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AT&T Review + Best Cheap Alternative Plans!

December 5, 2019

This is my review of AT&T Arguably the second most popular carrier in the United States behind Verizon Most people actually reported using AT&T for their personal provider in 2018 They had the second highest number of smartphone users in q1 2018 and they have the second highest brand preference in most places across the u.s I think it’s fair to say AT&T is pretty popular So I signed up for their AT&T unlimited and more premium plan to see what they’re all about Of course naturally as I’m finishing up this review ATT goes ahead and announces new unlimited plans thankfully the experience using the AT&T network will remain largely the same with the only differences being the pricing and Included benefits. So in this review, I’ll be talking about my experience using the AT&T network What features are supported an overview of a TTS three new unlimited plans and the best cheap? alternative plans if you’re looking to save some money on service because yes a TNT’s unlimited plans are Expensive there are new plans start at $65 per month for unlimited data. And if you want hotspot support, you’ll be paying at least $75 per month the $80 unlimited and more premium plan I signed up for came to 96 dollars and 26 cents after all taxes and fees AT&T does have a $10 auto-pay discount which you should Definitely take advantage of but I was trying their network for such a short time that I left it off Still over 12 months the added taxes and fees Basically add up to an additional month of service with these high prices. You would expect premium service and in my opinion AT&T delivers I was testing their network on my iPhone 10s and iPhone 11 Pro using Isom and the experience was great They support visual voicemail Wi-Fi calling voice over LTE and if you pay for it 15 gigs of hotspot data when you do hit your Hotspot limit your hotspot speeds will be slowed to 128 kilobits per second I felt this was basically unusable when I tried streaming a song on Spotify it took over 57 seconds for the first song to even start playing something else to note is about voice over LTE Which AT&T calls HD Voice on iPhone with iOS 13 or later? It is enabled by default as a result some users or at least this one user who made a post about it have Reported dropped calls when their phone switches from LTE to 4G data for coverage for most people This isn’t going to be an issue But if you do notice more frequent dropped calls Then you can try turning off cellular data before placing your phone call speaking of data The speeds were consistently fast for me on the AT&T network I averaged probably about 30 megabits per second down and 15 megabits per second up and sometimes even getting way faster speeds Att’s network is strong with reasonably robust coverage across the United States Network strength and performance Do vary a lot by location so you can use a site like route metrics to compare network coverage in your area in the Boston Area where I live I felt I had consistently fast speeds with good performance Now you may have noticed the 5ge icon on the top of my phone this stands for 5g evolution Which AT&T is calling their quote first step on the road to 5g? This is not true 5g but rather improvements ATT is making to their existing LTE network They advertise up to two times faster performance AT&T is improving their speeds with carrier aggregation 4×4 MIMO and 256 qualm QAM qualm anyway, this is LTE. Not 5g In fact according to Digital Trends Sprint is suing AT&T saying the misleading branding is damaging to other carriers because consumers don’t know the difference between 5g and v GE Sprint issued a survey where 54% of respondents believe v GE was at least as good as 5g when in fact It’s not and 43 percent thought AT&T phones bought today would be 5g compatible when again Mo’s are not Despite AT&T being somewhat misleading with 5ge to their credit you CLA’s 2019 speed test report indicates. Their network speed has increased forty five point one percent in q1 to q2 2019 compared with q1 q2 2018 and they also got the fastest speed score on the latest flagship devices from Samsung and Apple however Open signal still has a t towards the bottom of the pack in terms of 4G availability in their 2019 report from my experience 5g II didn’t make a difference I actually got faster speeds at work on LTE than I did at home with 5ge Regardless of the icon I still felt the network was overall strong. And again, I had good performance something else I thought was strong was the AT&T application. So this is what the application looks like I really like how I can see my account number Twelve days left and how much data I’ve used right up top If I tap on my wireless, I can see what I’m expected to use about thirty point seven gigs We’ll see about that You can see all your usage and track the individual usage of each line International usage how I use my data I can tap on that AT&T will give you a breakdown of your data usage. You can kind of see a theme of the application here And that is that it’s a little slow. It takes some loading. I will not be providing feedback. I will submit again We have a little live chat that just popped up on there almost there promise you guys oh, oh my gosh There we go, so we’re updating this info right now so you may not see all your recent data usage, that’s fine But yeah, it kind of shows you your breakdown of your cellular data It’s cool that AT&T provides that provides some features and allows you to Kind of see what you’re using your data on you can also manage your data plan. And this is really cool So in the app, you can see how much data you’re using and then you could potentially switch plans based on that usage I’m currently signed up for the unlimited and more premium