AT&T Review 2022- Internet, TV, Wireless, & More

AT&T is one of the biggest providers of internet, cell phone plans, TV and more. Join me as I provide the ultimate guide to their services and more.
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AT&T Fiber

300+ Mbps starting at $55/mo.
$ 55 Monthly
  • $150- $200 reward card
  • No price increase at 12 mo.
  • No data cap

DirecTV

75+ channels starting at $69.99
$ 69
99
Monthly
  • $20 off the two first months
  • Free regional sports networks
  • Offers on premium channels

AT&T Wireless

Starting at $30 per line for 5+ lines
$ 30 Monthly
  • Standard or 4K streaming
  • 5G access
  • Access to AT&T hotspots

AT&T Bundle

Fiber 300 + DirecTV Entertainment
$ 124
99
Monthly
  • 300 Mbps
  • 75+ channels
  • Price increases after 12 months

I’ve been researching all about AT&T over the past months to put a number of guides together for you. And now it’s time to combine all those findings.

I’m going to be going through the following subjects:

So let us begin.

AT&T Pros and Cons

Here are what I think are the best and worst bits about AT&T as a whole:

Pros

  • Loads of choice for all services
  • Great availability
  • Loads of Wireless handsets
  • Only TV service offering streaming and satellite
  • Great perks with some services
  • Mega fast Fiber speeds

Cons

  • Often pretty expensive compared to the competition
  • Lots of long contracts
  • Quite a few hidden fees
  • Limited deals on Wireless and Internet

AT&T Internet and Fiber Plans and Pricing

AT&T’s internet services come in one of two forms: Fiber or Internet. If you’re lucky, you’ll get the former. It’s a lot faster and offers much better value for money as well as a number of other great perks including no contracts.

Let’s start with the Internet plans though, as that’s what most people will end up with (especially in rural areas) while AT&T rolls out Fiber infrastructure across the US.

Here are the plans you might end up with with AT&T Internet. The following are all subject to a price change at the 12 month mark as part of a lengthy contract. You can find out more about that price rise here.

Internet PlanDownload SpeedUpload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet Basic 7680.8 Mbps0.4 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet Basic 1.51.5 Mbps1 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet Basic 33 Mbps1 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet Basic 55 Mbps1 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet Basic 66 Mbps1 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 1010 Mbps1 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 1212 Mbps1.5 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 1818 Mbps1.5 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 2424 Mbps3 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 2525 Mbps 2 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 2525 Mbps 5 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 4545 Mbps 6 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 5050 Mbps10 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 7575 Mbps8 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 7575 Mbps20 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 
Internet 100100 Mbps20 Mbps$55/mo. $65/mo. 

*Prices do not include taxes and hidden fees

Note that all plans other than the 100 Mbps one are subject to a 1 TB monthly data cap. The 100 Mbps plan has no data cap. 

As you can see, the prices are the same no matter how fast your internet is. That’s because AT&T decides the data cap you get depending on the infrastructure in your area.

They’ll try to get you on a plan as fast as possible but you might end up with something slow if you live in a more rural area. In fact, in some exceptional circumstances, your internet speed might end up being lower than 10 Mbps. We’ve seen them as low as 700 Kbps. Ouch.

You’ll also have to pay a few hidden fees with AT&T Internet plans. They are as follows:

  • Activation fee: In some circumstances, you’ll need to pay a fee of $99 to get your internet up and running.
  • Equipment hire: AT&T charges a flat fee of $10 per month for the rental of their AT&T Gateway router. For the record, you don’t have to pay that if you have your own router! If you want to buy one, you can find the best routers for AT&T here.
  • Late fee: You could be charged a fee of up to $9 if you fail to pay your bill on time. 
  • Paperless Billing and Autopay: If you don’t take up both Paperless Billing (where your bill is emailed to you instead) and Autopay (direct debit), an extra $5 per month will be added to your bill.

So, up to $70 per month and more for what could be a very slow internet speed. How can you do better than that with AT&T? The only option is to move to an area that offers Fiber, which is roughly around one third of the AT&T coverage map (and growing) at the time of writing.

