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FreedomPop Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

While they each seem like a necessary evil, the big guns of mobile have gotten increasingly greedier and more expensive at every turn. The plans from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint sometimes cost more than some average households are willing to cough up each month.Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) may offer a solution. For those that don’t know, MVNOs lease the same towers from the aforementioned carriers to allow customers to connect at a discounted rate while the virtual network handles the customer service, etc.You may have heard of Boost, Cricket, or Straight Talk; we’d like to talk to you to about FreedomPop.AboutFreedomPop was founded in 2012 by a capital investment venture led by creators Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar to start a new carrier that molds free, open Internet with the traditional mobile telecom services. The company has a base focus with phones that work completely over the internet via voice over IP and supplements that when you are away from Wi-Fi with carrier towers.FreedomPop originally launched with a limited run of phones compatible with Sprint. In 2016 the company expanded to “global compatibility” with a new partnership providing coverage with AT&T’s network. A year later it inked a deal with Target to sell service inside its stores to compete with Walmart and Straight Talk.What are FreedomPop Rate Plans?As mentioned above, FreedomPop starts at a free tier for just Wi-Fi enabled smartphone plans and moves towards more traditional monthly rates as you add data and voice away from Wi-Fi connections.Free PlansFreedomPop offers two versions of free plans. You can choose between either a CDMA backed line by Sprint or a GSM line with AT&T.CDMA option: 200 minutes talk time, 500 texts, and 500MB data per monthGSM option: 200 minutes of talk time, 500 texts, and 200MB of 4GB LTE dataWhat about plans with more data?FreedomPop has competitive rates for plans at 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB of data, and they get cheaper if you commit to longer terms.Discounts are applied when pre-paying quarterly, semi-annually (6 months), or annually — much like Mint Mobile. Suffice it to say, the longer your commitment, the bigger the discount.Here’s how it breaks down monthly when committing with various prepaid terms:2GB dataMonthly: $24.99/moQuarterly: $13.99/moSemi-Annually: $11.99/moAnnually: $9.99/mo5GB dataMonthly: $34.99/moQuarterly: $18.99/moSemi-Annually: $17.99/moAnnually: $14.99/mo10GB dataMonthly: $59.99Quarterly: $24.99Semi-Annually: $22.99Annually: $19.99What is the handset selection like at FreedomPop?There are a number of phones available to purchase from FreedomPop, including those from LG, Samsung, and Apple. Selection is fairly robust but you won’t find anything near the high end of the spectrum.Under Google, for example, the only options we see today are Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P. Indeed, there are no Pixel models to choose from.Are there any deals at FreedomPop?There aren’t any special promotions or deals on rate plans or new accounts, at least at this time. Looking at the shop is a slightly different experience, though. Some phones have instant discounts; other devices are refurbished and cheaper than buying a brand new model.Can I bring my own phone to FreedomPop?Yes, FreedomPop does offer you the opportunity to bring your device to its network. Check the device’s compatibility  at the BYOD page to make sure your current model works well with its networks.

Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

A growing number of US consumers are becoming familiar with Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) like Metro, Boost Mobile, and Straight Talk. They operate using the towers and infrastructure from the big players but have their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: Cricket WirelessAboutCricket Wireless (Cricket) initially launched in 1999 and is a US-based prepaid wireless service provider; it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. It offers its own lineup of GSM phones, many of which are also found at other carriers. As one might expect, it uses AT&T for its coverage.Does Cricket have any special deals?Currently you can find a number of phones discounted with new phone numbers, upgrades, and porting your existing number. Some models are even free with the right combination of port-in and signing up for a particular rate plan.READ: Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsAdditionally, Cricket has discounted phones from Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung with some of them potentially free with a plan.What are Cricket rate plans like?Cricket rate plans are no-contract, meaning you can go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, they do not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 10GB of high-speed data$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited data$60/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data 15GB mobile hotspotCustomers can save $5 per month on most plans with automatic bill payment. The $55 plan has data speeds which are limited to a max of 8Mbps while the $60 option is quicker and includes the hotspot feature. Depending on location and phone, subscribers may see 5G speeds on the $60 plan.Does Cricket offer multiple line plans?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. Cricket will let you calculate rates for two to five lines. On the $55 Unlimited Plan, for instance, you get at the following monthly rates:2 Lines – $80/mo ($30 discount)3 Lines – $90/mo ($75 discount)4 Lines – $100/mo ($120 discount)5 lines – $125/mo ($150 discount)Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?Are there any other Cricket features or offerings?Cricket offers a handful of other options to its customers, most of which can pair with the aforementioned rate plans. Details here include international calling, insurance against lost and stolen phones, extra data, and mobile hotspot.Cricket also sells Data Only options with 20GB ($35), 40GB ($50), and 100GB ($90) allotments.What phones are available at Cricket?Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through Cricket we find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Nokia, and Alcatel, too.Like most prepaid providers, phone selection skews toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some compelling devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and the LG Stylo 6.Can I use my own phone at Cricket?You can often use your current GSM phone, especially if it was previously paired with AT&T. Head to Cricket’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. You’ll want to ensure that your phone is unlocked prior to purchasing the SIM card kit currently priced at just $10.

