Comparing unlimited plans from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T

Who has the best unlimited wireless plan? That depends.

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Have you heard? Unlimited data plans are making a comeback!

This week's trend was kicked off by Verizon announcing the return of its unlimited price plan, as an answer to T-Mobile and Sprint's recent unlimited announcements.

Within days of Verizon's announcement, T-Mobile and Sprint naturally followed by doing some revamping of their own.

Finally, AT&T late afternoon on Feb. 16 announced an unlimited offering of its own, which it then revamped less than two weeks later on Feb. 27.

Wading through any wireless carrier's website can cause headaches and lead to frustration. The sites, it seems, are designed to be confusing when it comes to digging through price plans and reading the fine print.

Instead of doing it yourself, I've spent the last few hours clarifying and trying to get to the bottom of just what is included in each of the major US carrier's wireless plan.

T-Mobile Verizon Sprint AT&T
1 line $70 $80 $50 $90
2 lines $100 $140 $90 $145
3 lines $140 $162 $90 $165
4 lines $160 $180 $90 $185
Taxes/Fees included Yes No No No
AutoPay required Yes Yes Yes Yes
Throttling limit 30GB 22GB 23GB 22GB
Hotspot 10GB 10GB 10GB

10GB

HD video Yes (1080p) Yes (1080p) Yes (1080p) Yes, if Stream Saver is turned off.
Expiration No No March 31, 2018 No
Roaming Unlimited service in Canada/Mexico, 2G data globally 500MB per day of 4G LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada Unlimited text and 2G data w/LTE GSM-capable device Unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico


For the most part, pricing and capabilities included are nearly identical for T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. The biggest differentiator between the other three is going to be coverage by each respective carrier in your area.

AT&T has another unlimited plan, called Unlimited Choice, that starts at $60 for the first line. The second line $55 (totaling $115). Additional lines are $20 each, for a total of $155 for four lines. In exchange for paying a lower monthly price, connection speed is limited to 3Mbps and 1.5Mbps for streaming video.

Comparing Verizon's unlimited plan -- and the catch:

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