Unlimited offers have proved popular in 2017, with many US carriers having a go at them. Keeping its foot on the gas, MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid arm, has just launched a new unlimited deal offering you unlimited talk, text, and data for just $50 a month. What’s more, you can add up to four additional lines for just $25 a piece, so a family of five can get all the wireless service they might need for just $150 a month, with all taxes and fees included.
If this sounds too good to be true, it might be because it is. Not unlike Verizon’s unlimited prepaid offer, MetroPCS will limit video streams to 480p. While this may not be a deal breaker for some, if you consume a lot of video content and want it at the highest quality, you might want to steer clear from this plan.
What’s more, if you live in an area of heavy wireless congestion and you are using more than 32 GB of data a month, you might experience lowered speeds until your next billing cycle. Also, this plan doesn’t allow tethering, so if you rely on your smartphone to keep other devices connected, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
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If you want to buy a new smartphone as well as get a new plan, MetroPCS offers $100 rebate for every line you switch from a competing service to its own. This deal applies for up to five lines and you can use the rebate to purchase any handset MetroPCS has on sale right now.
All things considered, this doesn’t sound like a bad offer. It has its drawbacks for those with specific requirements (like high-quality video streaming), but it should serve the average user well.
What do you think about this deal from MetroPCS? Let us know in the comments.
There are two unlimited AT&T plans with vastly different options, speeds, and offers. Before you choose the cheaper AT&T Unlimited Choice over the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan.
Yes, you can save $30 a month on the cheaper AT&T Unlimited plan, but you give up a decent amount of speed, features, and even some discounts.
We’ll help you compare the two plans to figure out what you want and what you need. There is no difference in the phones you can use with the AT&T Unlimited plans, so it all comes down to what you need and want from your plan.
AT&T Unlimited Plus vs Unlimited Choice Price
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The AT&T Unlimited data plans are $60 and $90 a month for one line. This includes discounts for Auto Pay and paperless billing. You do not get the Auto Pay discount when you pay with a credit card.
You can add additional lines to either plan for $20 a month. There is a hard limit of 10 lines on the plan.
AT&T makes a big deal out of the fact that four lines of AT&T Unlimited Choice being $40 a month per line if you have four lines.
Ultimately, you can save $30 a month if you give up on a number of options. This discount is only on the first line, so if you are adding more lines, you still only save $30 a month.
Free HBO & DirecTV Discounts
While the higher-priced AT&T Unlimited plan is $30 more expensive, you do get two big bonuses. You get free HBO if you on DirecTV NOW or on DirecTV at your home.
If you are a DirecTV customer, you also save $25 a month on your DirecTV bill. For buyers who use both of these features, you get roughly $40 of value, which may make your choice simple. If not, the speed and features should help you decide.
AT&T Unlimited Plus vs Unlimited Choice Speeds
That $30 price difference accounts for a huge difference in speed and ultimately in video quality. If you use your phone to stream a lot of videos or do a lot online and you want unlimited data for high speeds, the AT&T Unlimited Choice plan is not for you.
The AT&T Unlimited Plus speeds are as fast as AT&T currently offers on any plans. You will not see a change in speed from your current plan to this plan.
The AT&T Unlimited Choice plan caps your speed at 3Mbps, which is about as fast as the slowest home Internet connections that you’ll find from AT&T. It’s not optimal if you need high-speed internet access.
AT&T Unlimited Plan Features
How the two AT&T Unlimited plans compare.
With the AT&T Unlimited plans, you get the following features that may limit what you can and cannot do. With both of the plans, you get;
Unlimited Texting from the U.S. to 120+ countries.
Roaming in and unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada
In addition to the speed difference, there are several other differences that you will need to factor into your decision.
The AT&T Unlimited Choice plan does not include a personal hotspot. That means you cannot connect your computer to your phone to share your phone’s internet connection. If you travel and need access to your computer often, you will want to go with the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan. Even with that plan, you only get a 10GB hotspot per line, so you do not get an unlimited hotspot with this plan.
