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Data is a precious commodity these days. The cost of using mobile web services can get high, and unlimited plans are scarce. Even if you have multiple options available, you must be smart about picking the right one. Factors such as pricing, signal and throttling caps tend to vary significantly.

In this article we will help you find the best unlimited data plans in the US. We’ve put together the best options we could find.

Note: The prices listed below are for single lines.

Postpaid options

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Verizon – $80/mo

After years of telling folks they don’t need unlimited data, just ahead of Valentine’s Day 2017 Big Red surprised us all by reintroducing unlimited data after an eight year hiatus. Dubbed Verizon Unlimited, the new service sets you back $80 (not including taxes or other fees), as long as you sign up for Auto Pay and paperless billing — otherwise, you’ll pay an extra five bucks. This includes line access but does not include phone repayments, should you take out the plan with a new device or still be in the process of paying off a previous one. You can also add connected devices for $20 extra per month, or $5 per month for a smartwatch.

For those interested in going multi-line, packages start at $100 (before fees/taxes), with an additional $20 per extra line. So with two devices, the bill would be $140, with three, $160, with four, $180, and so on. Without Auto Pay and paperless billing, you’ll have to add another $10 to the $100 base fee. As with the single line plan, this price excludes monthly repayments for smartphones connected on the line and includes the same rates for connected devices.

So what do you actually get with this ‘unlimited’ plan? Like with others, unlimited isn’t 100% without limits. You are guaranteed full LTE speeds only for the first 22 GB of data, with reduced data speeds and de-prioritization thereafter. Also, 4G LTE data in Canada and Mexico applies to the first 500 MB per day only, after which it drops to 2G. For those tethering, you also only get 10GB of tethered internet per month at 4G LTE speeds, otherwise it drops to 3G.

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May 24, 2017

While not a perfect plan, Verizon has exceptional coverage across the states, so for those that need that coverage — this is a pretty compelling option, despite costing more than most of the others here.

T-Mobile – $95/mo


The Uncarrier has made a name of itself thanks to its unorthodox practices. They are trying to shake up the market and bring more value to their customers in ways no other carrier has before. Among the many perks of going with T-Mobile is unlimited data.

T-Mobile’s highest-end personal unlimited plan costs $95 for a single line. You also get free 2G roaming and texting in over 140 countries (listed here), unlimited calls in the USA/Mexico/Canada and discounted calls to other markets. Unlimited plan subscribers are entitled to 14GB of dedicated hotspot data added to their bucket. This isn’t the cheapest single line option out there, but we think it’s one of the best because of the amount of included hotspot data.

The term “unlimited” can be a bit tricky in this industry, though. T-Mobile notes that service may be slowed or restricted in order to provide better network coverage to other users after a certain point. What does that mean? In T-Mo’s case, customers who use more than 26GB of data in a single billing cycle will have their data usage “de-prioritized” compared to other users for that billing cycle. Basically, if T-Mobile’s network gets too congested in a particular area and you’ve gone over 26GB of data, you might be temporarily dropped down to a slower data speed.

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2 weeks ago

Not everyone needs unlimited 4G speeds, right? We happen to like this plan most, but T-Mobile also offers 2 GB, 6 GB and 10 GB options at lower prices. By the way, T-Mobile also has Data Stash, which allows you to keep each month’s unused 4G LTE data (up to 20 GB). Other Uncarrier offers include unlimited streaming of music and video (when using certain services) and more.

Sprint – $75/mo

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Sprint has gotten a lot of criticism due to its network, but there are plenty of markets with good coverage and awesome data speeds. If you happen to live in one of them, you could save some cash and go with the Now Network.

Sprint’s unlimited data plan is the cheapest out of the postpaid options on this list. Subscribers are promised unlimited calls, text messages and data. Just like with T-Mobile, though, you’ll be “de-prioritized” after you reach a certain point. Sprint’s de-prioritization method starts when you use 23GB of data, which is 3 less than T-Mobile’s limit.

