Currently, AT&T offers several postpaid business plan options. This guide focuses on the AT&T business plans worth considering for those qualified for a business account with AT&T.
For info on AT&T's direct consumer postpaid options, see our guide:
AT&T Business Plans
Phone Plans - **Top Pick**
AT&T Unlimited Business Smartphone Plans
Top Pick Notes: The Unlimited Elite plan includes a whopping 100GB of mobile hotspot data for smartphones, has higher network priority, no network management, and supports up to 4K video streaming. Access to AT&T's 5G networks is included. For the same price, the consumer version of Elite plan only offers 40GB of mobile hotspot data. This is one of the best smartphone plans on the market if you qualify as a business.
The Unlimited Business plan lineup comes in three tiers and is designed for small-medium sized businesses that need up to 10 lines per account:
- Business Unlimited Elite - $85 (**TOP PICK PLAN**)
- Business Unlimited Performance - $75
- Business Unlimited Starter - $65
- Carrier Networks Used: AT&T
- Carrier Relationship: Direct
- Plan Types Available: Smartphone (unlimited talk/text)
- Devices Permitted:
- Tablets, cameras, & connected cars (with built-in modems): $20/month
- Harman Spark connected vehicle device: $25/month
- Connected wearables: $10/month
- Mobile hotspot & laptop devices: $25/month
- Unlimited: Yes
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use:
- Business Unlimited Starter - None
- Business Unlimited Performance - 30GB
- Business Unlimited Elite - 100GB
- Tablets: None
- Mobile Hotspots/Laptops: 15GB then $10/2GB additional
- Throttling: None
- Network Management:
- Business Unlimited Starter - Always
- Business Unlimited Performance - 50GB
- Business Unlimited Elite - None
- Video Streaming Resolution:
- Business Unlimited Starter - 480p
- Business Unlimited Performance - 1080p (HD)
- Business Unlimited Elite - 4K
- 5G Access: Yes
- Device Purchase Required: No
- Plan Period: Monthly
- International Roaming:
- Roaming in Canada & Mexico included in plans for talk, text, and/or data
- For other countries, AT&T offers various addons, including day passes or pay-as-you-go rates.
- Domestic Roaming: Yes - but may be at 2G speeds.
- Data Rollover: None
- Overage Charges: None
- Lines permitted per account: 10
- Extras: None
Data Device Plans
Business DataConnect Plans
These are the business versions of the consumer DataConnect plans that provide buckets of tiered data and automatically assess overages for exceeding the bucket allowance.
The current options are:
- 25GB for $60 ($50 with autopay/paperless billing discount; discount starts within 2 bill cycles after enrollment)
- 40GB for $85 ($75 with autopay/paperless billing discount; discount starts within 2 bill cycles after enrollment)
Customers who go over the data allotment will automatically get increments of 2GB of additional data for $10 per increment.
Both of these options come with 5G and 5G+ (AT&T's mmWave network) for compatible devices.
Business Data Advantage Plans
The Business Data Advantage Plans offer plans with a high speed data cap, and then unlimited data at 512 Kbps after that.
The current plan options are:
- 10GB for $50
- 20GB for $90
- 45GB for $150
These plans come with 5G and 5G+ (AT&T's mmWave network) for compatible devices.
Business Connect Plans
AT&T's Business Connect plans come in three flavors: Telemetry, Capped, and Backup.
The "backup" option is the only remotely viable option, but it is intended to use shared buckets of "pooled" with multiple devices. Data costs range from 1GB for $25 to 200GB for $950 (not a typo).
These plans can access AT&T's 5G networks with a compatible device.
Business Mobile Select Plans
The business Mobile Select Pooled plan combines a variety of types of devices into a single pooled plan, but the data caps out at 10GB per device. Overages on one device can be offset by using less data on another device. 5G access is available with compatible devices.
Business Unlimited Wireless Broadband
AT&T offers wireless broadband data-only plans which are tiered-speed data plans for hotspots and routers. They are intended to be a primary, failover, or temporary connection for machine-to-machine business needs, as well as an easy to set up option for new and remote business locations. They include unlimited data and are priced by the rated speed and prioritization threshold. The higher-speed tiers are 5G compatible.
They also come with a bucket of priority data intended for use with business-specific applications like point-of-sale terminals, inventory management software, kiosks, ATM's, etc.
The plan options are:
- 8Mbps Plan (50GB Network Management Threshold) - $80/month
- 12Mbps Plan (75GB Network Management Threshold) - $130/month
- 50Mbps Plan (120GB Network Management Threshold) - $200/month
- 100Mbps Plan (175GB Network Management Threshold) - $300/month
We do not consider these plans suitable for most of our audience.
