We compare the unlimited plans of Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint

At the same time that our phones become faster, they have better screens and more processing power, it is natural that they consume more mobile data. So, an unlimited data plan can be a great option for our devices that consume too many bytes. However, keeping track of all unlimited plans, prices and their constantly changing features can always be frustrating. Therefore, we have done it here.

The "unlimited data" war between the major operators in the United States has been intensifying. Each one tries to outdo others in terms of price and the amount of data they really offer. This is because unlimited data is like a cup of bottomless coffee in a restaurant: at some point they will take it away.

For most people, these big data plans should be more than enough. But to help you understand what you really get, we compare the unlimited AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon plans, and all the small print that comes with them.

It should be noted that last Friday, July 26, the US Department of Justice approved the acquisition of Sprint by T-Mobile, so in the near future there will be a change in the number of operators. However, for the moment, Sprint and T Mobile They will continue to offer their plans separately.

Later, on August 2, Verizon announced that it will eliminate its current Go, Above and Beyond Unlimited plans, which were replaced by four new plans: Start Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited, available starting on Monday, August 5.

Editor's Note:This article was originally published on February 13, 2017. Since then, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have announced multiple changes to their unlimited data plans. The information below reflects the prices and features of unlimited plans dated August 8, 2019.


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Limit and data throttling

At the moment, the four large telephone operators offer unlimited plans with unlimited data, calls and texts. However, they come with a trick when you reach a certain data limit, their transmission speed is reduced or your data demand is sent at the end of the row. These are the data limits of each operator:

  • AT&T: 22GB
  • Verizon: 25GB or 75GB
  • Sprint: 50GB
  • T-Mobile: 50GB

Single line cost

Obviously, one of the reasons why unlimited plans exist is to be able to offer a lot of data at a reasonable price, reasonable enough to be more attractive than overuse fees. This is what a single line with unlimited data costs on each telephone:

A couple of notes on these plans:

  • AT&T, Sprint and Verizon plans do not include taxes, additional fees or extra charges. These vary greatly depending on where you live. But each company has a site to help you estimate how much those charges will be: AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.
  • All plans include a discount for automatic payment: $ 5 / month for Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and $ 10 / month for AT&T.
  • Verizon's T-Mobile One and Start Unlimited Essentials plans limit people to using standard definition video and only to 3G connection points.
  • AT&T Unlimited & More limits people to use standard definition video with transmission speeds limited to 1.5 Mbps and does not include the access point service.

Comparison of unlimited data plans for single line with autopayment discount

Unlimited data plan

Sprint Unlimited Basic

T-Mobile Essentials

T-Mobile Magenta Plus

AT&T Unlimited & More

AT&T Unlimited & More Premium

Verizon Start Unlimited

Verizon Play More Unlimited

Verizon Do More Unlimited

Verizon Get More Unlimited

Data throttling when you occupy more than:

'Streaming' video

Monthly cost for unlimited data

Cost of the plan for a single line for two years

50MB / monthly

SD

$ 60

$ 1,440

50GB / monthly

SD

$ 60

$ 1,440

50GB / monthly

HD

$ 85

$ 2,040

22GB / monthly

SD

$ 70

$ 1,680

22GB / monthly

HD

$ 80

$ 1,920

Not specified

SD

$ 70

$ 1,680

25 GB / monthly

HD

$ 80

$ 1,920

50 GB / monthly

SD

$ 80

$ 1,920

75GB / monthly

HD

$ 90

$ 2,160

* AT&T may apply a monthly device access fee of US $ 30 for your smart phone.

** T-Mobile includes taxes and charges in your rate.

Cost of additional lines

If you need to add more lines with unlimited data, each of the four big companies has a price range:

  • AT&T Unlimited & More: US $ 70 per month for the first line, US $ 125 for two and US $ 160 for four
  • AT&T Unlimited & More Premium: US $ 80 per month for the first line, US $ 150 for two and US $ 190 for four
  • Sprint Unlimited Basic: US $ 60 per month for the first line, US $ 100 for two lines and US $ 100 for four lines (Sprint gives lines three, four and five)
  • Sprint Unlimited Plus: US $ 70 per month for the first line, US $ 120 for two lines and US $ 130 for four lines
  • Sprint Unlimited Premium: US $ 80 per month for the first line, US $ 140 for two lines and US $ 160 for four lines
  • T-Mobile Essentials: US $ 60 per month for one line, US $ 190 for two and US $ 120 for four
  • T-Mobile Magenta: US $ 70 per month for the first line, US $ 120 for two and US $ 160 for four
  • T-Mobile Magenta Plus: US $ 85 per month for the first line, US $ 140 for two and US $ 170 for four
  • Verizon Start Unlimited: US $ 70 per month for the first line, US $ 120 for two and US $ 140 for four
  • Verizon Play More Unlimited: US $ 80 per month for the first line, US $ 140 for two and US $ 180 for four
  • Verizon Do More Unlimited: US $ 80 per month for the first line, US $ 140 for two and US $ 180 for four
  • Verizon Get More Unlimited: US $ 90 per month for the first line, US $ 160 for two and US $ 220 for four
  • All unlimited multi-line plans have a self-paid discount applied: US $ 5 per month for Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon and US $ 20 per month for AT&T.