The best phones available at AT&T Prepaid (October 2020)

AT&T is one of the largest wireless network providers in the US, serving nearly 100 million subscribers. While most readers are familiar with the tier-one player, it also offers its own prepaid service, too.Here, we gather up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at AT&T Prepaid today. This isn’t a list of the best overall with the top-notch performance. Rather, our list aims to speak to specific users.It’s worth pointing out that you can use any standard AT&T smartphone. Moreover, you can purchase an unlocked phone from your favorite retailer or handset maker.Samsung Galaxy A51Junior flagshipYou don’t have to buy last year’s Galaxy to save a few bucks. The Galaxy A series packs all of the features that consumers find important without the frilly extras, saving you hundreds of dollars in the process.Here, you get a large 6.9-inch display, rear quad-camera configuration, and massive battery. Further, it runs Android 10 and boasts an octa-core processor, 6GB memory, and a generous 128GB internal storage capacity.Shop Samsung Galaxy A51 at AT&T PrepaidNokia 3.1AAndroid as it’s IntendedNokia does a wonderful job of presenting excellent hardware with an unadulterated version of Android. This phone treads somewhere between entry-level and mid-range but should handle the needs of most users.Key features here include a 5.45-inch HD+ display, an 8-megapixel camera, and all-day 2990mAh battery.Shop Nokia 3.1A at AT&T PrepaidAT&T Radiant CoreFirst-time BuyersIf you’re starting out with a smartphone for the first time, you have no idea as to what you truly need. Why drop hundreds of dollars on something only to find out it’s more than you want or use?Priced about as cheap as it gets, the Radiant Core is your way of dipping your toes into the pool without risk of buyer’s guilt. And while it doesn’t pack all that much in the area of hardware, the software is optimized specifically around it.Shop AT&T Radiant Core at AT&T Prepaid

AT&T Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

AT&T Wireless is currently the third largest wireless carrier in the United States, providing service to more than 92 million subscribers. You’ve no doubt seen its advertising campaigns and promotions over the years. But how much do you truly know about AT&T?Did you know, for instance, that it provides its own prepaid service or that it licenses its network to other companies?Here, we’ll help spell out some of the details worth knowing as it pertains to AT&T. Read on for information about the carrier’s rate plans, features, 5G, and phones.Rate PlansGone for the most part are plans with set amounts of data. AT&T now offers a number of “Unlimited” options, each of which includes unlimited talk and text and access to 4G LTE and 5G networks.Customers can choose from three main options: Unlimited Starter, Unlimited Extra, and Unlimited Elite. Prices start as low as $65 for a single line.AT&T’s three Unlimited plans shake out as follow:Unlimited Starter: Unlimited talk, text and data for US, Canada, and Mexico, unlimited texting to 120+ countries, spam and fraud call blocking, and SD video streaming. Data is slowed if the network is busy.Unlimited Extra: Everything in the Unlimited Starter plus 50GB premium (not slowed) data, 15GB hotspot data, safe browsing, and identity monitoring.Unlimited Elite: Everything in the Unlimited Starter plus 100GB premium data, 30GB hotspot data, HD video streaming, HBO MaxCustomers with multiple lines can mix and match the various Unlimited Your Way options, giving each user their own specific features. The more lines you have on an account, the cheaper each one is per month.Mobile ShareAT&T does have an option for those who don’t want or need unlimited data. Called “Mobile Share”, it give subscribers 4GB of data per line with most of the other features in the Unlimited plans. Pricing starts at $50 for one line with discounts available for multiple lines.Device PlansAT&T offers a few options for customers who need coverage for their smartwatch, tablet, hotspot, laptop or even car. These device plans start as low as $10 per month for wearables and go as high as $25 per month.$10 per month – smartwatches$20 per month – tablets, connected car$25 per month – vehicle health monitoring and location based servicesDiscountsYou may qualify for a discount through AT&T as the carrier offers savings to a variety of professions and backgrounds. Moreover, different employers, schools, and organizations may have their own savings and benefits through the “Signature Program“.TeachersNurses & PhysiciansMilitary & VeteransFirst Responders5G NetworkAT&T has two versions of what it terms 5G for its network. The standard 5G is more or less an evolution of the LTE network and is offered “nationwide”. The 5G+ network is slowly spreading across the country and hitting major markets is incredibly fast with lighting quick downloads and uploads and very low latency. Learn more about AT&T 5G here.5G PhonesAT&T has a rapidly growing list of phones designed to support its 5G network. Depending on current promotions you may be able to find discounted or even free after trade-in.READ: Samsung phone buyer’s guideNoteworthy 5G-ready models include the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, Galaxy Note 20, and the Galaxy Z folding phones. There are also options from LG and Motorola.It’s also possible to bring your own device to AT&T, provided it is a GSM phone or universally unlocked device.Check out our guide on which are the best phones at AT&T.

