Verizon's new 'Above' plan launches, but you chose T-Mobile as the best unlimited option (results)


Starting today, June 18th, Verizon launched its new Above Unlimited plan, as well as the ability to mix and match plans on each separate family line. Thus, they who pay the bills in the house can have 75GB throttling threshold, their spouse can keep on using their Beyond plan, while the kids make do with Go Unlimited, all for a lower price than before. T-Mobile has been mixing it up for a while, however, and, even though Verizon has greater coverage and very similar pricing, our poll respondents from last week still chose it as having the better unlimited options.

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%

Verizon's new Above Unlimited plan is very similar to T-Mobile's most expensive One International, as you can see from the table below, and is even priced accordingly. 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 25GB speed de-prioritization (aka throttling) limit of the previous, Beyond Unlimited plan. AT&T, on the other hand, decided it's had enough of freeloading 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. 

Taking a note from Sprint's unfortunate race-to-the-bottom $15/month unlimited offer that didn't last long, Verizon decided to compete upmarket with a VIP plan, and offer a mix and match strategy in its turn. Still, T-Mobile is seemingly still the beloved underdog in the fight against Big Bad Red, no matter the pricing.

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

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4 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Best price = Sprint Best service = Verizon Somewhere in the middle = T-Mobile & AT&T

2. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

lmao. I got family who are on verizon and gets 3 bars in my neighborhood with speeds of around 25mbps. I'm on Tmo with 5 bars getting 60mbps. I speed test raced my friends from San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, Tmo killed it. And what's sorry is when I go to my friends house American Canyon, california, my friend has to be on wifi because his ATT signal is too weak. It depends where you live. In the bay area I own my friend with speed test and they have the latest phones too.

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 669; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Don't be daft. Of course it depends on where you live. I use T-Mobile & I would never leave, but there's no denying that Verizon has the best overall coverage in the U.S. However, while T-Mobile might be great where we live, I'm sure you know plenty of folks for whom that is not the case.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Exactly I have one device from each service provider. My home is 1 mile south of downtown St Paul but I travel Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Iowa and some Nebraska. I hear that T-Mo is very good in CA in in the Midwest its a different story. Here in the MSP metro they are all close but when you leave the metro there is an unbelievable difference in service quality in the states I travel. To be fair my job takes me to many small towns and Verizon is the only thing that consistently works. T-Mo and sprint have the largest amount of network dead spots in the states I travel. One other thing I would like to point out is Sprint and T-Mo have a policy that if I roam onto one of their partner networks for more than 250mb in a month the throttle me to 2g speed. In Vermilion,SD t-mo roams on AT&T they cut off all data on my device last month because I hit the 250mb partner limit. One other point is i recently traveled from NYC to my home is St Paul by car. The service on that road trip was very close to what I see in my local states. My T-Mobile was essentially a clock sprint not much better. I know it depends on where you live and where you go but for a traveler like me T-Mo's coverage makes Swiss cheese look solid

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