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Best unlimited data plan? New AT&T 'enhanced' vs Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint

Best unlimited data plan? New AT&T 'enhanced' vs Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint
AT&T introduced "enhanced" plans this month, and we are comparing its fresh unlimited options against Verizon's Go and Beyond Unlimited, T-Mobile's One and One Plus, as well as Sprint's Unlimited Freedom, which is the cheapest of the bunch with a running promo offering two or more lines for just $100. 

There's been a lot of moving and shaking since US carriers went all unlimited last year. T-Mobile increased its pricesVerizon limited its "unlimited" option a bit, and now AT&T enhanced the Plus and Choice plans to a level where Choice customers can be "deprioritized" at any time for paying a bit less, but don't have a blanket 3Mbps restriction any more, plus the same goes for Verizon's cheaper option, too.

One simple look at the quarterly profits of the big four US carriers, and some recent network speed tests would tell you why all of this is happening. After an initial period of amassing customers, switchers and goodwill, T-Mobile bumped its unlimited One Plus data plan with ten bucks apiece, making it pretty close to AT&T and Verizon's offerings, but not quite, as taxes and fees are included in the price with T-Mobile. When it comes to Sprint, it has been posting comparisons to showcase the running promos that make it much cheaper than the rest of the gang since, well, since it's been much cheaper than the others.

*All prices are after Auto Pay and w/ paperless billing, include unlimited talk&text in the US
 
So, which unlimited data plan is the best? We'll go out on a limb here, and say that the new AT&T offerings seem to be the best balance of coverage/monthly outlays. Its prices are now close to T-Mobile's, but it offers a wider LTE net, which is important if you venture outside big cities and highways. For about $5 per line more, however, you can get Verizon's superior coverage that blankets 400,000 square miles more territory than AT&T

If you mostly chill in a large city, you may save a bunch of money with Sprint, or take advantage of the higher 50 GB "speed de-prioritization" threshold, and the other perks that T-Mobile offers. All in all, the moral of the story stays the same - whatever plan you chose, make sure its carrier has decent coverage in the areas you frequent the most!

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