Your guide

AT&T prepaid phones

If you’re looking for a prepaid carrier in the United States, you have a ton of options, but one of the best is AT&T prepaid. The carrier has a number of handsets on offer, and we’ve rounded up the best ones below.

While AT&T’s postpaid phone selection has some of the best and most varied options for handsets, the company’s prepaid offerings are low- to mid-range at best. To make it even more difficult, there aren’t too many devices available, either. Honestly, we have a hard time recommending any of them.

If you do plan to go with AT&T prepaid service, you should instead take advantage of their “Bring your own phone” option, where they provide a SIM card for you to put into a device that you’ve purchased elsewhere. That is the best recommendation we have for this service.

If you decide to bring your own device, be sure to check out our best cheap Android phones, best prepaid phones, and best Android phones lists for great options that will play nicely with the AT&T network. If you decide to stick with just what AT&T prepaid phones are on offer, here are the best options.

Best AT&T prepaid phones:

  1. LG Stylo 4 Plus
  2. Apple iPhone 6S
  3. LG Arena 2
  4. Nokia 3.1 A

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


1. LG Stylo 4 Plus

LG Stylo 4 Plus - best AT&T prepaid phonesAT&T

The LG Stylo 4 Plus is the phone for people who not only want a really big display with an included stylus but also not have it cost an arm and a leg like the phones in the Samsung Galaxy Note series. This phone has a 6.2-inch, 2,160 x 1,080 resolution display, along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for adding even more storage.

The embedded stylus can be used to write and save notes on the phone’s big screen, even if the screen itself is not turned on. It can also be used for a number of other apps, including GIF Capture, which lets you make your own fun GIFs from your stored phones and videos.

The LG Stylo 4 Plus also has a 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 3,300mAh battery. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The LG Stylo 4 Plus is available as one of the best AT&T prepaid phones for a list price of $300, but frequent deals could make it cheaper than that.


LG Stylo 4 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 16MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


2. Apple iPhone 6S

best AT&T prepaid phones -- Apple iPhone 6SAT&T

We know we’re an Android site, so it might seem like sacrilege to suggest you buy an iPhone. However, the list of the best AT&T prepaid phones is so short and there are so many lackluster devices available that the Apple iPhone 6S is quite literally one of the best phones on offer.

At this point, the iPhone 6S is nearly five years old, so you shouldn’t expect a top-of-the-line experience, even by iPhone standards. However, the phone is still receiving the latest iOS updates, still has a capable processor and rear camera, and is the last phone from Apple to include a headphone jack. These are all good things!

Since the phone is so old, AT&T is selling it for just $150. However, there are frequent sales and we’ve seen it get as low as $100. That’s not bad at all!


Apple iPhone 6S specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Apple A9
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 1,715mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.1


3. LG Arena 2

LG Arena 2 prepaid phoneAT&T

The LG Arena 2 is a rebrand of the 2019 LG K30. Carriers will often rebrand other devices to make them seem like exclusives. Don’t be fooled, though: the LG Arena 2 is just a K30 with a different name. That doesn’t prevent it from also being one of the best AT&T prepaid phones, though!

In most ways, the Arena 2 is not as good as the LG Stylo 4 Plus listed above. However, the Arena 2 is newer and thus comes with a newer version of Android on board. Other than that, though, the Stylo 4 Plus beats out the Arena 2 with every other spec and feature.

Notably, the Arena 2 is also significantly less expensive than the Stylo 4 Plus. The Arena 2 has a list price of just $120, which is less than half the price of the Stylo 4 Plus. If you don’t mind losing out on some specs (and don’t care about the stylus), this phone will get the job done.


LG Arena 2 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 425
  • RAM: &2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


4. Nokia 3.1 A

Nokia 3.1 AAT&T

The Nokia 3.1 A is a very slightly upgraded version of the original Nokia 3.1. Its design has been tweaked and some specs have been bumped to make the phone seem like a 2019 device — even though the original Nokia 3.1 is a 2018 device. Regardless, it’s still one of the best AT&T prepaid phones available today.

HMD Global is one of the best companies around when it comes to delivering Android updates. Although the Nokia 3.1 A doesn’t appear on its list of phones that will receive Android 10, both the original Nokia 3.1 and the Nokia 3.1 Plus do. Therefore, it is possible (although not guaranteed) that this phone will be the only one on this list to get Android 10.

Outside of the operating system, the Nokia 3.1 A is nothing too special. It’s got the bare minimum amount of RAM, some basic cameras, and OK battery capacity. Keep in mind, though, that the Nokia 3.1 A has a list price of just $50, making it a real steal, especially if it does end up getting Android 10.


Nokia 3.1 A specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 429
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,990mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


These are our picks for the best AT&T prepaid phones you can get right now. As we mentioned, the list is quite short, which is why it’s likely better to bring your own device to the service. Regardless, we’ll be sure to update this post once new models hit the market.

More posts about at&t