Cheap cell phone plans that use the AT&T network (October 2020)

AT&T, like other major wireless providers, is not only one that uses its towers. Indeed, there are other brands and services which pay for access to AT&T’s network.Each of these mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) offers its own rate plans, phone selection, billing, and customer service. These companies simply rely on AT&T for cellular coverage.If you have AT&T and want to switch providers, you might want to hold on to your device. After all, you paid for it and aren’t ready to give it up. Or, maybe you just love the coverage.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?Buying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsTips for buying a used phoneWe’ve gathered up some of the cheapest rate plans you can find for the various carriers that use AT&T’s network. This isn’t every option available, but rather a list of the ones we like best.Editor’s ChoiceH20 Wireless6GB 4G LTE Data ($30)For the money, customers receive unlimited talk and text with 6GB of high speed data as well international talk to more than 50 countries. Download speeds, for what it’s worth, are limited to 8Mbps and video streams are at 480p, both of which are par for the course for MVNOs. Sign up for automatic bill payment and save a few bucks each month.Simply put, there are no other plans with this much high speed data at this price.Shop H20 Wireless!Consumer CellularUnlimited Talk & Text + 3GB Data Plan ($30)For $30 per month subscribers receive unlimited talk and text with 3GB of data. Given that the carrier’s target demographic is for senior citizen this ought to be plenty of data. In a related note, AARP members can save 5% on their monthly bill.Shop Consumer Cellular!CricketUnlimited Talk & Text with 10GB LTE Data ($40)Customers receive unlimited talk and text with 10GB LTE data in this rate plan. Hit the data threshold and you’ll still have data, just slowed to 128Kbps, or what’s commonly referred to as 2G speeds.Shop Cricket!Net10$20 Unlimited Plan ($20)Among the cheapest rate plans you’ll find with “unlimited” data, this $20 option gives subscribers 2GB of high speed access. Hit the threshold and speeds are slowed to 2G for the rest of the month, but that might not matter to its target users. Also comes with unlimited talk and text.Shop Net10!Straight TalkUnlimited Plan with 5GB ($35)Pick up unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of high speed data for the price of a steak dinner. Of course, you can have more data after hitting the threshold, but it’s slowed to 2G for the rest of the billing cycle. Save a buck on your plan each month by signing up for automatic refills.Shop Straight Talk!TracFoneUnlimited Talk & Text 3GB Plan ($30)A new option from the carrier, this rate plan gives users unlimited talk and text for 30 days with up to 3GB of high speed data. Stay active on the plan and you’ll be able to carry unused data with you indefinitely. Save 5-10% on your bill with automatic bill payment.Shop TracFone!

