AT&T adds 5G to legacy unlimited plans entirely for free

AT&T adds 5G to legacy unlimited plans entirely for free
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AT&T is adding 5G and 5G+ to some of its legacy unlimited plans at no extra cost, potentially benefiting many customers. The move is a reassuring step forward for anyone keen to embrace 5G technology without having to worry about changing up their wireless plan. It may yet bump T-Mobile from its prestigious slot of offering the best 5G on our look at the best cell phone providers.

Pivoted as a way for AT&T to show its appreciation for long-term customers, 5G and 5G+ access will be added to the following unlimited plans entirely for free starting this month - AT&T Unlimited & More, AT&T Unlimited & More Premium, AT&T Unlimited Choice, AT&T Unlimited Choice II, AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced, AT&T Unlimited Plus, AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced, AT&T Unlimited Value, and AT&T Unlimited. 

If you have a legacy AT&T Business Unlimited plan, you'll also benefit from the proposals. Simply have one of the following plans and you can enjoy AT&T 5G and 5G+ from April - AT&T Unlimited Choice for Business, AT&T Unlimited Plus for Business, AT&T Business Unlimited Basic, AT&T Business Unlimited Plus, AT&T Business Unlimited Enhanced, AT&T Business Unlimited Basic with Private Wi-Fi, AT&T Business Unlimited Plus with Private Wi-Fi, AT&T Business Unlimited Enhanced with Private Wi-Fi, and AT&T Business Unlimited Preferred.


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If you're on one of these plans, you can enjoy 5G access in more than 14,000 cities and towns, providing you have a 5G-compatible phone, with AT&T's super-fast 5G+ service available in parts of 38 cities across the USA. If you haven't yet got a 5G-compatible phone and you're keen to take advantage of this offer, our look at the best smartphones should prepare you. 

The change to legacy plans doesn't affect newer plans such as AT&T Unlimited Starter, Extra, and Elite. All of these continue to offer 5G access with the added benefit of advanced mobile security and hotspot data. AT&T Unlimited Elite also includes HBO Max which is a great bonus if you're a big fan of TV streaming services. It's all part of AT&T's broader 5G strategy in 2021 aiming to increase its average speeds across the country with 5G+ set to reach 17 sports venues by the end of the year. 

If you're an AT&T customer who may be affected by these changes, keep an eye out for a text message or email from AT&T informing that 5G is now added to your plan, then enjoy superior speeds providing you have a 5G-capable phone. 

Jennifer Allen
TTR Contributor

Jennifer has been freelancing for over 10 years. In the past, she's written about all things tech and gaming wise for outlets as varied as The Independent, Playboy, Eurogamer, and TechRadar. In her spare time, she spends far too much time watching films, attempting to train her pet guinea pigs, and mastering making the perfect burrito.  She's a full time freelancer, but a regular tech news contributor to Top Ten Reviews.