AT&T’s Fiber plans are as follows [1]. There is no minimum term for any of these Fiber plans – you can sign up for as little as one month if you like. The flexibility is great with these.

Because you get the choice, we’ve selected the types of people who we feel each plan is better suited towards. But at the end of the day, most people would be more than happy at 300 Mbps. 

PlanPriceWho It’s Best For
AT&T Fiber 300$55Smaller families and single users
AT&T Fiber 500$65Large families and small businesses
AT&T Fiber 1 Gig$80Medium-sized businesses
AT&T Fiber 2 Gig$110Larger businesses
AT&T Internet 5 Gig$180Super intensive work among many

For the price of the first twelve months of any of the regular AT&T Internet plans (before the $15 price increase), you can AT&T Fiber 300. That’s a serious amount of speed for a very good price. And remember, you can upgrade to another plan whenever you want. 

There are a few more perks that you’ll get with your AT&T Fiber plan as well. They are:

  • Smart Home Manager app: All your network settings, including the network name, password and firewall, can be controlled through this neat app. It can be downloaded from both the App Store or the Play Store, depending on which device you own. 
  • AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot: AT&T lets you stay connected when you leave the house thanks to unlimited free access to its Wi-Fi hotspots. They’re available in most major cities throughout the US, and some more rural areas too. Just access it through your AT&T logins.
  • ActiveArmor network security: Your home network will be protected to a high degree thanks to ActiveArmor. This is an antivirus tool that helps keep your router and all the devices connected to it free from the latest threats.
  • Equal upload speed: Traditionally, your upload speed would be around one tenth of your download speed. But with AT&T Fiber, your upload speed will actually be the same as the download. This is great news for those who like to share files, play games online or make video calls.
  • No data cap: As you might expect, all the AT&T Fiber plans are completely free from any limit to the amount of data you’re allowed to use.

There aren’t many hidden fees here either compared to those of the regular Internet plans. For example, you won’t have to pay for equipment hire here, saving you a further $10 per month. However, the Paperless Billing and Autopay fee and the late fee still apply.

AT&T DirecTV Plans and Pricing

Another of AT&T’s most popular services is DirecTV, previously known as U-verse. You can get it in both streaming and satellite form, and there are four tiers, as follows [2]:

PlanMax price per month(Stream/Satellite)Number of Channels (Stream/Satellite)What You GetWho It’s Best For
Entertainment$69.99/$10275+/165+All the best basic channelsSeniors and those on a budget
Choice$89.99/$124105+/200+Entertainment plus loads of sports and moreSports fans
Ultimate$104.99/$154140+/270+Choice plus movie channelsMovie lovers and families
Premier$149.99/$209150+/340+Everything you could want, including HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ etc.Anyone who wants maximum entertainment

*Prices do not include taxes and hidden fees

DirecTV Stream customers can sign up for as little as one month. That level of flexibility is awesome, as it means you can easily change plans, go elsewhere or cancel altogether if you feel that the package isn’t working out for you.

Unfortunately, DirecTV Satellite customers will not have that privilege. All of these plans tie you into a two year contract, which is mainly to do with the cost of installing a satellite in your home. Think carefully before signing up for one of these plans!

Right now, there’s a further deal with DirecTV where you’ll get your first two months for any of the plans at a discounted rate. You can find out more about those discounts in our articles on AT&T deals.

Channel Lineup

For more clarity on these packages, here’s look at the channel lineup so that you can get a better idea of which plan to opt for [3]:

