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The best AT&T phone deals

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Aug 18, 2020 — 7 min read

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  • Cheapest phone prices overall of any carrier
  • Discount of 50% with phone trade in, plus $150 gift card and waived fees
  • Installment plans starting at $5/mo.
  • Deals run the gamut from Apple iPhones, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy
  • 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. 

Generally, AT&T’s cost average for phones runs about $430. With current promotions, however, consumers pay less than the retail price of some models. Some models even end up being absolutely free with a service agreement. 

But deals aren’t always what they seem — we combed the fine print to find out what they actually mean for you.

AT&T iPhone deals

Phone 11

  • Save 50% on the iPhone 11 with 64GB of storage when you add a new line of service.  The discount amounts to a savings of $350. AT&T initiates the credit after your first few monthly payments. 
  • Activation fee of $30.
  • Switch your provider to AT&T and trade in an eligible phone to receive as much as $1,000 off the iPhone 11 Pro or the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The savings reduces the cost of the Pro model to zero and cost of the Pro Max model to only $99.

iPhone SE

  • Buy the iPhone SE on an AT&T monthly installment plan and AT&T credits the payments to your monthly bill. To receive the full discount requires you to stay with AT&T for the full 30-month installment period. 
  • Requires new line activation. 

iPhone 7

  • Sign up for a monthly installment and an eligible phone plan to get an iPhone 7 (32GB) for free. AT&T applies credits to your monthly bill.

The installment period lasts 30 months and represents a total savings of $370. 

iPhone XR

  • Get the iPhone XR with 64GB of storage for just $5/mo. AT&T also throws in a $150 reward card into the deal. 
  • Requires new line activation and a 30-month service agreement.

AT&T Google Pixel deals

Select a 30-month unlimited plan and pick up the Google Pixel 4 for just $5/mo. Or choose the Google Pixel 4 XL for $15/mo. AT&T reserves the right to slow data speeds during busy network times.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy deals

Samsung Galaxy S10e

  • Get a steep discount on the Samsung Galaxy S10e. Designed for those who don’t need Samsung’s flashiest phone, you can pick up the S10e for only $5/mo.
  • Requires new line activation and a $30 activation fee.
  • Credits applied over 30 months. 

Galaxy Z Flip

  • Go retro with a modern-day flip phone that retails for $1,379, but costs just $20/mo.
  • Requires new line activation and 30-month unlimited plan agreement.
  • AT&T credits your bill over 30 months for a total savings of almost $800.

Cheap AT&T phones

AT&T’s smoking deals on iPhones include the Apple iPhone SE and the Apple iPhone XR. By selling these coveted iPhones for less than half their retail price, consumers looking to move into the iPhone ecosystem can take the jump. Each of these phones requires a new line activation and a 30-month service agreement. 

With the installment plan, these AT&T customers pay $5/mo.

For Samsung Galaxy fans, AT&T sells the A51 and the S20 5G models well below the suggested retail price. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy A51 normally sells for $400, AT&T sells the streaming-focused phone for $30. The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, which retails for $1,000, sells through AT&T for $450.

The LG V60 ThinQ 5G, a 5G-enabled phone, emphasizes audio and video capabilities. The $1,000 retail price drops to $300 when you activate a new line and enter into a 30-month service contract with AT&T.

AT&T free phones

iPhone SE

  • Buy the iPhone SE on an AT&T monthly installment plan and AT&T credits the payments to your monthly bill. To receive the full discount requires you to stay with AT&T for the full installment period. 
  • Requires new line activation. 

iPhone 7 

  • Sign up for a monthly installment and an eligible phone plan to get an iPhone 7 (32GB) for free. AT&T applies credits to your monthly bill.
  • The installment period lasts 30 months and represents a total savings of $370. 

AT&T prepaid phones

Wireless consumers with a solid grasp on their talk, text and data needs sometimes gravitate toward prepaid phones and prepaid phone plans. Prepaid options at AT&T include plans with limited high-speed data, unlimited high-speed data and other prepaid plans. 

AT&T carries a number of prepaid phones for use in whichever prepaid plan you choose:

LG Stylo 4 Plus

  • The LG Stylo 4 Plus offers a large, 6.2-inch display along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage. The LG Stylo 4 Plus also includes its own stylus that can be used even when the phone screen is off. 
  • The stylo 4 Plus also includes a 16MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera. 
  • Stylo 4 Plus holds a dust and water resistance rating.
  • Retails for $300, but deals easily found.

Apple iPhone 6S

  • Although developed many iterations ago, the Apple iPhone 6S still offers a quality experience to users. The phone still receives iOS updates and includes a capable processor and a rear camera. The Apple iPhone 6S is also the last Apple phone to include a headphone jack. 
  • Retails for $150, but it’s not uncommon to see the phone priced at $100.

LG Arena 2

  • The LG Arena 2, a rebrand of 2019’s LG K30, is a newer phone than the LG Stylo 4 Plus. But it’s not as good a phone as the LG Stylo 4 Plus. 
  • The advantage of the newer Arena 2 over the older Stylo 4 Plus comes down to the newer version of Android on board. The Stylo 4 Plus takes the win in all other specs and features. 
  • Retails for $120. 

Nokia 3.1 A

  • Slightly upgraded from its original Nokia 3.1 predecessor, the Nokia 3.1 A includes a tweaked design and bumped-up specs that make it a modern device with solid capabilities. 
  • With a list price of $50, the Nokia 3.1 A makes for a compelling choice among thrifty shoppers. 

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 mean 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 smart phone, flip phone users are less vulnerable to data theft. 

Galaxy Z Flip

  • Go retro with a modern-day flip phone that retails for $1,379, but costs just $20/mo.
  • Requires new line activation and 30-month unlimited plan agreement.
  • AT&T credits your bill over 30 months for a total savings of almost $800.

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 retails for $63.

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.

By Romona Paden