Twigby vs. AT&T Cell Phone Plans Review

Twigby can save you a ton of money, but it will never compete with AT&T when it comes to overall performance.
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    3 out of 5 overall
    Tons of very cheap low-data plans
    Slow data speeds and no unlimited data plan
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    3.75 out of 5 overall
    Powerful unlimited data plans with fast data speeds
    Pricey

AT&T is one of the Big Three cell phone carriers. Twigby is a small newcomer to the industry. Which one is better? That really depends on what you want.

The short answer is if you’re looking for a powerful unlimited data plan with fast data speeds, then AT&T is the carrier for you. But if you want a super-cheap plan with slower data, then go with Twigby.

If you’re not sure, don’t worry. We wrote this whole article to help you decide. We’ll go into details about both carriers’ plans, price, performance, and coverage.

How to choose a cell phone plan

Before we dive into all the nitty-gritty stuff about plans and pricing, let’s talk more broadly about how to choose the perfect cell phone plan. You’ll want to consider the following features.

Data: Making sure you have enough data to support your work, gaming, streaming, and scrolling habits is essential to choosing the right plan. Check for data caps and slowdowns in the fine print.

Price: Don’t overpay! That might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people are paying too much. Look at comparison charts to make sure you’re getting the best deal available.

Coverage: Three major networks operate in North America—AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Check coverage maps to see which has the best coverage in your area.

Features: Not all plans come with features like hotspot data, international benefits, and HD video streaming. Get a plan that has all the perks and benefits you want.

Twigby vs. AT&T plans and pricing

Winner: AT&T offers higher performance and better perks, but some may still opt for Twigby’s low prices

Comparing AT&T and Twigby is kind of like comparing a Michelin 3-star restaurant and the mom-and-pop diner down the street. Obviously, one has fancier food. But not everyone wants the best, especially when it costs twice as much.

The only way to figure out which restaurant (or cell phone carrier) is right for you is to look at the menu (the plans). So let’s do it. We’ll start by looking at everything Twigby has to offer.

Twigby plans and prices

The easiest way to explain Twigby’s plans is to just show them to you. So take a look at this chart.

Twigby plan prices

Twigby’s plans are rather straightforward. You get unlimited texts with every plan, then a certain amount of talk and data. There is no unlimited data plan, which will be a definite deal breaker for many people.

Twigby’s plans don’t really come with any special features, besides hotspot capability. You can use your allotted mobile data to tether your phone with other devices.

As you can see, all of Twigby’s plans are under $20 a month! That makes it one of the cheapest carriers around. But keep in mind that these prices are just promotional. After your first 6 months, they will actually double! Yes, you read that right. That 10 GB plan for $17.50 will go up to $35.00 a month after the promo ends (which is still a decent price).

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Twigby’s plans are cheap. But there are other carriers out there that may offer a better deal. Mint Mobile, for instance, has an unlimited data plan that starts at just $30 a month.

Data deprioritization

Here’s one of the biggest drawbacks for Twigby customers: data deprioritization.

Because Twigby is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), it doesn’t actually own its own cellular network. Instead, it rents bandwidth from a larger company (Sprint). When the network gets busy, Twigby customers are among the first to see their data slowed down.

When your data is being deprioritized, it can be hard to do some basic things, like stream music or video. It might not be a big deal for some people, but if you rely on your phone for work or regular internet connectivity, then Twigby might not cut it.

AT&T plans and prices

While Twigby focuses on stripped down plans with limited data, AT&T does the opposite. Its plans are big and bold. Most of them come with unlimited data and tons of perks. Check it out.

AT&T plan prices

Other than that 4 GB plan, all of AT&T’s postpaid cell phone plans come with unlimited talk, text, and data. All of these plans also get you access to AT&T’s 5G network. But there are a few key differences between the Unlimited Starter, Extra, and Elite plans.

  • Unlimited Starter comes with a few restrictions. Your video streaming will be pegged at 1.5 Mbps (so no HD). You won’t get any hotspot data. And even before you hit the 50 GB data cap, your speeds are subject to slowdowns from deprioritization.
  • Unlimited Extra gives you some more privileges. Your video streams will still be throttled, but you’ll get 15 GB of hotspot data and a 50 GB data cap (without deprioritization).
  • Unlimited Elite lets you have HD quality video streaming, 30 GB of hotspot data, a 100 GB data cap, and it even hooks you up with a free HBO MAX subscription!

These three unlimited data plans from AT&T are serious performers. You’ll get fast data speeds in pretty much every metropolitan and suburban area. But, of course, they aren’t the cheapest.

The prices you see in the chart above are, like Twigby’s, just promotional. They include a $250 credit applied over the first 6 months of your bill. So the prices for the Starter, Extra, and Elite plans are actually more like $65, $75, and $85 a month, respectively.

Deals for first responders, students, military and nurses

Frontline workers have had a heck of a year, to say the least, and AT&T wants to show some love. That’s why they’re offering up some pretty wild deals for first responders, students, nurses, and military families. Check it out.