ChannelEntertainmentChoiceUltimatePremier
A&E
ACCN HD
AccuWeather
ActionMAX
AMC
American Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
Aspire
AXS TV
BabyFirst HD
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Big Ten Network
Black News Channel
Bloomberg HD
Boomerang
BOUNCE TV
Bravo
Cartoon Network East
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar News
Cinemax East
CleoTV
CMT
CNBC
CNBC World
CNN
CNN En Espanol
CNNi
Comedy Central
Comedy TV
Cooking Channel
Cozi TV
C-SPAN
C-SPAN2
Destination America
Discovery
Discovery Family Channel
Discovery Life
Disney Channel East
Disney Junior
Disney XD
E!
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPNU
ESPNEWS
FM
Food Network
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
FOX Weather
Freeform
Fuse
FX
FX Movie Channel
FXX
fyi,
GAC Family
Galavision
Game Show Network
Golf Channel
GRIT
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HBO East
HBO 2 East
HBO Family East
HBO Latino
Heroes & Icons
HGTV
HLN
HSN
IFC
Investigation Discovery
ION East HD
Justice Central
Lifetime
LMN
Logo HD
Magnolia Network
MLB Network
MotorTrend
MSNBC
MTV 
MTV Classic
MTV2
Nat Geo WILD
National Geographic
NBA TV
Newsmax HD
NewsNation
NHL Network
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon East
Nicktoons
Olympic Channel
Ovation
OWN 
Oxygen
Paramount TV
PBS Kids
POP
QVC
QVC 2
Reelz
Revolt
RFD-TV
Science
SEC Network
Shop LC
ShortsTV
SHOWTIME East
SHOWTIME 2 East
SHOWTIME EXTREME
Smithsonian Channel
Sportsman Channel
STARZ
STARZ ENCORE Action
STARZ ENCORE Black
STARZ ENCORE Classic
STARZ ENCORE East
STARZ ENCORE Family
STARZ ENCORE Suspense
STARZ ENCORE West
STARZ ENCORE Westerns
STARZ KIds & Family
SundanceTV
Syfy
Tastemade
TBS
TCM
TeenNick
Tennis Channel HD
The HISTORY Channel
The Weather Channel
TLC
TNT
Travel Channel
truTV
TUDN
TV Land
TV One
TVG
UniMas
Universal Kids
UNIVERSO
Univision East
UPtv
USA Network
VH1 
VICE
WE tv

Any of our Spanish speaking readers will also be pleased to know that DirecTV offers a wide range of Spanish language channels. Every subscriber will get access to the following.

Antena 3Atres CineATRES SERIESAztecaBabyTV
BandamaxCanal 22 IntlCaracol TVCentroaméricaCine Estelar
Cine MexicanoCine NostalgiaCinelatinoCNN EN EspañDe Película
De Película ClasDiscovery En EsDiscovery FamiliEcuador TVEcuavisa Intl
EnlaceESPN DeportesEstrella NewsEstrella TVFOROtv
FOX DeportesGalavisiónGolTVHistory En EspaHITN TV
Hoga de HGTV¡HOLA! TVMeganoticiasMegaTVMultimedios
Nat Geo MundoNTN24Nuestra TeleNuestra VisionONCE MEXICO
PasionesPerú MágicoSony CineSUR PerúTeleCentro
TelefeTelemundoTr3sTUDNTV Chile
TVETyC SportsUniMásUNIVERSOUnivision East
Univision tlnovelVePlusVideoRolaViendoMoviesVme
WAPA AméricaZooMoo

If you like, you can tailor your package further by adding additional channels and packs. Here’s a list of the add-on channels you can opt for at any time, no matter which pack you’ve opted for (and on both Stream and Satellite!):

ChannelPrice per month
HBO Max$14.99
SHOWTIME$10.99
Cinemax$10.99
STARZ$10.99
EPIX$5.99
AMC+$6.99
Hallmark Movies Now$5.99
Lifetime Movie Club$3.99
A&E Crime Central$4.99
ALLBLK$4.99
Fox Nation$5.99
HISTORY Vault$4.99
Pantaya$5.99
UP Faith & Family$5.99
Revry$6.99
DOGTV$4.99

Pretty cool, right? Well, there’s actually one bolt on that offers better value for money. It’s called the Movies Extra Pack and it costs just $5 per month. For that, you’ll get all of the following channels:

  • Hallmark Drama (Ch. 564)
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Ch. 565)
  • HDNet Movies (Ch. 566)
  • MGM HD (Ch. 567)
  • Sony Movies (Ch. 568)
  • Smithsonian Channel (C. 570)
  • Crime + Investigation (Ch. 571)
  • MTV Live (Ch. 572)
  • ShortsTV (Ch. 573)

