Things can rapidly become difficult when it comes to choosing an unlimited data plan for your new phone, whether you have an iPhone, Galaxy, another Android device, or even a flip phone. Unlike home internet, where there are frequently only one or two options, most Americans can choose from a variety of wireless plans from a variety of rivals at various price points, all of which claim to provide equivalent performance or coverage.
Table of Contents
- Know About Your Area
- Know about deals and discounts
- Best for perks: Verizon Play More Unlimited
- Best for value: T-Mobile Essentials
For this roundup, I’ll look at the two big carriers, Verizon and T-Mobile, and compare the many postpaid unlimited plans available to determine the ones that offer the most benefits and value for single lines and four-person families.
Know About Your Area
To get the greatest deal, be sure you have the coverage you require before moving on to the plans. As a result, it’s difficult for us to provide a blanket recommendation for a certain carrier. Although T-coverage Mobile’s in New York is superb, Verizon’s service in rural Iowa is more dependable.
Inquire about the experience of any friends or family members in your neighbourhood who have used the carrier you’re considering. You might also visit a carrier’s shop to check if they provide any free options to try out the service before making the switch, such as T-Test Mobile’s Drive.
Know about deals and discounts
Another item to consider is discounts. Depending on your company, military status, student status, or age, you may be eligible for additional savings from all of the carriers.
Every major airline offers discounts to first responders, military personnel, veterans, nurses, and teachers. Students can get discounts from Verizon, while T-Work Mobile’s benefit might save you $10 a month on a Magenta Max plan, and AT&T offers a Signature programme for its Unlimited Elite plan.
You may be eligible for a cheaper plan if you’re 55 or older: T-Mobile offers nationwide reduced rates starting at $55 per month for two lines, and Verizon and AT&T offer comparable deals, but solely for residents of Florida.
Best for perks: Verizon Play More Unlimited
$80 for a single line, $180 for four lines.
If you’re seeking for freebies with your phone service, Verizon’s Play More plan ($80 per month for one line, $45 per month for four lines) is one of the most aggressive.
Play More Unlimited from Verizon provides unlimited call, text, and data, as well as 15 GB of faster 5G and 4G LTE hotspot data. A free 12-month subscription to the Disney Bundle (Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu) and Discovery Plus, as well as a 12-month subscription to Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass, are among the benefits.
If you use any of these services, the benefits quickly pile up. The Disney Bundle costs $14 per month, while Discovery costs $5. Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass are both $5 per month.
That might be $24 per month in services. These perks are available as part of Verizon’s Play More and Get More plans, although the Play More option is the best fit for most consumers. Get More adds an extra 15 GB of high-speed hotspot internet, 50% off a connected device (such a monthly plan for a tablet or wearable), and 600 GB of Verizon’s Cloud Storage for an extra $10 a month ($90 for a single line, $220 for four lines).
Get More also comes with a $10-per-month Apple Music membership.
One thing to keep in mind is that these benefits are frequently limited to one per account, so just one line on a family plan would be eligible to register a Disney Plus account and have the carrier fund it.
When you have many lines, Verizon also allows you to mix and match plans.
If your family plan has four members, only one of them has to have Play More to receive the benefits for the entire family. The rest can be on Start Unlimited, which would cost $150 per month for four lines versus $180 per month if all four lines had Play More. When your memberships to Apple Music, Discovery Plus, Apple Arcade, and Google Play Pass expire after a year, you should review whether the Play More plan still provides adequate benefits.
Best for value: T-Mobile Essentials
$60 for a single line, $105 for four lines
T-Mobile Essentials may be the greatest option for those trying to save the most money on unlimited service from the big carriers. All of the carrier’s base unlimited plans feature unlimited talk, text, and data. T-choice Mobile’s is $60 per month for a single line, which is $5 less per month than AT&T’s Unlimited Starter and $10 less than Verizon’s Start Unlimited.
T-Essentials Mobile’s plan is $5 less than AT&T’s and comes with unlimited mobile hotspot (albeit at slower “3G speeds”), providing you a bit more freedom. With their base plans, all three carriers provide 5G access. It’s worth noting that Verizon’s Start Unlimited doesn’t support its quickest kinds of 5G, but at this point in the technology’s life cycle, you’re unlikely to miss out on those speeds anyhow. You may always review your selections after Verizon launches its newest wireless technology next year.
The benefits of T-plan Mobile’s become even more apparent when you add more lines. Essentials costs $90 a month for two lines, compared to $120 for a similar plan from AT&T or Verizon. T-Mobile is also offering three lines for $90 per month, compared to $135 per month at AT&T or Verizon. T-Mobile charges $105 for a four-line plan, compared to $140 for the other providers.
There are a handful of caveats to these prices: Taxes and fees are not included in any of these prices, unlike T-Magenta Mobile’s or Magenta Max plans, resulting in a slightly higher total. You must also set up AutoPay and paperless billing for all of the offerings.