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The best Android phones available at Cricket Wireless (December 2020)

AT&T is the largest wireless network in the US, serving nearly 160 million subscribers. And with it comes a large selection of phones. But what about its prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless? What options does it have when it comes to Android handsets?To be sure, it doesn’t have the same variety of handsets, and a large percentage of them are older or refurbished phones.Nevertheless, we’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Cricket Wireless today. Because truth be told, there are still some incredible bargains to be had there.Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below aims to address a variety of user types.As always, we suggest buying an unlocked phone or a used tier-one AT&T phone for use with AT&T Prepaid. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.Samsung Galaxy S10The Samsung Galaxy S10 may soon have its flagship successor, but that doesn’t matter much here. In fact, it’s often these year-old models that represent a better buy for a larger segment of consumers.For the money you’ll get a 6.1-inch Quad-HD display with an in-display fingerprint reader. In terms of cameras, there’s a threesome on the back: 12-megapixel dual-pixel, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, and 12-megapixel zoom. Around front? A 10-megapixel camera that can record 4K video.Powering things are an octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 512GB more space.When it launched in 2019 it was more phone than anyone really needed. One year removed, there’s still nothing out there that demands anything near these specs.Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy A10eThe Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is equally sufficient a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give buyers the great, familiar Samsung design but with just the right amount of features.For a fraction of the price of a flagship experience customers can purchase Samsung Galaxy A10e, a phone that’s perfect for first-time and prepaid users.Standout features include a 5.83-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. An octa-core processor is paired with Android 9.0, and there’s plenty of storage room available internally and via microSD expansion cards. The 3,000mAh battery should get typical users through more than a full day, and the USB Type-C port means lightning fast charging.Samsung Galaxy A10eLG Stylo 5Big, practical, and affordable, the Stylo 5 provides users with a large (6.2-inch) screen with stylus support. It’s perfect for scribbling notes, marking up documents, editing, and more.Running Android 9 Pie, the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot blows the door wide open for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.LG Stylo 5Nokia 3.1 PlusYounger users might not even know that there used to be a Nokia from the days before Android. Nevertheless, we love the stuff that the brand puts out today and find it to be some of the more interesting value propositions.Don’t let that price fool you; it’s all the phone that most prepaid users might need as 2020 gets underway. Included are a large (5.99-inch) screen and a 3,500mAh battery that lasts well beyond a day. We’re also really fond of the Android 9 Pie software build and USB Type-C charging.When you’re buying multiple phones for a family you don’t want to spend any more than necessary. The Nokia phone is an excellent option for first time users and parents alike.Nokia 3.1 PlusMotorola Moto G7 SupraWe absolutely adore what Motorola does with its Android phones, particularly along the lower end of the price spectrum. Its handsets run a bare bones Android experience that leaves things pretty much the way Google intended. In other words, clean, intuitive, and user friendly.Here, you get a massive (6.2-inch) HD screen, a modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The best part of all? There’s a 5,000mAh battery that’s good enough to get typical users through two days of usage.Motorola Moto G7 Supra

Cricket Wireless Buyer’s Guide (December 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 Android phones available at AT&T Prepaid (December 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 Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (December 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.These dirt cheap rate plans are $20 or lessBest unlocked phones under $150Best unlocked phones priced $150-$250What 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.

