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T-Mobile strikes back in battle for best unlimited planWhich carrier offers the best unlimited plan? Here's a quick breakdown of prices and what to consider when going with the major US carriers.
The fight over your mobile business is getting heated. Just a day after Verizon started offering unlimited data plans to outshine the competition, T-Mobile took a swing back at Verizon and now will match some of its offerings. To make sense of it all, here's the breakdown of the current unlimited plans for the major US carriers. On Verizon, $80 gets you one unlimited plan for one line. You can get this on four lines for $180. T-Mobile's unlimited plan starts at $70, and four lines will cost you $160. Sprint's unlimited starts at just $50, and five lines, not four, is just $90 in total. That's the cheapest, but Sprint's pricing will only last a year. After March of 2018 it's gonna cost more A little close in price to T-Mobile. AT&T, they're the oddball right now. It only offers an unlimited mobile plan for people who also subscribe to DIRECTV or U-verse TV services. That starts at around $100 for one line, and four lines of unlimited will cost $180, that's close to Verizon pricing. When you're comparing the prices, remember, there will be additional fees and taxes added to the bill. Except for T-Mobile, they fold that into their advertised prices. Of course, you also have to take network quality into consideration. Verizon and AT&T are the largest, but it doesn't always mean they are the best. T-Mobile is ranking very high in many reports these days. And keep in mind, unlimited is not truly unlimited. The fact is if you gobble up data all these networks are going. Slow you down. For example, on Verizon if you use 22 gigabytes of data in a month, your speed is gonna take a hit and other customers will be given preference over you if the network is congested. Throttling is about the same for every carrier, give or take a few gigs. And there's often another limit to unlimited HD video, Sprint limits video streams to lower quality standard definition resolution. With AT&T your videos also streamed at lower quality unless you deactivate a service called Stream Saver. Verizon and T-Mobile both offer HD video in their unlimited plans. They also both offer ten gigs of high speed data that you can cutter to share with another wireless device. But as competition heats up, let's hope the deals get even better. Networks are growing to handle more capacity. And consumers are hungry for better unlimited deals as our apps and streaming habits demand more data. For CNet, I'm Bridget Carey.