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5G Ultra Wideband, 5G UC, 5G Plus: Don't fall for the carrier marketing fluff

5G Ultra Wideband, 5G UC, 5G Plus: Don't fall for the carrier marketing fluff

5G comes in a bunch of different flavors, and the carriers aren't shy about slapping different labels on them. CNET breaks it down so you don't have to.

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Choosing a phone plan isn't easy. Hopefully this will help.

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Buy a 'free' iPhone 13 with trade-in at Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T: All you need to know

Buy a 'free' iPhone 13 with trade-in at Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T: All you need to know

All three carriers are now offering the 13 Pro, standard 13 or 13 Mini for $0 with a trade-in. But there are plenty of caveats to keep in mind.

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Get More Unlimited
Get More Unlimited
$90 5G Unlimited Map

Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Apple Music; 12 months of discovery+, Apple Arcade, & Google Play Pass. 600GB Verizon cloud storage, 50% off unlimited connected device plans. Discounts available for students, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Basic Phone
Basic Phone
$30 5G 500 MB Map
Play More Unlimited
Play More Unlimited
$80 5G Unlimited Map

Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+;12 months of discovery+, Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass & Apple Music. Discounts available for students, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Do More Unlimited
Do More Unlimited
$80 5G Unlimited Map

6 months of Disney+, discovery+, Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass & Apple Music. 600GB Verizon cloud storage, & 50% off unlimited connected device plans. Discounts available for students, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Unlimited
Unlimited
$60 5G Unlimited Map

Auto pay discount of $5/mo available afer 1st month.

Unlimited Plus
Unlimited Plus
$70 5G Unlimited Map

Auto pay discount of $5/mo available afer 1st month.

5 GB
5 GB
$35 5G 5 GB Map

Auto pay discount of $5/mo available afer 1st month. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

15 GB
15 GB
$45 5G 15 GB Map

Auto pay discount of $5/mo available afer 1st month. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Start Unlimited
Start Unlimited
$70 5G Unlimited Map

6 months of Disney+, discovery+, Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass & Apple Music. Discounts available for students, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Prepaid 5GB
Prepaid 5GB
$30 5G 5 GB Map

Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Prepaid 8GB 12-month
Prepaid 8GB 12-month
$25 5G 8 GB Map

$25/mo.when you prepay $300 for 12 months. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Unlimited Extra
Unlimited Extra
$75 5G Unlimited Map

6 months of Stadia Pro. Discounts available for teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Unlimited Elite
Unlimited Elite
$85 5G Unlimited Map

HBO Max & 6 months of Stadia Pro. Discounts available for employees of eligible companies, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Essentials
Essentials
$60 5G Unlimited Map

Discounts available for ages 55+, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Magenta
Magenta
$70 5G Unlimited Map

Netflix Basic: 1 Screen SD (for 2+ line accounts), Taxes and fees included. Discounts available for ages 55+, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Connect 2.5 GB
Connect 2.5 GB
$15 5G 2.5 GB Map
Connect 5.5 GB
Connect 5.5 GB
$25 5G 5.5 GB Map
Prepaid Unlimited Plus
Prepaid Unlimited Plus
$60 5G Unlimited Map
Prepaid Unlimited
Prepaid Unlimited
$50 5G Unlimited Map
Unlimited
Unlimited
$50 5G Unlimited Map
Unlimited Plus
Unlimited Plus
$60 5G Unlimited Map
Prepaid 8GB 3-month
Prepaid 8GB 3-month
$33 5G 8 GB Map

$33/mo. price when you prepay $99 for 3 months. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Magenta Max
Magenta Max
$85 5G Unlimited Map

Netflix Basic: 1 Screen SD with 1 line; Netflix Standard: 2 Screen HD (for 2+ line accounts), Taxes and fees included. Discounts available for ages 55+, employees of eligible companies, teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

Unlimited Starter
Unlimited Starter
$65 5G Unlimited Map

6 months of Stadia Pro. Discounts available for teachers, nurses, first responders, miltiary and veterans.

2 GB High-Speed Data
2 GB High-Speed Data
$30 4G LTE 2 GB Map

Taxes included

10 GB High-Speed Data
10 GB High-Speed Data
$40 4G LTE 10 GB Map

Taxes included

Unlimited + 15 GB Mobile Hotspot
Unlimited + 15 GB Mobile Hotspot
$60 5G Unlimited Map

150GB Cloud Storage, HBO Max with Ads, Taxes are included

Unlimited
Unlimited
$40 5G Unlimited Map

Groups of two, three and four can reduce their bill to as low as $25/mo.per line with the Party Pay feature. Each member of the party gets their own account and is billed separately. Taxes and fees included

Prepaid 15GB
Prepaid 15GB
$40 5G 15 GB Map

Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Unlimited
Unlimited
$55 4G LTE Unlimited Map

Taxes included

15GB
15GB
$25 5G 15 GB Map

New customer pricing - $25/mo.when you prepay $75 for 3 months.Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Unlimited
Unlimited
$30 5G Unlimited Map

New customer pricing - $30/mo.when you prepay $90 for 3 months.

$25 for 5GB
$25 for 5GB
$25 5G 5 GB Map

Taxes and fees included. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

$15 for 2GB
$15 for 2GB
$15 5G 2 GB Map

Taxes and fees included. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

4G
4G
$15 5G 4 GB Map

New customer pricing - $15/mo.when you prepay $45 for 3 months.Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

10GB
10GB
$20 5G 10 GB Map

New customer pricing - $20/mo.when you prepay $60 for 3 months.Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Unlimited
Unlimited
$45 5G Unlimited Map
Ollo Unlimited Pro
Ollo Unlimited Pro
$55 5G Unlimited Map
$60 Unlimited Plus Plan
$60 Unlimited Plus Plan
$60 5G Unlimited Map

Taxes and fees included.

$50 Unlimited Plan
$50 Unlimited Plan
$50 5G Unlimited Map

Taxes and fees included.

$35 for 10GB
$35 for 10GB
$35 5G 10 GB Map

Taxes and fees included. Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached.

Set 12
Set 12
$35 5G 12 GB Map

Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached. Unused data carries over to the next month.

Set 5
Set 5
$25 5G 5 GB Map

Unlimited data at slower speeds after data cap is reached. Unused data carries over to the next month.

$60 Unlimited
$60 Unlimited
$60 5G Unlimited Map

100 GB Google One, Amazon Prime

$50 Unlimited
$50 Unlimited
$50 5G Unlimited Map

100 GB Google One

Flex
Flex
$15 5G 1 GB Map

$5 per shared GB

10GB
10GB
$40 5G 10 GB Map
$40 10GB
$40 10GB
$40 5G 10 GB Map
$30 2GB
$30 2GB
$30 5G 2 GB Map
4GB
4GB
$50 5G 4 GB Map
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