AT&T Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Many of you are likely familiar with the so-called “Big Four” wireless service providers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. A lot of people might assume that this is pretty much all there is when it comes to carrier choice in the US. That couldn’t be further from the truth.Most of the top-tier carriers offer their own prepaid services with different rate plans, phone selection, and support. Let’s take a look at AT&T Prepaid.About AT&T PrepaidOnce known as GoPhone, AT&T Prepaid operates in the US using the same network as its tier-one brand and, for the most part, provides nearly identical coverage. One key difference is that there is no third party coverage in pockets of states such as Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska.AT&T Prepaid features include no annual contract, no credit check, and easy activation.READ: These dirt cheap rate plans are $20 or lessWhat are AT&T Prepaid rate plans like?AT&T Prepaid rate plans let subscribers go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, it does not charge for going over your allotted data; you receive “throttled” 2G  speeds on data for the remainder of the bill cycle.The prices shown below are with automatic bill payment, or AutoPay. Rate plans may vary based on limited-time promotions.$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 8GB high-speed data$55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data$50/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed dataWhat’s with the two unlimited plans?You’ll note that there are two plans with “unlimited” data. The $55 option normally costs $65 per month while the $50 one usually runs $75 per month.It definitely makes more sense to go with the cheaper plan as you get a lot more for your money. The main catch, however, is that it’s for new customers only.Here’s what’s notably different between the two:$55 plan: Data may be slowed in times of congestion$50 plan: Allows for access to 5G network speeds, data may be slowed in times of congestion after 22GB used, includes 10GB mobile hotspot, 100GB cloud storage, and video streams can be up to 1080pMobile hotspot/tethering is available to most of the plans as an add-on. There are other features available for the various plan, including unlimited calls and text to Mexico and Canada or usage in Mexico and Canada. Those on the 2GB or 8GB plans who do not use the allotted amount will be able to roll it over to the next month.Multi-Month PlansAT&T has three online-only offers for customers who opt to pay in advance. A 3-month plan ($99) gives users 8GB of data per month; a 6-month plan ($180) brings the price down to $30 per month; a 12-month plan ($300) equates to $25 per month.It includes unlimited talk and text within the US, Mexico & Canada, and unlimited text from the US to 100+ countries. These are limited time offers with no known expiration date.Are there any other features worth noting?AT&T Prepaid offers add-ons such as international calling and monthly data plans for tablets and hotspots. Moreover, add-on data can be purchased in the event you hit your plan’s data threshold.What about family plans?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today AT&T Prepaid offers a discount on each line, when adding a line of service. Additionally, there’s also a discount for AutoPay, automatic bill payment. It’s possible to mix and match plans based off of individual data needs.Tell me about the phones at AT&T PrepaidLook at the current lineup of phones offered through AT&T Prepaid and you’ll see familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, Apple, and Alcatel.As one might expect, the overall selection pales in comparison to the standard AT&T brand and skews toward affordability instead of power. For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified restored.A few phones have promotions which might add credit to your account or save money when paired with a particular rate plan.Can I bring my own phone to AT&T Prepaid?You can often use your current phone on AT&T Prepaid, especially if it was previously paired with the standard AT&T service. Contact your current service provider to see if you can unlock your phone for usage on AT&T.We’re also seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for AT&T and its Prepaid bands sold direct to consumer. Examples include models from Samsung, Motorola, Blu, Nokia, and Alcatel.

The best phones available at AT&T (October 2020)