Comparison of monthly multiple line costs with autopayment discount

Unlimited data plan

Sprint Unlimited Basic

AT&T Unlimited & More

AT&T Unlimited & More Premium

T-Mobile Essentials

T-Mobile Magenta Plus

Verizon Start Unlimited

Verizon Play More Unlimited

Verizon Do More Unlimited

Verizon Get More Unlimited

First line cost

Second line cost

Third line cost

Fourth line cost

Total monthly cost for four lines

$ 60

$ 40

$ 0

$ 0

$ 100

$ 70

$ 55

$ 20

$ 10

$ 160

$ 80

$ 70

$ 20

$ 20

$ 190

$ 60

$ 30

$ 15

$ 15

$ 120

$ 85

$ 55

$ 0

$ 30

$ 170

$ 70

$ 50

$ 15

$ 5

$ 140

$ 80

$ 60

$ 25

$ 15

$ 200

$ 80

$ 60

$ 25

$ 15

$ 200

$ 90

$ 70

$ 35

$ 35

$ 220

* AT&T may apply a monthly access fee to the device of US $ 30 for each phone connected to your plan.

** T-Mobile includes taxes and charges in its prices.

Each operator has different rules about high definition video transmission.

Josh Miller / CNET

Unlimited prepaid

Both Verizon and T-Mobile offer prepaid plans with unlimited data. The Verizon "unlimited prepaid" plan costs $ 70 per month. The "unlimited prepaid" plan does not offer anchoring and compatibility with mobile access point, and only gives you video transmission in standard definition.

The T-Mobile prepaid plan, aptly called One Prepaid, costs US $ 70 per month. T-Mobile One Prepaid does not include support for LTE access point data and limits video transmission to standard definition. However, it does support you for access point data at 3G speeds and you can buy a daily pass to have high definition video at US $ 3 plus taxes.

High definition video vs. standard video

Sprint includes 1080p high definition video streaming in its Unlimited Plus plan. However, Verizon only includes 720p HD video in its Play More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited plans. T-Mobile Essentials and AT&T Unlimited & More limit video transmission to 480p in standard definition (something like DVD quality).

Verizon's Go Unlimited and Prepaid Unlimited plans, Sprint's Unlimited Basic plan and T-Mobile One unlimited prepaid plan also limit video transmission to the standard definition of 480p.

If you pay a little more money, you can raise your plans to include high definition video transmission to 1080p.

Data for mobile hotspot

If you use your phone as a mobile connection point, keep in mind that all operators offer the service, but not all plans include it. You should also keep in mind that each operator has its own limits on how much data can be used for that purpose. Some plans like Verizon's "StartUnlimited" offer you the data transmission service as an unlimited mobile connection point at 3G speeds.

  • Verizon Start Unlimited: Access to hotspot at 3G data rates (600kbps)
  • Verizon Play More Unlimited: 15GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • Verizon Do More Unlimited: 15GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • Verizon Get More Unlimited: 30GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • AT&T Unlimited & More: No mobile hotspot data
  • AT&T Unlimited & More Premium: 15GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • T-Mobile Essentials:hotspotonly at 3G data rates (600kbps)
  • T-Mobile Magenta: 3GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • T-Mobile Magenta Plus: 20GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • T-Mobile One:hotspotonly at 3G data rates (600kbps)
  • Sprint Unlimited Basic: 500MB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • Sprint Unlimited Plus: 50GB per month of mobile access point LTE data
  • Sprint Unlimited Premium: 100GB per month of mobile access point LTE data

The last word

It is truly wonderful to have unlimited data plan options from the four major telephone operators in the United States. The comparison of costs and functions counts, however, it is only part of the story. Other factors must also be taken into account: the cost of the phone, extended warranties, taxes, activation fees and extra charges for these, the last three are already included in the price of T-Mobile. It is also worth considering network coverage and the quality of coverage.

Should you switch to the new T-Mobile?: With the recently approved merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, the result is more than a strong alternative when choosing a wireless service provider in the United States.


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