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Last updated on November 12, 2015

AT&T GoPhone Review

Whether you're seeking a monthly or pay-as-you-go plan, AT&T GoPhone is an attractive option regardless of your budget. However, a limited selection of phones may have you looking for an alternative provider.

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The Good

Plans for every budget

Though smartphones are limited to just monthly plans, you have several more payment options if you purchase a basic phone. Monthly plans are available, but so are daily plans. With a daily plan, you pay a small fee only on the days you use your phone to receive unlimited talk and text for those days. A pay-as-you-go plan is also an option, with calls starting at $0.10 per minute. Texting costs slightly more than this but, on the whole, these rates are pretty affordable for a pay-as-you-go plan. If you don’t use your phone all that frequently, one of these plans will be easier on your budget.

Customize your plan with extras

If you can’t find a plan that has everything you’re looking for, your best bet is to choose a basic AT&T GoPhone plan and customize it with add-ons to suit your needs. For an additional fee, you can extend your monthly data and messaging limits. There are also international long-distance packages, which might be worth looking into if you frequently make calls to other countries. You have a few different options for each add-on package, so you can select the one that has just as much as you need.

Phone trade-in program

AT&T takes old phones you’re not using and credits your account in return, giving you an easy way to earn money toward a new phone. It doesn’t matter what carrier you were with before or what kind of phone you have. Just go to AT&T’s website, answer some questions about what kind of phone you have, and get your quote. If you decide to make the trade, print the prepaid mailing label and ship the package to AT&T. When they receive it, they credit your account the designated amount. You can then apply it to your next monthly bill, a new phone, or whatever you choose.

Easy to refill your prepaid account

The simplest way to refill your account is to enroll in AT&T’s auto-refill program. You can choose whatever date works best for you and your monthly bill is deducted from your account every month on that day. All you have to do is sign up online and enter in a credit or debit card to get started. You can also make one-time payments, as needed. This can be done from your mobile phone, in an AT&T retail store, or online. Another option is to purchase a prepaid refill card and add it to your account by entering the code on AT&T’s website or from your cell phone.

The Bad

Few phones to choose from

AT&T only has about a dozen phones that are compatible with their GoPhone plans. Many of these are basic phones, though there are also some Android smartphones. If you were hoping to buy a new BlackBerry or iPhone, you won’t find what you’re looking for here. However, AT&T does allow you to bring your old device and use that instead of buying a new one. This is going to be your best move if none of the other phones appeal to you. If you decide that you want a new phone, though, you may want to check out a company like Net10.

Smartphones require monthly plans

If you have a smartphone, you won’t be able to take advantage of AT&T’s daily or pay-as-you-go plans, as only basic cell phones are eligible for these types of plans. If you don’t use your phone as often, an unlimited plan may not be worth the investment.

The Details

Monthly Plans

  • Activation Fee: None
  • Data: $0.01/5KB - Unlimited
  • Minutes Included: 250 - Unlimited
  • Monthly Rate: $25 - $60
  • Texts Included: Unlimited


  • Access Fee: Up to $2/day
  • Activation Fee: None
  • Cost Per Minute: $0 - $0.10
  • Cost Per Text (MMS): $0 - $0.20
  • Cost Per Text (SMS): $0 - $0.20
  • Data: $0.01/5KB