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 prepaid Android phones as well. If you already own a GSM-based network phone. you can also sign up for one of the carrier’s prepaid plans.
Let’s take a look at the very best AT&T prepaid plans on offer. You can choose from plans with a limited amount of high-speed data, plans with unlimited data, or even a plan with no data at all.
Best AT&T Prepaid plans
Editor’s Note: We will be updating this list when more AT&T prepaid plans are changed or launched.
1. Plans with limited high-speed data
For $35 a month ($30 a month with the Autopay bill option) there’s a plan with unlimited talk and texting in the U.S. It throws in 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.
This plan also offers Rollover Data. If 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. However, 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). It offers unlimited talk, text, and data, and 8GB of LTE data. Once again, if you run out of that high-speed data before the billing period ends, you can still use your smartphone’s features. However, 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 US, so you can’t purchase this data plan and then use it primarily in Canada or Mexico.
There’s also an AT&T prepaid plan promotion that allows you to get the same 8GB data plan for just $25 a month. The catch is that you will have to pay $300 upfront. That means you will get 12 months of the service.
2. Plans with unlimited high-speed data
The next version of the AT&T Prepaid plans costs $65 a month ($50 a month with the Autopay bill option). It 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 ($70 a month with Autopay). This one allows video streaming up to 1080p when Stream Saver is disabled. 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. You can also get discounts if you sign up two or more of these lines on one account.
For a limited time, the $85 plan includes free access to AT&T WatchTV. Normally, this service costs $15 a month on its own. It will allow plan subscribers to stream over 35 cable TV channels live, plus over 15,000 movies and TV episodes on demand.
3. Other 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. It charges 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.