Best AT&T MVNOs: Cheap Cell Phone Providers That Use AT&T’s Network

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AT&T’s unlimited data plans range from $65-$85 per month for a single line. However, you can access AT&T’s network for a fraction of the cost with an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). 

Over the past few years, Team Clark has tried out a handful of low-cost cell phone carriers that use AT&T’s network. 

In this article, I’ll take a close look at the best and cheapest AT&T MVNOs.

Cheapest Annual Phone Plan
Boost Mobile Annual Plan
Network
T-Mobile and AT&T
Price
$100 ($8.33/month)
Highlights
  • Pay $100 for 12 months of service ($8.33/month).
  • 1GB of 4G/5G data monthly before reduced speeds
Best Family Phone Plan
Cricket Wireless
Network
AT&T
Price
$55/month (taxes included; $50 rate available w/ autopay)
Highlights
  • Get four lines for $25 each ($100/month total).
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data that slows during congestion
Cheapest Phone Plan for Two
H2O Wireless Multi-Line
Network
AT&T
Price
$25 per line per month (plus taxes & fees)
Highlights
  • Get 2 lines for $50 per month or 4 lines for $100 per month.
  • Each line gets 6GB of LTE data before reduced speeds.

Save on Your Cell Phone Bill With an AT&T MVNO

AT&T is a well-known cell phone provider that offers reliable coverage across the United States. Unfortunately, unlimited data plans start at $65 for a single line from AT&T.

If you know that AT&T has good service in your area but you don’t want to pay full price for an AT&T phone plan, consider an MVNO that runs on the same towers. AT&T MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) provide access to the same service for a fraction of the cost. In fact, you can find phone plans as low as $8.33 per month when you pay a year in advance with Boost Mobile.

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Below, you’ll find more information on these MVNOs including links to their coverage maps and our picks for the best phone plan from each.


Boost Mobile

Cheapest Annual Plan

Boost Mobile: An MVNO that now offers annual plans on AT&T's network

Boost Mobile offers several cheap monthly plans that run on T-Mobile’s network. However, Boost Mobile’s new annual plan works with AT&T. The plan costs $100 for 12 months, which works out to be $8.33 per month before taxes and fees. For this price, you’ll get 12 months of unlimited talk, text and 2G data. The plan also includes 1GB of 5G/4G data per month that can be shared via mobile hotspot. After 1GB of high-speed data each month, mobile data and hotspot speeds will reduce.

If you’re thinking about switching to this plan, be sure to check out Boost Mobile’s coverage map. You may also be able to bring your own phone to save even more. To learn more about Boost Mobile before switching, read our full review here.

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Cricket Wireless

Best Family Phone Plan

Cricket Wireless, an AT&T MVNO

If you’re looking for a family phone plan with multiple lines on AT&T’s network, Cricket Wireless is an MVNO to consider. The Cricket Wireless Unlimited plan is available for $55 per month for one line, but that price drops to $40 per line for two lines, $30 per line for three lines or $25 per line for four or more lines. That means that a family of four can get Cricket Wireless for $100 a month total! The plan includes unlimited high-speed data, but speeds may slow during congestion. It also includes unlimited talk and text, SD video streaming, Mexico and Canada usage and unlimited texts from the U.S. to 37 countries. 

Be sure to check out Cricket Wireless’ coverage map before you make the decision to switch. Also, test your phone online to see if you can bring it with you to your new plan. To learn more about Cricket Wireless, read our full review here.


H20 Wireless

Cheapest Phone Plan for Two

H20 Wireless, an AT&T MVNO

H20 Wireless is another MVNO that runs on AT&T’s towers. They offer several prepaid monthly plans for one line starting at $18 per month for 2GB of high-speed data. But if you’re shopping for two lines, H20 Wireless’ multi-line plans are worth checking out. For $50 monthly ($25 per line), each line will get 6GB of LTE data, unlimited talk, text and 2G data, unlimited international talk to 70 countries and unlimited international texting. This plan actually won H20 Wireless the award of cheapest phone plan for two lines on Clark.com.

If you’re thinking about switching to H20 Wireless, enter your ZIP code on the coverage map to make sure you’ll have service at home. You may also be able to bring your own phone when you switch to save even more. 


Consumer Cellular

Best Cell Phone Plan for Seniors 

Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular is an MVNO that runs on both AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks. AARP members can also get a 5% discount with Consumer Cellular phone plans. Although its prices aren’t the lowest, the carrier makes our list for its high consumer satisfaction scores and Consumer Reports ratings. Consumer Cellular has also won the award for best overall plan for seniors on Clark.com.

For one line, Consumer Cellular offers 3GB of data for $25 per month. The same plan is available for two lines at $45 per month or three lines for $60 per month. Unlimited plans begin at $55 per month for a single line. 

If you’re thinking about switching to Consumer Cellular, make sure you’ll have service first by checking the coverage map online. You can also enter your phone’s IMEI number to see if it’s compatible with a Consumer Cellular SIM card. For more information about Consumer Cellular before you switch, read our full review here.

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Red Pocket

Red Pocket

Red Pocket Mobile lets you keep your existing phone and choose from any of the major networks including AT&T. Its monthly plans start at $20 for unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data. However, you can usually find deals and promotions offering discounts or free months of service. At the time of writing, Red Pocket was offering three months of service for free when you buy nine months in advance.

Be sure to view Red Pocket’s coverage map to make sure you’ll have service in your area. If you’re thinking about switching to Red Pocket, check your phone’s compatibility online to make sure it will work. Also, be sure to check out our full review before making the decision to switch.


Straight Talk

Straight Talk

Straight Talk is owned by TracFone and partners with all of the major networks, not just AT&T. The prepaid carrier sells phones at Walmart and through its website. But if you want to bring your own device to Straight Talk, you can check its compatibility online before switching.

Straight Talk offers unlimited plans beginning at $35 per month for one line. With this plan, you’ll get 10GB of high-speed data before reduced speeds. You can also get 90 days of unlimited service with 25GB of high-speed data for $130, or 180 days for $225. 

To see if you’ll have coverage in your area with Straight Talk, check out its coverage map online. Also, be sure to read our full review before making the decision to switch.


Final Thoughts

AT&T is a great network that offers reliable coverage across the nation. And with a variety of MVNOs to choose from, you don’t have to pay $65 month (or more) to access AT&T’s towers. 

If you’re looking for the cheapest alternative, I recommend checking out Boost Mobile’s 12-month plan. You’ll find the lowest total price available for a year of service at $100 ($8.33 per month) for 1GB of high-speed data monthly plus unlimited talk, text and 2G data. 

For slightly more high-speed data, check out Red Pocket at $20 per month for 3GB. If you’re shopping for a family plan, you can get two lines with H20 Wireless for $50 per month total or four lines for $100 with H20 or Cricket Wireless. Just know that Cricket Wireless comes with significantly more data. 

If you aren’t sure about switching to an AT&T MVNO, you can still save on AT&T’s service with a prepaid plan directly from the carrier. AT&T offers a 12-month prepaid plan for $300 ($25 per month) that includes 8GB of high-speed data. Monthly plans start at $30 per line for 5GB of high-speed data and unlimited plans begin at $50 per month.

For more options, be sure to read our guide on the best cell phone plans and deals available now. Once you’ve decided on a new phone plan and you’re ready to make the switch, check out this guide that we put together to take you step-by-step through the process.

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