AT&T Cell Phone Plans: Which One Is Right for You?

Discover the AT&T wireless plan that best meets your needs

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AT&T's wireless plans fall into three categories. Unlimited plans are perfect if you stream video and use a smartphone as an entertainment center. Choose a mobile share plus plan if you want to talk, text, and surf the web occasionally. Go with a no-contract AT&T prepaid plan when you don't want to be tied down to a monthly payment.

Whether you’re new to AT&T or want to switch plans, this guide describes AT&T's current wireless plan options so that you can find the one that best meets your needs.

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AT&T Unlimited &More Premium

What We Like

  • Free live TV.

  • No overage fees for streaming.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data to Mexico and Canada.

What We Don't Like

  • May throttle speeds after 22 GB when the network is busy.

  • May limit video to standard definition.

  • May limit hotspot data to 128 Kbps.

AT&T Unlimited &More Premium is the wireless provider's most complete plan. It supports up to four lines, with unlimited talk, text, and data. It also offers unlimited texting to more than 120 countries, access to 15,000 movies and TV shows, streaming at 1080p high-definition (HD) quality, and the option to launch a personal hotspot.

Pricing varies by the number of lines:

  • One line: $80 per month
  • Two lines: $75 per month per line
  • Three lines: $57 per month per line
  • Four lines: $48 per month per line

These are the prices after the AutoPay and paperless billing discounts have been applied.

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AT&T Unlimited &More

What We Like

  • Free live TV.

  • Stream content on your favorite device.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data to Mexico and Canada.

What We Don't Like

  • AT&T may throttle speeds when the network is busy.

  • Streaming is limited to 480p DVD quality.

  • No personal hotspot.

The AT&T Unlimited &More plan is similar to its Premium counterpart. The primary difference is that it doesn't support HD video streaming. It also doesn't support the creation of a personal hotspot. It does support up to four lines with unlimited talk, text, and data; unlimited texting to more than 120 countries; and access to 15,000 movies and TV shows.

Pricing varies by the number of lines:

  • One line: $70 per month
  • Two lines: $63 per month per line
  • Three lines: $49 per month per line
  • Four lines: $40 per month per line

These are the prices after the AutoPay and paperless billing discounts have been applied.

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Mobile share plus (9 GB)

What We Like

  • Roll unused data to the next month.

  • Use a smartphone as a mobile hotspot.

  • Includes talk, text, and data to Mexico.

What We Don't Like

  • Supports SD video streaming up to 1.5 Mbps.

  • Throttles speeds to 128 Kbps when the high-speed data amount is reached.

  • Rollover data expires after one billing cycle.

The AT&T Mobile share plus 9 GB plan is designed for people who don't routinely stream video on their smartphone. It offers video streaming at DVD quality (480p), and the 9 GB data limit is shared among up to four lines. The plan also features unlimited texts from the United States to more than 120 countries.

Pricing varies by the number of lines:

  • One line: $60 per month
  • Two lines: $50 per month per line
  • Three lines: $40 per month per line
  • Four lines: $35 per month per line

These are the prices after the AutoPay and paperless billing discounts have been applied.

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Mobile share plus (3 GB)

What We Like

  • Roll unused data to the next month.

  • Use a smartphone as a mobile hotspot.

  • Includes talk, text, and data to Mexico.

What We Don't Like

  • Supports SD video streaming up to 1.5 Mbps.

  • Throttles speeds to 128 Kbps when the high-speed data amount is reached.

  • Rollover data expires after one billing cycle.

This plan offers everything the previous Mobile share plus plan offers but with a 3 GB limit instead of a 9 GB limit.

Pricing varies by the number of lines:

  • One line: $50 per month
  • Two lines: $40 per month per line
  • Three lines: $34 per month per line
  • Four lines: $30 per month per line

These are the prices after the AutoPay and paperless billing discounts have been applied.

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AT&T PREPAID Plans

What We Like

  • Data rollover for the 1 GB and 8 GB plans.

  • Unlimited texting to more than 100 countries in all prepaid plans.

  • All four plans offer a multiline discount.

What We Don't Like

  • Throttles speeds after you reach your data allowance.

  • On unlimited plans, may throttle data speeds to 1.5 Mbps of SD quality.

  • The 1 GB plan talk, text, and data charges to and in Mexico and Canada are per-use.

If you don't want to be tied to a monthly plan or aren't sure you'll use everything included in a plan, consider a prepaid plan, instead.

AT&T offers four prepaid options, ranging in price from $35 per month per line for 1 GB of data to $85 per month per line for unlimited data. See Lifewire's round-up of AT&T's no-contract prepaid plans for more information.