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.
We’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.
Consumer Cellular | Unlimited 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.
Cricket | Unlimited BYOD ($40)*
A limited time option available to new customers who bring their existing phone, this one offers unlimited talk, text, and data. You have to bring your phone number from another (not AT&T) carrier to qualify, but you can’t beat this plan. Alternatively, all other Cricket customers can get 5GB data for the same monthly price.
H20 Wireless | 5GB 4G LTE Data ($30)
For the money, customers receive unlimited talk and text with 5GB 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.
Net10 | $20 Unlimited Plan ($20)
Among the cheapest rate plans you’ll find with “unlimited” data, this $20 option gives subscribers 1GB 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.
Straight Talk | Unlimited Plan with 3GB ($35)
Pick up unlimited talk, text, and 3GB 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.
TracFone | Unlimited 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.