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Choosing the Best Wireless Provider for Your Cell Phone

Choosing the Best Wireless Provider for Your Cell Phone

Posted under: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Wireless

There is a lot to consider when it comes to wireless plans for your phone. We have broken down the 4 major wireless carriers and the types of users that may benefit from their offerings.

AT&T Mobility

AT&T has been in the wireless market since April of 2000, but was formerly known as Cingular Wireless. AT&T has a strong set of offerings for consumers with far ranging needs. Below we have a comparison of the AT&T Unlimited Wireless Plans available, as well as their Mobile Share Flex Plans.

AT&T's Features

  • Unlimited Enhanced Plans starting at $65/mo
  • Mobile Share Flex Plans starting at $45/mo

AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced vs AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced

Many Customers have questions about the differences in AT&T's unlimited plans, so we have broken down the key differences below:

AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced

  • Speed: Unlimited 4G LTE (May experience slower speeds during busy times)
  • Video Streaming Quality: Standard Definition (480p)
  • Mobile Hotspot: None
  • $15/mo Entertainment Credit: DIRECTV NOW
  • Free HBO
  • Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico
  • Unlimited Texting from the US to 120 Countries
  • AT&T Thanks
  • Military Discounts

AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced

  • Speed: Premium Unlimited 4G LTE
  • Video Streaming Quality: High Definition (1080p)
  • Mobile Hotspot: 15GB per line
  • $15/mo Entertainment Credit: DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW
  • Free HBO For Life
  • Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico
  • Unlimited Texting from the US to 120 Countries
  • AT&T Thanks
  • Military Discounts

AT&T Mobile Share Flex Plans

  • Unlimited Talk
  • Unlimited Text
  • No Overage Charges
  • Rollover Data
  • Stream Saver

Pros

  • Unlimited Plans
  • Bundle Discounts
  • Fast 4G LTE Speeds

Cons

  • Coverage Areas
  • 22GB Soft Data Cap

Verizon Wireless

Verizon has been a wireless carrier since April 4th 2000 under the parent company Verizon Communications. Below we have a comparison of the Verizon Wireless Plans available.

Verizon's Features

  • Verizon gounlimited Plans starting at $40/mo
  • Verizon beyondunlimited Plans starting at $50/mo

Verizon go unlimited vs Verizon beyond unlimited

Many Customers have questions about the differences in Verizon's unlimited plans, so we have broken down the key differences below:

Verizon gounlimited

  • Speed: Unlimited 4G LTE
  • Video Streaming Quality: DVD (480p)
  • Mobile Hotspot: Unlimited (600kbps)
  • Unlimited Talk and Text
  • Verizon Up rewards
  • Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico
  • Military Discounts

Verizon beyondunlimited

  • Speed: Premium Unlimited 4G LTE
  • Video Streaming Quality: High Definition (1080p)
  • Mobile Hotspot: Unlimited (600kbps after 15GB)
  • Unlimited Talk and Text
  • Verizon Up rewards
  • Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico
  • Military Discounts

Pros

  • Unlimited Plans
  • Coverage Areas
  • Fast 4G LTE Speeds

Cons

  • 22GB Soft Data Cap

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has been in the wireless market since September 18, 1990 and has a strong set of offerings with their Unlimited T-Mobile One Plans.

T-Mobile's Features

  • Prices Starting at $40/mo per line
  • Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data
  • Stream Unlimited Entertainment (DVD Quality 480p)
  • Netflix at No Extra Charge
  • In Flight Texting + 1hr of Data on GoGo enabled Flights
  • Taxes and Fees Included in Pricing
  • Unlimited Talk and Text + 5GB of 4G LTE Data in Mexico and Canada
  • Texting and Data Abroad (140+ Countries)
  • Mobile Hotspot Data Included (3G Speeds)

Pros

  • Unlimited Plans
  • Fast 4G LTE Speeds
  • Free Netflix
  • Simple Billing

Cons

  • 50GB Soft Data Cap
  • Video Streaming Limited to 480p
  • Coverage Areas

Sprint

Sprint was founded in 1899 and has been known as a number of companies starting with Brown Telephone company to its previous name, Sprint Nextel after merging with Nextel Communications.

Sprint's Features

  • Plans Starting at $30/mo per line
  • Streaming TV with Hulu
  • 6 month Trial of TIDAL HiFi
  • Global Roaming in 185+ Destinations
  • High Definition 1080p Streaming
  • Mobile Hotspot 10GB
  • Unlimited Talk and Text

Pros

  • Unlimited Plans
  • Free Hulu

Cons

  • 23GB Soft Data Cap
  • Coverage Areas
  • Download Speeds

Conclusion

There are a number of strong cell phone plans to choose from the major carriers listed above, but we recommend AT&T Mobility in most cases. This recommendation is based on the number of additional savings benefits that come with bundling services like Home Internet, Home Phone, Satellite Television, or Streaming. If you are someone that travels regularly or lives in a more remote location, we would usually recommend Verizon Wireless for their large network footprint. If you love to stream on your smart device and aren't worried about DVD quality video or bundling, then T-Mobile is a great option, if they have a good footprint in your area.

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