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.
Best Unlimited plans
Verizon – Starting at $70/mo
Verizon reintroduced unlimited data plans back in February 2017, after an eight-year hiatus. Currently, Big Red is offering four different unlimited data plans: Start Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited
Verizon Start Unlimited
The cheapest of the Verizon plans is called Start Unlimited, with one line costing $70 a month with AutoPay (if you don’t use AutoPay, Verizon will add an extra $5 a month to the bill). The plan costs $120 a month for two lines, $135 a month for three lines, $140 a month for four lines and $150 a month for five lines. It offers unlimited 4G LTE data with 480p video streaming, unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada and a free six month trial for the Apple Music streaming service. You can also access Verizon’s 5G service, where available with a compatible phone for an extra $10 a month.
Verizon Play More Unlimited
Play More Unlimited from Verizon is designed for people who like to stream music and video and play games on their phone. It starts at start at $80 a month with one line (with AutoPay), $140 a month for two lines, $165 a month for three lines, $180 a month for four lines and $200 a month for five lines. It offers unlimited 4G LTE data, with 25GB of “premium” data a month (if the network is experiencing data congestion, your speeds may be throttled if you exceed your premium monthly limit). It also offers 720p for video streaming, and 15GB of 5G LTE mobile hotspot data. You also get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada and free full access to Apple Music. You also get free 5G network access for a limited time with 4K streaming on a compatible phone for at least 10 months.
Verizon Do More Unlimited
Do More Unlimited is for Verizon users who just want to have high-speeds for their phone for normal or business use. It starts at start at $80 a month with one line (with AutoPay), $140 a month for two lines, $165 a month for three lines, $180 a month for four lines and $200 a month for five lines. It offers unlimited 4G LTE data, with 50GB of “premium” data a month. It also offers 480p for video streaming, and 15GB of 5G LTE mobile hotspot data. You also get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada and a six month trial for Apple Music. In addition, you can get 50 percent off the price of a connected tablet or jetpack standalone mobile hotspot, plus 500GB of cloud storage. You also get free 5G network access for a limited time with 4K streaming on a compatible phone, for at least 10 months.
Verizon Get More Unlimited
Finally, there’s the Get More Unlimited plan from Verizon. It starts at $90 a month with one line (with AutoPay), $160 a month for two lines, $195 a month for three lines, $220 a month for four lines and $250 a month for five lines. For that price, you can get unlimited 4G LTE data, with 75GB of “premium” data a month, 720p for streaming video, and 30GB of 4G LTE data for mobile hotspot. You also get unlmited talk and text in the U.S., unlimited talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada and free full access to Apple Music, along with 50 percent off the price of a connected tablet or jetpack standalone mobile hotspot, plus 500GB of cloud storage. Finally, there’s free 5G network access for a limited time with 4K streaming on a compatible phone for at least 10 months.
Verizon is allowing families under one account to mix and match the carrier’s unlimited plans, so that children can use the cheaper plans, while their parents can use the more expensive plans, all under one account.
T-Mobile – Starting at $70/mo
T-Mobile offers four unlimited data plans you can choose from — Magenta, Magenta Unlimited 55+, Magenta 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 Magenta 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 Magenta 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 Magenta 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 Magenta 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 Magenta Plus
If you want some extras, you can sign up for the Magenta 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 Magenta, 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 Magenta 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 Magenta 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 Magenta 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. However, there’s a special deal available right now that lets you add up to three more lines (five in total) at the same total price of $100. Once this offer ends, additional lines will set you back $20 each. 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 cost an additional $10 each per month.
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 $10 more per line than Unlimited Basic, which means it starts at $80 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 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 $65/mo
New AT&T subscribers can choose from three unlimited data plans:
AT&T Unlimited Starter
The cheapest of the three AT&T unlimited plans is called Unlimited Starter, and cost $65 a month for one line, or you can get a four-line bundle of $140. These prices are with a $10 discount for using paperless billing and AutoPay. 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. This plan supports standard resolutions for video streaming.
AT&T Unlimited Extra
This AT&T unlimited plan costs $75 a month for one line, or you can get a four-line bundle of $160. These prices are with a $10 discount for using paperless billing and AutoPay. Again, tge 4G LTE data speeds could be throttled at any time if the carrier is getting too much traffic. This has all of the features of the Starter plan, plus it throws in 15GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data a month.
AT&T Unlimited & More Premium
The most expensive of the three AT&T Unlimited plans, Unlimited & More Premium costs $80 a month for one line, or $190 for four lines. The Premium tier will throw in 15GB of free high-speed mobile hotspot data a month, and a high definition video streaming experience. Finally, the Premium plan lets users pick one premium cable or streaming service they can watch for free. The choices include HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, VRV, Amazon Music, Spotify 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 ($60 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 and Unlimited plans
Google Fi has what it calls “Bill Protection.” 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.
Recently, Google Fi introduced true unlimited plans as well. Prices begin at $70 a month for one line, $60 a month each for two lines, $50 a month each for three lines and $40 a month each for four, five or six lines. Taxes and fees are not included in these prices. They include unlimited data, calls, and texts in the US, free calls to 50 countries and territories, and unlimited data and texting abroad in 200 countries.
In addition, Google Fi unlimited plan customers can also get free 100GB of cloud storage via Google One, special discounts for other Google products and more. Google does state that download speeds may slow down if customers exceed 22GB of date before their monthly billing period ends. Also, at times video streaming quality may be cut down to 480p.
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.