These are the best AT&T phone deals for October 2020

As one of the “big three” American cellular service providers (formely the “big four” until the 2020 merger of Sprint and T-Mobile), AT&T manages one of the largest networks in the U.S. AT&T also offers smartphone deals from pretty much all the major phone makers, and taking advantage of carrier offers and sign-up rebates is easily the best way to save big on the latest flagships and 5G devices. Whether you’re looking to switch carriers or you’re a loyal customer already, we’ve got the best AT&T phone deals available this month right here:

Today’s Best AT&T Phone Deals

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Apple iPhone 12 (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

AT&T has the best pre-order rebate offer going right now on the new iPhone 12, letting you score one for as little as $0 if you have a device to trade in.
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Apple iPhone 12 Pro (AT&T)

Up to $800 back with trade-in

If you're excited about Apple's new iPhones but you've gotta have one of the premium models, here's an early pre-order discount on the iPhone 12 Pro if you have a phone to 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 pre-order, and AT&T is already offering it with a very tidy bill credit rebate for customers with an eligible trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy A51 5G 128GB

Free w/elig. trade-in ($150 without)

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. Grab it for as little as nothing with a trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (AT&T)

Save up to $700

If you have a trade-in, AT&T is offering a juicy rebate on the new Galaxy S20 FE that could potentially let you score it for free after bill credits for customers who switch, add a line, or upgrade.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 256GB (AT&T)

$1,180 $1,380
Flip phones are back in a big way and the Galaxy Z Flip is leading the charge. Activate with AT&T and score this revolutionary new smartphone for a solid discount.
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Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition 64GB (AT&T)

$95 $545
Motorola could be called the king of cheap Android smartphones, and if you're not impressed with flashy (and pricey) flagships, then the Moto Z2 Force Edition is a steal at this price.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB (AT&T)

Up to $1,000 back

Switch, port-in your current number, and trade in your current device to get up to $1,000 back in bill credits towards the iPhone 11 Pro Max., with max discounts scoring you a device for just $100.
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

$150 w/trade-in ($300 without)

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 as low as $150 with an eligible trade-in.
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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.
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iPhone 11 - 128GB

$300 $600
Get the iPhone 11 for up to 50% off when you sign up for an eligible unlimited service with AT&T.
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Google Pixel 4 XL 64GB (AT&T)

$860 $960
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.
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Motorola One 5G

$150 $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 XR 64GB

$450 $600
The iPhone XR is a fantastic budget alternative to pricier flagships, offering a nearly bezel-less 6.1-inch Liquid Retina touchscreen along with everything else we love about Apple phones.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9, 128GB (Amazon Renewed)

$385 $500
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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Samsung Galaxy A11 32GB

Free with unlimited plan

The Galaxy A11 is a very budget-friendly offering from Samsung made even cheaper (that is, totally free) when you sign up for a qualifying AT&T unlimited plan.
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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.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max 64GB (AT&T)

Up to $800 back

Switch, port-in your current number, and trade in your device to get up to $800 back towards an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max. That's an incredible discount.
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Google Pixel 4 64GB (AT&T)

$740 $840
Sign on with AT&T and you can get the Pixel 4 for a big saving, saving you money on Google's 2019 flagship smartphone that can go towards some accessories.

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.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

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