ATT MVNO Comparison

Wireless Provider
Talk
Text
Data
Price
Promoted
Pure TalkUSA Logo
Pure TalkUSA Monthly 1 GB

Special Features:
  • Unlimited Talk, Text & Data!
  • Nationwide GSM coverage
  • No contracts, credit checks or activation fees
  • Bring your own phone
  • Mobile Hotspot available on iPhones!
  • USA based customer service!
  • Regular price is $25, but new customers get 50% off first month through BestMVNO
Unlimited
Unlimited
1 GB
Promoted
Pure TalkUSA Logo
Pure TalkUSA Monthly 3 GB

Special Features:
  • Get unlimited talk, text and data with the first 3 GB at high speed on the nations largest GSM network!
  • No contracts, credit checks or activation fees
  • Bring your own phone
  • Mobile Hotspot available on iPhones!
  • USA based customer service!
  • Regular price is $30 but new customers get 50% off first month through BestMVNO
Unlimited
Unlimited
3 GB

An ATT MVNO is any wireless provider that doesn’t have its own wireless network and instead uses ATT’s network to provide you with cellular service. Without having to build and maintain its own cellular towers, an ATT MVNO can save you a lot of money on your phone bill.  In fact, switching to an ATT MVNO may help you to reduce the cost of your phone bill by more than half!

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The ATT MVNO Business Model

ATT MVNO’s typically buy cheap talk, text, and data in bulk from ATT.  Each ATT MVNO then resells the talk, text and data back to the consumer with a price markup that should be profitable for the company.  Even with the markup, the service is generally resold at a significantly cheaper rate compared to what ATT would sell it to consumers for.

ATT MVNO Pros And Cons

Pros

ATT MVNO Prepaid Coverage Map
ATT Prepaid/MVNO 4G LTE Coverage Map As Of 1/16/2018. 4G LTE Areas In Orange, No LTE Coverage In White. Map Corresponds To ATT’s Prepaid Network Which Is What Most ATT MVNO’s Use

ATT MVNOs offer some of the best overall nationwide wireless coverage per dollar so pay close attention to what you see here.  Other carrier 4G LTE MVNO’s may offer cheaper wireless phone plans but their nationwide coverage may not be nearly as good as what you’ll find here.  Since AT&T also operates on a GSM based network, bringing your own cell phone to one of their MVNOs tends to be a lot easier than moving a Verizon or Sprint phone to an MVNO.  In the future, as providers all move towards offering LTE or 5G only service, we may see it become easier to move phones between different carriers.

Cons

Most, if not all ATT MVNO’s, do not allow roaming on other domestic wireless networks. Roaming is what happens when your provider does not have its own towers and network in a given area, but instead uses another network such as T-Mobile to provide you with cellular coverage.  This means that you may see a small drop off in coverage if you switch from ATT postpaid service where roaming is allowed to an ATT MVNO where roaming is not allowed.   For most though, this should go unnoticed.  On smaller networks, such as Sprint’s network, it may be more of an issue.

Another con, and this is for MVNO’s in general, is that service with an MVNO may be prioritized below service directly obtained from the parent network. As an example, this means that if you are subscribed to an ATT MVNO and ATT’s network is busy, you may see your data speeds temporarily slowed down or an increase in network latency.  This isn’t very common though.

Customer Support

Just like with the major wireless carriers, customer support will vary based on which MVNO provider you are subscribed to.  Some MVNO’s you may find to offer excellent customer support, while others not so much.

Buying A Phone From An ATT MVNO

About half of all ATT MVNO’s do not sell phones.  This is one area where the MVNO industry is relatively weak.  With the exception of a few major MVNO providers such as Straight Talk, or AT&T owned Cricket Wireless you typically don’t see great deals or BOGO offers on cell phones.

ATT MVNO BYOD Options

Unless it’s an iPhone, as long as your phone supports LTE bands 2 (1900 Mhz),4 (1700/2100 Mhz), 5 (850 Mhz) and either 12 or 17 (700 Mhz) it will work on any AT&T MVNO.

The trouble with iPhones is that Apple blocks access to an iOS setting that is needed to get the iPhone to work properly with select MVNO’s. Without access to that setting, users cannot send or receive MMS picture messages. It seems that Apple wants some sort of compensation from MVNO providers in order to activate that setting.  One way to tell if your iPhone will work with an AT&T MVNO is to check and see if that MVNO sells new iPhones.  If they do your iPhone should work properly with that provider.

ATT MVNO List

If you’re ready to begin your journey into the world of ATT MVNO’s here is a list of providers that operate on the ATT Network.

Each provider listed above offers several different cell phone plans.  I sorted through them and in the table below I picked out what I think is the best plan offered by each provider.  In order to make it into the price comparison table, plans were picked that contained unlimited talk and text with at least 1 GB of 4G LTE data.  The current list of plans 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.



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The Best AT&T MVNOs and Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

(Special Note: Some ATT MVNO's may have limited support for Blackberry devices and iPhones.



