Data is a precious commodity these days. The cost of using mobile web services can get high. Even if you have multiple options available, you have to be smart about picking the best among the unlimited data plans available. 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 U.S. We’ve put together the best options we could find.
Note: The prices for the unlimited data plans listed below are for single lines.
Verizon – Starting at $75/mo
Verizon reintroduced unlimited data plans back in February 2017, after an eight-year hiatus. Currently, Big Red is offering three different unlimited data plans: Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited.
Verizon Go Unlimited
Go Unlimited begins at $75 a month for just one line on the account. The price goes down to $65 a month each for two lines, $50 a month each for three lines, and $40 a month each for four lines. Each line beyond that will cost $40. These prices are valid if you sign up for AutoPay and do not include taxes or other fees. Without AutoPay, you can add an extra $5 a month to your monthly bill.
While the Go Unlimited plan is supposed to offer users unlimited 4G LTE data, the fine print confirms that Verizon could cut speeds temporarily “in times of congestion,” regardless of how much data you have already used. Customers will also get unlimited talk and texting in the U.S. If you like to stream videos on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or any other similar service, be aware that video streaming is limited to just 480p resolution. It does offer unlimited mobile hotspot data, but the speeds are cut way down to just 600Kbps. The plan also offers customers unlimited calls and texts from the U.S. to numbers in Mexico and Canada. You also get an Apple Music subscription for six months and access to 512MB of free 4G LTE data roaming in those countries per day, after which data is cut down to 2G speeds.
Verizon Beyond Unlimited
Verizon’s next unlimited data plan — Beyond Unlimited — begins at $85 a month for just one line on the account, with the price going down to $80 a month each for two lines, $60 a month each for three lines, and $50 a month each for four lines. Each line beyond that will cost $50 extra. As with Go Unlimited, the prices for the Beyond Unlimited plan do not include taxes or other fees and are valid if you sign up for AutoPay.
The speed may be reduced when you use 22GB of data in a given billing cycle.
Unlike Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited offers customers 4G LTE speeds at any time, even if your cell tower is considered congested with traffic. You may only get hit with slower speeds if you use 22GB of data before your monthly billing period ends. Video streaming goes up to 720p resolution, and you can bump that up to 1080p for an additional $10 per month. The plan offers 15GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot speeds on each line, but those speeds will go down to 600Kbps if that cap is exceeded before the month runs out. Just like with Go Unlimited, free calls to Mexico and Canada are included, along with 512MB of free 4G LTE data roaming per day before the speed gets throttled. You also get free access to Apple Music; not just for a free tr,al; but access for as long as you are signed up for the service.
Verizon Above Unlimited
The last unlimited plan in Verizon’s lineup is called Above Unlimited and begins at $95 a month for just one line on the account. The price goes down to $90 a month each for two lines, $70 a month each for three lines, and $60 a month each for four lines. The biggest feature is that speed slowdowns from LTE data won’t happen unless you go over 75GB of data each month. You still get 720p video streaming with the option to increase it to 1080p for $10 per month, but mobile hotspot service goes up to 20GB of LTE data per month. Above Unlimited also includes 500GB of space on Verizon’s cloud service, and you will get five daily Travel Passes per month. This will give international travelers a way to keep their local talk, text, and data features for up to five days in 130 countries. Like with the other two plans, you also get talk, text, and data for Mexico and Canada as well as free access to Apple Music for as long as you are signed up.
T-Mobile – Starting at $70/mo
T-Mobile offers four unlimited data plans you can choose from — One, One Unlimited 55+, One Plus, and Essentials.
The cheapest of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plans costs $70 a month for one line, $60 a month each for two lines, $40 a month each for three lines, and $35 a month each for four lines. It offers unlimited talk and texts in the U.S. as well as unlimited talk and texts while you are in Canada and Mexico — along with up to 5GB of high-speed data. During congestion, customers who have used more than 50GB of data in a given month may notice reduced speeds until the next bill cycle.
T-Mobile’s One plan also includes unlimited mobile hotspot data, but it’s pretty slow, with only 3G speeds available. If you are traveling on a plane with Gogo internet service, the plan offers unlimited texting and one hour of free Wi-Fi data. Video streaming is unlimited but the resolution is capped at 480p. The plan also includes free texting and data (128Kbps) in more than 210 countries and a free Netflix subscription if you get at least two lines. Taxes and fees are included, although you have to pay $5 per month extra if you don’t sign up for AutoPay.
The standard One unlimited data plan is perfect for both individuals and families who want the benefits of unlimited high-speed data, but can live without some features for a cheaper price.