H20 Wireless Buyer’s Guide (November 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: H20 WirelessAboutH20 Wireless launched in 2005 and is a US-based (New Jersey) prepaid wireless service provider. It offers its own, albeit small, lineup of GSM phones, many of which are also found at other carriers. Coverage comes from AT&T and its network.Where are H20 Wireless stores located?You won’t find an actual retail store for H20 Wireless. Instead, it has availability inside many other retailers and convenience stores. Key among them are Best Buy, Target, 7-Eleven, Office Depot, Circle K, and Speedway.SEE ALSOBuying an unlocked phone? Consider these questionsCricket Wireless Buyer’s GuideConsumer Cellular Buyer’s GuideNet10 Wireless Buyer’s GuideWhat are H20 Wireless rate plans like?H2O Wireless provides options to subscribers: Monthly Unlimited and Pay-As-You-Go.  Each of the Monthly Unlimited plans include unlimited text and international text, an allotment of data, unlimited international talk to 50+ countries, and up to $20 international talk credit.Monthly Unlimited$20/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 2GB of high-speed data, $1.50 international talk credit$30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 6GB of high-speed data, $5 international talk credit$40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 15GB of high-speed data, $5 international talk credit$50/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data, $5 international talk credit$60/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data w/ mobile hotspot, $5 international talk creditWhile both the $50 and $60 options provide unlimited high-speed data, the latter provides mobile hotspot. If you don’t need, or plan, to use that feature, go with the cheaper option.Customers can save a few dollars per month on their rate plans if they sign up for automatic bill payment, which H20 calls Auto Recharge. And really, all of the plans provide unlimited data, but only a specific amount of it is at 4G LTE speeds. The small print says that the unlimited plan allows for up to 30GB of data before speeds are slowed.Pay-As-You-GoCustomers who prefer to only pay for the services they’ve used might want to check out the Pay-As-You-Go option. There are 90-day ($10, $20, $30) and 12-month ($100) plans and each can be set up for Auto Recharge discounts.5¢ talk and text10¢ data and MMSCan you get family plans with H20 Wireless?H20 Wireless offers multi-line plans for two-line and four-line accounts. For the money, each line gets unlimited talk and text, with 6GB data, unlimited international talk to 50+ countries, unlimited international text, and $10 international talk credit.2 Lines – $50/mo4 Lines – $100/moIt’s worth reinforcing here that this is not the all-out, high-speed 4G LTE stuff you might expect. Rather, you’ll find it’s capped at 3Mbps speeds. This may be more than sufficient for many of you, especially if you’re not primarily using your phone for watching streaming videos.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What phones are available at H20 Wireless?As of today there are just under two dozen phones to choose from at H20 Wireless. While the selection isn’t very big, it does feature some respectable models. Currently available are devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S10+, Google Pixel 3a, and a few Nokia products. There is a fairly wide selection of iPhone options, too.Can I use my own phone at H20 Wireless?You can often use your current unlocked GSM phone, especially if it was previously paired with AT&T.

AT&T starts selling Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro

The Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro has joined the AT&T roster, and can now be purchased online from AT&T nationwide. It also joins the list of FirstNet Ready devices from AT&T, which is a partnership between the carrier and the First Responder Network Authority to create a reliable way for frontline workers to communicate.This military-grade phone is a capable FirstNet device, featuring an IP68 water resistance rating, a replaceable battery, and built to MIL-STD 810G standards. Don’t let the ruggedness fool you, the Galaxy XCover Pro is also a stylish smartphone, measuring in at 9.9mm thin with a 6.3-inch full HD display.Under the hood is a Samsung Exynos 9611 Octa-Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 4050mAh battery. When it comes to cameras, the Galaxy XCover Pro is no slouch, with a 13MP front-facing camera and a dual-camera setup on the back, featuring a 25MP main shooter and an 8MP ultra-wide camera.Some additional features include the ability to use the touchscreen while wearing gloves and a robust Pogo Pin connector for charging. Two things I’m sure most first responders will appreciate when they are out in the field trying to keep us safe.Besides its durable design for first responders, the XCover Pro can also function as a mobile point of sale device and supports Band 48 for Citizens Band Radio Service.You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro from AT&T starting at $17 per month or $509.99 starting November 16, 2020.

