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Unlimited data plans making a comeback - Here's where you can find them

Unlimited data plans making a comeback - Here's where you can find them
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Nothing gets the attention of the average consumer more than good old-fashioned competition. You might have noticed lately that ad campaigns pitting mobile providers against each other are on the rise.

Most notably, two of the leading carriers have been going back and forth on which company has the best network. (Note: Read our article to find out who actually has the best cell network.) Now, the battle for carrier supremacy has led to another great feature for customers.

What we're talking about are unlimited data plans offered by the top four U.S. mobile providers. Verizon in particular.

How has Verizon changed its data plans?

Verizon stopped offering unlimited data plans to new customers back in 2011. The only way to have an unlimited plan with them was to be grandfathered in. Even then, if you went over a certain amount of data over a period of time, Verizon would cut off your service.

However, over the weekend, Verizon announced that it is bringing back the unlimited data option. Starting today, the new Verizon Unlimited plan is available to everyone. The company said you will get great coverage in both small and large cities, in rural locations, and everywhere in between.

Here is a breakdown of the new unlimited plan pricing:

  • $80 for unlimited data, talk and text on your smartphone
  • $45 per line for four lines with unlimited data, talk and text on your smartphones and tablets

These prices are being described as an introductory offer, so it's possible they will change in the near future. Also, to receive these prices you must be signed up for both paper-free billing and AutoPay.

Verizon said to ensure a quality experience for all customers, after 22GB of data usage on a line during any billing cycle, it may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion. This means after you've reached the 22GB threshold, you could see reduced data speeds.

This change means that all four of the top mobile carriers in the U.S. offer unlimited data plans. However, to get unlimited data with AT&T you also have to be a DirecTV subscriber. You can compare each carrier's unlimited plan in the chart provided below.

Comparing unlimited data plans

Here is a comparison chart of each mobile provider's unlimited data plans. I've provided a link to each carrier's plan page in the chart, just click on the provider's name to see it.

CarrierPrice with one smartphonePrice with four smartphones
Verizon 

$80

 

$180
AT&T$100$180
T-Mobile$70$160
Sprint$60$160

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