In the current mobile phone industry, finding the right phone and provider is just step one — then you need to the best phone plan to suit your needs. That can be a challenge. Let’s take a look at the best cell phone plans currently available in the US.
Best cell phone plans:
- Get More Unlimited (Verizon Wireless)
- Unlimited &More Premium (AT&T)
- Magenta Plus (T-Mobile)
- Unlimited Premium (Sprint)
Editor’s note: We’ll update our list of the best cell phone plans as carriers make changes to existing plans.
1. Get More Unlimited (Verizon Wireless)
Get More Unlimited from Verizon Wireless features unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE. Once you use up 75GB of LTE, you might experience slower speeds during “times of congestion.”
Get More Unlimited also includes unlimited mobile hotspot with 30GB of LTE, a free Apple Music subscription, 500GB of Verizon Cloud storage, unlimited texting to over 200 countries, unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, 50% off a tablet or mobile Jetpack unlimited plan, and access to Verizon’s Up Rewards.
For those in a 5G-supported area, Get More Unlimited also includes unlimited 5G data and hotspot. Finally, those on a 5G network get unlimited 4K-resolution video streaming.
According to the fine print, those on Verizon’s LTE network will have video streaming capped at 720p resolution. Also, Verizon will reduce international data to 2G speeds if you use more than 0.5GB in any given day. Verizon will limit or remove your use of the Get More Unlimited plan if over half of your talk, text, or data usage in a 60-day period is in Mexico or Canada.
Finally, mobile hotspot speeds will lower to 600kbps if you use more than the allotted 30GB of LTE.
Get More Unlimited costs $90 per month for one line, $80 per month each for two lines, $65 per month each for three lines, $55 per month each for four lines, and $50 per month each for additional lines. Monthly prices for each line increase by $10 if you don’t enable AutoPay.
2. Unlimited &More Premium (AT&T)
Out of the two unlimited plans AT&T offers, Unlimited &More Premium is the best the carrier currently offers.
Unlimited &More Premium offers unlimited talk, text, and data. If you use more than 22GB in a month, AT&T might temporarily slow data speeds “when the network is busy.”
There’s also unlimited mobile hotspot, though AT&T will cap speeds at 128kbps if you use more than 15GB of data. Video streaming tops out at 1080p, so long as Stream Saver is turned off. The plan also includes unlimited texts from the U.S. to over 120 countries, along with unlimited talk, text, and data while in Mexico and Canada.
Finally, Unlimited &More Premium includes entertainment options. The plan gives you access to AT&T Watch TV, an internet-based live TV service currently showing 41 channels. The plan also gives you a free subscription to HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, VRV, Pandora, or Spotify Premium.
Unlimited &More Premium costs $80 per month for one line, $75 per month each for two lines, $57 per month each for three lines, and $48 per month each for four lines. The prices are after the discount you get when you enable AutoPay.
3. Magenta Plus (T-Mobile)
T-Mobile ushered in this era of “unlimited” plans, so it makes sense for all of the carrier’s plans to feature unlimited data. That said, T-Mobile’s best plan is Magenta Plus.
Magenta Plus includes unlimited talk, text, and data, but customers who use over 50GB might see reduced speeds. For those who connect other devices to their phones, the plan offers mobile hotspot data at 4G LTE speeds for the first 20GB and 3G speeds once the allotment dries up.
Video streams top out at 1080p resolution, with Magenta Plus also including a free Netflix subscription. New and existing subscribers get access to the standard plan, which normally costs $12.99 per month and lets you stream on two devices simultaneously at 1080p resolution.
The goodies don’t stop there, as Magenta Plus also includes free texting and Wi-Fi on Gogo-enabled flights. There’s also unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of LTE data in Mexico and Canada, along with unlimited texting and up to 256kbps data in over 210 countries and destinations.
Finally, taxes and fees are included in the monthly price. Magenta Plus costs $85 per month for one line, $70 per month each for two lines, $47 per month each for three lines, $43 per month each for four lines, and $40 per month for each additional line.
4. Unlimited Premium (Sprint)
It might be the fourth-largest carrier in the US, but Sprint is trying to keep up with the competition with its best plan: Unlimited Premium.
Unlimited Premium includes unlimited talk, text, and data, though speeds might get throttled if you use over 50GB in a month. The plan also includes unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada, along with unlimited text and “basic data” in over 200 international destinations.
What makes Unlimited Premium the best plan is all the goodies it includes. You get mobile hotspot at LTE speeds for the first 100GB, along with FHD video streaming. There’s also free subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tidal HiFi, and Lookout Premium Plus.
Finally, Unlimited Premium is the only option you have if you own a 5G smartphone.
Unlimited Premium costs $80 per month for the first line, $60 per month for the second line, and $40 per month for the third line — see more prices via the button below.
This is our list of the best cell phone plans from the four major US carriers. We’ll add more options to the list once they are launched.