AT&T is among the biggest cell phone service providers in the US. Announcing of outstanding coast-to-coast network coverage and fast data speeds, it is no surprise why AT&T has become an effective choice for people who need a cell phone network.
Not to mention, they possess several plan offerings ideal to just about everyone. With lots of different smartphones, mobile hotspots, and tablets, AT&T continues to be able to prove themselves among the best carrier in the country.
AT&T Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
AT&T GoPhone has a wide range of options with both monthly unlimited plans for smartphones and basic phones as well as pay-as-you-go and international options. The plans can be divided into monthly plans and pay-as-you-go plans. Monthly plans operate much like traditional plans; you pay upfront for a set amount of data each month. Pay-as-you-go plans work a bit differently, drawing on your account balance only when you use the phone. You can get a $5 per month discount if you sign up for automatic payments on any of AT&T’s monthly GoPhone plans.
AT&T’s monthly GoPhone plans are less expensive than the carrier’s traditional plans, their plans are improving constantly and competing directly with Verizon Prepaid; they are adding new features as Stream Saver and options like Multi-Line Discounts for their customers.
All AT&T prepaid plans come with unlimited talk and text (picture, and video messaging) within the U.S. Once high-speed data allowance is used, you receive 128 kbps speeds for the rest of the term.
AT&T pay as you go plan charges $2 per day instead of per minute. That means you could talk or text as much as you want and you’ll still be charged $2 at the end of the day. But you’ll be charged even if you only send a single text to one person. AT&T’s pay-as-you-go plans do not include data. Any data used is charged at a rate of 1 cent per 5KB. On the $2 Daily plan, you can purchase a Day Data Pass for $1, which gives you 100MB to use for the day.
AT&T Unlimited Data plan
There are currently two ways to get unlimited data on AT&T: the Unlimited Choice plan, and the Unlimited Plus plan. Both plans offer unlimited voice calls and text messaging.
The Unlimited Choice plan costs $60 for the first line, $115 for two lines, and then $20 a month for additional lines with limitations (no tethering, video streaming is limited to standard definition 1.5Mbps about 480p, and the speed is capped at 3Mbps.
The Unlimited Plus plan costs $90/month for the first phone, $145/month for two phones, and $20/month for each additional phones. Still some limitations with the Unlimited Plus plan but I consider them reasonable limits, after you use 22GB a month, AT&T reserves the right to throttle your speeds.
This is a pretty good deal for anyone who needs a paid TV service and is a heavy user of wireless data. Specifically, it’s best for individuals who use between 10GB and 15GB of data per month. Keep in mind that the average wireless customer in the US uses between 2.5GB and 3GB, so it’s clearly not for everyone. But pricing for the unlimited plan looks much more attractive as you add more data and more lines.
AT&T Rollover Data Plan
AT&T rollover plan seems more attractive at first because there is no minimum amount of web data required. You only need to have an AT&T mobile share value plan, starting from as low as 300MB per month all the way up to 100GB. That’s handles about 50 million users based on an AT&T spokesperson.
Say you have 5GB of web data to use each month an in February you just use 2GB. So AT&T consumers could include the remaining 3GB they didn’t use in February to their regular 5GB data plan, which will give them a complete of 8GB of web data to use in March.
This is when the plans vary. As an AT&T user, if you decide to use the only 4GB in March of the 8GB you kept, just 1GB will move over to April, that when added to the normal 5GB data plan will provide you with a total of 6GB of web data. The reason is AT&T rollover data ends after a single billing period.
You will also count on the data which is being rolled over next month could be used first before any new data, but that’s not the case. As mentioned on AT&T site, “rollover data is always consumed last, after you other data allowances.” Since the 3GB of web data you kept over from February wasn’t used in March, it simply vanishes from the account, leaving you having only 1GB of data to rollover to April.