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!
Unlimited
Unlimited
1 GB
Promoted
Pure TalkUSA Logo
Pure TalkUSA Monthly 3 GB

Special Features:
  • Cheapest provider to offer 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!
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
Tracfone Logo

Plan is for 30 days

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  300
  1000
  1GB
  $20
FreedomPop Free Talk Text and 4G LTE Data

See a review of Freedompop

  • 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

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  2GB
  $20
Red Pocket Mobile Logo

Unlimited International calling to over 70. Price shown is with auto pay billing enabled, price is $35 without auto pay billing.

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: No

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

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $30
Good 2Go Mobile
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $30
ROK Mobile Logo
  • Includes 24/7/365 roadside assistance
  • Includes $5 international calling credit
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $30
Consumer Cellular Logo
  • 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
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  250
  Unlimited
  3GB
  $35
Cricket Wireless Announces Galaxy S7 Support

LTE download speeds limited to 8 Mbps

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  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
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  6GB
  $36
ATT Prepaid Logo

Price with autopay $45 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. $5 off of line 2, $10 off of line 3, $15 off line 4, $20 off of line 5.

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: Yes

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  6GB
  $40
Black Wireless
  • Unlimited calling to 74 countries
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  4GB
  $40
Jolt Mobile

$1 international calling credit

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $40
Good 2Go Mobile
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  6GB
  $40
Net10 Wireless Logo

Price is with auto pay billing enabled.  Price is $50 without auto pay billing enabled.

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

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  8GB
  $45
Straight Talk Wireless Logo

$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

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  10GB
  $45
Airvoice Wireless

International long distance unlimited Calling to 80+ countries

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  5GB
  $50
Best Cellular (GSM-A) Logo
Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No
Caution iPhones likely won’t be able to use MMS picture messaging with this plan
  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1GB
  $50
CampusSIMs Logo

unlimited inbound international calling, 100 international minutes

Includes Hotspot/Tethering: No

  Unlimited
  Unlimited
  1.5GB
  $50

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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Richard B
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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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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.

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

Zac
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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

Brian Cotten
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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 »
realbbbb
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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 »
BestMVNO
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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.

BY0100-51H
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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

Carl Falcone
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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 »
Stephen Blakeney
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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.

Andrew
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I just got a text from EasyGo informing me that their $10 1 GB data top up is going down to 500MB.

esc0
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@Bestmvno.com
Is there any ATT MVNO who offers free roaming in the U.S.?

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@bestmvnocom:disqus
Would you by chance know what is the slow speed for AirVoice Wireless once one hits the half mark of their data allotment.