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

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If you’re shopping for an unlimited data plan with one of the major wireless providers, how do you choose between T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon?

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

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

The monthly plans in this article offer unlimited talk, text and data, but the major 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 major carriers, 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.

Table of Contents: 

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.

Plan T-Mobile Essentials
Price
  • $60/month with auto pay
  • $120/month for 4 lines with auto pay ($100 starting July 24)
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • Unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, which may be slowed during times of congestion
  • Stream video at DVD-quality, 480p
  • Unlimited 3G mobile hotspot data
  • Talk, text and 2G data in Mexico and Canada
Perks
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays

Plan T-Mobile Magenta
Price
  • $70/month with auto pay
  • $140/month for 4 lines with auto pay
  • Taxes and fees included
Features
  • 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
  • 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.
Perks
  • Netflix Basic or Quibi included if you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile Magenta lines
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays

Plan T-Mobile Magenta Plus
Price
  • Add-on to T-Mobile Magenta plan
  • $85/month with auto pay
  • $170/month for 4 lines with auto pay
Features
  • 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
  • Netflix Standard or Quibi included if you maintain 2+ qualifying T-Mobile Magenta Plus lines
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays

AT&T Unlimited Plans 

AT&T Unlimited

AT&T changed up its unlimited plans again! AT&T Unlimited Elite is the only plan to include free HBO Max, and the AT&T WatchTV streaming service is no longer offered for new unlimited wireless customers.

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Plan AT&T Unlimited Starter
Price
  • $65/month with auto pay
  • $140/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

Plan AT&T Unlimited Extra
Price
  • $75/month with auto pay
  • $160/month for 4 lines with auto pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • 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

Plan AT&T Unlimited Elite
Price
  • $85/month with auto pay
  • $200/month for 4 lines with auto pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • Unlimited talk, text & data in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (After 100GB, data may be slowed when network is busy)
  • High-definition streaming
  • Suspected spam and fraud alerts
  • Unlimited texting from U.S. to 120+ countries
  • 30GB mobile hotspot per line
Perks
  • HBO Max included at no extra charge

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.

Plan Start Unlimited
Price
  • $70/month with auto pay
  • $140/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
Perks
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music free for 6 months

Plan Play More Unlimited
Price
  • $80/month with auto pay
  • $180/month for 4 lines with auto pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • 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
Perks
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music included

Plan Do More Unlimited
Price
  • $80/month with auto pay
  • $180/month for 4 lines with auto pay
  • Taxes and fees extra
Features
  • 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
Perks
  • Free year of Disney+ streaming service
  • Apple Music free for 6 months
  • 500GB of Verizon Cloud

Plan Get More Unlimited
Price
  • $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 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 included
  • 500GB of Verizon Cloud

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 or Verizon. That’s why we created this guide.

Here are some things to consider if you want to save money with the major carriers:

  • 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 from a credit card?

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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