AT&T is currently the second largest wireless phone provider in the U.S., just behind Verizon. Thinking about giving this GSM-based carrier a try? There are a lot of reasons to like AT&T, chief among them being the carrier’s great network that works across the vast majority of the US and the carrier’s great selection of phones.
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However, before you get started with AT&T, you first need to know what kind of plan is going to best work for you. Don’t worry, Android Authority has your back and created this best AT&T plans feature for that reason.
AT&T Mobile Share Plans
For those who don’t need unlimited data, AT&T’s mobile share plans are what you are looking for. All of the Mobile Share Advantage AT&T plans include unlimited talk and text in in the U.S., along with unlimited texting to 120 countries. You also get a limited amount of shared data which you can share with multiple lines. The exact amount depends on your exact data plan choice. One downside to the Mobile Share plan is that video streaming is limited to 480p resolution for all users.
Pricing for data allotments can be seen below, but keep in mind that’s not including the Device Access Charge. If you are connecting a phone, mobile hotspot, or LTE-powered laptop, it’ll cost you an access fee of $20 per line. For those that want to connect a tablet or wearable, it’ll cost $10 per line for these device. A max of 10 devices can be added to a single Mobile Share plan.
So what other perks can you expect with the AT&T Mobile Share plan? Here are the biggest extras and considerations:
- Any members of the military, along with qualified veterans, can also get a 15 percent discount on any of these plans.
- All the above plans include rollover data — meaning that if you don’t use it all in one month, it’ll carry over to the next.
- Free unlimited 2G data if you use all of your high-speed allotment. It’s slow, but it’s enough for basic emails, etc.
- Those with 10 GB+ plans can add a wireless home phone for $20, or pay $30 for wireless home phone and home internet access.
- Those with 10 GB+ plans get unlimited talk/texting to Mexico and Canada, along with no roaming charges for calls, texts, and data when you are in Mexico.
- International texting to 250 countries — more details here!
AT&T Unlimited Plans
New AT&T customers subscribers can choose from two unlimited plans, and both come with at least a couple of nice offers.
AT&T Unlimited & More
The cheaper of the two AT&T unlimited plans is called Unlimited & More, and cost $70 a month for one line, or you can get a four-line bundle of $160. Keep in mind that under this plan, your 4G LTE data speeds could be throttled at any time if the carrier is getting too much traffic. You also can access WatchTV, AT&T’s new skinny internet live TV service, for free with this plan. It offers access to 31 channels, with more to be added in the coming months. Unlimited & More has a $15 monthly credit to use for DirecTV Now, which is AT&T’s full-featured live TV streaming service. It includes access to many more cable channels than WatchTV and a cloud DVR service.
AT&T Unlimited & More Premium
The more expensive of the two AT&T Unlimited plans, Unlimited & More Premium costs $80 a month for one line. The Premium tier will throw in 15GB of free high-speed mobile hotspot data a month, the free access to WatchTV, a higher quality video streaming experience, and the use of the $15 credit for either DirecTV Now, the DirecTV satellite service or AT&T’s U-Verse internet service. Finally, the Premium plan lets users pick one premium cable or streaming service they can watch for free. The choices include HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, VRV, Amazon Music, Spotify or Pandora. Your 4G LTE data speeds could be throttled if you go over 22GB before the end of your monthly billing cycle.
AT&T Data-only Plans
if you just want to access the network on your tablet, laptop, or other non-smartphone connected device, you’ll want to check out AT&T plans that are designed with data-only customers in mind. You can add up to 10 of those devices for each data-only account. The plans also charge $20 a month for each notebook and mobile hotspot on the account, along with $10 a month for each tablet and gaming device.
One pretty big thing to keep in mind is that these data-only plans are not available to purchase online at AT&T’s website. Customers who want to sign up for them must call an AT&T sales representative, or visit an AT&T store to apply for one of these plans. AT&T does not offer an unlimited data-only plan.
AT&T International Plans
If you are an AT&T customer and will be traveling outside the U.S., the carrier has a couple of options to keep you connected. One is the AT&T Passport International roaming plan, which will work in over 200 countries and offer unlimited texts. For $40 a month, you can get 200 MB of data and $0.25 per MB for any amount over that limit, along with voice calls for $1 a minute to any country. For $60 a month, your data limit goes up to 300 MB, with $0.20 per MB for any overages and $0.50 a minute for voice calls to any country. Finally, for $120 a month, you get 800 MB of data and $0.15 per MB for overages, plus voice calls for $0.35 a minute.
A better option for travelers who are only spending a few days overseas is the AT&T International Day Pass, which is available in over 100 counties. It costs $10 a day, and offers AT&T customers a way to use either their current Mobile Share plan or Unlimited plan in other parts of the world. The daily charge includes unlimited calls from those countries back to the U.S., along with unlimited texting throughout the world.
AT&T plans — Conclusion
Needless to say, the many AT&T plans give new customers a ton of different choices and bundles to choose from when picking out one they want to use. Again, the AT&T Plans for unlimited users are the best for any accounts that have two or more people signed up, while the Mobile Share Advantage plans are best for people who just have one or two phones that don’t use a ton of cellular data.
Which of these AT&T plans do you think will be best for your needs? Let us know what plan you would pick in the comments!