FreedomPop Buyer’s Guide (November 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 (November 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 Android phones available at Cricket Wireless (November 2020)

AT&T is the largest wireless network in the US, serving nearly 160 million subscribers. And with it comes a large selection of phones. But what about its prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless? What options does it have when it comes to Android handsets?To be sure, it doesn’t have the same variety of handsets, and a large percentage of them are older or refurbished phones.Nevertheless, we’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Cricket Wireless today. Because truth be told, there are still some incredible bargains to be had there.Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below aims to address a variety of user types.As always, we suggest buying an unlocked phone or a used tier-one AT&T phone for use with AT&T Prepaid. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.Samsung Galaxy S10The Samsung Galaxy S10 may soon have its flagship successor, but that doesn’t matter much here. In fact, it’s often these year-old models that represent a better buy for a larger segment of consumers.For the money you’ll get a 6.1-inch Quad-HD display with an in-display fingerprint reader. In terms of cameras, there’s a threesome on the back: 12-megapixel dual-pixel, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, and 12-megapixel zoom. Around front? A 10-megapixel camera that can record 4K video.Powering things are an octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 512GB more space.When it launched in 2019 it was more phone than anyone really needed. One year removed, there’s still nothing out there that demands anything near these specs.Samsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy A10eThe Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is equally sufficient a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give buyers the great, familiar Samsung design but with just the right amount of features.For a fraction of the price of a flagship experience customers can purchase Samsung Galaxy A10e, a phone that’s perfect for first-time and prepaid users.Standout features include a 5.83-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. An octa-core processor is paired with Android 9.0, and there’s plenty of storage room available internally and via microSD expansion cards. The 3,000mAh battery should get typical users through more than a full day, and the USB Type-C port means lightning fast charging.Samsung Galaxy A10eLG Stylo 5Big, practical, and affordable, the Stylo 5 provides users with a large (6.2-inch) screen with stylus support. It’s perfect for scribbling notes, marking up documents, editing, and more.Running Android 9 Pie, the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot blows the door wide open for up to 2TB external media.Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.LG Stylo 5Nokia 3.1 PlusYounger users might not even know that there used to be a Nokia from the days before Android. Nevertheless, we love the stuff that the brand puts out today and find it to be some of the more interesting value propositions.Don’t let that price fool you; it’s all the phone that most prepaid users might need as 2020 gets underway. Included are a large (5.99-inch) screen and a 3,500mAh battery that lasts well beyond a day. We’re also really fond of the Android 9 Pie software build and USB Type-C charging.When you’re buying multiple phones for a family you don’t want to spend any more than necessary. The Nokia phone is an excellent option for first time users and parents alike.Nokia 3.1 PlusMotorola Moto G7 SupraWe absolutely adore what Motorola does with its Android phones, particularly along the lower end of the price spectrum. Its handsets run a bare bones Android experience that leaves things pretty much the way Google intended. In other words, clean, intuitive, and user friendly.Here, you get a massive (6.2-inch) HD screen, a modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The best part of all? There’s a 5,000mAh battery that’s good enough to get typical users through two days of usage.Motorola Moto G7 Supra

AT&T Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (November 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.These dirt cheap rate plans are $20 or lessBest unlocked phones under $150Best unlocked phones priced $150-$250What 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 Android phones available at AT&T Prepaid (November 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

The best phones available at AT&T (November 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 BatteryYou 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 ProductivityA 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

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.