These prices still include that $250 credit, but even the normal price is less than $50 a month. That’s a great deal for an unlimited data plan on AT&T.

Twigby vs. AT&T plans: The bottom line

Twigby’s plans are cheap and have serious limitations when it comes to the amount and speed of its mobile data. AT&T, on the other hand, is pricier but offers lots of full-speed data and tons of perks.

Twigby vs. AT&T family plans

Winner: AT&T blows Twigby out of the water on this one

Family plans are probably the best way to save money on your phone bill without sacrificing value. And when it comes to these two carriers’ family plans, there isn’t really any competition. AT&T has great family plan deals, Twigby doesn’t.

In fact, Twigby doesn’t offer any discounts for adding multiple lines to your account. Here’s a little comparison of a four-line family plan account with Twigby and with AT&T.

Twigby vs. AT&T family plan comparison

It’s hard to see because of the promo pricing, but all three of AT&T’s unlimited data plans will actually be cheaper than or equal to Twigby’s 10 GB plan when you have four lines. Just remember that Twigby’s 50% off promotional pricing ends after six months, so your full bill for a Twigby family plan would double to $140 per month. That means you’re paying the same for four 10 GB lines with Twigby as you would for four unlimited-data lines with AT&T.

The math there is easy—AT&T wins.

Twigby vs. AT&T coverage

Winner: AT&T has great speeds and coverage, while Twigby customers are stuck on a second-rate network

What good is a cell phone plan if you don’t get any service bars? No good at all. So take a peek at these maps to see which company offers better coverage in your area.

Twigby wireless coverage map

AT&T wireless coverage map

We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that AT&T’s map looks better to you. That’s because Twigby is still using Sprint’s outdated mobile network (though it does sometimes use Verizon’s as a backup).

Sprint was actually bought out by T-Mobile, so hopefully Twigby customers will get a coverage boost soon. But in the meantime, AT&T’s network is superior for coverage and data speeds.

Twigby vs. AT&T phones and devices

Tie: Twigby can hook you up with a great discount device, while AT&T peddles the fancy stuff

It’s time to ditch that old clunker with the broken screen. And there’s no better time to find a great deal on a new iPhone 12 or Galaxy S21 than when you’re signing up for a new plan.

AT&T offers some great deals and payment plans on flagship phones from major brands like Apple and Samsung. But if you’re looking for a cheaper phone, like the iPhone XR, then Twigby will deliver. Here are some charts showing the most popular phone deals from each carrier.

Twigby phone deals

AT&T phone deals

Recap: Which carrier is right for you?

Is this a David and Goliath story, where little Twigby defeats big AT&T? Or is it more like a Marvel movie, where the superpowered hero inevitably wins? You get to decide. Hopefully this recap will help you figure out which carrier is right for you.

  • Plans: Twigby has tons of cheap plans for less than $20 a month. But they’re pretty weak in terms of data allotment and performance. AT&T’s plans cost more, but they include tons of data, fast speeds, and cool perks.
  • Family plans: AT&T handily takes the medal for best family plans. You can get steep discounts on unlimited data plans when you add extra lines. Twigby, on the other hand, offers no family plan discounts at all.
  • Coverage and performance: When it comes to overall performance—coverage, data speeds, hotspot data, and device selection—AT&T just wins. It’s clearly better for those who seriously work, game, or stream on their phone frequently.

If Twigby’s clearance-sale style prices are looking good to you, then sign up on their website! Or, if you’re making eyes at all that sweet, sweet AT&T data, then you can sign up here.

Methodology

We began our research on Twigby and AT&T with the most basic metrics: plan features and costs. We looked at every plan from both carriers, relying on data from WhistleOut comparison charts and the companies’ own websites.

We added our own proprietary data from over 100,000 mobile customers to this public information to evaluate each company’s plans based on data allotment, data speeds, coverage, price, and special features.

Overall, we spent two days researching and writing this comparison review. If you’re curious, you can learn more about our process for evaluating cell phone plans in this article.

Frequently asked questions about Twigby vs. AT&T

If we didn’t cover what you need to know in the article above, hopefully we answer it here. If not, drop us a question in the comments, and we’ll try to get you a better answer.

Is Twigby any good?

Yes, for the right kind of person. Twigby offers very cheap plans with talk, text, and a little bit of mobile data. But that data will not be very fast. So, if you don’t care very much about streaming high quality videos or gaming on your phone, and you want to save money on your phone bill, Twigby is a great option.

What carrier does Twigby use?

Twigby uses Sprint’s and Verizon’s networks. It gets its primary coverage from Sprint, but when users go out of Sprint’s coverage area, Twigby can use Verizon as a backup.

Since T-Mobile bought Sprint recently, it would make sense if Twigby customers were eventually moved over to T-Mobile’s network, but there hasn’t been any announcement about that yet.

How can I pay my AT&T bill?

There are several ways to pay your AT&T bill: online, in person, by mail, using auto pay, or over the phone. You can learn more about all of these bill-pay options on AT&T’s website.

How do I call AT&T customer service?

Call to +1 (800) 288-2020 to reach an AT&T customer service representative.