AT&T currently offers a selection of prepaid phones and plans under its AT&T Prepaid brand. (You may be familiar with its previous GoPhone brand for prepaid phones, but AT&T ditched that name a while ago).
The brand currently sells a number of budget Android phones, with prices ranging from $479.99 down to a mere $34.99. If you happen to already have an unlocked phone that works on AT&T’s GSM network (and nearly all of them do), you can also sign up for one of the carrier’s prepaid plans with the use of a $0.99 SIM card.
Let’s take a look at the very best AT&T prepaid plans on offer.
AT&T Prepaid Plans
If you really, really want to use it, AT&T offers a $2 a day prepaid plan, where you are only charged on the days the phone is used. It offers unlimited talk and text, plus you can add 100MB of high-speed data for an additional $1. There’s also a plan that charges you 25 cents a minute for talking, plus 20 cents for each text message and you can buy data for 1 cent per KB. Both of these AT&T prepaid plans are mainly for people who only use their smartphone occasionally, or for emergencies.
For $30 a month ($25 a month with the Autopay bill option) you can sign up for a plan with unlimited talking and texting in the U.S., but no high-speed data. This is perfect for people who just want an old fashioned phone to chat with people, or maybe text a bit. Those users can still add data to their plan for $5 per 250 MB, if that’s a must.
For $35 a month ($30 a month with the Autopay bill option) you can sign up for a plan with unlimited talk and texting in the U.S, and with 1GB of high-speed LTE data. You also get mobile hotspot support with LTE speeds, but it drops down to 128Kbps when you run out of your 1GB data cap. You can stream video at up to 1080p resolution with this plan — at least when the Stream Saver option is turned off. When it is enabled, it restricts the video streaming resolution down to 480p.
This plan also offers Rollover Data, which means if, for some reason, you don’t use up that 1GB of high-speed LTE data, whatever is left over will transfer to the next 30-day billing period. If you run out of that high-speed data before the billing period ends, you can still use your smartphone’s features, but the download speed will slow to just 128 kbps.
AT&T Prepaid also offers a plan for $50 a month ($40 a month with the Autopay bill option), offering unlimited talk, text, and data, and 8GB of LTE data. However, for a limited time, this plan is being offered with twice its normal high-speed data, so you are getting 16GB of LTE data a month if you take advantage of this plan promotion.
Once again, if you run out of that high-speed data before the billing period ends, you can still use your smartphone’s features, but the download speed will slow down to just 128 kbps including its mobile hotspot amount. This plan also adds unlimited talk from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada, along with roaming in Mexico and Canada for talk, text, and data. At least half of the plan’s usage must be inside the U.S., so you can’t purchase this data plan and then use it primarily in Canada or Mexico.
The next version of the AT&T Prepaid plans costs $65 a month ($55 a month with the Autopay bill option), and offers everything in the previous plan, and “unlimited” high-speed data. However, AT&T says some customers may get hit with reduced speeds temporarily “during times of network congestion.” Also, video streaming under this plan is cut down to 480p, and cannot be boosted up to 1080p. There is also no mobile hotspot data with this plan.
Finally, the most expensive of AT&T’s plans also offers “unlimited” high-speed data plan for the price of $85 a month ($75 a month with Autopay). This one allows video streaming up to 1080p when Stream Saver is disabled, and users should not experience speed slowdowns unless they use over 22GB of data before their billing cycle ends.
This plan not only includes mobile hotspot support but gives subscriber 10GB of high-speed LTE data a month for that feature. After that is used up, the data speed goes down to just 128 kbps until the new billing cycle begins.
All of the plans that are $35 a month and above can also get discounts if you sign up two or more of these lines on one account. You can mix and match different plans for each line as well; one line could have the 8GB + 8GB plan and another could have the lower unlimited plan and a third could use the higher priced unlimited plan.
AT&T Prepaid Android phones
Assuming you decide not to purchase your own unlocked phone from Amazon or another retailer, AT&T Prepaid offers several budget-priced Android smartphones you can purchase directly from the carrier for use on one of these plans. They range from $479.99 for the Samsung Galaxy S7 all the way down to just $34.99 for the ZTE Maven 3.
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