For most people, these large data plans should be more than enough. But to help make sense of what you actually get, we compared the unlimited plans from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and all the fine print that came with them.
Data limits and throttling
The unlimited plans from the big four carriers all come with unlimited talk, texting and data. But there’s a catch — when you hit a certain data limit, your data speeds are slowed down or your data needs are sent to the back of the line. These are the data limits for each carrier:
- AT&T: 22GB
- Verizon: 22GB
- Sprint: 23GB
Cost for a single line
Obviously, one of the reasons unlimited plans exist is to offer lots of data at a reasonable price — reasonable enough to beat overage charges. Here’s what a single line of unlimited data on each carrier costs:
- AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced: $45 per month
- AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced: $60 per month
- Sprint Unlimited Freedom: $60 per month
- T-Mobile One: $70 per month
- Verizon “Go Unlimited”: $75 per month
- T-Mobile One Plus: $80 per month
- Verizon “beyondunlimited”: $85 per month
A few notes on these plans:
- For both of the AT&T unlimited plans, there might be an additional $30 monthly device access fee for your smartphone. So that $45 a month could go up to $75 and $60 up to $90.
- The plans for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon do not include taxes, surcharges or additional fees.
- All of the plans include an autopay discount: $5 a month for Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon and $10 a month for AT&T.
- T-Mobile One and Verizon “Go Unlimited” plans limit people to standard-definition video and only 3G hotspot support.
- AT&T’s Unlimited Choice plan limits people to standard-definition video with streaming speeds capped at 1.5 Mbps and doesn’t include hotspot data.