plan $90 a month I can see nineteen point five five gigs this month My four month average is five point three five gigs and AT&T gives me the option to switch plans I can drop down to the unlimited more plan Go to a nine gig plan for $70 a month or even drop all the way down to a three gig plan for $60 a month Another thing I want to mention is if you’re looking at your data usage You can go to manage my data usage and here you’ll actually find the option when it loads again To you enable data so you could actually disable data If you want to turn that off and you have the option to turn off a stream saver and what this does is it limits? video quality to stream at 480p I think this is on to save data which doesn’t really make sense because you’re on an unlimited plan But also to save AT&T network so they don’t have to buffer and load all that extra data for high quality content So overall, I think the AT&T app you can also purchase phones and deals and all that jazz Overall, I think it’s functional. It’s a little bit slower and it’s basically their website formatted into some kind of application it’s decent it gets the job done and it provides a pretty good overview of your account and I do love Their data management system where you can see how much data you’ve used now. Let’s talk about AT&T s new unlimited plans previously AT&T offered to unlimited plans unlimited and more for $70 and unlimited and more premium for $80 per month both plans also included live TV with over 35 channels and Unlimited talk and text to Canada and Mexico the difference between the plans was that the $70 plan had a standard definition video streaming limit and no support for the hotspot for $10 extra the $80 plan gave you HD video streaming and 15 gigs of hotspot data now starting today, November 3rd AT&T is offering three new plans. The $70 plan is dropping to $65 per month being renamed to AT&T unlimited starter and Losing the 22 gigs of priority data instead Your data will always Beadie prioritized the $80 plan is dropping to $75 per month being renamed to AT&T unlimited extra Increasing to 50 gigs of priority data and keeping that same 15 gigs of hotspot data, unfortunately this plan is losing HD video streaming and the premium entertainment options and Both plans lose the previously included live TV with over 35 channels instead AT&T is introducing a third option the AT&T unlimited elite plan This plan includes a hundred gigs of priority data 30 gigs of hotspot data HD video streaming and the premium entertainment options This plan will also include a free subscription to HBO and HBO max when it’s rolled out in May 2020 also still available will be eighties ridiculous amount of add-ons these basically match the silly add-ons from Verizon even down to the Navigation application people Google Maps is a thing Definitely check that out for navigation. Anyway like Verizon I don’t think these add-ons are worth it and should be avoided thankfully They are tucked away in your online account. The overall online account experience was pretty good, too You get a nice overview of your account and your usage and like the app you can see your data usage Manage your data usage and even switch between the new postpaid plans available the new plans are better, but they are still expensive the truth is I think AT&T postpaid is only worth signing up for if you’re able to take advantage of that group discount which brings the price down to $40 per month per person for AT&T unlimited extra Otherwise, there are a lot of great alternative plans out there that are just calling to be tried out I even think a tnt’s prepaid plans are far better $30 for one gig $40 for eight gigs $45 for unlimited handset data and $55 for unlimited data with hotspot Cricut is another popular choice with some great plans on the AT&T network they do have some data speed caps on their plans ranging from three to eight megabits per second and most plans don’t support the hot spot but Their cricket more plan got some upgrades. They removed the speed cap and included 15 gigs of hot spot data combined with crickets insane family discount this brings the total cost down to just 32 dollars per month per person for unlimited data Including all taxes and fees. This makes cricket a Significantly better value than AT&T pure talk USA Also just updated their plans with more data making them now cheaper than cricket and AT&T prepaid for individuals I haven’t tried them personally, but their new plans and prices seem like a pretty good deal another carrier I want to bring to your attention is wing what makes wing great is there is no data speedcap So all plans are at full speed and all plans support the personal hotspot I think they have reasonable prices for individuals the same $90 unlimited plan I signed up for is just $55 per month from wing with the exact same features and service as a matter of fact I was curious about wing and how their plan compared So I decided to sign up I signed up for this very unlimited plan and so far It seems to be the same as AT&T, but at a much lower price Which I think is a great summary of AT&T They have a strong network with great features good coverage and fast data speeds in my area But why sign up for AT&T if you can get the same network experience for less? Maybe they are worth it If you value being able to go to a physical store if you have an issue Or perhaps you can get a group of people together for that family discount. But really I think you’re better off looking elsewhere That wraps up this video. Please click thumbs up If you found it helpful, you can find links to all the plans I mentioned in this video down in the video description and also consider visiting my website best phone plans net to easily compare plans Prices and features. I’m Stetson. Thank you for watching and I’ll see you next time

