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How to change or downgrade your AT&T plan

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There are quite a few options for AT&T available, whether you need unlimited data, 5G access, or just basic connectivity. Many people may find that they pay for way more service than they really need and could stand to save quite a bit of money. You can find an AT&T plan that works better for you and change it in the myAT&T app or on AT&T's website. Just make sure you get enough data and don't drop out of 5G support if you want it.

Change your plan online or with the app

  1. Open the myAT&T app or navigate to your account page on AT&T's website.
  2. Select Change my plan.
  3. Browse the available plans.
  4. Select the plan that works best for you.
  5. Choose Select & review and follow the prompts to complete the change.

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AT&T has a lot of mobile plans to choose from including unlimited plans and data share plans. While you need one of the top unlimited plans for 5G support, if you are a lighter user and want to save some money, you may fit into one of the data share plans.

To see how much data you typically use, you can check your previous bill for usage or even check the data usage in your phone's settings. As always, you can save data by making better use of Wi-Fi networks at home as well as on the go. Data used on Wi-Fi will not impact the data on your plan.

What are your options?

If you are already a postpaid customer, you'll want to stick with postpaid plan more than likely. If you want 5G access, you'll need to stick with and unlimited plan. Beyond that, there is an unlimited plan that doesn't include any premium data and 4GB plan. Premium data is data that is prioritized over other traffic when a tower is congested. This is most helpful if you spend a lot of time in areas with a lot of AT&T customers connected to one tower with no Wi-Fi access.

The 4GB plan is best for light data users but might not be a great value compared to other cheap cell phone plans you can get.

Most people will be happy with the Unlimited Starter plan but if you need hotspot data you should go with one of the upgraded plans. HBO is a nice addition to the Elite package, especially if you already planned on paying for it. If you're willing to switch carriers, you should also check out some of the best cell phone plans available on other networks.

Unlimited StarterUnlimited ExtraUnlimited Elite4GB Plan
Talk and TextUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
DataUnlimitedUnlimited (50GB Premium)Unlimited Premium4GB
HotspotNone15GB40GBUses data
Video StreamingSDSD4KSD
5G accessYesYesYesNo
ExtrasUnlimited texting to 120+ countriesUnlimited texting to 120+ countriesUnlimited texting to 10+ countries
HBO Max included
Single line$65$75$85$50
Additional lines2 lines: $120
3 lines: $135
4 lines: $140
2 lines: $130
3 lines: $150
4 lines: $160
2 lines: $150
3 lines: $180
4 lines: $200
2 lines: $90
3 lines: $120
4 lines: $160

Prepaid and MVNOs

AT&T also offers some Prepaid plans and there are some MVNOs like Cricket that make use of AT&T's network, although you should keep in mind that you will likely need to sign up for a new account and get a new SIM card to sign up for these services. Still, if you have the time and flexibility, there are quite a few options available.

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