If you’re looking for a prepaid carrier in the United States, you have a ton of options. One of the best prepaid service providers out there is AT&T’s GoPhone service. Too bad we can’t say the same about the phone selection.
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While AT&T (postpaid) has some of the best and most varied options for handsets, right now most of AT&T GoPhone’s offerings are low-to-mid-range at best. And honestly we find ourselves having a hard time recommending any of them. So our advice? If you plan to go with GoPhone, take advantage of their “Bring your own phone” option, where they provide a SIM card you put into a device that you purchase elsewhere.
At the bottom of this guide we’ll share some buy links to specific unlocked phones worth giving a consideration, but also be sure to check out our best cheap Android phones and best Android phones lists for other great options that will play nicely with the AT&T GoPhone network.
Absolutely want to pick up a phone from GoPhone, just to avoid the extra steps and potential hassle of bringing your own? We have just one pick for you – the Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2. It’s not going to blow you away, but for under $150, it’s more than capable of getting the job done if your needs are relatively basic.
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Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly device on AT&T’s prepaid network, you should check out the Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2. Successor to the original Prime, the new model trades out the 1.3GHz Exynos 3475 for a Samsung Exynos 7 Quad (7570).
Overall the specs here aren’t exactly that impressive, but it packs enough punch to perform most everyday tasks without breaking much of a sweat, just don’t expect it to be a gamer’s dream or anything. Other core specs include a 5-inch HD (720p) display, 16GB storage with up to 256GB expansion via microSD, 1.5GB system RAM, and a 2,600 mAh removable battery.
- 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 294 ppi
- Samsung Exynos 7 Quad (7570)
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
- 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
- Removable 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat
As we’ve mentioned already, AT&T doesn’t offer a ton of notable options for its GoPhone service, and most of the phones available through the carrier are priced pretty high. Thus, you might be better off going with an unlocked option and activating it on AT&T’s prepaid network.
If you’re looking for a few other options, you can’t go wrong with these:
- Samsung Galaxy S8 | Buy now from AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus | Buy now from AT&T
- Samsung Galaxy S7 | Buy now from Amazon
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | Buy now from Amazon
- HTC 10 | Buy now from Amazon
- LG G5 | Buy now from Amazon
- Moto G5 Plus | Buy now from Amazon
- Honor 6X | Buy now from Amazon
How do like our list? Is there any device you’d add or remove? Let us know your opinions in the comments!