With so many options now available for unlimited data, we thought we’d do an in-depth video comparing the plans offered by the four companies to figure out the best value based on price and coverage.
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Unsurprisingly, Sprint offers the lowest prices, but many people choose not to use Sprint because its LTE coverage is poorer than other carriers. Eliminating Sprint, T-Mobile offers the next best deal, while Verizon comes in third, and AT&T comes in at a distant fourth.
For a single individual, Sprint charges $50 for new customers (for a limited time — it goes up to $60 next year). T-Mobile charges $70, Verizon charges $80, and AT&T charges $100, making it the most expensive unlimited plan of the four carriers for an individual user.
Prices even out a bit more with an increasing number of lines. At four lines, Sprint is charging $90 (new customers only — and it’s $160 next year), T-Mobile charges $160, and Verizon and AT&T both charge $180. Not all plans are equal though, especially in AT&T’s case.
While Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all offer high-definition video streaming by default, AT&T limits video streaming to 480p unless customers specifically opt out. Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile all also offer 10GB of tethering data per line for connecting your Mac or iPad to your phone, but AT&T offers no mobile hotspot functionality with its unlimited plan.
T-Mobile offers the same video streaming and hotspot option that Verizon and Sprint do, but its prices are better than Verizon and aren’t much more than Sprint, while offering a better network. T-Mobile is also the only network that offers fee-free data plans, so the price listed — $70 — is what you pay. T-Mobile doesn’t charge activation fees, but other carriers do, which is something to take into account.
All networks will “deprioritize” (aka slow down) data after a certain amount of data is used per month. T-Mobile’s limit is 28GB, while AT&T’s is 22GB, Verizon’s is 22GB, and Sprint’s is 23GB. When these caps are hit, data speeds are slowed down.
On paper, T-Mobile seems to offer the best value for the price, but it’s always worth taking a look at coverage maps and getting the opinion of other cellular users in your area before choosing a provider. There are also other benefits to look into, such as coverage abroad — another area where T-Mobile leads the pack.
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Original article title: Data Plan Comparison: Unlimited Options From T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
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