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2 weeks ago

This is no Uncarrier, but you will get plenty of cool bonuses for signing up with Sprint. These include 3 GB of hotspot data, unlimited texting/2G data in a select markets outside of the USA and special call roaming discounts. You will also enjoy free calls/texts/2G data when in Mexico or Canada, as well as 1 GB of high-speed data when in said countries.

Another good option is the 40 GB per month plan, which also includes a whole year subscription for Amazon Prime.

AT&T – $100/mo

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This is the priciest option in the list.

AT&T provides an unlimited data package, but only for DIRECTV or U-verse subscribers. It’ll cost you $100 per month and comes with unlimited talk, text and data usage in the US, Canada and Mexico with no roaming fees. AT&T will also de-prioritize users after they reach 22GB of usage in a billing cycle.

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3 days ago

If you’re only looking for service for your smartphone and aren’t also interested in signing up for any television packages, you should pass on this plan. However, if you’re already a DIRECTV or U-verse subscriber, this plan might be of interest to you.

Prepaid and MVNOs

Boost Mobile – $60/mo


The big carriers are known to be dependable, but there are plenty of good choices on the prepaid side of things… especially if you are looking to save some cash. Boost Mobile’s unlimited plan costs $60 per month, and you can reduce the monthly payment down to $55 if you opt for Auto Re-Boost (automatic card payments).

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April 18, 2017

Subscribers get unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data, as well as 8 GB of hotspot data and unlimited music streaming with select partners. Much like the other plans, you’ll be de-prioritized after you use 23GB of 4G LTE data in a billing cycle. Just keep in mind Boost runs off Sprint’s network, so make sure you have good coverage in your area.

MetroPCS – $60/mo

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MetroPCS has a decent unlimited plan, too.

MetroPCS charges $60 ($55 if you select a family plan) and offers unlimited high-speed data, talk and text, as well as unlimited music streaming with certain apps. You’ll also get 8GB of hotspot usage.

Customers who use more than 25GB in a billing cycle will have their data usage de-prioritized compared to other customers in that billing cycle when network congestion occurs.

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May 8, 2017

You can also stream as much music as you’d like from Pandora, Spotify and a few other services without it counting against your monthly data allotment.

Cricket Wireless – $70/mo

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Cricket is also a good option for folks looking for unlimited data.

Cricket’s unlimited plan costs $70 per month ($65 with Auto Pay), and comes with unlimited high-speed data and nationwide talk and text. It also comes with unlimited international texting, as well as unlimited calling and texting to and from Mexico, Canada and the US. There are no mobile hotspot capabilities with this plan though.

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While Cricket doesn’t utilize any de-prioritization methods with a data cap, there are some things you should know before signing up. Cricket only allows customers to utilize download speeds of 8Mbps with compatible 4G LTE devices and 4Mbps with compatible 4G devices. This means that you’ll still get 4G LTE speeds on your mobile device, but they’ll be somewhat limited.

There you have it! Those are our very favorite unlimited data plans in the US. Are you signing up for any of these? Do you have any suggestions? Hit the comments to let us know.

Edgar Cervantes
Edgar Cervantes has over 5 years of experience in tech journalism. Exploring the latest gadgets and constantly studying the industry are part of is daily drive. Regardless of what he is working on, you can be sure he is always trying his best to bring you the best content. He will be dead honest and will bend to nothing.
  • John Wentworth

    Your descriptions are somewhat deceiving, first you mention slowing to 2G speeds on most unlimited plans, which none of these plans do and you don’t fully explain that fact.
    then you interchangeably mention not being prioritized and having your speeds slowed down. This is a very confusing and not completely full picture of how data prioritization works.

    When their is no congest on T-mobile and Sprint, you will not be slowed down immediately after going over the soft cap ( if you can even call it that ) you will simply be subject to slower speeds at certain times when connected to a congested tower, the rest of the time your data continues at full speed.