Before you get too excited, it should be noted that on top of the monthly subscription fee, there will be a few hidden fees to contend with if you become a DirecTV customer. You’ll have to deal with a few of the following:

  • Activation fee: Satellite customers will need to pay a one time activation fee of $19.95 for their contract.
  • Late fee: Any delayed payments will be subject to a fine of $4.25 per month. 
  • No Autopay or Paperless Billing: If you don’t opt for both Paperless Billing (where your bill will be emailed rather than sent in the post) and Autopay (AT&T’s direct debit), an additional $5 per month will be added to your bill.
  • Early cancellation fee: Want to bail out of your DirecTV Satellite plan early? It will cost you $20 per month for every month left on your contract plus an admin fee of $15. The maximum amount to be charged here will be $400. 
  • Missing equipment fee: If you fail to return your DVR box at the end of your DirecTV Satellite contract, or your streaming device if you are leasing it, a fine of $150 will be added to your account. 
  • Streaming device purchase or rental: Speaking of streaming devices, AT&T will try to lease or sell you their own hardware for DirecTV Stream. However, we recommend getting around this by opting for a more affordable third party product such as Google Chromecast. 

You can find out more tips about saving money on your AT&T bill for all three services here.

AT&T Wireless Plans and Pricing

Looking for a new cell phone plan? AT&T Wireless could be well worth considering. It’s one of the most popular networks in the US and has a lot of choice when it comes to plans and handsets.

The most popular series of AT&T Wireless plans are called Wireless Unlimited. Here’s a look at the three of them [4]:

NameHotspotPremium Data*Additional Perks
Unlimited Premium50GBUnlimitedUnlimited talk, text and data in the US, Mexico, Canada and 19 Latin American countries plus 4K streaming
Unlimited Extra15GB50GBUnlimited talk, text and data in the US, Mexico and Canada
Unlimited Starter3GBNoneUnlimited talk, text and data in the US, Mexico and Canada

A little confusingly, the prices of these plans vary depending on how many lines you take up at the same time. So, if you have some friends, family members or work colleagues looking for a new cell phone plan, it might be worth coordinating with them.

The prices for the Wireless Unlimited plans are as follows.

NamePrice with 1 linePrice with 2 linesPrice with 3 linesPrice with 4 linesPrice with 5 linesPrice with 6-10 lines
Unlimited Premium$85$75$60$50$45$40
Unlimited Extra$75$65$50$40$35$35
Unlimited Starter$65$60$45$35$30$30

As you can see, the price at 6+ lines is better than half the price than that of a single line. 

And you don’t have to take up six of the same plan either. You can mix and match between Premium, Extra and Starter as you wish. The prices will be adjusted accordingly. 

There are a couple of extra perks you get with each of these plans, too. All AT&T Wireless Unlimited customers will benefit from…

  • ActiveArmor Mobile Security: Your cell phone network will be well looked after thanks to this cool piece of antivirus and encryption software.
  • Excellent 5G coverage: AT&T has some of the best 5G coverage in the US for superfast mobile data speeds. We’ll cover the 5G availability later on in this article.

There are a couple more plans to look at if you feel that Unlimited isn’t quite right for you. These two work out a little more affordable for those taking up a smaller number of lines as well.

NameHotspotPremium DataAdditional Perks
Value Plus NoYes5G access, standard definition streaming, unlimited texting from US to 200+  countries, unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico, Canada and the US
4GB PlanYesNoStandard definition streaming, unlimited texting from US to 200+ countries, unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico, Canada and the US

AT&T Home Phone Plans and Pricing

Another service from AT&T that’s far less common these days is Home Phone. This landline phone service used to be all the rage but with the increasing popularity of the cell phone, it’s nowhere near as extensive or popular as it used to be.

But it’s still there, and it’s great for those who have no interest in a cell phone or those in low signal areas.

