The best cheap AT&T phone deals for April 2021

Are you on the hunt for a new smartphone on a budget? Are you thinking of switching to AT&T or already an AT&T customer? Good news: As one of the “big three” U.S. cellular service providers, AT&T always has some of the hottest smartphone deals available anywhere — and with AT&T 5G coverage continuing its nationwide rollout, now’s a great time to grab a new mobile built for this growing network. To save you the trouble sorting through everything, though, we’ve already done the work to bring you the best cheap AT&T phone deals on tap this month, so keep reading. Your new digital companion is waiting for you right here:

Today’s Best AT&T Phone Deals

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

Samsung's second-gen Galaxy Z Fold fixes a lot of the issues we had with the first model, offering a unique and highly functional folding phone with twice as much screen real estate.
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Google Pixel 4a 5G (AT&T)

Save up to $200 with trade-in

Google just released a 5G-capable version of its Pixel 4a phone, which might be the best value to be had right now if you're after a brand-name 5G handset.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 Mini (AT&T)

Up to $350 back with trade-in

It's official: Small phones are back. The iPhone 12 Mini follows the iPhone SE as a return to more pocket-friendly devices, and this pre-order offer from AT&T lets you score one for as little as $0.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

If you want Apple's latest flagship and love big phones, then the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the one for you with its stunning 6.7-inch Super Retina touch display.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

AT&T has a great offer going right now on the new iPhone 12, letting you score one for barely any money at all, as long as you have a device to trade in.
WITH ELIGIBLE TRADE-IN
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Galaxy Note 20 5G 128GB

Up to $700 back in bill credits

The stunning new Galaxy Note 20 is up for order, and AT&T is already offering it with a very tidy bill credit rebate for customers with an eligible trade-in.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Samsung Galaxy A51 5G 128GB

$350 $500
Although outshined by Galaxy flagships, A-series phones like the Galaxy A51 offer a ton of bang for the buck with good build quality and great design.
OR FREE WITH TRADE-IN
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LG K92 5G (AT&T)

$150 $395
LG doesn't get as much attention in the Android world as Samsung and Google, but the LG K92 is a sleeper hit if you're after a mid-range flagship alternative with some flagship-like features.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Motorola One 5G

$300 $445
5G connectivity is no longer exclusive to premium phones, and the the new Motorola One is a great alternative to expensive flagships if you can take advantage of 5G in your area.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro 256GB (AT&T)

50% off with unlimited plan

Activate an unlimited line and enjoy a very nice 50% price cut on the 256GB iPhone 11 Pro -- an incredible discount on Apple's last-gen flagship.
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 (Prepaid)

As low as $149 with $50/month or greater plan

If you like the smaller iPhones of yesteryear, then this prepaid 2020 iPhone SE is worth a look. It's also the cheapest new Apple smartphone you can buy outright in 2020.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro strikes a nice balance in size, price, and performance between the standard iPhone 12 and more pricey (and larger) iPhone 12 Pro Max.
OR FREE WITH TRADE-IN
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

$150 $600
5G is already coming to cheap phones, and devices like the Galaxy A71 are leading the charge. If you want to try 5G on a budget, you can grab the A71 for a discount or even for free with a trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium flagship, offering a nearly bezel-less 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED touchscreen. It's pricey, but this trade-in deal can reduce the hit to your wallet.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB

Trade in and save up to $700

The iPhone XR a two year old sub-flagship option, but it still performs great and touts a range of colorful designs, not to mention a solid camera.
WITH NEW LINE
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Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (AT&T)

$700 $1,200
Sign on with an eligible AT&T plan and score our favorite S20 device, the Galaxy S20+, for a huge discount.
$21.99/MONTH
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Google Pixel 4 XL 64GB (AT&T)

Save $400 with activation

Activate a new line with AT&T on a qualifying plan and score the excellent Google Pixel 4 XL for less than you might expect for a flagship device.
WITH UNLIMITED PLAN
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Apple iPhone XS 64GB (AT&T)

$150 $900
The Apple iPhone XS is a perfectly sized smartphone that delivers stellar performance. Get it for cheap with a new unlimited line.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (AT&T)

Up to $800 off

If you want Samsung's latest flagship and have a device you want to trade in, AT&T is offering up to $800 back on the new Galaxy S21 5G.
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Apple iPhone 11 - 64GB (AT&T)

$300 $600
Get the iPhone 11 for a huge discount when you sign up for an eligible unlimited plan, or even less than that with a trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 128GB (Amazon Renewed)

$349 $598
If you like bigger devices and are OK with saving tons of money by buying last-gen, the 2018 Galaxy Note 9 is a fine pick. This one is Amazon Renewed, backed by a warranty, and unlocked for AT&T.
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LG Wing (AT&T)

Up to $700 back with trade-in

Even with the return of the flip phone, the new LG Wing might still win the award for the most unique device of 2020. But with solid hardware and 5G, this dual-screen "Swivel phone" is no gimmick.
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Apple iPhone SE 64GB (2020, AT&T)

As low as $5 per month

If you want to get your mitts on the cheapest new iPhone you can buy, the 4.7-inch 2020 iPhone SE, grab it for nothing with an eligible trade-in.
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LG G8X ThinQ (AT&T)

$380 $780
If you can do without the dual-screen case (which some might feel is an unnecessary gimmick), AT&T has a solid sign-up discount on the new LG G8X ThinQ flagship.
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LG Velvet 5G 128GB

$300 $600
Grab LG's sleek new 5G-capable flagship, the aptly named Velvet, for half price when you sign up for an unlimited plan.

How to choose a new phone

Shopping for a new smartphone can be exciting (especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve enjoyed the feeling of a new phone in your hands), but given the number of devices and brands on the market in 2020, it can quickly turn into a headache. If you’re trying to choose a new mobile handset but find yourself suffering from decision paralysis, it’s necessary to narrow things down a bit. The first step is deciding how much you are willing to spend.

Smartphones run the gamut in terms of pricing, from super-cheap no-frills devices to cutting-edge handsets with super-high-resolution displays, advanced camera modules, and 5G network connectivity. If you’re on a really tight budget, these AT&T phone deals can even get you a free device with certain unlimited plans if you’re willing to opt for something older like the 2016 iPhone SE. On the other hand, the latest flagships will set you back closer to $1,000 — if you can’t score a discount, that is.

Next, determine which software ecosystem you want. If you’ve already got your heart set on iOS, that narrows things down as of course there is only one company making iPhones — Apple. If you prefer Android, however, you’ve got quite a few more options: LG, Google, and Samsung are the biggest makers that spring to mind (although we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the numerous “flagship alternative” brands like Motorola, OnePlus, and TCL, to name just a few). Android and iOS are so similar in 2020 that this choice will likely come down to which one most people in your social circle use, as well as what other devices, such as iPads, that you own.

Using the same OS as your friends and family means that you can enjoy app commonality (for instance, iPhone users get to take advantage of all the features of iMessage and FaceTime). If your social network is evenly split between iOS and Android users, then just pick whichever you personally prefer; if you truly have no preference here, just spring for the best phone you can get that meets your budget. Chances are that it will be an Android device as these are generally a better value overall. That said, AT&T phone deals and newer devices like the 2020 iPhone SE also offer a lot of value for iOS fans who are on a budget.

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