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AT&T Avail Prepaid Android GoPhone (AT&T)

by AT&T
3.2 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
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  • Affordable Android-powered smartphone with 3.5-inch touchscreen and Wi-Fi networking
  • Pay for just the minutes you use with no annual contract--easy refill via Internet or prepaid cards
  • 5-MP camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion; HTML web browser with Flash 10.1
  • Up to 5 hours of talk time, up to 225 hours (9.4 days) of standby time; released in October, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, wall charger, charger, 2 GB microSD card, quick start guide, SIM card
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 4.75 inches, 2.46 inches, 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 4.48 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Phone Book Capacity: 100 Entries
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 542 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 648 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description


Enjoy the power of the Android platform while enjoying the freedom of AT&T's GoPhone pre-paid service with the AT&T Avail from ZTE. The 3G-enabled Avail lets you fire off text messages and e-mails on the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Snap photos and record videos with the 5-megapixel camera and camcorder and upload them to Facebook or YouTube. And keep yourself organized by customizing up to seven home screens with the apps and widgets you use most.

AT&T Avail

Running the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, you'll be able to download apps, games, books, and movies from Android Market when you have a little free time, and do it all while listening to your favorite songs on the Avail's built-in music player.

Other features include Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, included 2 GB microSD card (with expansion to 32 GB via optional cards), access to personal and corporate e-mail, GPS for navigation using Google Maps or optional AT&T Navigator, and up to 5 hours of talk time.

AT&T Avail

Pay As You Go with GoPhone

With AT&T's GoPhone pay-as-you-go service, you get all the benefits of wireless without the surprises--no long-term contracts, credit checks, or deposits. You can easily refill your minutes via prepaid cards or the Internet, or choose to prepay each month and roll over unused minutes.

You can choose from a variety of plans that suit your individual needs--including monthly and daily plans with unlimited talk and text messaging as well as a simple per-minute plan. And with Rollover Balance, you can carry over your unused account balance when you refill before your balance expires, up to the account maximum (learn more below).

Vital Statistics

The AT&T Avail weighs 4.48 ounces and measures 4.57 x 2.46 x 0.5 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of talk time, and up to 225 hours (9.4 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's dual-band 3G network (850/1900 MHz; HSDPA/UMTS) plus 2100 MHz international 3G networks.

What's in the Box

AT&T Avail handset, rechargeable battery, wall charger, charger, 2 GB microSD card, quick start guide, SIM card

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The AT&T Avail runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The AT&T Avail also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination

AT&T GoPhone Service

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AT&T's pay-as-you-go GoPhone plans are wireless plans made easy, simply pay in advance for what you need. No long-term contracts, credit checks, or surprise bills--just all the benefits of wireless, with no complications. In addition, AT&T's Rollover Balance feature lets you carry over your unused account balance when you purchase refill minutes before your balance expires.

Other great GoPhone features include no long distance or roaming fees across AT&T's national service area, the ability to track usage via text messages with an updated balance after each call, and the ability to refill your minutes 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. You can also choose to add international long distance for calling to over 50 countries (including Mexico landlines and Canada) for just $10 for 250 minutes. And you can cancel any time without penalty.

GoPhone Plan Options
  • $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited talk, text (both U.S. and internationally), and access to Internet data and web browsing (smartphone users must purchase a separate data package).
  • $25 Monthly Plan includes 250 minutes of talk time, unlimited text messages, and international texting at 25¢ per message. Data and mobile web browsing is charged per use, or you can buy a package.
  • $2 Unlimited Daily Talk & Text is a good plan for those who do not use their phone every day, and data packages can be added. It's charged ONLY on days when the phone is used to make or receive a voice call (including a call to voice mailbox), use IM, or send a text or picture/video/sound message. Data is charged per use, or via a package.
  • Per Minute enables you to make phone calls at just 10¢ a minute--perfect for those looking to use their phone very infrequently or for emergencies. You can also send texts at 20¢ per message (25¢ per international message), or choose a monthly package. Data is charged per use, or via a package.

Smartphone users can use any of these GoPhone plans, however, a smartphone require a data/web package to use data/web services. Pay-per-use data/web is not available on smartphone devices. Data packages for all GoPhone plan options (for mobile web access for e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and more) include the following:

  • 500 MB for $25
  • 100 MB for $15
  • 10 MB for $5

Data packages are good for 30 days, as long as your account balance is not expired. Standard rates apply if feature package is not renewed after 30 days.

Learn more about AT&T GoPhone plans from this handy chart, plus check out AT&T's nationwide coverage map.

How to Refill Your Account

For your convenience 24/7, you can add money to your account in a variety of ways and in a variety of amounts.