The cheaper AT&T Unlimited plan only streams standard video, so you won’t get to take full advantage of the beautiful iPhone 7, LG G6 or Galaxy S8 screens.
Neither AT&T Unlimited Plan is Totally Unlimited
Once you use 22GB of data on a line AT&T may slow the speeds down. This is even on the more expensive AT&T Unlimited Plus plan.
The Verizon Unlimited Plan is a new option that allows you to finally get unlimited data on Verizon. Modeled after similar plans on T-Mobile, the new Verizon Unlimited Plan offers better options for some users but comes with several catches.
This is what you need to know about the Verizon Unlimited Plan before you switch to Verizon or before you switch plans to the new Verizon Unlimited option. Like everything, there are still limits that you need to know about.
The Verizon Unlimited plan is $80 for one line and starts at $45 per line for multi-line accounts.
Is Verizon Unlimited the best plan for you? That depends on how much data you use, how much you’re paying now and how fast your connection needs to be if it is unlimited.
What is the Verizon Unlimited Plan?
What you need to know about the Verizon Unlimited plan.
The new Verizon Unlimited plan is not replacing the old, no limits unlimited data plans that some users hung on to, but it is a more affordable option and a better way to get all of the data that you need without giving up the extras.
Starting today you can switch to the new Verizon Unlimited plan on a single line or on a family line. This is similar to the plans that T-Mobile offers, but you don’t need to pay extra to use your phone as a hotspot.
“We’ve built our network so we can manage all the activity customers undertake. Everything we’ve done is to provide the best experience on the best network – and we’ve built it for the future, not just for today,” said Ronan Dunne, president of Verizon’s wireless division. “We also fundamentally want you to have more choice. We’re not limiting you to a single plan. If you don’t need unlimited data, we still have 5 GB, S, M, and L Verizon plans that are perfect for you.”
You don’t need to switch to the Verizon Unlimited plan, but it could help you save money and stay connected without constantly monitoring and conserving your data.
What’s Included with Verizon Unlimited?
You get a lot of added items with the Verizon Unlimited Plan. This includes personal hotspot access, unlimited access and a lot of great international features. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included in the Verizon Unlimited Plan;
Unlimited talk, text, and data.
10GB of 4G LTE hotspot use per month (3G after)
Unlimited calls and texts to Mexico and Canada.
Unlimited talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada. (500MB at 4G LTE and then 2G)
Full quality HD and 4K video streams
Of course, there are some catches to “unlimited” that you need to be aware of. Here’s where the unlimited ends and the limits kick in.
What’s the Catch to Verizon Unlimited?
While you do get unlimited data with this new plan, there is a catch as to how you can use this data. If you go over 22GB in a month you may see your speeds slowed.
The official statement is that “after 22 GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle we may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion”
Verizon does not offer stats on how often this happens, but the company says, “While we don’t expect to do that very often, network management is a crucial tool that benefits all Verizon customers.”
The 10GB per month hotspot use before switching to 3G is separate from the 22GB threshold that could lead to network optimization.
What is the Verizon Unlimited Price?
There are two Verizon Unlimited plan prices available. If you are on a single line plan you can pay $80 a month, plus taxes and fees.
If you want to use more than one line you need to opt for the multi-line plan for $110 plus device access fees that are $20 each line. The device access fee for tablets or a hotspot is $20 a month now, up from $10.
Neither of these plans includes device payments. If you are paying for your phone monthly, it will is on top of the prices above.
We are hearing that there is no way to use an employee discount with the new Unlimited plans. You can use a veteran or military discount, but that is it.
Is Verizon Unlimited a Good Deal?
You can compare the new Verizon Unlimited plan to your plan before you switch.
It’s tough to say if the Verizon Unlimited Plan is a good deal for every user. It depends on how much data you use and how fast you need that data.