AT&T is one of the largest wireless network providers in the US, serving nearly 160 million subscribers. And being as big as it is, you’d expect it to offer a generous selection of phones. Indeed it does.Here, we gather up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at AT&T today. This isn’t a list of the best overall with the top-notch performance. Rather, our list aims to speak to specific users.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 UltraThe Biggest and BestIf you’re looking for the biggest and most powerful all-around device from AT&T, this is it. With a screen size (6.9-inches) that rivals early tablets, it packs an upgraded S Pen stylus and cutting-edge hardware. Oh, and then there’s a first-of-its-kind 108-megapixel camera, too.Powered by Android 10 with Samsung’s custom UI, the handset has generous battery, tons of (expandable) storage, and downright sleek design. Choose from Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black.Shop Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G at AT&TSamsung Galaxy S20 Fan EditionA Flagship for EveryoneIf you’re on the hunt for a phone that you plan to own for a few years, you don’t want to cut corners. You want a flagship phone. The problem is that too many of them cost way more than we’re willing to spend.The Fan Edition of the flagship S20 is what happens when you keep the most important stuff and toss aside the frills (and extra cost).Here, you get a large screen with high refresh rate, a large battery, three rear cameras, and a modern Android and user interface. Offered in three colors, it’s the S20 you deserve.Shop Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan EditionMotorola One 5GMid-ranger with Two-Day Battery You can’t buy a Google Pixel from AT&T right now, but this Motorola phone is about as close as you’ll get. Not only does it have a clean version of Android paired with moderately powerful hardware, but it’s also easy on the eye.The One 5G ticks all the boxes for us, including a large (6.7-inch) screen, great camera experience (48MP, 8PM ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth), and a 5,000mAh battery that goes well into a second day.Shop Motorola One 5G at AT&TSamsung Galaxy Z Flip 5GBest Folding PhoneThe Galaxy Z Flip 5G brings back the familiar clamshell design that your parents had at the turn of the decade but with a much smarter operating system… and a heftier price tag. Fully opened, you’ve got a 6.7-inch screen that rivals other phones in size and quality. Under the hood are a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, and more than enough storage. Grab it in Mystic Gray or Mystic Bronze.Shop Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G at AT&TMicrosoft Surface DuoUltimate Productivity A phone built around business and productivity is far more than just giving it a digital stylus, or so Microsoft thinks. Its first Android-based phone is a a hybrid experience that is essentially a more portable Surface — that also takes calls.With two 5.6-inch displays that open to form an 8.1-inch screen, this is the sort of device you’d want for IT administration, work and school needs, and even gaming. Packed with all of the MS software you’ve come to appreciate, it’s just about as powerful as today’s flagship phones.Shop Microsoft Surface Duo at AT&T

AT&T Unlimited Your Way gives customers mix-and-match plans

AT&T on Tuesday announced that it revised its unlimited postpaid plans, giving customers mix-and-match family options. AT&T says it “Unlimited Your Way” are available immediately.As part of the Unlimited Your Way plans each family member chooses the unlimited plan right for them, all the while getting the multi-line discount.AT&T breaks its unlimited plans into three options, each of which has different benefits.AT&T Unlimited Starter – Includes unlimited talk, text and data, access to the 5G network, and spam and fraud blocking.AT&T Unlimited Extra – All the benefits of Starter plus 15GB of hotspot data, 50GB of premium data, and advanced security (safe browsing and identity monitoring).AT&T Unlimited Elite – Comes with everything Extra has but doubles the hotspot data to 30GB and premium data to 100GB. Plus, plus unlimited HBO Max content.Each member of a family plan can pick from the aforementioned three options. The price per line will drop based on how many total lines are on the account.To learn more about AT&T’s Unlimited plans, head to att.com/unlimited where you can also sign up for service.

Motorola One 5G review: Best bought with a carrier discount

In an increasingly competitive price bracket, the Motorola One 5G offers a lot for under $500.

AT&T mulls discounted phone plans, but there is a catch

AT&T is considering launching ad-supported cell phone plans that would offer savings of up to $10 a month on regular rates.

AT&T mulls discounted phone plans, but there is a catch

AT&T is considering launching ad-supported cell phone plans that would offer savings of up to $10 a month on regular rates.

Motorola refreshes Razr ahead of wider release

Motorola on Wednesday revealed that it has refreshed its foldable Razr phone. Not only does it have upgraded specifications, but it has a modified design, too.The Motorola Razr largely maintains the same general design, but its frame is now constructed from 7000 series aluminum. The predecessor, for its part, was built with stainless steel.The hinge has been adjusted to include slightly more enclosed gears and is reportedly rated for up to 200,000 flips. Moreover, the phone is more sleek thanks to a curved Gorilla Glass 5 front.Among the more noticeable changes are the moving of the fingerprint reader to the rear. This allows for Motorola to thin down the chin a bit.In terms of specification changes, the Motorola Razr picks up 5G connectivity, better cameras, and a larger battery. Likewise, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage.The new Motorola Razr will be offered by both AT&T and T-Mobile and will retail for $1,400. In addition to the carrier support, it will also be sold unlocked at motorola.com, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon.Set to launch in Blush Gold, Polished Graphite, and Liquid Mercury, the exact timing  of its availability is unclear.

If you have AT&T, Alexa is now a giant speakerphone

AT&T calling with Alexa allows users to answer incoming calls or start a new call using their Alexa-enabled device.