Interested? Here’s what’s available [5]:

Plan NamePriceAvailable Key FeaturesWho It’s Best For
Traditional Home Phone$41 per monthResidential phone number, unlimited local calling, reliable connection, optional long distance callingThose who are on a budget or do not require anything other than the basics
Complete Choice Enhanced$55 per monthAll above plus 12 calling features such as Caller ID, Call Forwarding and Speed DialThose who want to make more calls and enjoy extra features
Long DistanceCall For Pricing (contact AT&T for the best deal)*Per-minute calling plan, unlimited calling plan, international planAnyone looking to make many calls abroad

So, those are the big three packages. The majority of people will probably want to opt for these as they offer the best value for money.

However, there are a couple more plans available for those who need it.

Plan NamePriceAvailable Key FeaturesWho It’s Best For
Phone Unlimited North America$24.99 per month12 month contract, unlimited nationwide calling, optional international feesAnyone looking to make local calls only 
Phone International Plus II$34.99 per month12 month contract, unlimited nationwide calling and calling to over 50 countries, low international rates to other countriesAnyone who thinks they might make regular international calls

The plans above could be a better option for those who want to make fewer calls. As they could work out more expensive if you make a lot of them.

Bundling Your AT&T Services

Sometimes, you can save money by bundling two or more AT&T services together. AT&T bundles aren’t super common but are worth considering if you’re in the market for a couple of plans. 

We found that the only real money-saving combination is with the internet services and Wireless. If you take up one, you can get discounts with the other. They look like this:

  • Get a $300 reward card as a Wireless customer when you sign up for Fiber
  • Get 25% off Wireless Unlimited plans as a Fiber customer

AT&T does advertise bundles for DirecTV and Fiber or all three of the main services. However, these actually work out to be the same price as if you were to take them up separately. So it’s not really worth it [6].

The only benefit of taking up these bundles is that it makes your billing more clear and easy to understand. 

Availability for AT&T

AT&T’s availability varies depending on which kind of service you’re looking to take up. But the good news is that most of their services are pretty widely available. Let’s take a look at them.

AT&T Wireless availability

You can get 4G through AT&T in every single state in the US! That’s not to say it’s going to cover every inch of land. But overall, AT&T’s 4G coverage is very good.

5G hasn’t got as much coverage, but that’s because it’s still a pretty new technology. AT&T is currently trying to roll out 5G as quickly as possible across the US, but for the time being, here’s the coverage map.

AT&T Wireless 5G Availability

AT&T DirecTV availability

DirecTV is also available in every state both in streaming and satellite form. However, you might not be able to choose from both in some far corners of the map. To find out for sure, head to this website.

Just click on your state and you’ll be able to find out the services in your area. 

AT&T Internet and Fiber availability

With Internet and Fiber, things get a little more specific. These products are only available in a select number of states across the US.

Here’s a look at the states that AT&T Internet is available in.

AT&T Internet Availability

As we mentioned earlier on, the service and the speed you’ll get varies from city to city. Cities will be more likely to get Fiber whereas more rural areas are likely to end up with slower speeds.

To find out once and for all what’s available where you live, you can enter your address at this page

AT&T Home Phone availability

AT&T’s Home Phone service is available in all the states that Internet is available in, but nothing more. Here’s a look at that on the map once more.

AT&T Home Phone Availability

You should be able to get Home Phone services in the vast majority of land in each of these states.

AT&T Deals in 2022

Want to save some money with AT&T? There are some deals to take advantage of right now. But not many! Here are the key deals available across the AT&T service range at the time of writing.

Get paid to make the switch to Fiber

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where AT&T Fiber is available, you can get paid up to $300 in bill credits for making the switch. AT&T will also pay some of or all of the cancellation fees from that provider, subject to terms and conditions.

Reduced price on your first two months with DirecTV

One of the best deals right now is with DirecTV. For every single package, whether is through streaming or satellite, you can get a reduction on your first couple of months. It could save you $20 per month for those two months.

Just remember that with Satellite, you’ll need to sign up for a 24 month contract. With DirecTV Stream, this deal is a little more effective, as you can try it for a reduced rate to see how you like it.

