Having the best unlimited data plan shouldn't be out of the reach of anyone's budget, even if you're committed to spending as little as possible on your wireless phone service. Data can be had for a very low cost these days, provided you know where to look for low-cost options.
We do because we're always keeping tabs on the best cell phone plans as part of our research into the best phone carriers. We've spotted all the unlimited data options out there, singling out the ones with an attractive monlty price and lots of perks.
The secret to unlimited plan happiness is extending your search beyond the big carriers. You'll find good options there, and we'll highlight the best ones below. But smaller carriers that use the cellular networks set up by bigger providers have their own unlimited data plans, too — usually at a very low rate and without compromising on coverage.
For that reason, you've got a lot of choices when it comes to unlimited data options. Among the big carriers, T-Mobile has the widest variety of plans between its various Magenta and Go5G offerings. (The difference comes down to specific perks.) But look at other options, and you'll find that the unlimited plans at Mint, Visible and Tello rank among the best cheap cell phone plans under $40.
If you're in the market for a new phone, the best cell phone deals usually require you to sign up for unlimited data to get a premium discount on your handset. You'll want to make sure that any plan you sign up for is the right one for your needs. And our guide to the best unlimited plans can help you with that decision.
The quick list
Unlimited data for $45 at Visible
Visible's best plan costs $45/month and gets you Verizon's 5G network (with international calls included). You can use 50GB of data without seeing your traffic slowed.
Unlimited data for $30 at Mint
Mint's $30/month plan lets you consume 40GB of data before your speeds slow down. You get to use T-Mobile's 5G wireless network for coverage.
Best plan from a major carrier
Unlimited data for $75 at T-Mobile
T-Mo's Go5G plan ($75/month) gets you unlimited data, with 100GB of priority data. It also includes 15GB of LTE hotspot data with unlimited hotspot data at 3G speeds.
Cheapest unlimited data
Unlimited data for $25 at Tello
For $25/month, you can make free calls to 60-plus countries and use your phone as a hotspot, but Tello slows down your data after 35GB.
Most flexible plan
Unlimited data for $80 at Verizon
Unlimited Plus ($80/month) gets you faster Ultra Wideband 5G, 30GB of hotspot data, a three-year price lock, and 30GB of data each month before Verizon slows your data speeds.
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Best for Comcast customers
Unlimited data for $45 at Xfinity
If you're an Xfinity internet customer, you can get unlimited data for $45 a month on a single line, which drops in price the more lines you add.
Best for travelers
Unlimited data for $65 at Google Fi
A no-brainer if you own a Google Pixel (though Google Fi works with all phones), travelers will like the $65/month Unlimited Plus plan that let you to use your coverage overseas at no additional cost.
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The best unlimited data plan overall
Visible | Visible Plus | $45/month - The best unlimited data prepaid on a budget
A basic unlimited data plan at Visible starts at $25. But unless you need the lower rate, we'd steer you toward the Visible Plus plan, which costs $45 per month. With Visible Plus, you get access to fast Ultra Wideband 5G coverage on Verizon's network. (Verizon owns Visible.) Visible Plus customers can also use data when traveling in Mexico and Canada while making calls to more than 30 countries from the U.S. at no extra charge. Best of all, you can use 50GB of data without seeing your traffic slowed — Visible's cheaper unlimited plan is subject to throttling when Verizon's network is congested.
Pros: Access to Verizon's fastest 5G coverage, international calling, 50GB of data usage without throttling
Cons: No discounts on additional lines of data
The best unlimited plan value
Mint Mobile | Unlimited data | $30/month - Unlimited data on a budget
The unlimited plan at is one of the best Mint Mobile plans for bargain hunters, with a price of $30/month. That's your rate for the first three months of service. After that, you have to commit to a full year to keep that low rate. That means paying $360 upfront. With Mint, you can use up to 40GB of data each month before your service is slowed down. Mint also provides 5G access through T-Mobile, which is buying up the low-cost carrier.