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  • Reply adamdcosta December 3, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Nice vid bro, love the vids!

  • Reply ReyXtractor December 3, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I’ll stick with Cricket for now lol great video like always!!

  • Reply Christopher Martinez December 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I have a family plan on at&t prepaid and VOLTE and WiFi calling have been disabled on all 3 of my phones. My phone is also on the highest unlimited prepaid plan. It worked when I first switched over though.

  • Reply Stetson Doggett December 3, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    0:08 – Stats About AT&T & Subscriber Numbers
    1:13 – AT&T's New Unlimited Plan Prices (They're Expensive)
    1:30 – My AT&T Bill
    1:50 – AT&T Features, Coverage & Data Speeds
    3:27 – AT&T 5Ge Explained
    4:00 – Sprint Sued AT&T Over 5Ge Branding
    4:28 – Ookla's 2019 Speed Test Report Shows AT&T Improved Network Speed 48% YOY
    5:00 – My Experience Using AT&T's 5Ge
    5:16 – AT&T App Overview
    6:58 – Turn Off Data Savor To Enable HD Video Streaming
    8:01 – AT&T's New Unlimited Plans Explained
    9:43 – AT&T Add-Ons (They Have A Navigation App?!)
    10:07 – AT&T Online Account Overview
    10:36 – Best Cheap Alternative Plans to AT&T
    12:15 – Conclusion & Is AT&T Worth It

  • Reply Hideika December 3, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I have AT&T Prepaid and the $75 unlimited plan is the best plan that I’ve ever had for a no-contract option! Compared to T-Mobile after 50GB speeds became useless.. with AT&T Prepaid I burned 200GB and I’m still able to pull 1080p stream almost everywhere here in Dallas, couldn’t have asked for any better.

  • Reply Dash3r December 3, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    ATT Unlimited and More (the previous 70 dollar plan) was always deprioritized

  • Reply Zak Forte December 4, 2019 at 12:03 am

    do a T-Mobile video!

  • Reply bodyguard856 December 4, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Cricket's BYOD Plan $40 unlimited Everything No data CAP. Hot Spot feature add $10. Promotion ends Jan 22. Best Att plan out right now!!!!!

  • Reply whatswrongwityu December 4, 2019 at 12:28 am

    One thing to note about Cricket Wireless, you will experience lots of data "Dead Spots" that regular AT&T customers do not.

  • Reply M Luqman December 4, 2019 at 12:37 am

    PSA: Wing Alpha doesn’t have roaming/calling to canada like ATT Prepaid

  • Reply Kaleb December 4, 2019 at 12:48 am

    As a couple have already mentioned, the domestic roaming included within AT&T prepaid that you aren’t getting with Wing or Cricket can be the difference between full service and no service in some locations! This applies to others like Visible vs. Verizon, as well.

  • Reply Emmanuel McDonald December 4, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Can you tell me that if I sign up for Elite Plan and add a tablet, how much prioritized data does the tablet gets? I understand that the smartphone gets 100GB of monthly data before possible throttling.

  • Reply Jay Norton December 4, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Can you check out Hello Mobile at some point? They claim to have $25/month unlimited data on the Sprint network. I'm thinking about signing up, but given that the service is relatively new, there aren't any reviews for it online.

  • Reply Robert Savellano December 4, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Att is always a good company. I watch your whole video. Hopefully you get to visit mine

  • Reply Boaz Whealy December 4, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Does Wing support "5G E"?

  • Reply xJack December 4, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Hey Stetson! I was wondering if you could do a review on Atlice One (I think I spelt it wrong lol) but it has 25$ FOR UNLIMITED EVERYTHING!!

  • Reply Rebecca Riscen December 4, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Do a total wireless review ?

  • Reply ZoD December 4, 2019 at 3:35 am

    I found this helpful – subbed’

  • Reply Septien Patterson December 4, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Those add-ons are for Boomers tbh

  • Reply BenevolentSinister December 4, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Thank you for your thorough, and detailed explanation of the new AT&T pricing Stetson. Can you do an updated 2019/2020 Google fi overview, and breakdowns as well…? Thank you for your time and consideration. Keep up all of your hard work, and dedication, to the consumerism of our collective choices.

  • Reply Pierre Yong December 4, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Go with Mint or Tello !

  • Reply RegularCal December 4, 2019 at 8:06 am

    The thing is none of those other options get priority like AT&T postpaid does. I could only imagine how slow your data would get during times of congestion with a Cricket or Wing plan.

  • Reply Prince M December 4, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I love my cricket. Never fail me yet.

  • Reply joshx413 December 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    8:38 did you just misspeak, or this was filmed a month ago?

  • Reply G. Jones December 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I don't know about best, but a cheap plan is with Truconnect Direct. Unlimited talk, and text plans that start at $15, and international calls are included. Plus you can also make some extra money by referring your friends, and family. You may also have able too receive free cellphone service if you receive government benefits. Go to for more information.

  • Reply byrd203 December 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    AT&T Cheap Plans your the Product HAHA AT&T Service Sucks Support for Telephone Service is in India GHhjHGHgGHhg how I May hhgHhGHhG help you that's what you get on the phone that's a piece of Crap service there

  • Reply Mike Roche December 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    You left out the $300 for a full year of 8Gb high speed data & unlimited talk & text. It's up front but comes out to $25 a month. No one else can beat that right now. Have to be a new user or port your AT&T # out and then back in and you'll qualify. Walmart deal is also good at $40 a month for 25Gb although it requires some work to get it running.

  • Reply Paolo Rozo December 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    As always, great work. Thanks!

  • Reply GabakUSA Free computer training December 5, 2019 at 12:02 am

    visible is cheaper

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