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Cheaper rates and more data coming to AT&T prepaid plans
- Some AT&T prepaid plans are getting a bigger autopay discount.
- The higher-tier prepaid plans are getting either a heavier discount or more hotspot data.
- Discounts for combining lines are also increased.
AT&T is revamping its prepaid plans, adding in new features for some and dropping prices for others. Assuming you sign up for autopay, these changes make AT&T’s prepaid options better than all of Verizon’s prepaid plans.
The biggest change is the addition of a new $50 plan that gets you 8GB of LTE data, as well as unlimited talk and text both domestically and to Mexico and Canada. If you enroll in autopay, you get a whopping $10 discount on this plan, bringing your price down to $40.
For comparison, Verizon’s $50 plan gets you only 7GB of high-speed data and there’s no autopay discount. Its $40 plan only gives you 3GB of LTE data.
Next, AT&T is altering the autopay discount for its $65 prepaid unlimited plan. Now if you sign up for autopay, the discount is worth $10 instead of $5, which brings your monthly cost down to $55 for unlimited data, talk, and text.
The top-tier prepaid unlimited plan that costs $85 a month (or $75 a month with autopay) is getting some additional data for hotspot usage. Currently, you get 6GB of high-speed data when you use your phone as a hotspot, but that’s going up to 10GB.
If you're OK with autopay, these deals are no-brainers.
Finally, the multi-line discount for AT&T prepaid plans is also getting revamped. Currently, your second line gets you $5 off per month, third and fourth lines get you $10 off, and your fifth line gets you a $20 discount. The new discount rates are $10/$10/$20/$20. That means, with autopay, you can get two lines of unlimited data for $100 total, or two lines of unlimited data with 10GB of hotspot usage each for $130 total.
These new rates and plan offers go into effect tomorrow.
As a side note, all of these prices don’t factor in taxes and fees, and the unlimited plans are still subject to the 22GB per line per month data cap. After 22GB of unlimited data use in one 30-day period, you get throttled during times of heavy network congestion.
If you’re looking at prepaid plans you’ll also probably want an unlocked phone. May we suggest one from this list?