Unlimited data started making a comeback in August of last year, with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint kicking things off. Verizon was the holdout, but now it's bringing back the feature to its users. However, some of these unlimited plans come with significant catches.
Read the Fine Print
If you read the fine print on Verizon's unlimited plan, it's clear that it's not as easy as just signing up. First, corporate and group discounts do not apply. Second, customers must sign up for paperless billing — which might not be such a big deal, as this is a popular option from multiple companies. Third, customers must sign up for AutoPay with a checking account or debit card.
For what it's worth, AT&T requires its unlimited customers to have DirecTV or U-Verse, at least for single lines. That means the $100 price tag listed below is actually more like $150. And that doesn't include taxes and fees.
Unlimited Data Can Be Pricey
Before you rush out to sign up for all the data you could possibly want, there are a few things to know. First, T-Mobile is charging $70 for one line, and $160 for four lines. Those prices include all the taxes and fees.
However, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon's pricing all exclude the taxes and fees, so expect those in addition to the advertised pricing you see (including the ones listed here). AT&T is currently offering one line for $100 and four lines for $180. Sprint is running a special, with $50 for one line and five lines for $90, but those prices will increase again, although not until the end of March 2018. Verizon is offering its plan on one line for $80, and on four lines for $180. (Again, these prices do not include taxes and fees.)
Heavy Data Users Can Expect Throttling
Yes, you have to hit a limit before throttling happens, and yes, it's a reasonable one. For AT&T and Verizon, the limit is 22GB. Sprint allows you to hit 23GB, and T-Mobile gives you the highest — 28GB — before you'll see any difference in your data speeds.
Readers, do you have unlimited data with your carrier? Is it worth the cost? Let us know in the comments below!