T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+
This T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan is available for customers who are 55 years of age and older. It’s geared towards older and retired couples and charges $70 a month for two lines, which comes out to $35 per line (with the AutoPay billing setup). The Unlimited 55+ includes everything you get with T-Mobile’s One plan (see above), with the exception of a free Netflix subscription. But you do get access to various T-Mobile deals every Tuesday.
T-Mobile One Plus
If you want some extras, you can sign up for the One Plus plan. It will set you back an additional $15 per month on top of T-Mobile’s One price, or $10 per month for each line on your 2+ line account. That means you’ll pay $85 a month for a single line, $70 a month each for two lines, $50 a month each for three lines, and $45 a month each for four lines. In addition to all the benefits of T-Mobile One, the Plus plan boosts video streaming up to HD resolution, and you can get free unlimited Wi-Fi access on any Gogo-based flight. Mobile hotspot data is boosted to 4G LTE speeds for the first 20GB on your billing cycle, before going back to 3G speeds, and the data speed abroad is doubled to 256Kbps. The plan also includes T-Mobile’s Name ID, which can identify calls from unknown numbers.
T-Mobile’s Essentials plan was introduced in August and offers “just the essentials.” You get unlimited talk, text, and smartphone data in the U.S. (throttled after ~50GB of monthly data), and access to T-Mobile’s Tuesday promotions. The plan also offers unlimited 3G mobile hotspot data, unlimited talk, text, and 2G data in Mexico and Canada, as well as unlimited texting and a flat rate of $0.25/minute for calls in 210+ countries and destinations.
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The Essentials plan will set you back $30 per line if you opt for four lines (assuming the payments are made via AutoPay). However, unlike with T-Mobile’s other plans, taxes and fees are not included in the price.
Adding tablets, connected devices, and other things you should know
T-Mobile allows customers to add a tablet to any of its One unlimited data plans for an extra $20 a month. If you have a smartwatch or other connected wearable, it can also be added to any One plan for an extra $10 a month. All of the One plan prices include the use of the $5 a month discount when using AutoPay to pay off bills.
The company has bragged in its promotions for T-Mobile One that its unlimited data don’t have any hidden monthly regulatory fees and sales taxes; all of them are included in the quoted prices, with the exception of the Essentials plan. However, they may not include some other fees such as extra data passes, late or restore fees, device upgrade support charge, calling from foreign countries, and more — so be aware of that.
Sprint – Starting at $60/mo
Sprint has gotten a lot of criticism due to its network, but there are plenty of markets with good coverage and awesome data speeds. You can choose between three unlimited data plans: Unlimited Basic, Unlimited Plus, and Unlimited Premium.
The Unlimited Basic is the cheapest unlimited Sprint plan that’s currently being offered. One line on the plan costs $60 a month, and two lines cost a total of $100. If a customer wants to add a third, fourth, or a fifth line to the account, Sprint will throw them in for $20 a month each. However, there’s a special deal currently available for a limited time that gets you five lines for a total of $100 per month. It’s valid until the end of January 2019. All of these prices assume the customer will choose AutoPay as the payment option. The plan offers “unlimited” 4G LTE data, but your speeds might get throttled if you exceed 50GB of data before your monthly billing period ends.
Video streaming is limited to 480p resolution.
In addition to unlimited data, talk, and text in the U.S., Sprint’s Unlimited Basic offers support for streaming video at up to 480p resolution, along with streaming music at up to 500Kbps and streaming data for games at up to 2Mbps. Each line on the plan can also offer 500MB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot downloads. After that limit is reached before the billing month closes, mobile hotspot streaming goes back down to 3G speeds. The plan also offers unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of LTE data a month for people in the U.S. who travel to Mexico and Canada, along with text and data (likely not LTE data) for over 200 other countries.
Sprint is also offering free access to the Hulu video streaming service for Unlimited Basic Plan customers. New and current Hulu subscribers who sign up for the plan can get the standard Hulu Limited Commercials tier package for free, which normally costs $7.99 a month.
Sprint also offers an upgraded version of its Unlimited Basic Plan, which costs an extra $10 per line. The Unlimited Plus plan will set you back $70 a month for the first line, and a total of $120 a month for two lines. Lines three to five will each cost $30 a month. However, Sprint has a special offer at the moment, offering lines three to five for $10 each through January 31, 2019.
Unlimited Plus offers “unlimited” 4G LTE data, but your speeds might get throttled if you exceed 50GB of data before your monthly billing period ends. Compared to Unlimited Basic, this plan increases your video streaming from 480p to 1080p resolution, and you also get 50GB of LTE data for mobile hotspots instead of just 500MB. Music streaming goes up as well to 1.5 Mbps. The plan also offers unlimited talk, text, and 10GB of LTE data a month for people in the U.S. who travel to Mexico and Canada, along with text and data (likely not LTE data) for over 200 other countries. Finally, in addition to the free access to Hulu, Sprint Unlimited Plus plan users can also access the Tidal Premium music streaming service, which normally costs $9.99 a month.
