AT&T was the first wireless network to carry the iPhone, and they’ve retained a huge customer base of die-hard iPhone fans ever since. They’re certainly in the premium carrier category, offering fast download speeds, reliable service, and high prices. During my time at Apple, I can’t remember working with anyone who wanted to switch.
If you’re an AT&T customer on a family plan, and especially if you use a lot of data, I’d like to encourage you to check out my comparison of the major carriers’ current wireless family plans. For heavy data users, AT&T is far and away the most expensive carrier, and families that switch to Sprint could save over $1000 a year. For families that use less data, AT&T’s prices are a lot more competitive.
AT&T’s Best Phone And Plan Deals Of 2016
- AT&T's Best Deals On Plans
- AT&T's Best Deals For Apple Lovers
- AT&T's Best Deals For Apple Leavers
- AT&T's Best Prepaid Phone Deals
- AT&T's Best Deals On Accessories
Best AT&T Deals On Plans
AT&T Thinks You, Your Spouse, and Your Children Can Be Bought For $650 Each
You know your loyalty can’t be purchased. I know your loyalty can’t be purchased. So who does AT&T think they are? Do they think we’ll just up and leave our wireless carriers for a measly $650 in credits per line, which adds up to $3250 in credits for a family of five?
The truth is that right now, the carriers are willing to shell out a lot of money to get you into a contract, and that means there are some great deals out there for people who are willing to jump ship.
I know you’re not going to let a mere $3000 dollars decide your fate. Wait, where are you going?
Best AT&T Deals For Apple Lovers
Brand New iPhones Every Year And An iPad Mini 2 For $99
AT&T knows what parents want: The latest iPhones to store more pictures of their kids, and a way to keep them nice and quiet.
For a limited time, if you sign up for AT&T’s NEXT plan (which lets you get a new iPhone every year), AT&T will sell you an iPad Mini 2 for $99, which you can hand off to the children whenever you need some “me time”. Bear in mind that the iPad Mini 2 is very, very smashable, so if you have young children, you may also want to pick up a case.
Bonus: If your kids are well-behaved, you can keep the iPad for yourself.
Best AT&T Deals For Apple Leavers
LG G5 4U
The LG G5, while although its name is an obvious attempt to leverage the everlasting brand power of Apple’s Power Mac G5 of yesteryear, is a feature-ridden phone available at a limited price for a good time.
OK, so maybe it isn’t G5 copycat. But it has a removable battery (I can hear the oohs and aahs) and an extra-special Daylight Mode so that unlike the other, vampiric smartphones on the market, it doesn’t disintegrate when the sun comes out. And it runs on batteries, not blood. (Did I mention the battery is removable?!?)
For $22.97 a month, $0 down, and free shipping, this is a pretty good deal for a pretty good phone. If we had to give it a star rating, we’d give it pretty good stars.
*In reality, LG’s Daylight Mode has nothing to do with vampires.
Samsung Galaxy Note7: Free Today, Pay Tomorrow*
If you’re thinking about jumping ship, it’s better to do it with the toilet-resistent (excuse me, water-resistant) Samsung Note7 than the water-abhorrent iPhone.
*You can get the Galaxy Note7 for $0 down, which isn’t quite the same as getting it for free, but you can pretend it is. Until the bill arrives. But it’s still not a bad deal.
One of the main reasons people switch to Android is that they like the idea of being able to stick a micro-SD card in their phones to increase its storage. And it’s true with the Galaxy Note7: You can stick an SD card in this phone to save your selfies.
Best AT&T Prepaid Phone Deals
A Prepaid iPhone 5s For $199, No Contract? Yup.
The iPhone 5S is still a great phone. In fact, it’s a lot like the new iPhone SE—at least it’s the same size. It has a lot of the same features too, including Touch ID.
Apparently, AT&T got a little too excited and purchased so many of these phones that they’re willing to part with them for $199, as long as you buy $45 of airtime too.
So it’s more like an iPhone 5s plus airtime for $244, but that’s still a good deal. It’s a great way to pick up an iPhone on a prepaid plan.This is a limited time offer and expires on October 6, 2016, so make sure to grab it on AT&T's website before then.
Best AT&T Deals On Accessories
Impulsive Accessory Shoppers, Here’s Your Chance!
AT&T has one-upped the old saying, “Two heads are better than one” by offering 20% off accessories—as long as you buy three. If you’ve lost your Bluetooth headset and are too lazy to look under the seat, you need a new car charger, and your iPhone case has lost its luster, here’s your chance to kill three birds with one stone. It’s the tried and true “Buy 3 For The Price Of 2.4” deal, and who can resist that?
Final Thoughts About AT&T
I don’t know why—and maybe my experience isn’t the norm—but AT&T users are loyal. Verizon has lowered their prices significantly over the last two years, and I think we’ll see more of a shift if the price gap stays as wide as it currently is. Verizon and Sprint are also offering great deals for people who switch, and they’re definitely worth a look.
Whether you’re already an AT&T customer or you’re looking to make a switch, I hope you’ve found a great deal on this list on a new cell phone or wireless plan, and I’d like to hear your thoughts about AT&T in the comments section below.
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