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

Who has the best unlimited wireless plan? That depends.

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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 February 16 announced an unlimited offering of its own.

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 fine print.

Instead of doing it yourself, I've spent the last few hours clarifying and trying to get the to 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 $100
2 lines $100 $140 $90 $140
3 lines $140 $162 $90 $180
4 lines $160 $180 $90 $180
Taxes/Fees included Yes No No No
AutoPay required Yes Yes Yes No
Throttling limit 28GB 22GB 23GB 22GB
Hotspot 10GB 10GB 10GB No
HD video Yes (1080p) Yes (1080p) Yes (1080p) No (480p)
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

It's disappointing AT&T has essentially removed the DirecTV requirement it used to have for its unlimited plan and left it more or less the same, rather than add hotspot and HD video-streaming to remain competitive.

For the most part, pricing and capabilities included is 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.

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


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