You’ve Been Talking. We’ve Been Listening. All of Our 5G Samsung Smartphone Deals are Available to New and Existing Customers

You have been talking, and at AT&T we have been listening.  Our top priority is making sure our customers feel heard, valued and appreciated.  It turns out, it’s not complicated to know what they want.  One thing continues to rise to the top of focus groups, survey data, and social media posts:Why do new customers get better deals than existing customers?Our research shows that 84% of all postpaid wireless customers think this is unfair.That’s why in early August, we celebrated the launch of our fast, reliable, and secure nationwide 5G by including 5G in all of our postpaid unlimited wireless plans at no additional cost.*  And by offering the same great deal to new and existing customers on our best Samsung 5G smartphones.  Switch, add a line or upgrade – everyone gets the same great price.  Right now, when you sign up for an AT&T unlimited plan and make your purchase on a qualifying installment plan, you can get:**Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G free when you trade in a qualifying deviceSamsung Galaxy A51 5G for $5/mo.* or free when you trade-in a qualifying deviceSamsung Galaxy A71 5G for $10/mo.* or $5/mo. when you trade in a qualifying deviceSamsung Galaxy S20 5G for $15/mo.* or $10/mo. when you trade in a qualifying deviceIn fact, this deal is so good, that the internet didn’t believe it.  Twitter even asked if we’d made a mistake.  Well, nope, it’s not a mistake.Blake, we heard you.  We really are listening – that’s why in celebration of our recent nationwide 5G launch, we have teamed up with Samsung to expand this offering by making our current 5G Samsung smartphone deal available to new and existing customers.Beginning Friday, Sept. 4, new and existing customers will also be able to get $700 off the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G or the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G when they purchase on a qualifying installment plan with an eligible AT&T unlimited plan and trade in a qualifying device.**That means customers can switch, add a line, or upgrade and get the same great deals on all 5G Samsung smartphones at AT&T.  Keep on telling us what you think – we’re listening.*0% APR 30-mo. installment agmt. For well-qual. customers. 5G req’s compatible plan. 5G may not be in your area. See att.com/5Gforyou for coverage details.*AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. Go to att.com/5G for details**AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy. Ltd. Time Offer. Req’s min. $500 on 0% APR 30-mo. agmt. $0 down for well-qual. customers only. Prices/discounts shown are after credits over 30 mos. No credits for optional $5/mo. Next Up upgrade feature. If svc cancelled, device balance due. For new lines, if svc. on other lines cancelled w/in 90 days credits stop. $30 Activation/Upgrade and other terms apply. See store for details.

These are the best AT&T phone deals for August 2020

If you're a current or new AT&T customer in need of a device, we've got the best AT&T phone deals right here.

AT&T 5G test drive: Not the next-gen network we were promised

We spent a couple of weeks testing AT&T 5G to see how it fares and found a mixed experience at

Samsung Galaxy Note20: These are the best prices and promotions

Samsung’s next big thing, the Galaxy Note20, is officially available for pre-order. Finding one isn’t going to be much of a challenge as nearly all major wireless service providers will offer the phone. What’s more, it’s also being sold unlocked direct to consumers and through various retailers, too.Here’s a look at all of the various places you can look to find the Galaxy Note20.Samsung.comPurchasing through Samsung’s website will open the door to a variety of options and promotions.Galaxy Note20 Unlocked 128GB: $9.73/month for 36 months ($999.99 MSRP)Galaxy Note20 Ultra Unlocked 128GB: $18.07/month for 36 months ($1,299.99 MSRP)Galaxy Note20 Ultra Unlocked 512GB: $23.62/month for 36 months ($1,449.99 MSRP)Get up to $650 off with trade-inPre-Order InformationThrough 8/20 at 11:59 p.m. ETGet $100 credit* with Note20Get $150 credit* with Note20 UltraColor OptionsGalaxy Note20 Ultra: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic WhiteGalaxy Note20: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, Mystic Green*must be redeemed on Samsung.com or Shop Samsung app. Terms and conditions apply. www.samsung.com/us/promotionsVerizonBuy any Galaxy Note20 smartphone and get a second Galaxy Note20 series phone or Galaxy S20 series phone as low as free with a premium Unlimited plan or half off with any other Verizon Unlimited plan.Upgrade to any Galaxy Note20 series smartphone and get $500 when trading in an eligible device on a premium Unlimited plan.AT&TNew and existing customers can get up to $1,000 off any smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series, making the Note20 FREE.T-MobileGet a Galaxy Note20 for FREE or up to $1,000 off a second smartphone of equal or lesser value when you pick up any of the new Samsung Galaxy Note20 superphones and add a new line.Get up to HALF OFF (up to $500) a Samsung Galaxy Note20 or Note20 Ultra when you trade in a qualifying device.US CellularSwitchers can get Galaxy Note20 for $9.99 per month on Unlimited with Payback planSwitchers can get Galaxy Note20 Ultra starting at $19.99 per month after $700 savings.Current upgrade-eligible customers can receive $300 in bill credits when purchasing either device.XFinity MobileAny customer that switches to Xfinity Mobile before 9/5 will receive $400 off the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and other select Samsung 5G devices, when they buy a phone, activate a new line and transfer their number.Existing Xfinity Mobile customers will receive a $400 Visa prepaid card when they upgrade an existing line with the purchase of a Galaxy Note20 device or other select Samsung 5G devices.

