ATT MVNO’s

ATT MVNO Cell Phone Plans Compared

5/07/2015
     ATT MVNOs offer some of the best overall nationwide coverage maps per dollar so pay close attention to what you see here.  Other carriers 4G MVNOs may offer cheaper wireless phone plans but their nationwide coverage isn’t top notch like AT&T’s.  Since AT&T operates on a GSM based network, bringing your own cell phone to their MVNOs tends to be easier than moving a Verizon or Sprint phone to one.
Something to be aware of though is that AT&T appears to play favorites with it’s data pipeline favoring it’s direct customers over it’s MVNO subscribers as outlined here.  Also, many MVNOs refer to HSPA+ as 4G though they do not provide LTE.  In order to make it into this price comparison database, any plans that offered less than 1 GB of data were excluded, as that simply isn’t enough data for a majority of users.  The current list best describes cell phone plans suited for single lines.  If family plans are all you are interested in you can have a look at them here.  In some cases though, the below single line prepaid cell phone plans will suffice and be what’s most cost effective for you, particularly if you are a couple or a family of less than 4.
  ATTENTION:  If you are an iPhone user you may have trouble getting data and MMS working with many of these MVNOs. Please read this post for more information.
If you are considering Consumer Cellular, please read this post, as they may send you a T-Mobile SIM card at their discretion.
 

The Best AT&T MVNOs and Prepaid Cell Phone Plans (The plans listed represent what we feel is each AT&T MVNOs best offering for smartphones)

 Prepaid ProviderMinutes/Texts includedDataPrice ($)Mobile Hotspot
Cricket Wireless (3)unlimited/unlimitedUnlimited first 2.5 GB LTE, after throttled 128 kbps35No
H2O Wireless (9)unlimited/unlimited/
unlimited international text to 50+ countries, and $20 international call credit
1 GB 4G LTE36No
Pure TalkUSA (2)unlimited/unlimited1 GB at 3G40.95No
AirVoice Wireless (1)Unlimited/Unlimited/unlimited international SMS and Voice to select countries1 GB40No
Jolt Mobile(4)unlimited/unlimited/ 100 international sms1 GB 4G 40No
NET10 wireless (8)unlimited/unlimited3 GB 4G LTE (5 GB with BYOD) then throttled to 64 kbps
45.00No
Consumer Cellular (10)250/unlimited3 GB LTE45No
Straight Talk (7)unlimited/unlimited 3 GB 4G LTE (5 GB with BYOD) then throttled to 64 kbps
45No
Black WirelessUnlimited/Unlimited/unlimited international text $10 international call credit2 GB no LTE50No
Good 2Go Mobileunlimited/unlimited/100 mms/300 international minutes2 GB HSPA+50No
Red Pocket Mobile6unlimited/unlimited/
Up to 200 min international talk
Unlimited first 3 GB at 4G HSPA+ 59.99No
AT&T Go Phoneunlimited/unlimited/unlimited talk  + text to Mexico/unlimited global text to 100 countriesUnlimited firt 4 GB LTE throttled to 128 kbps60Yes
Boss Cellularunlimited/unlimited1 GB $60.00No

 

Not sure which is right for you?  Maybe this MVNO List can help.  Looking for a cheaper plan than what’s listed?  You may find another AT&T MVNO listed on our Cheapest No Contract Cell Phone Plans of 2015 page.

 

The Fine Print

1= AirVoice Wireless.  Initially 500 mb is deposited into your account. Once you reach that limit, you must call customer service to get remaining 500 MB added. Data can be throttled at any time at Airvoice’s discretion

2= PureTalk USA.  Service will be terminated if you exceed 750 minutes talk in conference calls or via call forwarding. There are no overages unless you request to be allowed overages which occur at a rate of $10 per 100MB or 100 MMS.

3= Cricket Mobile.  LTE speeds limited to 8mbps and HSPA+ 4mbps, over data limit speeds throttled to 128kbps

4= Jolt Mobile.  UNLIMITED voice services may not be used for conference calling, 3-way calling or call forwarding. Data can only be applied in 500mb increments. Once you hit 500mb you must call to get other 500mb activated

5= SkyView Wireless.  No call forwarding or 3 way calling. No MMS. No sms short codes. Text between 2 individuals only

6= Red Pocket Mobile.  No call forwarding, or 3 way calling. No streaming audio or video or games

7= Straight Talk Wireless.  No sms short codes. No unusually long and repeated phone calls. Data usage that is excessive and above average could result in termination

8= Net10 Wireless.  Limited sms short code. Data usage above the average customer can result in termination. Price is with auto pay enabled.

9 = H20 wireless. Price is with autopay enabled

10 = Consumer Cellular.  In certain situations Consumer Cellular may ship out T-Mobile sims without informing you.

  • Techie

    Blackwireless throttles data to 2G speed after initial 1GB usage (this is for $50 plan) .. not worth using this provider.

  • Nicholas Landry

    i am on straight talk’s att sim card byod plan and i get LTE. your chart needs updating!!!

    • http://www.bestmvno.com/ Bestmvno.com

      Thank you. I changed 4G/3G to LTE to avoid any confusion.

  • mike

    Are the AT&T go phone LTE speeds limited?

    • http://www.bestmvno.com/ Bestmvno.com

      LTE speeds are the same as on postpaid

  • Spencer Walker

    Cricket wireless is the best deal hands down

  • esc0

    @bestmvnocom:disqus
    As of last week I started noticing a few words under my pictures when sending an MMS via AirVoice Wireless. The words are “Queued for Sending”. As you mentioned above it seems ATT plays favorite with its pipeline when servicing its postpaid and prepaid customers versus their MVNO customers.

    It is my first time seeing the words in the two month’s of service with AV. It doesn’t seem to matter what time of the day it is or whether weekdays or weekends. Just thought I would share.

    • http://www.bestmvno.com/ Bestmvno.com

      Thanks for sharing.

      I only used Net10 as an ATT MVNO myself and for a few months. I remember having my messages delayed at times as well. Generally it was tolerable unless I was in need of a quick response.

      I have talked to a few others about it as well in other parts of the country. My issues weren’t experienced by everyone. I think it really does depend on how busy the network is. This phenomenon is usually mentioned in the MVNOs TOS.

  • benodiktine

    @bestmvnocom:disqus in the fine print above it says “9 = H20 wireless. Price is with autopay enabled”, omitting that they do not support short code. I just chated with H20 support and confirmed that H20 does not support short code. This is driving me nuts! I wish there was a list of MVNOs that support and do not support short codes.