AT&T Prepaid sells smartphone plans on their website, but they also offer some data-only plans that are available in-store only. They recently added some new plans to this line-up, and also added more data to two existing plans.
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New Plan Line-Up
There are four plans in the new line-up - three monthly plans and one annual plan.
- Best Value Plan - Prepay $300 for a year, and get 20GB of data per month
- Essential Data Plan - 15GB for $35/month
- Great Deal Plan - 25GB for $50/month
- The Most Data Plan - 40GB for $75/month
The Best Value Plan and the Essential Data Plan are both new. The $50 and $75 plans were previously offered, but with 10GB and 18GB of data, respectively.
The new data plans all include 5G access, as long as you are in an area where 5G is available, and are using a 5G-compatible device.
The plans all include Stream Saver, which is a feature that reduces video streaming quality to 480p in order to save data. This feature can be turned off, allowing for HD/1080p streaming.
If you use up all of your data during the month, AT&T does offer Data Add-Ons, but they do not provide any details on their website as to how much data can be purchased, or the cost. You can add additional data by logging into your account or calling AT&T.
On the yearly Best Value Plan, any unused data will carry over for one month.
Taxes and fees are extra on all four plans.
AT&T's information on these plans states that they can be used with either a hotspot or a tablet. We were curious if they could be used with a router as well, so one of our team members took a Pepwave router to an AT&T store to test it out, and these prepaid data plans did show up as an option for him in the store. So as far as we can tell, these plans will likely work in a router.
Members - if you have used one of these prepaid data plans with a router, please do comment below or in the forums and let us know your experience.
These are decent plans with respectable amounts of data. They are prepaid, so data use is at a lower priority compared to AT&T postpaid customers.
For those shopping for prepaid AT&T based plans, also consider the Cricket Wireless Simply Data plans, which have better pricing and higher data caps available. However, they recently made moves to restrict usage to hotspot devices only.
While you can find information on these plans on the AT&T website, you must visit a store in person in order to purchase them.
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