Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile, who do you think has the best unlimited plans now?


Starting as soon as Monday, June 18th, Verizon's new Above Unlimited plan, as well as the unique ability to mix and match plans on different lines within the same family, will kick into existence.

The Above Unlimited option may be a godsend for those who travel a lot abroad, as it includes five free days of TravelPass activations per month (up to a $50 value), plus free 500GB cloud storage, and, above all, more than triple the speed de-prioritization (aka throttling) limit of the previous, Beyond Unlimited plan. Heck, with a 75GB restriction potential on full LTE speeds you can very well ditch your home broadband Internet, and move entirely on cellular connectivity around the house, too.

AT&T, on the other hand, decided to put the kibosh on its grandfathered unlimited tier for $30/month, and raised its price to $45, prompting a quick response from T-Mobile, which immediately outed a switching bonus for disgruntled AT&T subs on the grandfathered plan. Looking at all that brouhaha, as well as Sprint's race-to-the-bottom $15/month unlimited offer that didn't last long, Verizon decided to compete upmarket with an innovative mix and match strategy. 

That is why we wanted to ask you, come June 18th when Verizon's new plans kick in, which carrier do you think will have priced its unlimited plans best for what they offer - Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. We are including Sprint's plans as well, though it might very well be folded into a new T-mobile carrier very soon. Check the table below for an at-a-glance reference, and tell us your unlimited pick.

*All prices are after Auto Pay and w/ paperless billing, include unlimited talk&text in the US
 

Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile and Sprint, who does unlimited plans best?

Verizon
28.86%
AT&T
10.43%
Sprint
11.27%
T-Mobile
49.45%

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26 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hard choice. Sprint has the best individual line plan and T-Mobile has the best group line plan, so T-Mo gets my vote.

2. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

T-Mo is the best by far. Sprint's should hardly be considered unlimited because the coverage seems to have the most prominent gaps. Also, the math will always say 50G comes after 22G when it comes to throttling.

3. macawmatt

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

AT&T also gives a discount for DirecTV Now, used to be $25 but now its only $15. Only good if you use DTVNow I know.

7. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

DTVN on the lower plan, your choice of DTV or DTVN on the higher plan.

4. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

IMO, T-Mobile has better coverage than other providers

14. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

In what world?

15. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Depends, here in the Midwest T-Mobile is the Swiss cheese of cell phone carriers. As a for instance My sister just got back from a month Vermilion South Dakota. Service there is provided by AT&T and you get HSPA until you use 250MB of data then they give you no data not even multimedia messaging, Fail T-Mobile

17. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

One thing I will say is here in the metro Minneapolis and St Paul the carriers are very close. I have one of each but if you travel I would rank it like this Verizon, Close behind is AT&T then Sprint and last is t-mobile. I travel mostly Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Upper upper peninsula of Michigan some Iowa and Nebraska. I have Newer devices

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Verizon has the best coverage and flexible rates with the mix and match now.

6. gabmasterjcc

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Just a couple of notes for you. T-Mobile: Netflix is the standard sub, so it is HD, not SD. (It is not 4K.) You list Mix & Match for Verizon, but that is how T-Mobile has always been (so it should be added). You also forgot about One Plus International as this is their option for unlimited hotspot. All: Your section on video quality should be cleaned up to always reference the video resolution. For example, One Plus on T-Mobile is unlimited (so in effect UHD/4K). The others have varying resolutions.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I am on "The Verizon Plan" shared data plan of 20GB + 2GB bonus data with Carry Over Data for $65.6 per month for two lines + line access fees as I am $103/mo for my data plan. I use about 350-400GB of Xfinity home internet data. I have no need for unlimited data unless it becomes similar in price to what I have now. I average about 24GB of usage on Verizon.

8. gamehead unregistered

I have at and t prepaid because im a cheapskate. Only $30 tho

16. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

you should have switched to the sprint $15 unlimited plan, too bad that ended tonight

9. leroy98

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

I think that T-Mobile offers the best deal when comparing with the others. At least they reduce your connection speed after 50 GBs. But still too much for what we pay here in The Netherlands. Same carrier, but we pay less. I pay 26 dollars per line (5 lines). No throttling, even if you’d like to stream in 4K or doing 100 Speedtests. A couple of months ago I had used 210 GBs. Normally, I use around 110 GBs per month. Also, every line has unlimited text, calls and 10 GB roaming in the EU. The use of hotspot on your device is also unlimited. You rarely see speeds here that are below 40 Mbit. Everywhere is 3/4 CA, and speeds above 100 Mbit. What I don’t understand, is why there are so many rules applied to the use of (not so) unlimited in the US.

22. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The EU has plenty of laws and regulations to protect consumers, Americans have been brain washed into thinking regulation is wrong and that a free market always wins due to competition. Some of this crap was actually beginning to get investigated for violating net neutrality, like Tmobile allowing unlimited music streaming on select apps, or charging more to stream higher resolution content. Then net neutrality went out the window, it will only get worse before it gets better.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

For us att is much better with all the perks we get that some other probably don't. We have never had any kind of a problem with att so even if we didn't have the other discount on are bill I still wouldn't change.

11. Poptart2828

Posts: 395; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

T mobile gets me unlimited with a free coffee and a movie to buy or rent for free every Tuesday.

12. girjasharma16

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2018

Verizon has the best coverage and rates. Best choice for multi-devices and plans.

18. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

T-Mobile by far cheapest no hidden fees, free Netflix(2 lines) what else can you ask for?.

19. theot14430 unregistered

T-Mobile

20. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Wish you would also evaluate international coverage.

21. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'm paying $250/7 lines with equal features to the beyond unlimited plan. I had like a 22Gb/month share plan, unlimited becomes available and it was cheaper than the data I already had and jumped on it. My plan was available for less than 3 months before the Go/Beyond crap got introduced with higher prices. Oh, and I use several hundred gigs of data a month now instead of around 10.

23. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I'm cheap when it comes to cell service so I jumped on that $15 unlimited deal Sprint offered. I bought a cheap LG V20 and figured that it would pay for it's self if I stayed on this plan for a minimum of 10 months. I was on the T-Mobile $30 plan that gave 100 talk mins, unlimited text & 5GB data so the Sprint plan was a definite upgrade. Only problem is Sprint's coverage seems to be inferior in my area so far.

24. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I'm cheap when it comes to cell service so I jumped on that $15 unlimited deal Sprint offered. I bought a cheap LG V20 and figured that it would pay for it's self if I stayed on this plan for a minimum of 10 months. I was on the T-Mobile $30 plan that gave 100 talk mins, unlimited text & 5GB data so the Sprint plan was a definite upgrade. Only problem is Sprint's coverage seems to be inferior in my area so far.

26. damoni05

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 17, 2018

Verizon’s new Mix & Match Unlimited Plans are best in the market. Flexible plan choice at line level with superior network quality. Vote Verizon

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