The best AT&T phones available for 2024

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There's such a vast array of good phones available right now on AT&T, so many in fact that you might even have trouble deciding. No worries though, we've researched and reviewed all the options to determine which are the best AT&T phones for most users.

Best AT&T phones: quick links

Everything's been sectioned out just down below - with options for both iPhone and Android preferences. All budgets are being considered here, not just the most expensive phones, so if you're feeling the pinch right now don't worry - there's plenty of options for cheap or even free phones.

Since we’ve reviewed many of the best phones, giving them substantial hands-on time to figure out what makes them truly compelling devices, we know which of AT&T’s phones are worth your consideration. We’ve looked at the many phones on offer and picked out a variety of options, from the best of the best to the value champions.

We’ve also considered what kinds of deals AT&T has available to bring the price of the phone down, so you can be sure you’re getting a good phone and a good deal.

AT&T phones: iPhones

Best Apple phone

Apple iPhone 15: $799 $99 with an eligible trade-in and unlimited plan

Apple iPhone 15: $799 $99 with an eligible trade-in and unlimited plan
The standard iPhone 15 is a great choice for most users, particularly if you want the latest features but don't want to completely break the bank. Internally, this one is a relatively iterative upgrade versus the previous generation but all models in the 15 series have had a significant facelift with the introduction of the new 'Dynamic Island' display. As always, the latest iPhone features a fantastic chipset, industry-leading camera setup, and a long life potential thanks to Apple's great software roadmap. Check out our full iPhone 15 review for a breakdown of this particular device.

Best value

Apple iPhone SE (2022): $2/mo with an unlimited data plan

Apple iPhone SE (2022): $2/mo with an unlimited data plan
If you're looking for an Apple device on a budget, look no further than the excellent iPhone SE. Sure, it's outwardly a little dated but AT&T's current promotion allows you to get it for just $2 per month alongside an unlimited plan with no trade-ins needed. Despite the fact it's not a looker we gave the device four and half stars out of five during our Apple iPhone SE (2022) review, praising it's powerful chipset. 

Best for power users

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: save up to $1,000 with an eligible trade-in and unlimited data plan

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: save up to $1,000 with an eligible trade-in and unlimited data plan
For Apple fans who only want the best, consider the iPhone 15 Pro Max - the current premium flagship from Apple. As with the previous iteration, the lions share of upgrades for 2023 can be found on this device, with a new chipset focused on AI integration and gaming, a subtle yet stunning redesign, and new 5x optical zoom on the back camera. Overall, this is a very, very pricey device but it's always worth checking out AT&T's trade-in options as the carrier often offers up to $1,000 off with an eligible trade. Head on over to our iPhone 15 Pro Max review to see a full rundown of this flagship. 

AT&T phones: Android

Best for most users

Samsung Galaxy S24: free with an eligible trade-in and unlimited plan

Samsung Galaxy S24: free with an eligible trade-in and unlimited plan
If you're looking for a decent all-arounder, the standard Galaxy S24 is a great option right now. For a reasonable price you get the same powerful chipset as in the S24 Ultra (the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2), a gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display, and several new AI features that bring it into line with the latest Pixel devices. Depending on your eligibility, it's usually possible to get this particular device for free alongside a new unlimited data plan at AT&T if you have a relatively decent device ready to trade in. Check out our Samsung Galaxy S24 review for a detailed look at this flagship. 

Best value

Google Pixel 7a: $19.45$5/mo with an unlimited plan

Google Pixel 7a: $19.45 $5/mo with an unlimited plan
Google's 'A' series smartphones have always offered a solid mid-range choice for those who want decent specs on a budget. The Pixel 7a is the latest in the range and quite possibly the best iteration yet thanks to its upgraded camera, 90Hz display, and Tensor 2 chipset. There's not much missing from the standard Pixel 7 here, beside a slightly smaller display so it's an all-around great option for those on a budget, especially since AT&T has been offering this one for just $5 per month without the need for a trade. See our Google Pixel 7a review for a full run-down of this budget option. 

Best of the best

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: save $1,000 at AT&T with an eligible trade-in and unlimited plan

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: save $1,000 at AT&T with an eligible trade-in and unlimited plan
The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is our favorite in the latest range from Samsung - but it's also the priciest by far. Nonetheless, if you're flush with cash and only want the best, this is an incredible flagship device packed with the latest tech. Inside, you get a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, improved battery life, and some of the best cameras you'll find anywhere on a mobile device right now. Generally speaking. AT&T's trade-in rebates consistently offer up to $1,000 off with an eligible rebate, so you can usually cut that hefty price tag right down to size. See our Galaxy S24 Ultra review for a full rundown of this device.

Best AT&T phones: FAQ

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AT&T phones: Your options explained

TechRadar's guide to finding the best AT&T phone for you

We've reviewed the contenders for best AT&T phone, and compared the value to the price. Ignoring any personal preferences and/or biases towards specific operating systems, be it Android or iOS, we've picked AT&T's best phones in a number of categories. 

All of these phones are available through an AT&T installment plan, which spreads the cost of the phone over a set amount of time. For this article, we've looked at the AT&T plans that spread the cost of the phone over 30 months, with an option for upgrade after 80-percent of the device's sales price is paid off.

How to choose the best AT&T phones for you:

From zero installments to $30 or more a month, AT&T's best phones come in at all prices. And, you always have the option to pay the full price of the device upfront. How much you want to pay for a new phone is up to you, but the best phones don't come cheap.

For the maximum value, we always recommend trading in your older device. While trade-in rebates can vary drastically depending on the age and also price of the older phone, it's a great way to shave some cost off. If you're not looking to trade in then there are also a ton of discounts available on certain devices when you pick them up with a fresh plan. These devices don't tend to be the latest or most feature-laden devices on the market, but there are a number of good flagships still available via this method.

Now find the best AT&T plan

Once you've picked out the best AT&T phone, you're going to want to pair it with the best AT&T plan. We've looked at all AT&T has to offer and have all the details on AT&T plans here. If you're interested in casting the net out further, then check out the best Verizon phones available right now, or alternatively save some cash with this week's best cell phone deals

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