    Lastly you say cricket has no data treshhold and doesn’t cap unlimited plans, this is true in theory, but the reality is that unlimited data customers on cricket aren’t capped any more than they are already capped.
    Cricket users already have almost the lowest priority on AT&T towers, and they are already capped to a max speed of 8 mbps on LTE and 4 mbps on HSPA+

    • Andrew Singleton

      I DM’ed him on twitter about this. such a small amount of research required to write a true article

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    • bboyheat

      The writer has previously stated his personal preferences for Cricket in other articles..
      This write up should come of no surprise.

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      Hey @johnwentworth:disqus, thanks for pointing these things out. We’ve updated the article to be more clear about what each plan offers.

      • John Wentworth

        no problem, glad I could have help make it clearer

  • A.M

    not bad tho

  • abn


  • missinginput

    The $95 T-Mobile plan includes 14gb of phone hotspot

  • TheOracle

    T-Mobile international data roaming is at 3G speeds not 2G but no lte.

  • Bonedatt

    I think you should do a bit more research as there are a few inaccurate statements here.

  • Charles Sweeney

    There are no such things anymore. The corporations change the meaning at will.

    • Charles Sweeney

      With no true oversight.

  • Michelangelo Markus

    T mobile is unlimited, I’ve used 50+ gb in a month multiple times. Streaming video, with binge on turned off.

    That “cap” you talk about is only applicable to people on a overloaded tower, during the times of day it’s overloaded.

    Lazy writing.

    Either that or I hallucinated my speed test results showing 60 mbs after using twice the “cap.”

    • Zachary Meyer

      They don’t cap speed test software. It’s in their tos.

      • Michelangelo Markus

        It was a Web based test. And prioritization does affect speed tests. Throttling does not.

        The author is confusing the two.

  • The One

    The article claims that AT&T’s unlimited plan doesn’t offer much value since it’s the most expensive, but I beg to differ. Considering it’s only $5 more than T-Mobile’s plan, it seems like a great value to any who values traveling outside of major metropolitan areas and still getting a signal. And I’m not talking about a voice only signal through roaming, I’m talking about multiple bars of LTE signal. I spent years with T-Mobile traveling across the country for work, and would find that my phone basically turned into a paperweight every time if I strayed to far from a major insterstate highway. And forget about building penetrations. T-Mobile doesn’t have a signal inside my office, home, or even the mall. But if I step outside, full bars. Long story short, don’t discount the value of having a signal when you need it most. That’s why I switched to AT&T and haven’t looked back. It’s well worth the extra $5.

    • Sam73065

      YES, the value in AT&T’s plan is likely better indoor coverage and rural coverage than T-Mobile. I also always had much better customer service and fewer billing errors with AT&T and even Verizon than I’ve ever had with T-Mobile.

    • killi da prince

      True signal wise AT&T is the better value. With that said I think the author was implying that since you have AT&T service at home as well as mobile then it’s kind of a lesser value. Being that its required to buy something else to get unlimited where competitors just outright offer unlimited. As previously stated it’s a poorly written article in which the author conveys too much of his personal opinion while stating just enough fact.

    • emcdonald75

      Isn’t it more than $5 because of the line access fee of $15? Isn’t it $20 more and then the cost of the device added to that? I have Comcast so the unlimited plan is not an option for me with AT&T, but I think the author is wrong not to include the mandatory charges along with the prices for the plan. The author makes it seem that you can have unlimited plans without the additional charges associated with those plans and carriers. Not a good article. Further research needed.

    • DynamikD

      Clearly YMMV when it comes to using certain cellular providers but with T-Mobile I’ve had the no difference in coverage than with AT&T. Me, personally, I’ve never traveled anywhere that AT&T had coverage and I didn’t. I’m also grandfathered into my T-Mobile plan (been with them for 10 years) and I have unlimited everything with 7gb hotspot data.