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Wireless Provider
Talk
Text
Data
Price
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Available exclusively through eBay
  • Price includes unlimited international calling to over 70 countries.
  • Annual plan, requires purchase of 1 year of service in advance
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $20
Good2Go Mobile Logo 2019
  • Price shown is with a $5/month autopay billing discount applied
  • Customers can add unlimited international calling and texting to over 60 countries for $5/month
  • Additional data can be added to plan at any time for $10/GB
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $20
FreedomPop Free Talk Text and 4G LTE Data

See a review of Freedompop

Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Pay in advance discount!  Price shown is for payment of service 3 months in advance
  • Pay 6 months in advance and get the plan for an average cost of $17.99/month
  • Pay one year in advance and get the plan at an average cost of $14.99/month
  • Alternatively, try the free plan with 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 200 MB of 4G LTE data
  • 30 day money back guarantee
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $24.99
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Unlimited International calling to over 70.
  • Price shown is with auto pay billing enabled, price is $35 without auto pay billing.
  • MMS and group text messaging will not work with iPhones on GSMA AT&T plans
  • 5GB of LTE data included on the AT&T and Sprint networks.  3GB included if used on T-Mobile or Verizon
  • On the AT&T network, hotspot is available on Android but not on iOS devices.
  • On the Verizon network, hotspot is only officially supported on iOS but not Android.
  • Hotspot is supported on both Android and iOS devices if used on the Sprint or T-Mobile networks.

Bonus! Buy the annual plan at Amazon and get 3 GB of data at an average cost of just $21.25/month!

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3 or 5GB
  $30.00
Pure TalkUSA Logo
  • Mobile hotspot is for iPhones only
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $30
UNREAL Mobile
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Includes data carryover
  • Includes VPN for encryption and privacy protection
  • Built in ad-blocker
  • Unlimited 2G data after high speed allotment gets used up
  • Share your high speed data with friends
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • If used on the AT&T network voice is VoIP and requires the use of an app.  If used on the Sprint network, no app is required and phone calls are not VoIP.
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $30
FreeUP Mobile Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Includes unlimited global talk and text to over 100 countries
  • WiFi calling requires the use of the FreeUP Mobile talk app
  • Data is hard capped
  • Use the FreeUP Rewards app and earn the chance to get more free high speed data

Top Up Options

  • Additional data can be added at anytime priced at $10/GB, with no rollover
  • $5 – PayGO international calling credit with up to 180 days rollover
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: No
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $30
Good2Go Mobile Logo 2019
  • Price shown is with a $5/month autopay billing discount applied
  • Customers can add unlimited international calling and texting to over 60 countries for $5/month
  • Additional data can be added to plan at any time for $10/GB
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $30
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Available exclusively through eBay
  • Price includes unlimited international calling to over 70 countries.
  • Annual plan, requires purchase of 1 year of service in advance for $399
  • MMS and group texting will not work on AT&T GSMA plans with iPhones
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $33.25
Consumer Cellular Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • AARP Members save 5% off their monthly bill
  • Ranked number 1 by Consumer Reports in customer satisfaction, and tops by JD Power as well as in other studies
  • Add an additional line for $15/month
  • WiFi calling may be available upon request
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: No

  250
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $35
Cricket Wireless Announces Galaxy S7 Support
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • LTE download speeds limited to 8 Mbps
  • WiFi calling and texting is supported but limited to only a few devices, the majority being iPhones
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $35
H2O Wireless Logo

See a review of H2O Wireless

  • Price with auto pay billing enabled, $40 without auto pay.
  • Unlimited talk and text to 50+ countries.
  • Download speeds limited to 8 Mbps
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  7GB
  $36
ATT Prepaid Logo
  • Price shown is with autopay billing enabled, $50 without
  • Rollover data, data lasts for one additional billing period
  • Unlimited talk, text and data while roaming in Mexico or Canada.
  • Unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada.
  • Family discounts. $10 off of line 2, $10 off of line 3, $20 off line 4, $20 off of line 5.
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  8GB
  $40
Jolt Mobile

$1 international calling credit

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No


  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $40
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

See a review of Red Pocket Mobile

  • Unlimited International calling to over 70.
  • Price shown is with auto pay billing enabled, price is $45 without auto pay billing.
  • MMS and group text messaging will not work with iPhones on GSMA AT&T plans
  • 8GB of LTE data included on the AT&T and Sprint networks.  5GB included if used on T-Mobile or Verizon
  • On the AT&T network, hotspot is available on Android but not on iOS devices.
  • On the Verizon network, hotspot is only officially supported on iOS but not Android.
  • Hotspot is supported on both Android and iOS devices if used on the Sprint or T-Mobile networks.

Bonus! Buy the annual plan at Amazon and get 3 GB of data at an average cost of just $21.25/month!

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  8 or 5GB
  $40.00
Net10 Wireless Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • Price is with auto pay billing enabled.  Price is $50 without auto pay billing enabled.
  • WiFi calling and texting is limited to select Android devices

Deal! Pay 3 months in advance, and you’ll save $10/month.  Pay in advance rate is $120, or $40/month.

