AT&T Launches Cheap $15 Plan for Those Struggling During COVID-19 Crisis

Joanna Estrada
March 28, 2020

AT&T Prepaid and Cricket Wireless have launched a $15 phone plan that's available for a limited time to both new and existing customers. That hasn't happened yet, so folks on super-tight budgets wanting to stay in touch with friends and family must be pleased to see the option released a little early. You get unlimited talk and text plus 2GB of data for $15; after 2GB your data becomes very slow, AT&T says, but it isn't entirely cut off.

AT&T today launched a new 2GB, $15/month plan it says is created to help financially stressed families through the COVID-19 crisis, although it's probably also a response to T-Mobile's recent announcement of a similar 2GB, $15/month plan. That can be a little inconvenient, not to mention how it kind of defeats the goal of having such a dirt-cheap smartphone plan to begin with.

The new $15/month plan doesn't have an activation fee, according to AT&T; the plan is identical through both prepaid carriers.

In addition to the affordable plan, AT&T says that its AT&T Prepaid customers will get an automatic 10GB of mobile data per month starting tomorrow, March 27; this increased data cap will be applied to all capped phone plans for the duration of 60 days.

It's worth noting, though, that T-Mobile's plan can access the carrier's faster 5G network for customers who have 5G phones. As such, they're also offering other ways to help. Those who sign up for a capped plan after April 26 will receive the extra 10GB for 30 days. In addition, they're giving customers with unlimited plans an additional 10GB of data for hotspot use per month for two billing cycles.

Cricket customers who are on the $60 Unlimited plan are able to get 10GB of extra mobile hotspot data to go along with their existing 15GB/month plan.

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