Sprint’s Unlimited Premium plan costs $20 more per line than Unlimited Basic, which means it starts at $90 a month. Again, while the plan does offer “unlimited” 4G LTE data, your speeds might get throttled if you exceed 50GB of data before your monthly billing period ends.
This Sprint plan supports video streaming at 1080p resolution, and you get 100GB of LTE data a mobile for mobile hotspots. The plan also offers unlimited talk, text, and 10GB of LTE data a month for people in the U.S. who travel to Mexico and Canada, along with text and data (likely not LTE data) for over 200 other countries. Finally, in addition to the free access to Hulu and Tidal, it has added support for a free subscription to Amazon Prime, along with a subscription to Lookout Premium Plus, which is a mobile security and identity theft service. Additionally, Unlimited Premium plan users can get $20 of credit a month for Uber rides.
AT&T – Starting at $70/mo
New AT&T subscribers can choose from two unlimited data plans, and both come with at least a couple of nice offers.
AT&T Unlimited & More
The cheaper of the two AT&T unlimited data plans is called Unlimited & More and costs $70 a month for one line — you can also get a four-line bundle for $160. Keep in mind that under this plan, your 4G LTE data speeds could be throttled at any time if the carrier is getting too much traffic. Unlimited & More also includes 480p video streaming and unlimited texts from the U.S. to 120+ countries. Unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada are also included.
AT&T Unlimited & More Premium
The more expensive of the two AT&T unlimited data plans, Unlimited & More Premium, costs $80 a month for one line and $190 for four lines. The Premium tier will throw in 15GB of free high-speed mobile hotspot data a month and a higher quality video streaming experience at 1080p. Finally, the Premium plan lets users pick one premium cable or streaming service you can watch for free. The choices include HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, VRV, Amazon Music, or Pandora. Your 4G LTE data speeds could be throttled if you go over 22GB before the end of your monthly billing cycle.
Boost Mobile – $50/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 selection in the unlimited data plans category starts at $50 per month and gets you unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data, as well as 12GB of hotspot data. Video streaming is capped at 480p and you’ll be de-prioritized after using 35GB 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.
For an extra $10 per month ($70 per month), you can boost the streaming quality to 1080p and the hotspot data to 30GB. The most expansive plan comes in at $80 and gets you 50GB of hotspot data and a couple of other goodies like a subscription to Tidal Premium.
Metro by T-Mobile – Starting at $50/mo
Metro by T-Mobile offers two unlimited data plans. The cheaper one comes in at $50 for one line, and each additional line costs an extra $30. In addition to unlimited calls, text, and data, you also get 5GB of hotspot usage and a subscription to Google One that give you 100GB of cloud storage. Video streaming is limited to 480p and all the taxes and fees are included in the price. If the network is congested, customers who have already used up at least 35GB of data in a given month may experience reduced speeds.
The second unlimited plan by the carrier costs $10 more ($60 for one line) and bumps up the hotspot usage to 15GB. It also includes a subscription to Amazon Prime.
Cricket Wireless – $50/mo
Cricket is also a good option for folks looking for unlimited data plans. Its cheapest plan costs $55 per month ($50 with AutoPay) and comes with unlimited data with speeds up to 3Mbps and nationwide talk and text. It also offers unlimited texting to 37 countries, as well as unlimited calling and texting to and from Mexico and Canada. You can stream video at up to 480p resolution and use 10GB of mobile hotspot data per month.
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The second unlimited plan is called Unlimited Extra and is almost identical to the first one. The only major difference is that it gets you unlimited high-speed data that isn’t capped at 3Mbps like the cheaper plan. One line will set you back $60 per month ($55 with AutoPay) and the data speed can get reduced when the network is congested.
Google Fi Bill Protection
Technically, Google Fi does not offer unlimited data plans, but the company has what it calls “Bill Protection.” It’s basically a way for it to offer unlimited data to its customers. Fi already offers unlimited talk and text for $20 a month, plus $10 per GB of data after that. However, Project Fi will now stop charging customers if they go over 6GB of data a month. That means an individual line caps at $80 per month under Bill Protection, along with 10GB for plans with two lines, 12GB for three lines, and 14GB for four lines.
The only catch is that Project Fi customers who use more than 15GB of data in a month could have their speeds slowed down. If they want to make sure those speeds stay up, they can still pay $10 per GB for their individual data usage after they exceed 15GB.
There you have it! Those are our very favorite unlimited data plans in the U.S. Are you signing up for any of these? Do you have any suggestions? Hit the comments to let us know.