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $45
Straight Talk Wireless Logo
Includes WiFi Calling!
  • $44/month if you enable auto refill. Pay 3 months in advance, save $5. Pay 6 months in advance save $15. Pay one year in advance save $45
  • WiFi calling and texting is not available for all devices
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Includes Unlimited 2G Data: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $45

Not sure which is right for you?  Maybe this MVNO List can help.  Want to try and custom build your own plan? Check out my build your own cell phone plan tool! Looking for Pay as You Go?  Check out the AT&T pay as you go plans page.



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We’ve had Black Wireless for four years, with our own unlocked GSM phones. They provide a prepaid service, no added taxes or hidden fees, and no contract. They’ve never increased our cost, but HAVE increased our data allowance over the years from 500 mb to 2.5 gig. We’ve been very happy with them. Customer service has sometimes been a touch limited, but they have always been honest, kind, and helpful. Unfortunately… my husband just got an iPhone… and he cannot receive MMS on it. (Go apple, who apparently charge the wireless provider for this service…) Since he HAS to be… Read more »

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An easier solution would be to use a different messaging app just for you and your husband. For example my wife and I used Allo just to text back and forth because it was easier, much much faster, and way more features than the stock messaging app. That would be my advice vs switching carriers as it is a hell of a lot more easier to do.

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I currently use the “Obama phone” plan which is serviced by TracFone and which I believe is provided by AT&T. On this plan I am provided free of charge every month with free unlimited text, 300 and some odd talk minutes and approximately 500 MB of data. If you’d like more data they offer a truly great unlimited, true gig speed internet connection the world 40 in dollars in change.

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Can anyone recommend an AT&T MVNO offering mobile hot spot without having to buy a new high priced phone? I have an unlocked S7 (currently on Straight Talk Verizon), but no luck finding any AT&T MVNOs that support mobile hot spot with it. I don’t mind paying a monthly upgrade fee. Just hate to buy a new phone if I don’t have to.

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I use a Sony Xperia on Straight Talk AT&T and the hotspot works for some reason. Another option is to root your phone or look around on xda.com for a workaround. BTW root on Android is the equivalent of jailbreaking an iPhone, I. E. Bypass security features so that you can have full control of the device.

Richard B
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Richard B

Freedompop is a scam, charged me , never sent SIM cards, then charged for a month service 20 days later with no sims ever delivered, BUYER BEWARE

Carl Falcone
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Carl Falcone

Just got a text from Puretalkusa that my $35 a month plan will now have 5gb of data from 2.5. Great deal great company. Not sure if this is for new customers or a perk for existing ones. Website doesn’t feature change to their plans yet. Supposed to start in July.

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Cjf

Pure talk USA now offers 1.5 gigs of data on their $29 plan and 2.5 gigs of data on their $35 plan

BestMVNO
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BestMVNO

Thanks. I actually just finished all plan updates, including those.

Zac
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Zac

Your H20WIRELESS wireless price is wrong it’s $27 a month unlimited talk unlimited text 3gb high speed data.. $36 gets you 8gb high-speed data

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BestMVNO

Thanks, but that’s promotional data that you only get with your plan for a limited time. Once the promotion ends data reverts to what’s listed. If H2O makes the allotment permanent , the table will be updated with that information.

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This is true Zac, but to those who might consider switching, please keep in mind that the current H20 data allotments are “promotional” amounts. While the extra data promotion has been going on for a while, they could drop the data allotment back down. For example, all plans have a (1) next to the data allotment, indicating there is a “gotcha” or footnote to read about it. When you read footnote (1), it goes on to explain there is promotional “data bonus” included in that data allotment. However, it’s to my understanding that this original promotion ended in December, and… Read more »

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“This is true Zac, but to those who might consider switching, please keep in mind that the current H20 data allotments are “promotional” amounts. While the extra data promotion has been going on for a while, they could drop the data allotment back down.” This is disingenuous and misleading. While it is true that there is a promotion going on, the fact that you do not mention anywhere in the description of H2O Wireless’s plans (in the summary tables) makes your information inaccurate & misleading. You should list the current cost and data received ($36, 8 GB) but then put… Read more »

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BY0100-51H

using straight talk for a little over a year not a single complaint I have the $45 5gb plan but I can find 90 days refills online for $105-$110

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Carl Falcone

I used Puretalk USA from December of 2015 to June of 2016 and it was excellent, but at the time there plans did not offer as much data for the $ as they do now. I switched to Cricket and it has been awful. I constantly miss MMS and have tried different APN settings without any improvement. Sometimes MMS come in hours late. Customer service says it’s because I don’t have a Cricket branded phone (I brought my own unlocked Moto e) but my friend and his wife have Cricket branded Moto e’s and they have the same problems. Now… Read more »

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Stephen Blakeney

I also left Pure Talk for a couple of months to try TPO. I would occasionally lose the signal in some buildings which never happened with Pure Talk. I’m now back with Pure Talk with a better plan than I had last time.