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Amazfit Band 5 review

DesignThe Amazfit Band 5 is a budget-minded fitness tracker with a design similar to many that have come before it. The main tracker consists of a 1.1-inch full-color AMOLED touchscreen display in a polycarbonate case that houses all the sensors. To hold it on your wrist the Band 5 uses a black soft-touch adjustable TPU band.Of course, the band is replaceable if you prefer something more colorful and a quick search on Amazon revealed myriad colors to choose from.Finding a comfortable fit was easy thanks to the copious amount of holes on the included band, and combined with the lightweight nature of the Band 5, I could barely tell it was there after strapping it on.User ExperienceI’m coming from a Wear OS smartwatch and I found that the Amazfit Band 5 gave me many of the same features I was accustomed to along with some new ones. For starters, most watch faces will display the time and date, along with your step count or heart rate that the Band 5 monitors 24-hours a day.Plus, the store has a wide variety of styles to choose from, including some that display additional info, such as the weather, distance walked, calories burned, and more.Additionally, the Band 5 offers more functions, such as automatically tracking your sleep, checking your blood oxygen level on demand, monitoring your stress levels, and it can even track 11 different sports including swimming. The 5 ATM waterproof rating helps out with that last one.Just be aware, many of these monitoring features must be enabled manually using the accompanying Zepp app, including viewing notifications on the Band 5. In fact, even after enabling notifications, you still need to manually select which apps you will get notified from.It’s kind of a big undertaking to get the Band 5 set up initially. The app has so many options that it can feel a bit daunting to sift through them all and make sure you enabled everything you want. Plus, there are many features present in the app that are not compatible with the watch, such as the ones meant for the smart scale, and it quickly becomes cluttered and a little confusing.For example, it took me a couple of days to find where to set up support for Alexa. Furthermore, it’s not helped by the fact that some of the English translations are a little off, in some areas of the app it’s very apparent a native English speaker wasn’t present when translating.However, once you get the app and Band 5 set up, you won’t have to go digging around anymore. The Zepp app puts all of your pertinent details front and center, and it makes keeping up with all of your stats quick and easy.Overall, I guess you could say I have a love/hate relationship with the Zepp app. I love the way it displays all of my health data, but navigating and setting it up is quite the chore in the beginning. The good news is, Google Fit syncing is supported in case you don’t like the app or you’d rather view all your data from multiple devices or services in one app.I mentioned above that the Amazfit Band 5 gives me most of the functions I’m accustomed to with a Wear OS watch, however, one I didn’t realize I’d miss so much is an always-on display.The Band 5 doesn’t have support for this and the lift to wake feature requires quite an exaggerated flip unless you enable the “sensitive” option in the settings. This made me wish there was at least some sort of tap to wake function because I don’t always want to flip my wrist to view the time or my stats for the day. Regardless, it’s a sacrifice for extended battery life and I understand that.Battery LifeSpeaking of battery life, Amazfit estimates the Band 5 will get you up to 15-days worth of usage. In my experience, that’s a big stretch, I’m sure the Band 5 is technically capable of providing 15-days of usage, but it would be a very limited use case.In my experience, with everything enabled and taking full advantage of the fitness tracker, it lasted around eight to nine days. That’s still not bad at all, you can get a full weeks worth of usage in between charges. Still, it’s a far cry from 15 days.Final ThoughtsThe Amazfit Band 5 is a capable little fitness tracker that is much more affordable than a comparable Fitbit. It has some unique features that truly make it stand out at this price point such as Alexa support and an SPO2 sensor. Still, the app could use a little polish and a more organized design, but once you get it all set up you’ll pretty much live on the homepage anyway.The Amazfit Band 5 retails for $50 but it can currently be picked up on sale for $30 from Amazon, B&H Photo, or on the Amazfit website.Buy from Amazfit Buy from Amazon Buy from B&H Photo

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Google and Qualcomm partner up to support four generations of Android

Over the past year, Google and Qualcomm have been hard at work trying to prolong the life of today’s phones with more software updates. And why shouldn’t they? Smartphones these days are the most powerful they’ve ever been, and more expensive than ever. We should all get as much life out of these devices as possible, and not be restricted due to the lack of OS and security updates.Together the two companies have now announced that all Qualcomm chipsets will support four versions of Android and four years of security updates, starting with the Snapdragon 888.Hold the phone though, because that four generations of Android includes the initial version of the OS your handset ships with. So what this actually means is, your phone will support up to three Android OS updates and up to four years of security updates.If you’re using a Pixel phone or a recent Samsung flagship, not much has changed. Both Google and Samsung have already promised three generations of Android OS updates, but this does add an additional year of security updates to the mix.The real winner here will be low-end and mid-range Android phones, because now all of Qualcomm’s chipsets will support three generations of Android OS updates. However, this in no way guarantees you will receive three OS updates or four years of security updates on your Android device.That responsibility is still solely on the manufacturer of your phone. The only difference being that now the blame cannot be placed on Google or Qualcomm for the lack of updates. Still, this is fantastic news for the Android platform as a whole. All we have to do now is keep the pressure on OEMs to continue updating its lineup of phones at all levels, whether it be a $1000 flagship or a $200 entry-level smartphone.