AT&T currently offers a selection of prepaid phones and plans under its AT&T Prepaid brand. You may remember its GoPhone brand, but AT&T ditched that name a while back.
The brand currently sells several budget prepaid Android phones. Although, if you already own a GSM-based phone then it’s easy enough to port your phone over.
Let’s take a look at the very best AT&T Prepaid plans on offer. You can choose from plans with limited high-speed data, unlimited data, or even 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 AT&T will give you unlimited talk and text in the US with 2GB of high-speed LTE data. If you activate autopay, AT&T will knock $5 off the price of your plan. You can use your data for a mobile hotspot with LTE speeds, but it drops down to 128Kbps when you reach your data cap.
The small amount of data you get is actually Rollover Data too. If you don’t use up that 2GB of LTE data, whatever is left will transfer to the next billing period. You can still use your phone’s features at slower speeds if you run out of data before your cycle ends.
If you need a bit more data, AT&T Prepaid offers a plan for $50 a month ($40 a month with the Autopay bill option). It includes unlimited talk, text, and 8GB of LTE data. Once again, if you run out of that high-speed data, you can still use your smartphone’s features. However, the download speed will slow down to just 128kbps.
This plan adds unlimited talk from the US to Mexico and Canada, along with roaming in both for talk, text, and data. However, at least half of your usage must still be in the US.
There’s a temporary promotion running right now which allows you to save more money on this 8GB Prepaid package by paying for three or 12 months of service upfront. So, instead of the usual $50 month-on-month option, you can make a one-off payment of $99 for three months service, or $300 for 12 months. That works out to just $33 per month for the three-month plan or $25 per month if you commit to a full year. Sure, you’ll be paying ahead of time, but the savings are worth it.
If you’re looking for the biggest savings possible, the 12-month plan can save you a total of $300. It effectively cuts your service cost in half for the year and works out cheaper than the 2GB package monthly payments. Check out the details right here:
2. Plans with unlimited high-speed data
The next version of the AT&T prepaid plans costs $65 a month ($55 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 “during times of network congestion.” Video streaming under this plan is cut down to 480p and cannot be boosted up to 1080p. There’s no mobile hotspot data, but you can add it on for $10 per 5GB.
Usually the most expensive, the last of AT&T’s plans offers “unlimited” high-speed data plan for the price of $75 a month. However, it only costs $50 a month with Autopay right now, actually making it cheaper than the smaller-scale plan described above. This plan allows video streaming up to 1080p when Stream Saver is disabled. Unlimited Plus also grants users access to AT&T’s 5G network in areas where it’s supported. Users should not experience speed slowdowns unless they use over 22GB of data before their billing cycle ends.
This plan even includes 10GB of LTE data just for use as a mobile hotspot. After that’s used up, the data speed goes down to just 128kbps until the new billing cycle begins. You can get discounts if you sign up two or more of these lines on one account.
3. Other prepaid plans
AT&T seems to have done away with the zero-data prepaid plan, though you can still opt to add extra data to the other limited data plans mentioned above. You can add 1GB of data to the limited plans at a rate of $10 each. There are also a few pay-as-you-go options that might make life easy.
First, you can opt for a $2 per day plan that grants unlimited talk and text nationwide, and you’re only billed on the days you’re active. This is the perfect plan if you’re looking to save money and add data by the gigabyte. You can also choose to pay 25 cents per minute of nationwide calling if you’re not big on texting. Check out some of the specifics below.
If you want to save some money, these AT&T Prepaid plans should be on your radar. Remember, you’re not limited to AT&T’s choices for phones. You can buy an unlocked GSM phone and use it on this service with the purchase of a SIM card. The unlimited plan from AT&T Prepaid is also an excellent deal for families because of the discounts offered for more than one line.