Yesterday Verizon introduced its new unlimited plan which allows customers to get unlimited data, text and calls for just $80 per month. However, no matter how tempting the new deal may look like, it’s better to check and compare other limitless options the mobile market is full of. To make your purchase decision a bit easier we’ve prepared a special comparison of unlimited plans offered by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T – all of them offer unlimited data plans. Wondering which one is the best and how do they differ? Here’s everything you should know about each of them.
Verizon’s step ignited a small revolution in the wireless network business. Just few hours after the Big Red officially shared their new unlimited offer, T- Mobile introduced some quite significant changes to their own T-Mobile One Unlimited plan. Following Verizon the Un-carrier enriched their unlimited plan by adding some more hotspot data and HD video streaming quality.
Verizon vs. T-Mobile
Verizon’s Unlimited plan costs $80 if you sign up for a single line, or $180 if you opt for a family plan of four lines. For that money you will get 10GB of hotspot data and 720p video streaming quality. Comparatively, T-Mobile’s new One Unlimited plan is a bit cheaper, as the carrier charges $70 per single line, giving special discounts on extra lines. Adding second line costs $50, whereas each line after that may be added for just $20 per line, and this brings us to the total of $160 if you enroll for a family plan of four lines.
When it comes to video streaming quality, T-Mobile also offers 720p streaming and 10GB of hotspot data. It’s also worth mentioning that except for being relatively cheaper, the presented above T-Mobile’s unlimited plan pricing includes taxes and surcharges, which makes the carrier’s offer easier to understand. As for Verizon we only know that the $80 monthly payment includes $20 monthly access fee.
In addition, shortly after Verizon introduced its unlimited plan, T-Mobile announced that they would sell two lines of unlimited data for $100. This translates to $20 savings. Although it’s a limited-time offer without an officially confirmed expiry date, the deal is available to both, new and existing customers.
Moving on, T-Mobile throttles your speeds after you reach the 26GB monthly limit, meanwhile Verizon cuts on the speeds after you use 22GB. Just as Verizon, T-Mobile also started to offer 720p video streaming and 10GB of hotspot data to all unlimited data users depriving Verizon’s deal of its strongest advantage. Before the changes, the Un-carrier delivered 480p video streaming unless you paid extra $15 per month for T-Mobile One Plus.
Verizon vs. Sprint
Originally sold for $60 per month for a single line or for $100 for two lines, the Sprint’s current unlimited plan became even cheaper. Within a special promo, you can sign up for one line with unlimited data for $50 per month for the next 12 months. If you need more lines, you should know that Sprint resigned from its $30 per line charges if you enroll for more than two lines. This amounts to the total of $90 in the case of a family plan of four lines. The offers lasts until March 31st, 2018.
Despite being noticeably cheaper, the Sprint’s unlimited plan has several cavities you should be aware of. Although the carrier gives you unlimited talk and text and no cap on browsing, the offer allows for 480p video streaming and includes capped speeds for gaming (2Mbps) and music (500kbps). If you want to get rid of the limits, simply pay $20 more and eliminate the speed restrictions. The extra fee makes the offer closer to the one offered by Verizon, at least in terms of pricing. As for data limits, subscribers of the Sprint’s unlimited plan will suffer speeds throttling after reaching the limit of 23GB per month.
Verizon vs. AT&T
When comparing Verizon’s and AT&T’s unlimited plan there’s no doubt that this sold by Big Red is better by all means. AT&T reserves unlimited data only to subscribers of DirecTV streaming and U-verse television services. Other than that, AT&T plan costs $100 for a single line and $40 per each additional line. Just like Verizon, AT&T gives roaming to Canada and Mexico and throttles speeds after you use 22GB of data. However, it should be noted that when on AT&T plan you cannot use your smartphone as a hotspot unless it’s synced with a smart car.
Summing up, even though Verizon’s new unlimited plan seems to be of surprisingly decent value, the one offered by T-Mobile is more lucrative. It’s easier to understand, cheaper and offers 26GB of data limit before throttling speeds. So, if the Verizon’s network performance and reach aren’t of the biggest importance to you, you’d better choose T-Mobile. In turn, Sprint’s deal is proper to those who want the lowest pricing, regardless of the speed limits and network quality, while AT&T is good only when you get your TV services through the carrier.