The best AT&T phone deals

Joe Supan

Oct 2, 2020 — 6 min read

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  • Cheapest phone prices overall of any carrier
  • Free iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models with trade-in
  • All deals require new unlimited line (minimum $75/mo.) and 30-month 0% APR installment plan
  • Phone upgrades with Next Up program

AT&T offers the full range of phones available from the most popular manufacturers. As a way to motivate consumers to switch to AT&T, the wireless carrier offers popular models at a discount, usually in conjunction with a 30-month service agreement. By offering the phones as a kind of loss leader, AT&T brings in new customers and upgrades existing customers. 

AT&T’s phones cost $556 on average, compared to $820 for Verizon and $868 for T-Mobile.

The average price for AT&T’s 13 most popular phones runs about $556. With current promotions, however, consumers pay less than the retail price of some models. Many models even end up being absolutely free

But deals aren’t always what they seem — we combed the fine print to find out what they actually mean for you. All of AT&T’s deals require you to open a new unlimited line that costs at least $75/mo. and agree to a 30-month contract for your phone.

Best AT&T phone deals right now

  • Deal #1 – $1,000 off iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • Deal #2 – Free Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G with trade-in
  • Deal #3 – iPhone XS for $30
  • Deal #4 – Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G for free
  • Deal #5 – Free Samsung Galaxy A51 5G with trade-in

All AT&T phone deals available right now

Deal #1: $1,000 off iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

Maximum savings: $1,000


Apple’s most expensive iPhones top our list of the best AT&T phone deals going right now. Right now, you can get the iPhone 11 Pro Max for just $100, and the slightly smaller iPhone 11 Pro for free. Like all AT&T deals, you’ll need to open up a new unlimited data plan to take advantage of the discount. And in this case, you’ll also need to order it online and trade in an eligible phone. Here’s what AT&T is currently accepting for this deal:

  • Apple: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • Samsung: Galaxy A50, A8+, Note8, Note 9, Note 10, Note 10+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S8 Duos, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S9+ Duos, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10E
  • Google: Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ
  • Motorola: Z4
  • Other: RED Hydrogen One, Razer 2, OnePlus 5

Deal #2: Free Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G with trade-in

Maximum savings: $1,000


If you’re looking to upgrade to a new 5G phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is widely considered one of the best around. With this deal, you’ll also need to open a new unlimited line and trade in an eligible device. Here’s what models AT&T is accepting for trade-ins on this deal:

  • Apple: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • Samsung: Galaxy A50, A8+, Note8, Note 9, Note 10, Note 10+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S8 Duos, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S9+ Duos, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10E
  • Google: Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ
  • Motorola: Z4
  • Other: RED Hydrogen One, Razer 2, OnePlus 5

Deal #3: iPhone XS for $30

Maximum savings: $870


The iPhone XS is slightly older than the other deals on our list, but this promotion requires relatively few hoops to jump through, as you won’t need to trade in an eligible smartphone to get it. You can add in iPhone XS 64GB for just $1/mo. when you open a new unlimited line with AT&T. All you need to do is order online.

Deal #4: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G for free

Maximum savings: $700


The newest phone on this list, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a great option for those who want the latest technology without paying the “latest technology” surcharge. The FE (short for Fan Edition) is $300 cheaper than the flagship S20, but delivers most of the same performance. Right now, you can get it through AT&T for free when you trade in a phone and open a new unlimited line. Here’s what AT&T is accepting for trade-ins on this deal:

  • Apple: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • Samsung: Galaxy A50, A8+, Note8, Note 9, Note 10, Note 10+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S8 Duos, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S9+ Duos, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10E
  • Google: Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ
  • Motorola: Z4
  • Other: RED Hydrogen One, Razer 2, OnePlus 5

Deal #5: Free Samsung Galaxy A51 5G with trade-in

Maximum savings: $500


This deal is valid whether you have an eligible trade-in or not. If you do, you can get the Samsung Galaxy A51 5G entirely for free. If not, it will still only cost you $5/mo. for 30 months, for a total of $150. As always, you’ll still need to open up a new unlimited line to take advantage of this AT&T phone deal. Here’s what it’s accepting for trade-ins:

  • Apple: iPhone 6Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • Samsung: Galaxy A50, A8+, Note8, Note 9, Note 10, Note 10+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S8 Duos, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S9+ Duos, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10E
  • Google: Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL
  • LG: G8 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ
  • Motorola: Z4
  • Other: RED Hydrogen One, Razer 2, OnePlus 5

AT&T basic phones


While AT&T implements the highest available technology for its customers, the company also carves a niche for customers who prefer the old-school ways of flip phones. The “downgrade” from smartphones offers price, feature and security benefits while also maintaining the basic functionality of a phone. 

Without the cutting-edge tech of smartphones, the hardware simplicity of flip phones generally means lower device cost. Battery function in a flip phone starkly contrasts with the battery life in a smartphone. Rather than constantly looking for an outlet to plug into, flip phone users typically enjoy a battery life that lasts for days or even weeks. 

As smartphones open the window to the world, the data that sits in them can potentially become compromised. Because flip phone use doesn’t center on data like a smartphone, flip phone users are less vulnerable to data theft. 

Sonim XP3 / Sonim XP3 no camera variant

  • The Sonim XP3 is an ultra-rugged flip phone built to communicate and thrive in extreme conditions. Considered both rugged and convenient, the Sonim XP3’s camera option allows you to capture images or video with a built-in 5.0MP rear camera. 
  • Retails for $190.

AT&T Cingular Flip IV 

The AT&T Cingular Flip IV simplifies the smartphone. Built to handle basic everyday communications while also providing enhanced Google features, the Cingular Flip IV lets you watch YouTube, get directions from Google Maps and use Google Assistant for voice commands. The phone costs $63 through AT&T.

AT&T trade-in program

Trade in any device with a minimum value of $35 and AT&T rewards you with $300 off the purchase price of your new phone. Those who want to keep their current phone to bring onto the network receive a $250 gift card from AT&T.

AT&T phone upgrades

For phone aficionados looking to own the latest gadget, AT&T’s Next Up program creates a pathway for perpetual upgrades. An add-on to AT&T’s monthly installment plans, Next Up lets wireless subscribers upgrade to a new phone after paying off at least 50% of the current phone.

As most of AT&T’s installment plans come in blocks of 30 months, Next Up subscribers become eligible for an upgrade after a year and three months. For customers who want a faster upgrade interval, AT&T accepts additional payments toward the cost of the phone. Next Up requires a monthly $5 subscription.

Joe Supan

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Senior Writer, Wireless & Streaming Content

Joe oversees all things wireless and streaming for Allconnect. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these complex spaces. These include original content s… Read more

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