The Best Affordable Cell Phone Plans and Cell Phones for Kids

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Cell Phone Plan and Device Ideas for Kids

Once you decide your child is ready for a cell phone, you may have many questions on how to pick the wireless service and device. If you’re looking for both affordability and flexibility, AT&T PREPAID  offers several phone plans and phone options that would be good for kids.

What is the best prepaid cell phone plan for a child?

  • The best affordable AT&T PREPAID plan is the budget conscious plan for $30/mo.1 This is AT&T’s lowest-priced monthly prepaid plan. It offers 5GB of high-speed data. Because many young children spend a lot of time at home where a Wi-Fi connection is usually available, they might not need a large data allowance. It’s a good way to keep your child connected without breaking the bank.
  • For those who use a lot of data, the best AT&T PREPAID plan may be the Unlimited Plus plan2. This plan offers unlimited data, 5G access 3, 10GB mobile hotspot data, 100GB cloud storage, HD video and use in Mexico and Canada. You may also be able to save each month when you sign up for the AutoPay discount. This plan is great for teens on-the-go who spend a lot of time on their phones.
    After 22GB, AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.

What is the best mobile phone for a child?

 When shopping for a cell phone, you might want to consider what you would like your child to be able to do.  For example, some retailers offer cell phones that do not connect to the Internet. These might be a good option for a first phone or an emergency phone for a child.  On the other hand, you may want to buy your child a smartphone so they are able to access the Internet, download apps and enjoy streaming entertainment, like videos and music.

If you would like to pick an AT&T PREPAID smartphone for your kid, AT&T offers several phones under $100.

If you have decided on a plan that offers 5G access3 for your kid or teen, consider an AT&T PREPAID device enabled for 5G access. Of course, there is always the option to bring your own device (BYOD) to AT&T PREPAID service.

What is the best tablet plan to buy for a child?

Oftentimes, children either have or are familiar with tablets before they get their first cell phone. AT&T PREPAID is offering its best affordable data plans for tablets and mobile hotspots. The plans offer more data with flexible pricing and 5G access3 – perfect for children or teens.

If you are looking to purchase an AT&T PREPAID data plan or tablet, please visit your local AT&T store.



This article was written by Katherine Wrobleski, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.


1$30 5GB Monthly Plan

Good for 30 days upon payment of applicable plan charge. Not eligible for AutoPay discount. Unlimited Talk & Text: Includes unlimited talk and text within the U.S. and unlimited text from the U.S. to over 100 countries. For the list of over 100 countries available for texting from the U.S., go to Data: Plan includes 5GB of high-speed data in the U.S. only. After high-speed data allowance is used, speeds are reduced to a max of 128 Kbps for rest of 30-day term. Mobile Hotspot use included. Video Streaming: Video streams in Standard Definition quality similar to DVD (about 480p).Ability to stream and video resolution may vary and be affected by other factors.  For more details on coverage area availability, charges, restrictions and conditions, go to Service provided by AT&T Mobility.

2Unlimited Plus $75/month or $50 with AutoPay

Price online: $75/month or $50/month with AutoPay. Taxes and fees are extra.Sign up for $75/mo. Unlimited Plus plan online, with a new account and single line, enroll in AutoPay, and purchase a new PREPAID device or SIM card in the same transaction to get $25/mo. off your plan. Limits: Not combinable with multiline accounts or with certain offers or discounts

Price in-store: $75/month or $60/month with AutoPay. Taxes and fees are extra.

Talk: Includes unlimited calling within and between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

5G access: AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. Go to for details.

Messaging: Includes unlimited text, picture, and video messaging within the U.S., Mexico, and Canada and from the U.S., to over 100 countries. See countries at

Data: Includes unlimited high-speed data usage in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. After 22GB of data usage on a line in a bill cycle, for the remainder of the cycle AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds on that line when the network is busy. International data roaming may be reduced to 2G speeds. See for details on AT&T network management policies.

Mobile hotspot: Includes 10GB of high-speed mobile hotspot / tethering per month in the U.S. After 10GB, tethering is slowed to a max speed of 128Kbps.

Video streaming: Includes Stream Saver feature which allows you to stream higher definition video in Standard Definition on compatible devices (unless video provider has opted out). AT&T will activate the feature for you. Stream Saver will not recognize all video content. Ability to stream and video resolution may vary and be affected by other factors. You can turn it off or back on at any time at or call 611. Restrictions apply. Details at HD VIDEO: You can turn Stream Saver off at any time to enjoy access to High Definition video on compatible devices, if and when available.

3AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G may not be in your area. See for 5G coverage details.


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