Today, plans are much simpler. All carriers now offer Unlimited Voice, and Text. It's all about the 4G LTE data. We have plans starting at $50 with 2GB of 4G LTE. We also have Unlimited plans available from all carriers, except Verizon. What the huge data users on Unlimited 4G plans need to understand is they will likely be throttled down to 2G speeds once they surpass, 22GB (AT&T) , 23GB (Sprint) or 28GB (T-Mobile). That means that the only carrier that does not officially offer an Unlimited plan probably has the best of them and here is why...
Sprint's Unlimited Freedom and T-Mobile's ONE plans all advertise UNLIMITED 4G LTE. There are two problems with this. First, these two carriers reserve the right to throttle users at the above thresholds. Secondly, while it is 4G LTE being offered, it's only 480p Standard resolution, not the 1080p and 4k offered by AT&T and Verizon. Yes, this is still DVD quality but why limit your resolution? YouTube just announced they will begin broadcasting in 4k immediately so this is the future. The below plans are the ones Dr Wireless recommends highly.
Best Minimal Usage Plan
T-Mobile's North America Simple Choice plans are no longer advertised but still available. These plans are $40 for line one, $30 for line 2 and $10 for line's 3-9. Each user gets Unlimited everything with 2GB per user of shared data. All plans include Mexico, Canada, and free global text and data in 140 countries.
Best Moderate Usage Plan
Verizon's Large Plan just got much better. Verizon just added 2GB per line, Safety Mode, and Rollover. For an extra $10 though, there promotional 12GB deal is a fantastic value. We feature this plan under both moderate and heavy usage. That's because $160 for 4 lines sharing 20GB of 1080p 4G LTE is a remarkable value. We do have some giant plans up to 100GB with Verizon for our heavy hitters.
Best Unlimited Plans
AT&T - Offers an Unlimited 4G LTE plan. Because they claim this to be Unlimited but throttle at 22GB, and require a Direct TV or U-Verse Home Internet Bundle, we do compare their offerings or recommend them.
Sprint - Sprint may not quite have the same speed as T-Mobile or Verizon but they are plenty fast and less expensive. For consumers, we have Unlimited plans starting at $60 or $100 for two lines. Our personal liable University employees can get two Unlimited 4G lines for only $90. Our best deal for authorized Government accounts is $37.99 for Unlimited data. For $20 per line, Sprint will bump SD 480p to HD 1080p.
T-Mobile - T-Mobile's Unlimited plans start at $70 for one line and $120 for two. LInes 3-8 are $20. For an additional $25 per line, TM will bump the 480p SD 4G LTE data to 1080p HD. What's most significant about this is that T-Mobile also bumps the Hotspot speeds from 3G to Unlimited 4G as well making this a no brainer for Hot spot users.
Verizon - Verizon says they don't offer Unlimited Plans. I say, poppycock! They don't advertise unlimited plans but by using the same definition of Unlimited 4G LTE as the other carriers, Big Red's plans are even better. Here is why:
All Verizon plans are HD 1080p. They don't play the 480p standard resolution game. Since the carriers offering Unlimited plans reserve the right to throttle your speeds down to 2G, only Verizon allows you to get more 4G LTE, if you're willing to pay for it. That's because they have plans between 30 GB and 100GB. If you exceed your data, you get throttled. There are no longer any $15 per GB overage fees anymore.
Dr Wireless is an authorized mobile broker for all of the major wireless providers. We can seamlessly move your line to any plan or any carrier with no interruption whatsoever. Why get involved in the holiday shopping circus when we can have your carrier of choice hand deliver a device to your home or office? The period between Black Friday and Christmas is always the best time to get a new plan and SmartPhone.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.