Quick Guide to AT&T Packages and Prices
Are you thinking of getting one of the new AT&T Packages? In just the past two years, AT&T became such an important player in the way that consumers across the U.S. receive their TV, Internet, wireless and digital home phone service.
Sometimes it can be a bit confusing wading through all the offers and promotions (especially from companies that have been recently acquired by AT&T), so here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about the most popular AT&T plans.
U-Verse TV and AT&T plans for TV viewers
If you enjoy watching the very best in TV entertainment, you have three very appealing options from AT&T: U-Verse TV, DIRECTV or DIRECTV Now.
Each of these represents a different way of getting TV entertainment into your home: U-Verse TV is delivered via an advanced fiber optic network, while DIRECTV is a satellite TV service and DIRECTV Now is a live streaming option delivered over the Internet.
Let’s first consider U-Verse TV. Right now, U-Verse TV (formerly known as AT&T U-Verse TV) offers three primary plan tiers:
- U-Family ($50/month)
- U200 ($70/month)
- U450 ($125/month)
The most popular of these price tiers is the very affordable U-Family plan, which starts at just $50 per month. With the U-Family plan, you get over 200 HD channels, including sports channels and all-time favorites like CNN, ESPN and the Food Network.
That’s an unbelievable lineup of channels with U-Family TV. In addition, AT&T is running a special promotion now where you receive two premium movie channels - HBO and Cinemax - for 3 months at no extra cost when you order the U-Family package.
If you’ve been dying to catch up on “Game of Thrones” on HBO, this could be a great reason to sign up for AT&T U-Verse! You also get access to the Total Home DVR, which enables you to record 4 shows at any time with your DVR.
When you upgrade to the U200 plan, the number of channels that you get access to really becomes impressive. Here, you get over 360 channels. The other features from the U-Family plan – the HD DVR and the free premium movie channels – are also included here.
If you’re looking for extra sports, entertainment and movies, this is the better package to order because you get 160 more channels than with the U-Family plan.
Next, there is the U450 plan. This U450 TV plan now includes more than 550 channels. It also includes all the popular premium movie channels: HBO, STARZ, Showtime and Encore. And, of course, you get the Total Home HD DVR and the ability to record in up to 4 different rooms of your home at one time when you order the U450 package.
One particularly cool feature of U-Verse TV is being able to watch content on all your mobile devices, including phone, computer or tablet. Thus, you don’t have to watch TV content only on your TV. In short, U-Verse TV makes your TV content much more portable.
Also, you’ve absolutely got to look out for all the amazing bundle offers from AT&T U-Verse. Right now, AT&T is running a promotion where you can get a fantastic rate of $80 per month if you bundle U-Verse TV with any qualifying AT&T service (such as AT&T Internet and AT&T Home Phone). To get this special pricing, however, you need to lock in your price for 24 months.
As you can see, choosing the right U-Verse TV package is up to you, based on your viewing habits. There is a U-Verse TV plan for every budget and every type of viewer. Best of all, the U-Verse channel selection is simply unbeatable, no matter which channel offering you pick.
DIRECTV and AT&T plans for TV viewers
It’s important to point out that there is a difference between DIRECTV (traditional satellite TV) and DIRECTV Now (live streaming TV over the Internet). Right now, AT&T is running special promotions for both of these amazing services. Let’s take a closer look at what’s included in both.
With DIRECTV and DIRECTV Now, AT&T is now offering a special promotion where you can bundle with AT&T Unlimited Plus, and save $25 per month. In other words, if you sign up for AT&T Wireless service, you can get a special credit on your bill to save $25 per month on your TV service. Sweet, right?
Just check out all the features that you can get with DIRECTV:
- Premium channels (including HBO, Showtime, STARZ and Cinemax) at no extra cost for the first three months
- NFL Sunday Ticket (now included at no extra cost with the CHOICE package and above)
- Genie DVR service for up to 4 rooms
And, if you check out the pricing for DIRECTV, you can see that the price savings can be pretty incredible. You can get DIRECTV starting at just $25 per month. The regular price is $50 per month, but you’re getting the extra $25 cost savings.
There’s something else very cool that AT&T includes here – you get HBO for Life when you get DIRECTV and AT&T Unlimited Plus. That lets you stream hit movies and shows anywhere and anytime.
With DIRECTV, there are always options to make your viewing experience even better. For example, AT&T and DIRECTV have joined forces to offer international options, sports package options, and all kinds of new TV packages with new, innovative programming. When you check the DIRECTV channel guide, you’ll be blown away by the number of offerings.
Combined with crystal-clear picture quality, it’s clear why DIRECTV is better than cable TV. DIRECTV is the home entertainment leader. Every TV channel comes in brilliant HD, so you can enjoy broadcast TV the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
And there are two other amazing features of DIRECTV that people are talking about now. The first is 72 Hour Review, which lets you stream shows that have aired in the past 72 hours. The second feature is Restart, which lets you restart a live show. How cool is that? You’re timeshifting “live” TV and turning it into on-demand TV!
AT&T Internet and AT&T plans for Internet users
Now that we’ve covered the basic plans available for TV viewers, what about all the amazing options that AT&T has created for Internet users? AT&T offers three different plans for Internet users, each with a specified minimum speed for your home network:
- 50 Mbps Plan
- 75 Mbps Plan
- 100 Mbps Plan
It’s really a matter of determining how often you use the Internet in your home. For example, if you plan to stream content from the Internet to multiple devices (not just your home PC or laptop), then the best option is the 50 Mbps plan.
