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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 selection of AT&T prepaid phones isn’t as great as their plans, though. 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. Honestly, we have a hard time recommending any AT&T prepaid phones.

If you do plan to go with AT&T prepaid service, you should consider taking 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. You can check out our best cheap Android 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.

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The best AT&T prepaid phones:

  1. Apple iPhone SE
  2. Samsung Galaxy A01
  3. Samsung Galaxy A11
  4. Nokia 3.1 A
  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

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This is easily the very best of all AT&T prepaid phones available straight from the carrier. The new iPhone SE is also the most expensive they have, 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.


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.

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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. And it’s not as bad a phone as you may think. It has dual cameras, a 5.7-inch 720 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

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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. Nokia 3.1 A

Nokia 3.1 A - Best AT&T prepaid phones

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.

Read: The best Nokia phones

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.


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

5. Samsung Galaxy A51 5G

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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