Old phones will stop working with AT&T and T-Mobile. Here’s what to do about it

Carriers are preparing to abandon their 3G networks

LG Velvet 5G available at AT&T starting today

The LG Velvet is a stylish phone that has caught our eye with its enigmatic design and other aesthetic features. LG Electronics USA has just announced that the Velvet 5G will go on sale starting today, July 22nd, and available at your local AT&T outlet or online.LG Velvet 5G – A stylish phone you can’t missPriced at an attractive price tag of $599, the phone offers 5G (UW) Ultra Wideband and low-band network (due later this year). The phone is currently exclusively available with AT&T, and will be available with T-Mobile and Verizon later in the summer.Before we get to the specs, the phone has a sleek look to it, that gives the phone a premium and quality look, at half the price tag of a modern flagship phone. The LG Velvet will be available in Aurora Gray, Aurora Silver, Aurora Red and Pink White.Aside from the fine finish, the phone has a lot of great hardware to match the look:Curved 6.8-inch OLED display with LG’s Cinematic FullVisionQualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset128 GB of ROM6 GB of RAMBack camera setup:48MP Wide8MP Ultra-Wide5MP Depth16-MP front-facing camera4300 mAh batteryIn-display fingerprint sensorIP68 Water and Dust ResistanceWith its display and camera setup, you’re looking at a great phone that offers flagship tier specs, while staying at a frugal amount.If you’re looking for a budget-friendly phone that packs a punch under the hood, look no further than the LG Velvet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a high refresh rate display, which is becoming a standard in mid-range and flagship smartphones. However, that can be forgiven if you’re looking for beauty over function.Few phones are able to catch the eye the way LG’s phones are able to. The only other phones that deliver premium design with glossy backs would be the new OnePlus 8 phones, offering a reflective and glossy back.The phone is best suited for the average consumer who isn’t concerned with high refresh rates and just wants beauty over function.If you can forgive a minor shortcoming of the phone i.e. the 60Hz refresh rate screen, this is a superb phone to buy if you’re looking to turn a few heads your way.

These budget friendly phone plans are $15 or less

Look, we get it, things are pretty hectic right now and there’s plenty of uncertainty to go around. And whether you’re working from home, laid off, or just worried about the future, money is likely a major concern in your household.As we start to dial down spending and cut out things we don’t need, cell phones and rate plans could be part of the conversation.We’ve already seen that many people don’t care to spend upwards of $1,000 or more for a phone. What about ongoing monthly bills? Are there better options? Can you save money and still get everything you need? Yes, you most certainly can.The following are rate plans which cost just $15 per month — or less. While they might not be the right option for your needs, one of them could be what helps keep a loved one connected.If you have an existing phone that you’ve got lying around, you can pair it with one of these carriers. You can also buy a phone from them, too. Then again, if you’re really trying to save money, perhaps buy a used phone from a place such as Swappa.AT&T NetworkAT&T Prepaid ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed data (Limited Time)Consumer Cellular ($15) – 250 minutesCricket Wireless ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed data (Limited Time)FreedomPop ($0) – 200 minutes, 500 texts, 200MB dataVerizon NetworkTwigby ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data (Promotional offer for six months)US Mobile ($14) – Unlimited talk, textXFinity ($12) – Unlimited talk, text, 1GB high-speed dataT-Mobile NetworkConsumer Cellular ($15) – 250 minutesMetro ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, 2GB high-speed dataMint Mobile ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data (Promotional offer for three months)Republic Wireless ($15) – Unlimited talk, textTing ($15) – Unlimited talk and text (Limited Time)T-Mobile ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed dataUltra Mobile ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, 1GB high-speed data (Six month commitment)US Mobile ($14) – Unlimited talk, textSprint NetworkFreedomPop ($0) – 200 minutes, 500 texts, 200MB dataRepublic Wireless ($15) – Unlimited talk, textTello ($14) – Unlimited talk, text, 4GB high-speed data (Promotional offer with double data)TextNow ($0) – Unlimited talk, textTing ($15) – Unlimited talk and text (Limited Time)Twigby ($15) – Unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data (Promotional offer for six months)Keep in mind that things can change any time. Some of the aforementioned options have predetermined expiration dates; other plans may show up along the way.Featured image via Needpix

