Unlimited plans comparison: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint

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Unlimited plans comparison: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint
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After completing a merger with Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), AT&T has launched two new unlimited wireless plans that include its new live TV streaming service called WatchTV.

Other wireless providers include Netflix and Hulu with some plans, but WatchTV provides 30+ live TV channels like A&E, HGTV, CNN, TBS and more.

The new skinny streaming bundle comes at no extra cost for AT&T wireless customers who sign up for one of the new unlimited plans. You can subscribe to WatchTV as a standalone service for $15 a month at www.attwatchtv.com.

AT&T’s new unlimited wireless plans that include WatchTV went live on June 28, but are either of them a good deal?

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Unlimited plans comparison: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint

Comparing unlimited data plans isn’t easy because they’re not truly unlimited. The Big 4 wireless carriers only give you high-speed data up to a limit, then your data speeds are reduced until the next billing cycle.

The more expensive unlimited plans generally offer more high-speed data, better video quality, mobile hotspot and international features.

Team Clark has pulled together the details on AT&T’s new plans, plus unlimited plans from Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Take a look at the highlights below to compare the providers:

AT&T 

AT&T store

AT&T Unlimited &More

  • Price: 1 line = $70/month, 2 lines = $125/month, 3 lines = $145/month, 4 lines = $160/month; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • Get 30+ channels of live TV with WatchTV (See the channel lineup)
  • $15 monthly credit toward DirecTV Now
  • 480p DVD-quality streaming
  • Unlimited texts to 120 countries
  • Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada, and free roaming

AT&T Unlimited &More Premium

  • Price: 1 line = $80/month, 2 lines = $150/month, 3 lines = $170/month, 4 lines = $190/month; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed after 22GB/line during times of congestion
  • Get 30+ channels of live TV with WatchTV (See the channel lineup)
  • Option to add one of several premium services: HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora Premium and more
  • $15 monthly credit toward DIRECTV, DirecTV Now or U-verse TV
  • 15GB of high-speed mobile hotspot
  • 1080p HD-quality streaming
  • Unlimited texts to 120 countries
  • Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada, and free roaming

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Verizon

Verizon Wireless logo

Go Unlimited

  • Price: 1 line = $75/month, 2 lines = $130/month, 3 lines = $150/month, 4 lines = $160/month; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • DVD-quality streaming (480p)
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot restricted to speeds up to 600 Kbps
  • Mexico and Canada talk, text and data included

Beyond Unlimited

  • Price: 1 line = $85/month, 2 lines = $160/month, 3 lines = $180/month, 4 lines = $200/month; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed after 22GB/line during times of congestion
  • HD-quality streaming (720p)
  • 15GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited at speeds up to 600 Kbps
  • Mexico and Canada talk, text and data included

Above Unlimited 

  • Price: 1 line = $95/month, 2 lines = $180/month, 3 lines = $210/month, 4 lines = $240/month; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed after 75GB/line during times of congestion
  • HD-quality streaming (720p)
  • 20GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited at speeds up to 600 Kbps
  • Mexico and Canada talk, text and data included
  • 5 “TravelPasses” per month to use talk, text and data in more than 130 countries
  • 500GB of Verizon Cloud

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T-Mobile 

T-Mobile store

T-Mobile ONE

  • Price: 1 line = $70/month, 2 lines = $120/month, 3 lines = $140/month, 4 lines = $160/month; prices are with AutoPay discount and include taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and data; 50GB of high-speed data per line until speeds may be reduced
  • Netflix Standard 2-screen (up to $10.99/month value) included if you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile ONE lines
  • Stream video at DVD-quality, 480p
  • Data and text included when traveling to 140+ worldwide destinations
  • Unlimited talk, text and up to 5GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • In-flight texting and 1 hour of data on Gogo-enabled flights to, from, or within the U.S.
  • Mobile hotspot data included at max 3G speeds

T-Mobile ONE Plus: Additional $10/month per line 

  • Unlimited HD streaming
  • 10GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited 3G data
  • 2x the data speed abroad in 140+ countries and destinations
  • Unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled flights
  • Voicemail to Text and Name ID

T-Mobile ONE Plus International: Additional $25/month per line 

  • Unlimited international calls to landlines in 70+ countries and mobile numbers in 30+ countries
  • Unlimited 4G LTE in Mexico and Canada
  • Unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot data
  • Unlimited HD streaming
  • 2x the data speed abroad
  • Unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled flights
  • Voicemail to Text and Name ID

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Sprint (New plans as of July 13) 

Sprint store

Unlimited Basic 

  • Price: 1 line = $60, 2 lines = $100, 3 lines = $120, 4 lines = $140, 5 lines = $160; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and data; 50GB of high-speed data per line, 2G speeds for additional data
  • Mobile hotspot: 500MB LTE, followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • DVD-quality SD Streaming (480p)
  • Unlimited talk, text and 5GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming in over 185 worldwide destinations

Unlimited Plus

  • Price: 1 line = $70, 2 lines = $120, 3 lines = $150, 4 lines = $180, 5 lines = $210; prices are with AutoPay discount and exclude taxes and fees
  • Unlimited talk, text and data; 50GB of high-speed data per line, 2G speeds for additional data
  • Mobile hotspot: 15GB LTE, followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • Includes Tidal Premium music streaming
  • Unlimited video in high-definition: Streaming video (up to 1080p), streaming gaming (up to 8mbps) and streaming music (up to 1.5mbps)
  • Unlimited talk, text and 10GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming in over 185 worldwide destinations

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Compare cell phone plans and deals!

Although the Big 4 wireless providers are adding additional perks to their unlimited plans, it pays to shop around for a better deal. There are multiple plans from smaller carriers that may help you cut your cell phone bill in half!

Read more in Clark’s guide to the best cell phone plans and deals in 2018!

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