  • Karly Johnston

    I wish I could get that Metro PCS plan but they only let you use their crappy phones.

    • Gris

      You can use any GSM phone on MetroPCS. It just has to be compatible with T-Mobile’s towers.

      • Karly Johnston

        Not on that plan, it has to have a Metro approved IMEI.

        • Don Longfellow

          Not true, I used my Nexus 6P on that plan.

          • chadwick

            Been on Metro for 2 years with a Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. Best unlimited plan available. No data caps if you know what to do.

        • John Wentworth

          the IMEI has to be put into their system, all you have to do is call them and have them put the imei into their system. I unsed the unlimited metropcs plan for over a year with numerous unlocked phones before switching to t-mobile proper.

          The stores are crap, just buy the sim online and call metropcs to activate service.

          • Karly Johnston

            I already tried it, I even bought one of their crap phones to activate and said i broke it to activate my byop. They wouldn’t do it. The IMEI has to be approved for that plan.

    • chadwick

      Why not bring your own phone? I use Metro and the unlimited plan is the best plan out there.

      • Karly Johnston

        They wouldn’t take my phone for byop. I already tried.

  • Nick Hornung

    Which one of the pre-paids don’t use sprint? I go with straight talk and pay $45 a month for 5gb right now because it’s on AT&T’s network. Sprint and T-mobile are beyond worthless where I live and where I work.

  • Sam73065

    Wow, terribly written article. Full of inaccuracies, read John Wentworth’s post to avoid my repeating anything he mentions. I will point out that the price quote for Sprint’s unlimited plan is also bogus. It is not simply $75, there is also an “access fee” of $25. So in reality, Sprint’s unlimited is $100 plus the price of a phone.

  • drago10029

    cricket is mid speed data not high speed that is slow most of the time.

    • Rodger Dodger

      Mid speed??? No. Cricket rocks!

  • Jordan S

    That Cricket sign is way outdated. Jussayin

  • Gen. Chang

    I’m glad I kept my older unlimited everything share plan on Sprint. Our average cost per line, taxes and fees included, is just $67 per phone. Not only that, but I get blazing speeds most of the time. Hit 87 mbps as a high mark, but average around 45-55 mbps most of the time. Yes, I’m in a Spark zone.

  • stephen

    Or for those out there that are tired of paying month to month bills. I offer a alternative. 1 choice is investing in the free plan from freedompop. Only problem is finding a phone or buying one up front. My option was to make a google voice number. Next I got a email from comcast from someone with internet from them. All residential wifis have a public side to them called xfinity. So i drive around and use peoples wifis if i have to make a phone calls. Xfinity is extremely popular and everywhere. Google maps directions only require a initial connection for directions and turning off the screen sleep mode. Sprint phones also come with their fm radio antenna turned on so that helps. All cost 0 dollars. Xfinity gives out 8 emails hit up a friend for one, or log into the xfinity connect app with someones email and your done.

    • Vilis Lacis

      Freedompop requires you to use their own phone/text apps and these apps are not very good.

      However, as a backup device, Freedompop phone is perfect, I got 3 of them :)

      • stephen

        I believe they have a byop bring your own phone program, it is for older phones amd certain carriers though.

    • Rodger Dodger

      My issue with Freedom Pop is their hidden agenda. I signed up on a plan that had a hidden service I didn’t see on my account because they listed it separately under a different tab elseware on the web site. It was pure fraud to me. I stopped the charge on my credit card and they canceled my account. Buyer beware…..

  • Bro Stache (Brostache)

    There is also a 25 GB plan for $50 a month shared on sprint through Sam’s club, which is more than the data caps on unlimited

    • Lee

      Sprint doesnt cap its unlimited data. When you hit 23+ GB of data they slow your data only when the network is congested. I’ve used 84 GBs in one night just letting the Root metrics app running all night average download speeds were 80+ Mbps. I was never slowed down cause there was no congestion on that specific tower at that point in time. If it were during the day it may have been a different story. But long story short although your plan gives you 25 Gbs it doesnt give you unlimited data. So you’ll either be capped or charged when you go over that 25Gbs.

