AT&T Prepaid Buying Guide
Many of you are probably familiar with the so-called “Big Four” wireless service providers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. A lot of people might think that’s about all there is when it comes to choosing a carrier in the United States. It couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most of the leading carriers offer their own prepaid services with different pricing plans, selection of phones, and support. Let’s take a look at AT&T prepaid.
About AT&T Prepaid
Formerly known as GoPhone, AT&T Prepaid operates in the United States using the same network as its leading brand and, for the most part, provides almost identical cover. One key difference is that there is no third-party coverage in pockets of states such as Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
AT & T’s prepaid features include no annual contracts, no credit checks, and easy activation.
What do AT&T prepaid plans look like?
AT & T’s prepaid rate plans allow subscribers to switch month-to-month with no long-term contracts or cancellation fees. In addition, there is no charge to browse the data assigned to you; you receive “choked” 2G speeds on the data for the remainder of the bill cycle.
the prices shown below are with automatic bill payment, or AutoPay. Price plans may vary based on limited time promotions.
- $ 30 / month: Unlimited calls and texts with 2 GB of high-speed data
- $ 40 / month: unlimited calls and texts with 8 GB of high-speed data
- $ 55 / month: unlimited talk and text with unlimited high-speed data
- $ 50 / month: unlimited talk and text with unlimited high-speed data
What about the two unlimited plans?
You will notice that there are two plans with “unlimited” data. The $ 55 option normally costs $ 65 per month, while the $ 50 option typically costs $ 75 per month.
It certainly makes more sense to go for the cheapest plan, as you get a lot more for your money. The main problem, however, is that it is only for new customers.
Here’s what’s particularly different between the two:
- $ 55 plan: data can be slowed down during congestion
- $ 50 Plan: Provides access to 5G network speeds, data may be slowed down in congestion after 22GB of use, includes 10GB mobile hotspot, 100GB cloud storage, and video streams can go up to 1080p
Mobile hotspot / tethering is available for most plans as an add-on. Other features are available for different plans, including unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada or use in Mexico and Canada. Subscribers to 2 GB or 8 GB plans who do not use the allocated amount can carry it over to the following month.
AT&T offers three online offerings only for customers who choose to pay in advance. A 3-month plan ($ 99) gives users 8 GB of data per month; a 6-month plan ($ 180) brings the price down to $ 30 per month; a 12 month plan ($ 300) equals $ 25 per month.
It includes unlimited calling and texting within the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and unlimited texting from the United States to over 100 countries. These are limited time offers with no known expiration date.
Are there any other features to note?
AT&T Prepaid offers add-ons such as international calls and monthly data plans for tablets and hotspots. In addition, additional data can be purchased if you reach the data threshold of your plan.
What about family plans?
Customers interested in family plans or several lines can do it with reduced prices. Starting today, AT&T Prepaid is offering a discount on every line, when adding a line of service. In addition, there is also a discount for AutoPay, the automatic payment of bills. It is possible to mix and match plans according to individual data needs.
Tell me about phones at AT&T Prepaid
As you would expect, the overall selection is pale compared to the standard AT&T brand and tends towards affordability instead of potency. For those looking to save money, there are also a handful of certified restored devices.
A few phones have promotions which can add credit to your account or save money when associated with a particular pricing plan.
Can I bring my own phone to AT&T Prepaid?
You can often use your current phone on AT&T Prepaid, especially if it was previously associated with the standard AT&T service. Contact your current service provider to see if you can unlock your phone for use on AT&T.
We are also seeing a growing trend to unlocked phones with support for AT&T and its prepaid bands sold direct to the consumer. Examples include models from Samsung, Motorola, Blu, Nokia, and Alcatel.