Unlimited Plans Comparison: T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint

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Unlimited Plans Comparison: T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint
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If you’re shopping for an unlimited data plan with one of the Big 4 wireless providers, how do you choose between T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint?

With plans changing from one week to the next, money expert Clark Howard suggests that you start by making a list of the things that matter most to you and your family. For example:

  • Monthly price
  • High-speed data
  • HD-quality video
  • Streaming TV
  • Mobile hotspot
  • International features

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Unlimited Plans Comparison: T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint

The monthly plans in this article offer unlimited talk, text and data, but the Big 4 wireless carriers may place limits on your high-speed data. If you use too much or the network is busy, your data speeds could be slowed down.

“It’s really confusing when you try to pick a cell phone plan because unlimited doesn’t mean unlimited,” Clark says. “Everybody has restrictions or gotchas, depending on what you pay per month.”

Before we get to the list of unlimited plans, we should point out that cheaper options do exist with discount cell phone carriers. If you’re willing to leave the Big 4, read our separate guide with the best cell phone plans and deals!

And if you see a plan that you like below, check the provider’s website for limited-time deals on service plans and devices.

Quick Links: Unlimited Data Plans

T-Mobile Unlimited Plans 

T-Mobile Unlimited

T-Mobile Magenta is the newest unlimited plan, replacing T-Mobile One. Magenta adds 3GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot, but only Netflix’s cheapest plan is included for 2+ lines.

Taxes and fees are included with T-Mobile’s Magenta and Magenta Plus plans, but they’ll cost extra with Essentials.

T-Mobile Unlimited Data Plans

Plan  T-Mobile Essentials T-Mobile Magenta T-Mobile Magenta Plus
Price
  • $60/month with auto-pay
  • $120/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $70/month with auto-pay
  • $160/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees included
  • Add-on to T-Mobile Magenta plan
  • $85/month with auto-pay
  • $200/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
Features 
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • Stream video at DVD-quality, 480p
  • Unlimited 3G mobile hotspot data
  • Unlimited talk, text and 2G data in Mexico and Canada
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed after 50GB/line during times of congestion
  • Stream video at DVD-quality, 480p
  • 3GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited 3G data
  • Data and text included when traveling to 210+ 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.
  • Unlimited HD streaming
  • 20GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited 3G data
  • 2x the data speed abroad in 210+ countries and destinations
  • Unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled flights
  • Voicemail to Text and Name ID
Perks 
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays
  • Netflix Basic included if you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile Magenta lines
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays
  • Netflix Standard included if you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile Magenta Plus lines
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays

AT&T Unlimited Plans 

AT&T Unlimited

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AT&T is changing up its unlimited plans again! AT&T Unlimited Starter and AT&T Unlimited Extra are the new additions as of November 2019, with the AT&T Unlimited Elite plan “coming soon.”

When the Elite plan launches, it will include HBO. AT&T WatchTV is no longer offered on these plans.

AT&T Unlimited Data Plans 

Plan AT&T Unlimited Starter AT&T Unlimited Extra AT&T Unlimited &More Premium
Price
  • $65/month with auto-pay
  • $140/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $75/month with auto-pay
  • $160/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $80/month with auto-pay
  • $190/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • Unlimited talk, text & data in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (Data may be slowed when network is busy)
  • Standard-definition streaming
  • Suspected spam and fraud alerts
  • Unlimited texting from U.S. to 120+ countries
  • Unlimited talk, text & data in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (After 50GB, data may be slowed when network is busy)
  • Standard-definition streaming
  • Suspected spam and fraud alerts
  • Unlimited texting from U.S. to 120+ countries
  • 15GB mobile hotspot per line
  • Unlimited talk, text & data in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada
    (After 22GB, data may be slowed when network is busy)
  • High-definition streaming
  • Suspected spam and fraud alerts
  • Unlimited texting from U.S. to 120+ countries
  • 15GB mobile hotspot per line
Perks
  • Option to add one of several premium services: HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, STARZ, VRV, Pandora Premium or Spotify Premium

Verizon Unlimited Plans

Verizon Unlimited

After overhauling its unlimited plans in August 2019, Verizon now has four of them available. Monthly prices are slightly lower than before, starting at between $70 and $90 for a single line before taxes and fees.

All but the cheapest plan include free access to Verizon’s 5G network, a $10/month value. 5G is not yet widely available.

Verizon Unlimited Data Plans 

Plan Start Unlimited Play More Unlimited Do More Unlimited Get More Unlimited
Price
  • $70/month with auto-pay
  • $140/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $80/month with auto-pay
  • $180/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $80/month with auto-pay
  • $180/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $90/month with auto-pay
  • $220/month for 4 lines with auto-pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • DVD-quality streaming (480p)
  • Mexico and Canada talk, text and data included
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed after 25GB/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
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed after 50GB/line during times of congestion
  • DVD-quality streaming (480p)
  • 15GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited at speeds up to 600 Kbps
  • Mexico and Canada talk, text and data included
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, which may be slowed after 75GB/line during times of congestion
  • HD-quality streaming (720p)
  • 30GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, followed by unlimited at speeds up to 600 Kbps
  • Mexico and Canada talk, text and data included
Perks
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music free for 6 months
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music included
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music free for 6 months
  • 500GB of Verizon Cloud
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music included
  • 500GB of Verizon Cloud

Sprint Unlimited Plans

Sprint Unlimited

Sprint frequently offers limited-time deals on its unlimited plans. The Unlimited Basic plan starts at $60/month for a single line, but sometimes you can get five lines for as low as $100/month.

In addition to the plans below, Sprint offers a no-frills unlimited plan called Unlimited Kickstart for $35/month.

Sprint Unlimited Data Plans

Plan  Unlimited Basic Unlimited Plus Unlimited Premium
Price 
  • $60/month with auto-pay
  • Discounts for additional lines; sometimes $100/month for 5 lines
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $70/month with auto-pay
  • Discounts for additional lines
  • Taxes and fees extra
  • $80/month with auto-pay
  • Discounts for additional lines
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • 500 MB LTE mobile hotspot
  • DVD-quality SD streaming (480p)
  • Unlimited talk, text and 5GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming for text and data in over 200 countries
 
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed after 50GB/line during times of congestion
  • Mobile hotspot: 50GB LTE, followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds
  • HD video streaming (1080p)
  • Unlimited talk, text and 10GB of 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming for text and data in over 200 countries
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed after 50GB/line during times of congestion
  • Mobile hotspot: 100GB LTE, followed by unlimited data at 3G speeds
  • Full HD video streaming
  • Unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada
  • Global roaming for text and data in over 200 countries
Perks
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • Includes Tidal Premium music streaming
  • Amazon Prime included
  • Lookout Premium Plus
  • One Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint account
  • Includes Tidal Premium music streaming

Final Thought 

Switching to a discount carrier is probably the best way to lower your cell phone bill, but we know that many people want to stay with T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. That’s why we created this guide.

Here are some things to consider if you want to save money with the Big 4:

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  • Have you thought about a family plan?
  • Are you searching for phone deals?
  • Do you take advantage of auto-pay discounts?
  • Military, employer, senior discounts?
  • Can you get free cell phone insurance?

Even if you apply just one or two of these money-saving strategies, you can save $20 a month or more on your cell phone needs. That adds up to $240 after one year and $2,400 after 10 years!

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