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Verizon calls up $400 TCL 10 5G UW for October 29

TCL on Tuesday announced its newest phone, the TCL 10 5G UW, will soon be available for purchase through Verizon. Priced just $400, it builds on the legacy of the TCL 10 Pro (read our review) and its 10L counterpart.The TCL 10 5G UW runs Android 10 and features a modest set of hardware that hovers in the middle of the pack, if not stepping a toe or two into the high-end.The 6.53-inch screen extends to all edges with a hole-punch cutout  in the top left for the front-facing camera. Resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels, or what’s commonly referred to as FHD+. Moreover, it packs TCLS’s proprietary NXTVISION technology, which provides better color accuracy, clarity, and contrast enhancements.Features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage. The rear packs a 48-megapixel main camera, supported by an 8-megapixel (super-wide) and 5-megapixel (macro) camera. TCL 10 5G UW 1 of 8 Around front is the aforementioned 16-megapixel camera while a 4,500mAh battery is tucked inside with fast charging capability.In terms of software, the phone is more or less a stock Android experience with just a few extra apps. Verizon, for its part, loads a couple of titles on it the device for its subscribers.One of the main draws here is that it gives Verizon customers access to a 5G phone for less than $400. Not only that, but one that supports both the nationwide 5G and growing Ultra Wideband networks.Offered in Diamond Gray, the TCL 10 5G UW will be available to purchase starting from October 29.

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This 98-hour ethical hacking bundle is just $39.90 right now

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OnePlus adds Nord 10 5G and Nord N100 to wallet-friendly roster

OnePlus on Monday kicked off its week with a pair of new phones for its newly established Nord series. The N10 5G and N100 are both set to launch in Europe but, unlike their predecessor (Nord), are ultimately expected in North America.The N10 5G has a starting price of £329 in the UK (~$412 USD) and is powered by a Snapdragon 690 processor, while the N100 comes in at just £179 (~ $235 USD) with its Snapdragon 460 chipset.Nord N10 5GAs you may have guessed by its name, the OnePlus Nord N10 5G is a 5G capable handset (sub-6GHz in Europe), and features a 6.49-inch display. Additionally, it has 6GB RAM, 128GB expandable storage,  a rear fingerprint reader, and dual stereo speakers.Similar to other OnePlus phones, the Nord N10 5G’s 4,300mAh battery can be fast-charged via Warp Charge 30T.Around back is a quad-camera setup consisting of a main 64-megapixel camera, 119-degree ultra-wide, and macro and monochrome cameras. A 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.Nord N100Although it’s a lower-end phone in terms of hardware, the N100 still features a handful of notable details. It offers up big 6.52-inch display, dual stereo speakers, and a bigger 5,000mAh battery. Although larger, it is fast-charged at up to “only” 18W, which is still considered fast by most standards.The 4G capable phone runs Android 10 and has 4GB memory and 64GB storage. There’s a 13-megapixel main camera with portrait and macro cameras, a rear fingerprint reader, and microSD expansion card slot. 1 of 4 Growing Mid-RangeIt will be interesting to see how OnePlus continues shaping its portfolio. Will it keep pushing forward with high-end models or might it start focusing more on the lower end and middle of the pack?We found the OnePlus Nord to be a great phone when reviewing it recently. If OnePlus is content to spread its wings in the junior flagship and entry-level space, we think it could really carve out a nice slice of the pie.