Users on the old Unlimited plan can use up to 100GB in a month before running afoul of Verizon. On the new plan, you may see slower speeds after 22GB of use — especially if you are in a larger city where there is a lot of network traffic.
If you have four lines, the pricing starts to make more sense, with the per line pricing dropping down to $45 a line before taxes and fees.
You can log in to your Verizon account and click on change plan, choose the Unlimited Plan and then you can see how it compares to your current plan before you confirm any changes.
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We already have these iPhone 7 cases on our iPhone and love the look and feel that they offer.
If you thought the T-Mobile ONE plan drama wouldn’t end so easily, you were right. It seems like every few days we have another affair unfold, either from Sprint administering its own perversion of the term “unlimited” to the EFF protesting that Net Neutrality is being compromised. That’s not good press for the UnCarrier, so today it’s tweaking the new plan in an effort to win our hearts back, or at least simmer the uproar. Only, we’re not sure if the company’s “amping” of T-Mobile ONE alleviates the concerns more than it adds complication.
There will be two improvements: quadrupling the mobile hotspot data speeds and instating a new 24-hour high-definition Day Pass method for streaming HD video. One of the complaints of the original plan was that, while tethering was supported, it was only at painful 2G speeds. That’ll now get a boost, but while “quadrupling” sounds significant, 4x 2G speeds only brings you to 3G (128kbps to 512kbps). Furthermore, T-Mobile didn’t say anything about increasing the 5GB hotspot cap. The new plan still pales in comparison to the current unlimited Simple Choice plan, which gives you 14GB of 4G LTE tethering.
Things get further hokey with the HD Day Pass concept. In the original T-Mobile ONE plan, you wouldn’t get HD video at all. Binge On video quality (max of 480p) would be enforced, unless you paid an extra $25/month to regain HD freedom. T-Mobile isn’t backing on this, but it thinks that giving you the option to pay $3 each day you’d like HD playback on the go is a good compromise. The pass will be active for 24 hours from when you initiate it, and will be available sometime in October.
One last enhancement Magenta introduced is an amped version of the plan called T-Mobile ONE Plus – not unlike Sprint’s move last week with its Unlimited Freedom Premium plan. This is more like what the original plan should have been. You’ll get unlimited 4G LTE hotspot data and unlimited HD Day Passes. Strangely, instead of just getting unlocked HD streaming, you’ll have to toggle it for each 24-hour period. The package also comes with 2x faster data speeds abroad, up to 3G speeds. T-Mobile ONE Plus will be $25/month extra per line.
T-Mobile is also bringing the launch date of T-Mobile ONE forward to Sept. 1st (originally planned for Sept. 6th). Hit up the source link for the official word. Do you think T-Mobile has made the right mends into its poor attempt at a mainstream “unlimited” plan, or is it now more of a convoluted mess? Sound off in the comments below!
Cricket has launched a new plan available starting today consisting of unlimited talk, text, and data.
Cricket has a new unlimited plan you may want to look into. For $70 per month, subscribers are able to make unlimited phone calls, send unlimited texts, and use unlimited 4G LTE data. If you use auto pay, it’ll cost you only $65 on a monthly basis. This plan is for one person only. Prices include both taxes and fees. The only downside of using the plan is that LTE download speeds are maxed out at 8Mbps and 4G speeds won’t exceed 4Mbps.
The deal gets even sweeter if you’re coming from T-Mobile. For a limited time, those switching from T-Mobile can get a $100 credit put towards their bill. This is what the company had to say about T-Mobile’s prices:
T-Mobile charges at least $25 more each month for its Simple Choice Unlimited Plan for one smartphone line on a smaller 4G LTE network. Very Uncool. Plus if you join the Cricket Nation now, we’ll give you a $100 bill credit when you switch from T-Mobile.
For more details on the Cricket Wireless unlimited plan, head to their website.