  • With Rollover Balance, if you refill your account before your balance expires, you keep your unused balance.
  • Purchase a refill card at any AT&T store and over 200,000 other retail locations in the U.S. Most refill cards will let you dial *888* to refill using the PIN number on the card.
  • Use a credit/debit card and visit att.com/mygophone to refill online. You can also set up Auto Refill and Text to Refill, which enables you to refill directly from your phone.

To check on your current balance, dial*777# and press SEND to receive a text massage indicating your account balance and expiration date.

AT&T GoPhone refill cards are available in these amounts:

  • $15 (30-day expiration)
  • $25 (90-day expiration)
  • $50 (90-day expiration)
  • $60 (90-day expiration)
  • $100 (1-year expiration)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.8 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches
Item Weight 4.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number Avail
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3.2 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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I purchased 2 of these phones for my college aged children. At college and home the students have full WiFi coverage so they don't need a data plan ($0). Using Google voice and WiFi they have full smartphone functionality with no monthly bill, and the kids love the phone. Almost all Android software will run except some of the really high power games that require a dual processor. Purchase a $100 go phone card and you basically get a smart phone for about $20 a month. (including the purchase price and the 1 year service plan) The battery seems to last for days even though the kids are using the phone ALL THE TIME. Only time will tell if the phone will hold up, but at this price the phone only has to last 3 months before we break even versus a traditional plan. I might buy a 3rd for me.
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My wife wanted to try a smartphone, but wasn't sure if she would like it so she didn't want me to upgrade her account and extend her contract to test it. Being an iPhone guy from day one, I set out to find a used iPhone and realized that they hold their value pretty well. Out of my try-it-to-see-if-you-like-it budget.

Then I found this Android phone and decided for the money it wouldn't be a complete bust if she hated it. Ordered it and it was on its way.

As I mentioned, I'm an iPhone guy. I've had friends try to convince me Android was a good platform, but I've always pooh-poohed that. I tried out some of the early Android phones (way back in the Cupcake days) and was NOT impressed. I remained confident that my iPhone was the ONLY way to go.

After putting the battery in and powering up the Avail, I was able to quickly connect to my WiFi network to complete setup (I hadn't put my wife's SIM in yet). After setting her Google account up and answering a few questions about my location & time zone, I was into the phone.

And you know what? I was fairly impressed with what Android has evolved into. Navigation worked well, the screen animations were reasonably smooth. I was able to figure out how to add & remove icons from the various pages. Android has become an OS that an iPhone user can pickup (probably vice versa too) and with only a few differences feel completely at home.

The phone itself is very nice for the money. The size is about the same as the iPhone in width & length, but the screen is a touch smaller and the overall thickness is a little more. But the Avail feels really nice in the hand.
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By TW on February 22, 2012
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I bought this phone as a personal phone. I have a work cellphone through AT&T, but it's very basic. I wouldn't say I use my personal phone for much more than texts and the occasional call. I originally went with Straight Talk since I didn't want to pay a lot for monthly service. While with them for a year, I had 4 different phones. Only one was a touchscreen and it had made me wonder if touchscreen phones are just not made for me. This past December, I decided it was time to get a new phone. I tried one of Straight Talk's Androids, but even though Sprint is listed as having excellent coverage at my home address, I could not get any reception inside and only 1 bar outside. A Sprint rep told me to try their prepaid services instead of Straight Talk's. I tried an HTC on Virgin Mobile and had no reception. I returned it and tried a Motorola on Boost Mobile, no reception. I should add that the area I live in has very good - excellent coverage on all the major networks, including full coverage on Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks. So I'm not out in the sticks trying to get coverage here, but was having no success. I ended up buying a Verizon phone through Straight Talk. It was okay, but I was back to paying 50 dollars a month for an unlimited plan that I maybe used 100 minutes of talk on.

I have never had problems with reception through AT&T, but I found the Go Phone's plans to be a little confusing, but when I saw this phone, I decided to keep the Verizon Straight Talk and give this phone a try. I've never used an iPhone or any of the high end touchscreen phones, but I couldn't imagine them being any better than this phone's touchscreen. Maybe they are, but it's highly unlikely I will ever try one of those out.
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Pros: 3.5 inch screen is nice (compared to the Thrive's 3.2 inch)
5 mega pixel camera takes good pictures.
Screen is bright and responsive/ does not look or feel cheap
Compatible with most apps
Gingerbread 2.3.4 runs flawlessly
Call quality is good, speaker is

Cons: Does Not support Adobe Flash.
CPU run at 600MHz (This has not been disclosed anywhere I looked online.)
Case feels a little cheap
No flash for the camera
Lags when loading big apps
Battery life is about 5 hours with heavy use (apps and text/talk)

Summary: I had been using the LG Prime since June of 2010 and wanted to upgrade without a contract. I considered an Lg Thrive but didn't like the price point or weight of the phone. Saw this in the AT&T store. I liked the feel of it and the size of the screen. I have had it for about three weeks now and have no complaints. I think this is a good prepaid android phone and a steal at $149.
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