This is really the base option, and the one that AT&T always mentions in its online promotions. It gives you great downstream speeds, as well as great upstream speeds. Among all the Internet providers out there, AT&T is a clear leader when it comes to Internet speed.
And what if you really enjoy streaming movies and often binge-watch your favorite TV shows? In that case, you’d want to opt for the 75 Mbps plan. And if you are a very serious gamer and often stream HD movies, then you might want to consider the 100 Mbps plan.
With these speeds, you’ll be able to surf the Internet incredibly fast, download music and video, and have a very smooth streaming experience.
Right now, AT&T is offering two very attractive deals for Internet users:
- $40/month for Internet alone
- $80/month for both Internet and DIRECTV
In addition, if you place your order online, AT&T will give you a $50 Visa Reward card. So you’re saving $50 before you even visit your first website on the Internet!
You can see at a glance why the $80 bundled price is such an attractive offer. You’re getting DIRECTV and Internet for a lower price than if you ordered them both separately. For example, right now if you order the DIRECTV Select plan, you’d pay $50 per month for satellite TV.
Combine that with the $40 per month for Internet, and you’d be paying at least $90. But AT&T is giving you both for just $80 per month! (Plus, don’t forget about that free $50 Visa card)
There are so many great features of AT&T Home Internet that delivers way more than $40 per month in value. First of all, you get a promise of 99% reliability. This is the most reliable high-speed Internet service you going to find. And you get the following three features:
- Free Wi-Fi home router
- AT&T Internet Security Suite powered by McAfee
- #1 rated customer satisfaction
With the Wi-Fi home router, you are able to get Internet service throughout your entire home. And with the special security suite from the internationally renowned McAfee, you have the peace of mind of knowing that your home browsing activity is always safe and secure.
You simply can’t beat the Internet plans from AT&T. When you sign up for 100 Mbps Internet speeds, you won’t believe what you’ll be able to do on the Internet.
And there’s no equipment fee, either, so you’re receiving tremendous value with your state-of-the-art Wi-Fi router. Just be sure to check service availability to make sure that AT&T Internet plans and new Internet bundle options are available in your geographic area.
AT&T Home Phone and AT&T plans for home phone users
When you think of AT&T, you probably think first and foremost of AT&T phone service for residential customers. Many people grew up thinking of AT&T as their trusted home phone provider, and then as their trusted wireless phone provider.
So it’s no surprise that AT&T has continued to create some pretty amazing home phone packages. Right now, AT&T Inc. offers three different types of home phone service:
- AT&T Phone (formerly known as U-Verse Voice)
- GoPhone Wireless Home Phone
- Traditional home phone (flat-rate service, unlimited local calling)
The package you choose is really based on how you would like to get phone service. AT&T Phone is a digital phone service that allows you to make calls over the Internet. The GoPhone Wireless service works over a wireless network, and is designed as a low-cost alternative.
(Right now, it’s $20 per month, but completely FREE if you sign up for another qualifying plan and agree to a 2-year contract) And the traditional phone service works over telephone lines.
Whichever service you choose, you get 25 convenient calling features. In addition, you get access to features like AT&T World Connect Value, which enables you to make calls around the world at much lower rates.
There are two special offers that AT&T has for customers:
- $60/month for Internet and Home Phone
- $89.99/month for Internet + Home Phone + DIRECTV
You can also try AT&T Phone Unlimited, which is a great way to get the most value from your AT&T phone calling package. If you typically make a lot of calls every month, this might be the best option for you. It gives you unlimited nationwide calling!
If you sign up for Internet and phone online, you also have the opportunity to receive a $50 Visa Reward card.
Bundles and your AT&T plan
As you can probably tell, it almost always makes sense to bundle your AT&T services. You can order TV, Internet or a Home Phone plan as separate services, of course, but the pricing is just so much more attractive if you combine 2 or more services at one time as part of an AT&T U-Verse bundle.
Double Plays combining TV and Internet are very popular, as are Triple Plays combining TV, Internet and Home Phone.
AT&T is always thinking up new and convenient pricing plans and different bundle packages, but right now, these are the primary pricing plans that you should keep in mind:
- $40/month for Internet
- $50/month for DIRECTV
- $60/month for Internet + Home Phone
- $80/month for Internet + DIRECTV
- $89.99/month for Internet + DIRECTV + Home Phone
At a glance, you can see why it makes so much sense to bundle. Whether you are combining Internet and DIRECTV, or Internet and Home Phone, or Internet and DIRECTV and Home Phone, you are always saving more money, the more services that you bundle. Moreover, you also get an easy-to-read, combined bill so that you don’t have a flurry of bills arriving every month.
And that doesn’t even include all the specials that AT&T is now starting to offer in coordination with AT&T Wireless! For example, as noted above, AT&T sometimes makes available $10 and $25 price savings on DIRECTV when you combine this service with a qualifying AT&T Wireless plan. And there are always new ways to get unlimited data options.
So it’s definitely worth the time and effort to find the best possible deal. Just remember – always check to see if you can save even more than you thought possible by considering a very convenient AT&T bundled package deal!
So what are you waiting for? Call today and order one of the new AT&T Packages!