if incorrect have to return it by mail --- more effort. There are some items which are less expensive bought online -- this is true. On the balance, I like to buy in the store. I will hold the stock and expect it to gain back a couple to three bucks it has lost recently.
Really? Price for GoPhone service - no contract is similar to T-Mobile and at&t has full coverage. I was on T-Mobile and had many blank areas for data use. You may be in a good area for T-Mobile - so go for it. I was not and switched to at&t from T-Mobile after the first month. I find pricing is very competitive.
I tried T-Mobile. In my personal experience, along the Central Coast of California, while voice was so-so, there were far too many places where I could not pick up signal for data. A smartphone without good coverage is pretty useless. While this may be a local issue, if you just take a look at the real coverage area for data which at&t covers, I think you will get an idea why many will switch back. I am loving the smartphone now that I have coverage. The at&t GoPhone service is great. They got me going at a company store here in California with no cost for the SIM card and no startup fee -- it just works, coverage and price. People like Verizon coverage. I think you will find more people stating they had lousy coverage when users of T-Mobile or Sprint. Just ask around -- check out the Internet. You will find strong holds for T-Mobile and Sprint, but MANY more areas which coverage is working out for people on at&t service. Like I said, your experience may be different -- would not tell anyone not to use any one service, as coverage varies. I will say the new plans, like on GoPlans of at&t are much better.