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If you want a prepaid carrier in the United States, AT&T Prepaid is one of the best to choose from. It relies on the Big Blue network for far-reaching and fast coverage. While AT&T’s postpaid phone selection has some of the best options around, the company’s prepaid offerings are low- to mid-range at best. To make things worse, there only about a dozen devices to choose from. Honestly, we have a hard time recommending any AT&T prepaid phones.

See also: AT&T prepaid buyer’s guide: Pricing, plans, and more

If you plan to go with AT&T prepaid service, you should consider bringing your own phone, where they provide a SIM card for you to put into a device you already have. You can also check out our best cheap Android phones and best Android phone lists for great options that will play nicely with the AT&T network. If you decide to stick with what AT&T prepaid phones are on offer, here are the best options.

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The best AT&T prepaid phones:

  1. Apple iPhone SE
  2. Samsung Galaxy A01
  3. Samsung Galaxy A11
  4. Motorola One 5G Ace
  5. Samsung Galaxy A51 5G

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best AT&T prepaid phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. Apple iPhone SE

iPhone SE back crop

This is probably the very best of all AT&T prepaid phones available straight from the carrier. The 2020 iPhone SE is also among the most expensive options you can get, but it offers amazing value at around $400.

More: Here’s an iPhone buying guide

Apple’s budget phone doesn’t leave much to be desired. It comes with the same metal and glass body we saw on the iPhone 8. In fact, it looks near identical to it. Performance is also great, especially considering it comes with the same processor as Apple’s iPhone 11 models. Camera performance has shown great results, and you still get premium features like an IP67 rating and wireless charging. There’s no going wrong with this one, though you won’t find 5G access.

You can also check out Apple’s slightly older iPhone XR on AT&T prepaid. It’s not as new as the SE, but it offers a few more features like FaceID and a larger display.

Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

2. Samsung Galaxy A01

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The other phones in this list of the best AT&T prepaid phones are great, but they may be a bit pricier than you want to pay. If you want something good on the affordable side, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy A01.

Related: These are the best cheap Samsung phones available

This little guy comes with very modest specs, and you can’t expect much from it. You also have to pay very little for it. AT&T Prepaid offers it for just around $65. It has dual cameras, a 5.7-inch 720p display, and even a removable battery! The latter is a very nice feature to have, as you can carry multiple batteries and swap them out to get more life out of your phone.

Samsung Galaxy A01 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 13 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy A11

Samsung Galaxy A11 - AT&T prepaid phones

The Samsung Galaxy A01 is great for the price, but if you don’t mind spending a bit more, the Samsung Galaxy A11 is definitely a better option. It’s not that much more expensive and offers some nice upgrades.

It comes with a larger 6.4-inch screen, a better Snapdragon 450 processor, an extra ultra-wide camera, and a larger 4,000mAh battery. It’s also not that much more expensive, making it one of the best AT&T prepaid phones you can get.

Samsung Galaxy A11 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Motorola One 5G Ace

Motorola’s One 5G Ace is one of the newest devices on this list and one of the most powerful. It’s one of a select few 5G-ready options that the carrier offers, and it packs specs that most AT&T prepaid phones can’t match. For starters, you’re looking at a 5,000mAh battery. Pair that with a Snapdragon 750G chipset, and you should be good to go for a while.

Read: The best Motorola phones you can get

The Motorola One 5G Ace won’t set the world on fire, but it’s a solid phone for the price. It’s deeply discounted at the moment, and you can boost the 64GB of internal storage by up to 1TB. You’re also looking at three cameras on the back, but your results may vary a bit.

Motorola One 5G Ace specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 48, 2, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Samsung Galaxy A51 5G

Samsung Galaxy A51 back face down

Released as an upgrade to the Galaxy A51, the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G is a great option for those who want to get into the 5G game on the cheap. And this is no slouch, despite its lower price point, which is why it joins the list of the best AT&T prepaid phones.

Read: The best 5G phones

The Exynos 980 chipset is quite powerful and more than suitable for most people. AT&T only sells the version with 6GB of RAM, although the phone also comes in an 8GB variant. There’s also a quad-camera array at the back, a large 4,500mAh battery, and a very nice AMOLED display.

Samsung Galaxy A51 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Exynos 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 5, 5, 12, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10