Pros: One of the cheapest overall unlimited plans, 5G speeds
Cons: Speed restrictions, price increases after 3 months unless you commit to a full year of service
The best unlimited plan from a major carrier
T-Mobile Go5G | Unlimited data | $75/month - Best value unlimited plan from a main carrier
Pricier options deliver more perks, but we think the best T-Mobile cell phone plan for most people comes down to a choice between its Magenta ($70) and Go5G ($75) if you want unlimited data. Magenta is the cheaper offering, with 100GB of priority data — that means your data speed won't be slowed until you consume a lot of data every month. Magenta also includes 5GB of LTE hotspot data with unlimited hotspot data at 3G speeds. Go5G increases hotspot data to 15GB and lets you use more data when traveling in Mexico and Canada. Both plans give you six months of Apple TV Plus.
Pros: Attractive perks, affordable price, benefits for additional lines
Cons: HD video streaming costs extra
The cheapest unlimited plan
Tello | Unlimited data | $25/month — A cheap unlimited alternative to Mint and Visible
Tello's unlimited data option now cost $25, matching Visible's cheapest plan and beating Mint by $5. (You also don't need to commit for a full year of service at Tello like you to get Mint's best rate.) Don't expect many perks from Tello's unlimited data plan — you can make free calls to 60-plus countries and use your phone as a hotspot, but that's about it. Tello also slows down your data after 35GB of use, which is a less generous cap than Mint's 40GB ceiling. If you don't need unlimited data, Tello offers even cheaper plans.
Pros: The lowest cost for unlimited data, includes free calling to 60-plus countries
Cons: Not many perks
The most flexible unlimited plan
Verizon | Unlimited Plus | $80/month - Most flexible unlimited plan
Unlimited Plus is the more value-packed option among Verizon's top phone plans. You'll play $15 less each month for Welcome Unlimited, but that plan offers little more than nationwide 5G coverage. (Both Plus and Welcome add additional discounts to your monthly rate if you bring your own device.) With Unlimited Plus, you get faster Ultra Wideband 5G where available, plus 30GB of hotspot data and a three-year price guarantee. Also, you can use up to 30GB of data each month before Verizon slows your data speeds. Add-ons can layer on additional perks for an extra $10/month. These include packages like Disney's streaming services, Travel Passes for international travel and an Apple services bundle.
Pros: Excellent coverage including Ultra Wideband 5G, includes hotspot data
Cons: $10 add-ons can quickly add up, T-Mobile has cheaper plans
AT&T's most affordable unlimited data plan
AT&T | AT&T Value Plus | $51/month — AT&T's cheapest unlimited plan
AT&T has three main unlimited data plans, which range in cost from $66 to $86 per month for a single line. (Of those offerings, AT&T Unlimited is the best and most expensive, but it has solid perks like lots of hotspot data, 4K video streaming and the ability to stay connected when traveling in Latin America.) If that seems like too much, though, AT&T's Value Plus offering charges a lower $51 monthly rate. (Technically $50.99.) Perks are few and far between, and AT&T can slow your service if its network is busy. But you get relatively cheap unlimited data on a great network. Unlike with AT&T's other plans, you can't add additional lines of data to Value Plus.
Pros: Cheapest unlimited plan at AT&T, Includes 5G coverage
Cons: Data speeds can be slowed, Limited to just 1 line
The best unlimited plan for Comcast customers
Xfinity Mobile | Unlimited Intro plan | $45/month - Best unlimited plan for Comcast customers
If you're already getting internet service from Comcast — and there's a good chance you are, since it's the nation's largest ISP — consider bundling in phone service through Xfinity Mobile. The price is certainly right, at $45 a month for unlimited data on a single line. (Once you add extra lines, the cost falls to $30 for each line, so two lines of unlimited data for $60/month is a pretty compelling deal for a two-person household that also gets internet service from Comcast.) Xfinity also includes Plus ($55/month) and Premium ($65/month) tiers alongside Unlimited Intro; they offer faster hotspot data, higher-resolution video streaming and more generous data caps before your speeds are throttled. But the $45 tier should be good enough for most customers.
Pros: Low cost, uses Verizon's network
Cons: Only available to Xfinity internet customers
Best unlimited data plan for travelers
Google Fi | Unlimited Plus plan | $65/month - Best unlimited plan for traveling
Google Fi's main unlimited plan is not one of the most affordable plans. For travelers, though, the Unlimited Plus plan is the perfect option. Google doesn't charge you extra for texting or using data in more than 200 countries. There are other benefits to Google Fi's plan too, like a year of YouTube Premium. If you have a Pixel 8, Pixel 7a, Pixel Fold or any one of a number of select devices from Samsung and Motorola, you'll be able to switch seamlessly between cellular networks and Google's Wi-Fi hotspots. However, any handset can use Google Fi and any 5G-enabled phone can connect to the faster network where available. If $65 a month is too much, Google features a $50 plan, though you give up the international coverage.
