In the current mobile phone industry, finding the right phone and provider is just step one — you then need to find 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 Elite (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.
The plan also includes Disney Plus free for one year and one month of YouTubeTV too.
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 Elite (AT&T)
Out of the two unlimited plans AT&T offers, Unlimited Elite is the best the carrier currently offers. The plan used to be called Unlimited & More Premium, but the name change simplifies things a bit.
Unlimited Elite offers unlimited talk, text, and data. You also get access to 100GB of premium data, but after you reach that threshold you may experience slowing “when the network is busy.”
There’s also unlimited mobile hotspot, though AT&T will cap speeds at 128kbps if you use more than 30GB of data per line. Video streaming tops out at 1080p, so long as Stream Saver is turned off. The plan also includes unlimited texts from the US to over 120 countries, along with unlimited talk, text, and data while in Mexico and Canada.
Finally, Unlimited Elite includes entertainment options. The plan gives you access to AT&T Watch TV, which is an internet-based live TV service currently showing 41 channels. You also get access to HBO when you activate your plan online, however, streaming may be limited to standard definition at times.
Unlimited Elite costs $85 per month for one line, $75 per month each for two lines, $60 per month each for three lines, and $50 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 subscription to Netflix and Quibi. 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. After one year of both subscriptions, you’ll have to make a choice of which one you enjoyed more and then you can keep that one going.
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, $57 per month each for three lines, $50 per month each for four lines, and $46 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 the impressive amount of goodies it includes. You get mobile hotspot at LTE speeds for the first 100GB, along with FHD video streaming. There are also free subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tidal HiFi, and Lookout Premium Plus.
Finally, Unlimited Premium is the only Sprint option you have if you own a 5G smartphone.
Unlimited Premium costs $80 per month for the first line, $60 more per month for the second line, and $20 more 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.