      • Bro Stache (Brostache)

        It just throttles you to 2g, which is way better than att’s unlimited and many others . Sprint has two plans for unlimited, one is truly unlimited, so that’s fair, but you also pay more than $50 per line, so that’s why I’d recommend it. Most people and most families don’t use 25 gigs

  • chadwick

    I own a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 6 both Google flagship phones, and both “rooted”. Both devices have been on the Metro PCS $60 Unlimited plan for over 2 years now. My data has never been throttled or restricted by the carrier. I use my Nexus 6 as my primary personal phone and I use the Nexus 5 as a wifi hotspot for my home internet. I live in a rural area where broadband internet is not available. The signal in my area for T-Mobile (Metro PCS) is very spotty but I found if I leave my Nexus 5 in my bedroom window I get a stable LTE or 4g. I use the FoxFi app for my WiFi hotspot since it hides tether from the carrier. I leave the hotspot running 24/7 and I am able to connect my Roku 3, PC, and any other device which needs an Internet connection. My monthly average data usage is near 300 GB per month at full speed, 10mbps to 15mbps which is fast enough to run Netflix, Hulu,Vudu,Google Play and any other video streaming platform..

    Although my situation may not be typical, I have learned from trial and error and many hours of online research to understand how to achieve specific results. Since my devices are Rooted and both are running Custom ROMs which overrides many carrier restrictions this obviously benefits my desired outcome. Using Nexus phones also make all these processes very easy.

    I realize that this may sound impossible or that I’m exaggerating but its 100% true. With technology theirs always someone out there one step ahead of the rest. I was fortunate to understand what I wanted and put in the effort to achieve Truly Unlimited Data.

    With all this said Metro PCS seems to be the most liberal with data usage. I still receive alerts when I approach 23gb each month and that my data speed may be reduced due to network demand. I have yet had any significant speed throttling.

  • chadwick

    Another new addition to the Prepaid carriers is Total Wireless which uses Verizon towers and now offers 4gLTE and byop. Plans are the cheapest with the most data. 5 GB data, unlimited texts and voice only 35$ with add on data only 10$ for 3gb.

    Total Wireless is way cheaper than Verizon’s own prepaid plans.

  • Rodger Dodger

    Cricket seems to be the best deal to me. Even though they “Limit” downloads to 8Mbps, it’s plenty fast for most people for everything. I stream music and download audio books regularly, with no issues. Video streams don’t hesitate at all. I pay $45 (with Auto Pay) for 8gigs of data…including Tax. That’s a Great deal!

  • Manish Sahu

    in india free unltd 4G data :)

  • Arthur Munoz

    The fact that data caps have been around since unlimited data showed up is not a new thing. I mean these discussions would’ve changed the standards and expectations of cellular phone service and/or internet data providers if these discussions had taken place years ago. The fact that we all use and accept the term “Unlimited” for describing data is a crying shame. There are people today who are barley beginning to realizing that this old problem of misleading terminology still exists. Regardless let’s not forget about companies who not only provide great coverage and more data at affordable prices, but consider also a network provider that offers great customer service as well. Since we live in a non perfect world, those who provide any kind of service should assume responsibility, providing accountability as a service simply for choosing them over other providers. For example Virgin Mobile provides excellent customer service because I believe that they are an honest business. When I have any issue with their service at any moment in my pre-paid month and whether or not they find out what caused this issue they always restart my month no matter how long i have left or how much data I’ve used that month; and the problem goes away when they do. That is something I appreciate and respect because it shows me that my satisfaction as a customer is important. You won’t get that with Metro PCS guaranteed. I tried out their service and I think they are dishonest. Why have customer service # if your not gonna provide it any at all.