Plus, you can get a 7 day free trial for all DirecTV Stream packages right now. That’s a great way to find out whether it’s right for you, and which package is the best for what you’re looking for.

Trade-in deals and changeover for Wireless

AT&T is offering some pretty sweet deals for new handsets when you trade-in an eligible device. For example, it’s possible to get the new iPhone 14 Pro for as little as under $10 per month right now.

Of course, you’re going to need to trade-in a pretty expensive cell phone to get the price that low. But the good news is that you can get a valuation and a quote over at the AT&T website.

On top of that, you can get up to $250 in bill credits when you switch from another provider. Plus, AT&T will pay any cancellation fees that you may incur when you make the switch. Nice!

Wireless deals for specific groups of people

AT&T doesn’t offer discounts to specific groups of people for its internet and TV services but it does for its Wireless plans. Here’s a quick overview of the deals available at the time of writing. 

  • Seniors: If you’re 55 or over and live in the state of Florida, AT&T will offer you unlimited talk, text and data for their Wireless service for as little as $40 per month when you take up two or more lines. 
  • Students: Right now, there are no current deals specifically for students with AT&T. But that could change any time, so keep an eye out!
  • Teachers: AT&T offers teachers 25% off selected Wireless lines plus deals on particular phones that change all the time. Keep an eye on the site to find out what’s available if you are a teacher. 
  • Veterans and military personnel: All currently servicepeople, veterans and their families will be able to get 25% off AT&T Wireless Unlimited plans at any time. 

AT&T Customer Support and Setup

Liking the sound of getting set up with AT&T? How you do that depends on the service you’re interested in.

We believe that the easiest way to get started is to place your order online. But if you prefer, you can visit the store or place the order over the phone.

For more information on getting started with AT&T including fees you might incur, check out our setup guide.

If you need any help during the setup process, you might want to reach out to AT&T customer support. We covered how to do that in some detail here, but here’s a quick summary: 

  • In store: There are tons of AT&T stores throughout the country, so feel free to head into one of them at any time to take up your new AT&T plan, whatever it may be!
  • Over the phone: You can find the contact numbers for AT&T at their website. The number you call will depend on what service you’re looking for. But if you find it easier, you can call their directory at 800 331 0500.
  • Live chat: Perhaps the easiest way to communicate with AT&T is through the live chat on their website. To get started, just go to this link.

AT&T Review FAQ

AT&T is enormous, there’s almost no limit to the amount of information you can find out about them! But here’s a few more useful bits of knowledge for you.

Does AT&T support business users?

AT&T has a whole world of products for its business customers. You can get all kinds of deals, services and other support for companies of any size. Whether it be for internet services, cell phones, 5G or something else, they’ll have some kind of solution for you.

The best thing to do is reach out to an AT&T Business sales rep, but before you do that, make sure you check out our guide to AT&T Business.

Is AT&T generally better than the competition?

It’s fair to say that AT&T is one of the biggest internet, cell phone and TV providers in the US. And with some of their plans and packages, it’s the best. But not all the time. 

If you check out our guide to Fiber, Wireless and DirecTV (these have been linked throughout the article), you’ll see that we compare them to the competition. Make sure you take a look at those comparisons first. You might just find a better package for you.

How do I cancel my AT&T plan?

Eventually, there will come a time where you need to cancel your AT&T package. To do this, you’ll need to contact their customer service team. But there are a few things that are worth knowing in advance of doing that. So, make sure you check out our how to guide on the matter.

Wrapping Up on AT&T

So, there we have it! The ultimate guide to AT&T is concluded. We’ve been through everything you need to know about AT&T as a whole, so I hope you feel ready to go on and sign up for whatever package takes your interest (or not!)

In some ways, AT&T is the best in the game. But in others, you’d end up getting better value for money with another provider. So, we couldn’t recommend shopping around enough. You’d be amazed how much you can save when you only pay for what you need.

So, before you pull the trigger and sign up for an AT&T plan, make sure you take the time to check out the other providers. Good luck, and happy shopping. 

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