Pros: Great international coverage, supports lots of phones now, includes YouTube Premium
Cons: Some features limited to select phones
Best prepaid plan perks
Cricket Wireless | Unlimited + 15GB Mobile Hotspot | $60/month - Best prepaid unlimited plan perks
Among prepaid carriers, Metro by T-Mobile charges less than Cricket with an unlimited plan starting at $40 a month. Yet, we like Cricket's plan because you can reduce the cost by $5/month when you enroll in autopay, bringing your total cost to $55. This Cricket plan also comes with perks like 15GB of hotspot data, 150GB of cloud storage and access to the ad-supported Max streaming serivce. (That perk's not even available from AT&T any more.) As an AT&T-owned MVNO, Cricket subscribers can access 5G coverage from AT&T.
Pros: Uses AT&T's network, good perks for a prepaid plan
Cons: Expensive for a prepaid option
How to pick the best unlimited data plan for you
Besides making sure to choose a carrier that offers good service in your area — check out our guide to the fastest wireless networks in addition to asking friends and family about coverage — consider both price and perks. With the best unlimited data plans from major carriers ranging in price from $60 to $90 per month, pick the plan that fits in your budget or turn to a discount carrier like Mint or Visible. Also consider what benefits each wireless carrier includes with their different tiers of unlimited data.
Wondering if you need unlimited data? Unless you’re streaming video and music fairly regularly, you probably can get away with a tiered data plan, like the ones offered by AT&T and Verizon.
While we have a separate guide to the best family cell phone plan options, most of the unlimited plans featured here allow you to add extra lines, usually at discounted per-line rates. The exceptions are AT&T's Value Plus Plan, Tello's $25 option and the Visible Plus plan. Mint's approach to family plans is to offer the same discounted rate for each line of data, so unlimited plans would cost $30 per line, assuming you commit to the full year of service.
Are unlimited data plans truly unlimited?
That depends. While you do technically get unlimited data on all of these plans, many of them will impose a restriction somewhere in the plan to limit you slightly.
AT&T reserves the right to start throttling data at 50GB for Unlimited Extra; Unlimited Starter customers can be throttled at any time. Unlimited Premium customers don't have to worry about caps, though, as AT&T has removed that limitation from its most expensive plan. Verizon is able to slow data after 30GB are used by Unlimited Plus customers; speeds can slow whenever there's network congestion for the Unlimited Welcome plan. T-Mobile lets you use 100GB of data before throttling can begin, though if you opt for the more expensive Magenta Max plan, there's no cap on data usage at all.
Get your service from a discount carrier, and you run the risk that your speeds will be slowed in favor of other customers on the parent carrier's network. Visible guarantees customers who sign up for its Visible Plus plan 50GB of premium data free of throttling. Xfinity Mobile slows speeds after you use 20GB of data on its standard unlimited plan, but under the Plus and Premium tiers, those caps rise to 30GB and 50GB, respectively. Mint caps its unlimited data plan at 40GB while Tello has increased its cap to 35GB.
There could also be limits on the quality of video you can stream — some plans restrict video streaming to 480p, requiring you to pay more for HD video streaming. Many plans also impose limits on hotspot data, only allotting a limited amount of high-speed hotspot data. This isn't really as big of an issue as it sounds. For the average person, hotspotting is simply an added benefit and you won't really lose out too much by being limited on it.
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Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.
There must be some kind of price fixing going on in the US. In Ireland, which is considered a ripoff for cellular plans compared to UK I have unlimited calls, txts, and 80GB + free social media data for about $23-/month including taxes. As I use whatsapp for everything it's all about data. The EU reins in these telecoms so they only make a small fortune in the low billions.Reply
ATT prepaid has unlimited plan for 30/month. And when you do multi line discount you end up able to get 5 lines for $90 plus a little tax!Reply
the link/reflink for the google fi section links to AT&T, not google fi. So I couldnt even click through yours to sign up, i had to do it on my own.Reply
Verizon now has a 150GB/mo plan for $80/mo, with limited caveats.Reply