Until just recently, AT&T offered a selection of prepaid phones and plans under the oddly named GoPhone brand. Thankfully, the carrier’s finally ditched the label, now offering the same phones and plans under the new, and far more reasonable, AT&T Prepaid brand.
The brand currently sells a number of budget Android phones, with prices ranging from $139.99 down to a mere $29.99. If you happen to already have an unlocked phone that works on AT&T’s GSM network (and nearly all of them do), you can also sign up for one of the carrier’s prepaid plans with the use of a $0.99 SIM card.
Let’s take a look at the very best AT&T prepaid plans on offer.
AT&T Prepaid Plans
For $30 a month ($25 a month with the Autopay bill option) you can sign up for a plan with unlimited talking and texting in the U.S., but no high speed data. This is perfect for people who just want an old fashioned phone to chat with people, or maybe text a bit. Those users can still add data to their plan for $5 per 250 MB, if that’s a must.
For $35 a month ($30 a month with the Autopay bill option) you can sign up for a plan with unlimited talk and texting in the U.S, and with 1GB of high-speed LTE data. You also get mobile hotspot support, but only for 128Kbps in terms of speed. You can stream video at up to 1080p resolution with this plan — at least when the Stream Saver option is turned off. When it is enabled, it restricts the video streaming resolution down to 480p.
This plan also offers Rollover Data, which means if, for some reason, you don’t use up that 1GB of high-speed LTE data, whatever is left over will transfer to the next 30-day billing period. If you run out of that high-speed data before the billing period ends, you can still use your smartphone’s features, but the download speed will slow to just 128 kbps.
AT&T Prepaid also offers a plan for $50 a month ($40 a month with the Autopay bill option), offering unlimited talk, text, and data, and 8GB of LTE data. Once again, if you run out of that high-speed data before the billing period ends, you can still use your smartphone’s features, but the download speed will slow down to just 128 kbps. This plan also adds unlimited talk from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada, along with roaming in Mexico and Canada for talk, text, and data. At least half of the plan’s usage must be inside the U.S., so you can’t purchase this data plan and then use it primarily in Canada or Mexico.
The next version of the AT&T Prepaid plans costs $65 a month ($55 a month with the Autopay bill option), and offers everything in the previous plan, and “unlimited” high-speed data. However, AT&T says some customers may get hit with reduced speeds temporarily “during times of network congestion.” Also, video streaming under this plan is cut down to 480p, and cannot be boosted up to 1080p. There is also no mobile hotspot data with this plan.
Finally, the most expensive of AT&T’s plans also offers “unlimited” high-speed data plan for the price of $85 a month ($75 a month with Autopay). This one allows video streaming up to 1080p when Stream Saver is disabled, and users should not experience speed slowdowns unless they use over 22GB of data before their billing cycle ends.
This plan not only includes mobile hotspot support but gives subscriber 10GB of high-speed LTE data a month for that feature. After that is used up, the data speed goes down to just 128 kbps until the new billing cycle begins.
AT&T Prepaid Android phones
Assuming you decide not to purchase your own unlocked phone from Amazon or another retailer, AT&T Prepaid offers several budget-priced Android smartphones you can purchase directly from the carrier for use on one of these plans. They range from $129.99 for the LG Phoenix Plus all the way down to just $39.99 for a refurbished version of the ZTE Blade Spark.
Other AT&T plans, phones, and promos
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While the old GoPhone brand might have been a good idea a few years ago for marketing the service to budget-minded customers, it definitely makes sense to change the name to AT&T Prepaid now. The new brand name gives potential new users a better idea of the kinds of low-cost phones and plans AT&T offers. If you want to save some money, and don’t mind your 4G LTE speeds being throttled down to 3Mbps, this should be on your radar.
Remember, you are also not limited to AT&T’s choices for phones. You can buy an unlocked GSM phone and use it on this service, with the purchase of a $0.99 SIM card. The unlimited plan from AT&T Prepaid is also an excellent deal for families; the discounts that are offered for more than one line make it a good choice.
What do you think of the AT&T Prepaid phone plans that are currently being offered by the carrier? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.