The plans are designed to be used for machine-to-machine (M2M) router use for businesses, as a backup option for primary internet to things like point of sales systems, time clocks, etc. In the terms of services: "Plans are limited to use with business applications, including business video applications." So video conferencing should be ok on these plans.
But the plans may not be used for entertainment video streaming, surveillance video streaming, audio streaming, web hosting, public/guest Wi-Fi, and other prohibited uses.
Another concern is that a fixed location is a requirement - it's not intended to be a mobile plan.
From their Terms of Service PDF, the specific limitations state:
Eligibility: Available only to business and government customers with a qualified AT&T wireless service agreement and only for their Corporate Responsibility User (CRU) lines of service. For their Corporate Responsibility User (CRU) lines of service only. Eligible Devices: Plans may only be used for a CRU line with a qualified data-only wireless router (sold separately) using machine-to-machine business applications needing wireless data communication between the router and Customer’s business data network.
Eligible Devices: Plans may only be used for a CRU line with a qualified data-only wireless router (sold separately) located in a fixed location using machine-to-machine business applications needing wireless data communication between the router and Customer’s business data network.
The third concern is that these plans come with restrictions on video streaming. Their language states:
AT&T Wireless Broadband does not allow access to entertainment and other non-business websites that offer video or audio streaming entertainment services, and is not intended for web hosting, or public or guest Wi-Fi.
And in another place on the same PDF states:
Plans may not be used for entertainment video streaming, audio streaming, web hosting, public/guest Wi-Fi, and other prohibited uses set forth in the Business Agreement.
So as attractive as these plans are, we do recommend using caution if pursuing this option as a primary plan. While we have had reports of mobile users utilizing these plans, it's unknown what actions - if any - AT&T might take if they are used outside that capacity.
Business Plan Requirements
Business Plan Requirements
AT&T Business offerings *may* be an option for those who have a qualifying business. For those with a qualifying business, these new plans come with some major advantages over AT&T's consumer plans.
Not just anyone can get a business plan. AT&T requires that you actually have a business account with AT&T. Setting up a business account can be done at any AT&T store or by calling the business sales division at 866-429-7222. This cannot be done online.
The only documentation required to set up a business account is a valid Federal Tax ID Number for the business (aka Employer Identification Number). Once the account is set up, you'll then be able to signup for a business plan. If you have a new business or a business without a credit history, AT&T may require a per line refundable deposit to activate service.
Once you get a business account, signing up for plans is generally done through business sales, but a few plans are available at AT&T stores.
Try & Buy Program
Those eligible for an AT&T business account can sign-up to receive a Trial Device (Moxee Mobile Hotspot) which is paired with 50GB of data eligible for use over 30-days (whichever comes first). At the end of the trial, you are free to keep the Trial Device, although it is locked to the AT&T network for a year.
News, Videos, & Status
- AT&T Brings Back Hotspot Line Add-Ons (With Overage Fees!) - 15GB for $25, then $10 per 2GB Posted on: July 15, 2021
- AT&T Upgrades International Day Pass - $100/Month Cap Posted on: July 13, 2021
- AT&T Unlimited Elite for Consumers Plan Refresh: No Network Management & 40GB Hotspot Data Posted on: July 12, 2021
- AT&T Rolls Out New Firmware Verison NTG9X50C_12.06.39.00_ATT_06.14 The Netgear MR1100 Nighthawk Posted on: July 6, 2021
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Setting up a business account can be done at any AT&T store or by calling the business sales division at 866-429-7222. This cannot be done online.
Once you have set up a business account, you can select your desired plans, here:
Some plans and options can only be signed up for through business sales.
Shopping for Cellular Data Plans
Finding the right plans for your needs is no easy task - quite simply mobile travelers using cellular data as their primary way online is not how most carriers have designed their plans. Many of us want plans that provide copious amounts of data.
Understanding the different plan terms (like network management, throttling, hotspot data, video resolution) is key to determining if a plan will meet your needs or not. You also need plans that are suitable for use in the device you want to use them in - such as smartphone, mobile hotspot device or cellular embedded router.
To learn more about shopping for dataplans, check out these key guides:
As heavily as the carriers push their "Unlimited' data plans - you'll quickly discover that most have limits. Here's a video going over what you need to know about unlimited plans, including 3rd party resellers plans that you might find on the internet:
But a data plan alone will not keep you online - it's only one part of the equation. You also need the right gear and signal enhancing strategy.
For more education on assembling a cellular centric mobile internet setup, head on over to our collection of guides: