9 best cheap AT&T phones – March 2020

9 best cheap AT&T phones – March 2020



With smartphone prices on the rise, it can be tough on the wallet to keep up with the latest releases. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, a loved one, or the whole family, Swappa is hands down the best way to get the phones you want at the prices you need.

That means you don’t have to spend $700+ on a brand new phone and why should you? Swappa has hundreds of gently used phones just waiting to find a new home — all you have to do is find one you like. Of course, with so many phones available, the hardest part can be figuring out which ones are worth your hard-earned money.

That’s where we come in. As mobile tech enthusiasts ourselves, we’re here to offer a little guidance. Without further ado, here are the best cheap AT&T phones you can buy around $200 or less.

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 was released over 2 years ago and while it’s no longer the newest iPhone on the block, the iPhone 8 still has plenty going for it. With modern conveniences like water resistance, wireless charging, and Apple’s True Tone display, and a fantastic camera, the iPhone 8 does a great job of holding its own compared to other “cheap” phones on AT&T.

The iPhone 8 is one of the oldest phones that you can still find in the Apple Store, priced at $449 (64GB) and $499 (128GB), but if you’re looking for the best deals, you can find them waiting for you in the Swappa marketplace. On Swappa, prices for the AT&T iPhone 8 start at $205, and vary depending on the carrier, condition, and storage size.

There’s also the larger iPhone 8 Plus, but it was still too expensive to make this list. (Don’t worry, you can find another extra-large iPhone model that made the cut down below.) If the smaller iPhone 8 is up your alley, hit the button below to start saving more money with Swappa.

iPhone 7 Plus

If you’re looking for something larger than the iPhone 8 (remember, the iPhone 8 Plus is still too expensive to be considered a “cheap phone”), then the iPhone 7 Plus is the next best thing. The best (large) cheap iPhone you can buy under $200, its hardware is fairly close to that of the newer iPhone 8 Plus, so you aren’t sacrificing much.

Both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were released back in 2016 at $649/$749, and have aged rather gracefully. The perfect mix of value and price, the iPhone 7 Plus still provides a great user experience with fast performance, great cameras (regular and zoom lens), and above average battery life. Most of the things you love about modern iPhones can be found here, whether that’s water resistance, Portrait Mode, iMessage, FaceTime or Apple Pay — the iPhone 7 Plus has everything except water resistance.

With the release of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, Apple discontinued both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in their store. The good news for anyone looking to still score a great deal on the iPhone 7 Plus will find it readily available in the Swappa marketplace where it’s still in high demand. Month after month, the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the top selling phones on Swappa.

You can find a gently used AT&T iPhone 7 Plus prices starting at $169. Start shopping today by clicking the button below.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are some of the most feature-rich smartphones you can buy. With its gorgeous curved AMOLED display, the Galaxy S9 does it all and looks great doing it. Coming equipped with water resistance, stereo speakers, wireless charging, a high quality camera (dual lenses on the S9+), or even the now extinct headphone jack — the Galaxy S9 isn’t lacking any must-have features.

Released in 2018, the smaller AT&T Galaxy S9 starts at $223 on Swappa, while the larger AT&T Galaxy S9+ is around $230. That’s practically a steal. Our pick? The S9+, although slightly more expensive, features a larger battery, dual-cameras, and slightly better performance thanks to more RAM. If you’re looking for one of the best cheap phones for AT&T, that might be it.

To start shopping for the lowest prices on an AT&T Galaxy S9 or S9+, click one of the buttons to see how far your money can take you on Swappa.

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are a few of the newer devices on this list. Released in late 2018, the “Made by Google” phones offer the unique perk of receiving major platform updates directly from Google. That means when a new version of the Android OS is ready, Google Pixel phones are the first to get it.

This is in stark contrast to other OEM devices manufactured by Samsung, Motorola, who often take longer to push out major updates, or simply drop support for lower-end devices. For instance, Android 10 was ready for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL last year, while we’re only just seeing it hit the Galaxy S9/S9+ in February.

Pixel devices also have a reputation of offering better performance than comparable Android devices, and the Pixel 3/3 XL is no different. Both phones offer cutting edge features like water resistance, with an IP68 rating. While the phones are capable of withstanding a drop in the toilet or bathtub, they’re only rated for around 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water submersion for about a half hour.

While both phones only feature a single camera lens on the back, it’s by the best quality camera on the market. That’s because Google’s proprietary HDR+ software feature uses machine learning to deliver superior low-light photos, even in near impossible situations. If you’re looking for the best camera on a cheap AT&T phone, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are it.

The best part is that current prices are very reasonable, with the smaller unlocked Pixel 3 starting at $230, while the larger unlocked Pixel 3 XL starts at $225. We know, it’s pushing the definition of “cheap phone,” but by the time you read this article, there’s a good chance Pixel 3 prices will be even lower. See for yourself by clicking one of the buttons below.

OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6 may not be the most popular handset on this list, but the manufacturer definitely has built its own cult-like following when it comes to their devices. Simply put, OnePlus phones are easily some of the best value offerings you can find in mobile. Often times hundreds of dollars cheaper than competing flagships, OnePlus phones offer top-of-the-line performance with the highest-end processors, loads of RAM, and a streamlined software experience, but very little in terms of compromise.

For instance, OnePlus 6 comes equipped with a large, 6.28-inch AMOLED display. Colors are vibrant, the resolution is crisp, and the edge-to-edge display has a familiar notch that’s actually smaller than what you’ll find on the latest iPhone. Inside, the OnePlus 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor (same as the Galaxy S9), and comes in two storage/RAM configurations: 64GB + 6GB RAM, or 256GB + 8GB RAM. You’ll also find a headphone jack, dual cameras on the back (16MP + 20MP), and extremely fast charging (60% battery in only 35 minutes).

So what’s missing? The OnePlus 6 doesn’t have an IP water resistance rating for one (although the phone can survive a splash in water), or wireless charging. If those don’t sound like a huge deal to you, you’re looking at a cheap phone that will provide you with years of unrivaled performance. OnePlus 6 prices start at $245 on Swappa and while it’s one of the pricier phones on this list, it’s still a tremendous value.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Released back in 2017, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best cheap phones you can buy. With a big screen and stylus for writing/drawing on the display, the Note 8 actually has more in common with the Galaxy S9 Plus that launched the following year.

The Note 8 features a whopping 6.3-inch display that’s almost as large as the iPhone 11 Pro Max. But unlike the 11 Pro Max, the Note 8 comes at a fraction of the price. Other specs include the S Pen which adds bonus functionality phone (more than your typical capacitive stylus), dual 12MP cameras on the back, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, water resistance, 3,300mAh battery, and elusive headphone jack.

Your hardest decision will be deciding between the Note 8 and the S9+. Both phones have very similar specs, only the Note 8 features a stylus, while S9 has a slightly newer processor. Current AT&T Galaxy Note 8 prices on Swappa start at $189, making it slightly cheaper than the Galaxy S9 Plus, while featuring slightly more functionality thanks to the included S Pen.

To find the best deals on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for AT&T, simply click the button below to start shopping today.

Moto G7

The Moto G7 was released early last year as a followup to the successful Moto G6 line. Motorola’s G series has long represented one of the best values in mobile, hitting that sweet spot for consumers by offering solid hardware at an affordable price.

Priced at $199 brand new, you can find the Moto G7 coming in three other variants: the lower-end Moto G7 Power (with extra large battery), the Moto G7 Play (the affordable budget option), and the higher-end Moto G7 Plus with better camera and performance than the standard G7 option. Keep in mind the Moto G7 Plus wasn’t sold directly in the US, but if you’re lucky, you can still find unlocked models available on Swappa for under $200.

The Moto G7 features a 6.24-inch Full HD+ display, dual 12MP/5MP cameras on the back, an 8MP front facing camera, Snapdragon 632 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and 3,000mAh battery. It’s a nice upgrade from the previous year’s Moto G6 in just about every way.

With the price of the Moto G7 starting at $150 in the Swappa marketplace, it’s a fantastic option for someone who may not need all the bells and whistles from more premium phones, or the higher price tags that typically comes with them.