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The best AT&T prepaid phones currently available

AT&T's prepaid phones are few, and they're not necessarily mighty.
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August 27, 2021
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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 are only half 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

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 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.

Read next: These are the best AT&T plans to get

The best AT&T prepaid phones:

  1. Samsung Galaxy A02s
  2. Samsung Galaxy A32
  3. Motorola One 5G Ace
  4. AT&T Radiant Max

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

1. Samsung Galaxy A02s

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As we said, AT&T skews toward the affordable end of the spectrum with its prepaid devices. There’s not much better of an example than Samsung’s Galaxy A02s. It’s one of the most affordable options in Samsung’s catalog, and you’ll find a fairly modest spec sheet to keep you going.

Related: The best cheap Samsung phones available

This wallet-friendly option kicks off with a 6.5-inch HD Plus display and an Infinity-V notch for the selfie camera. You get a hefty 5,000mAh battery, though it’s no longer removable. Samsung’s 32GB of onboard storage isn’t the best we’ve seen, but you can boost it by up to 1TB with the microSD slot. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 processor is passable, and the triple camera setup stars a 13MP main shooter.

Samsung Galaxy A02s specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Samsung Galaxy A32

The Samsung Galaxy A02s is great for the price, but the Galaxy A32 might be the best overall option on Big Blue’s network. It comes with a significant boost in specs, and you get 5G speeds on top of it all. You’ll have to be ready to spend a bit extra, but it’s worth the cost.

Samsung’s Galaxy A32 packs a Dimensity 720 chip — one of the very few devices to skip a Snapdragon or Exynos processor — as well as 64GB of storage. You can jump up to 1TB thanks to the microSD slot one again, and the 5,000mAh battery will have a little more work to do this time around. The Galaxy A32 ships with Android 11 on board, and the four rear-facing cameras are far beyond those on the A02s.

Samsung Galaxy A32 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 720
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Motorola One 5G Ace

Motorola One 5G Ace on top of colorful coffee table book.
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Motorola’s One 5G Ace is one of the newer 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 now, 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

4. AT&T Radiant Max

at&t radiant max

The Radiant Max marks AT&T’s return to branded devices, and it’s one of the most affordable prepaid options you can get. It’s similar in many ways to the Galaxy A02s, though it offers a few sacrifices to keep the cost even lower. If you want a phone that can get you through the day without any bells or whistles, the Radiant Max might be the place to start.

Read: The best 5G phones

AT&T’s triple rear camera and 6.5-inch HD Plus display are pretty standard among its prepaid options, as is the 32GB of storage. You can only expand up to 128GB with the microSD slot, so keep that in mind as you add apps and games. A MediaTek MT6762 processor keeps everything moving along, and the 3GB of RAM should handle most light tasks.

AT&T Radiant Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: MediaTek 6762
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10