Don’t Switch for Cheaper Plans
If you’re looking for the lowest plan prices, don’t switch to T-Mobile. The company’s low rates attracted a lot of attention early on, but they’re not always cheaper than rivals today.
T-Mobile One plans, which include unlimited talk, text and data, cost a single subscriber $70 a month. That’s with a $5 a month discount per line. Adding unlimited video streaming, 10GB of hotspot data, faster data while traveling and unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi costs another $10. That’s a total of $80. That makes a single line with all the extras just as expensive on T-Mobile as it is on Verizon.
Sprint has a cheaper unlimited plan than T-Mobile does. The carrier’s Unlimited plan includes unlimited talk, text, data, HD video streaming and 10GB of hotspot data. Subscribers pay $60 a month per line, and a current promotion discounts the price to $50 a month until July 2018.
AT&T Unlimited Plus customers pay $90 after auto-pay and billing discounts to get the same features as Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon customers do. HBO streaming comes with this plan.
Family plans aren't cheaper for T-Mobile subscribers either. T-Mobile One Plus for a family of four costs $200 because every line needs the add-on. Four lines with these features cost Verizon subscribers $180 with auto-pay and billing discounts. A family of four pays Sprint $90 in service charges until a carrier-wide promotion ends on July 1st, 2018. Sprint subscribers pay $120 after the promotion ends. This price includes an Auto-Pay discount.
T-Mobile isn’t even the cheapest option for wearables and tablet plans. AT&T subscribers can add a tablet to their plan for $20 a month and a smartwatch for $10 a month. That’s the same price as T-Mobile. An unlimited tablet plan costs $15 a month for 12 months and $25 after the promotional period ends on Sprint. That price includes an auto-pay discount.
None of these prices include hardware. Customers must sign up for a payment plan that splits the total cost of their device into monthly payments. All four networks let you add an unlocked device to a postpaid account and skip buying a new phone.
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