AT&T is a solid choice for nomads seeking cellular coverage to provide mobile internet on their journey.
But - finding an AT&T plan with enough data to act as a home internet replacement for can be a bit challenging.
One option that a large number of nomads have found success in utilizing is renting an unlimited AT&T data plan - which offers shareable, unlimited (depending on the vendor's definition of 'unlimited') data. There are also vendors who crop up who can set you up on your own unlimited plan with AT&T.
Renting/Leasing AT&T Unlimited Data Plans
When renting or leasing a data plan, you are paying a vendor for use of the line, and do not have a direct relationship with AT&T.
The upfront costs are typically minimal (ranging from $5-250 depending on if a MiFi/Hotspot/Router device is included), but the monthly costs are generally substantially higher than the actual cost the broker is paying for the line.
Dealing with Third-Party Vendors and Why the Pricing Range?
Some plans are based on postpaid business data only lines with no stated limitations and theoretically have a higher priority on the towers. They might include international roaming, static IPs or other features. These may be companies renting excess lines they have available, retired Unlimited Plus plans and tend to be the higher priced plans.
And some are plans based on the prepaid plans (including the now retired prepaid tablet plan or other plans not intended for hotspot devices) that might be subject to limitations like network management, lower priority service, lack of roaming or video throttling.
Please consider that 3rd party resellers/vendors usually do NOT have an official relationship with the carrier, or the plans used behind the scenes are not authorized for official use in data only devices. Service could be terminated with little notice. Have a back-up plan in mind should this happen.
In some cases, there is also a small possibility of devices used on unauthorized lines could get blacklisted by the carrier for future use on their network.
Spring 2020 Note: We have been tracking a lot of volatility in the AT&T 3rd Party vendor market place since the carrier retired the popular $34.99/mo AT&T Prepaid Tablet plan. It seems some vendors were using this plan behind the scenes, and other plans vendors have been utilizing are also be cracked down on by the carrier. We have seen many vendors come and go, plans get discontinued and customers left without service. We are keeping our vendor list update to date as best we can.
What You Need to Know
- Upfront costs are set by the vendor, and usually include the purchase of a SIM card and possibly a mobile hotspot device or router. If they are including a device, make sure it is a current model so it supports all of AT&T's coverage. Check our Gear Center for the current best options.
- Expect to pay $5 - 250 upfront depending on what is included. There may also be re-activation fees should you let service lapse.
- Monthly costs are also set by the vendor, based on current market demand. This is a month-to-month agreement, which gives you the flexibility to discontinue service as needed. But remember, no-contract goes two ways - vendors can change their pricing at anytime.
- You are not AT&T's customer - any support issues will be handled by your vendor.
- Fair Use Policy / Soft Data Caps: Some rental vendors may have data caps put in place to prevent excessive data use, or reserve the right to adjust service if you use more data than an average customer.
- Price Differences: Some plans may be corporate or consumer postpaid plans without caps or network management, but some cheaper lines may actually be prepaid unlimited data plans with lower priority on the towers.
- Have a Back-Up Option: We highly recommend having an alternate way online if you rely on one of these plans. Remember, these plans can get shut down with little notice (for contract breach, your vendor not paying their bill, etc).
Vendors We Track
Resellers may show 'out of stock' depending on current inventory and availability. And plans may actually come with data caps. Please be sure to read each vendor's fine print - and ask questions - before committing to purchasing a device or paying an up-front fee.
This listing is no way an endorsement or vetting for any vendor and we do not provide reviews of individual providers (although our members are welcome to share in the comments below). Most plans will work.. until they don't.
We have absolutely no affiliation with any reseller, none pay for their listing and we get no kickbacks for sign-ups.
This vendor listing is simply a courtesy for our audience to aid in their shopping process for those who have determined the risks of a third party vendor are acceptable. Please do your own continued research and evaluation.
Vendors that are confirmed to be selling plans on AT&T's network:
- boom! MOBILE - $60/month (See Our Gear Center Entry)
- CGCellular - $60/month
- Gypsy Wireless - $75/month
- Unlimited 4G Data - $80-130/month
- Finally WiFi - $84.95/month
- Bix Wireless- $84.95/month
- American Family Wireless - $95/month
- The RV IT Guy - $99/month (See Our Gear Center Entry)
- WaveNet - $99/month
- USLTE - $99/month
- Dynami Wireless - $99.99/month
- Unlimited Internet Provider - $99.99/month
- FireWifi - $99.99/month
- MobileMustHave - $120/month
- EZ-Com LLC - $120/month
- Unlimited Inter.net- $120 - $275/month
- EZ Mobile Data - $120/month
- Nomad Internet - $129/month
- UnlimitedIRL - $139/month
- Konnected Technology - $149.95/month
- Timbuktu Wireless - $149.99/month
- TechNowzi - $160-250
(Blue) - $199/month (See Our Gear Center Entry)
- Global/International Options
- MobileMustHave - $149/month
Vendors that we believe are selling plans on AT&T based on word of mouth or other sources, but we have not been able to independently confirm:
Vendors no longer offering plans on AT&T or currently showing out of stock:
Travel Data- $55/month (Now offering T-Mobile based plans.) OTR Mobile- $60/month (Now offering T-Mobile based plans. See Our Gear Center Entry) ATTHotspot- $60/month (Now offering T-Mobile based plans.) RV-4G- $60/month (Now offering T-Mobile based plans.) Instant-Internet- $65/month (Now offering T-Mobile based plans.) Net Buddy- $65/month (See Our Gear Center Entry) Unlimited 4G LTE- $75/month MFC Communications- $85/month Never Throttled- $85/month Nomadic Wireless- $85/month UbiFi- $99.99/month Connectifi.co- $110/month (Now offering Verizon based plans.) OliveIP- $110/month Trifecta Wireless- $129/month LambWireless -$130/month (now offering 250GB plan) IHQ Internet for Rural USA- $150/month
Last vendor list update: May 28, 2020
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Potential Alternatives to Consider:
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