- January 25, 2018 - T-Mobile has changed its mobile broadband plans since we originally published this review in 2015. We’ve updated this page accordingly to reflect T-Mobile’s most recent offerings, which notably now includes an unlimited data plan.
Our T-Mobile Review
The 4th largest mobile broadband provider in the nation, T-Mobile boasts excellent customer satisfaction ratings, rivalled only by Verizon. And while its prices are about on par with other large carriers, its Unlimited ONE plan allows for a whopping 50GB of data usage before speeds are slowed down during periods of network congestion. That’s more than double AT&T and Verizon’s 22GB high-speed data allowance, which means T-Mobile is a solid choice for any fierce broadband user that frequently hits their data cap. T-Mobile’s main cons are that family discounts aren’t particularly special, and coverage extends over only 46 states. If you’re planning on signing up for more than 2 lines, family-friendly carriers like Sprint and Cricket Wireless will likely offer better savings.
If you’re looking for mobile broadband but don’t need adjoining phone service, T-Mobile’s data-only mobile broadband plans run significantly cheaper than its phone data plans. And if you don’t want to commit to a plan, temporarily need additional data, or know you’ll be travelling somewhere without Wi-Fi, T-Mobile offers prepaid data “passes”. You pay a single flat rate ahead of time and then you can use the internet until you reach the end of the week or month or hit your data limit. Passes start at $5 for just one day of data, capped at 500MB, and also offer 1GB of data for 7 days at $10, as well as 3GB of data for 30 days at $30.
|Plan||Price||Data and Speed Caps|
|4GB||$45||4GB data, 8Mbps speed|
|10GB||$50||10GB data, 8Mbps|
|Unlimited ONE||$60||22GB data, 8Mbps speed|
A Closer Look at Features
Verizon: Verizon’s speeds consistently outrank other competitors’, and coverage is more widely available than T-Mobile’s. While individual and monthly plans are all more expensive than T-Mobile’s offerings, Verizon does offer fair discounts for family lines. If T-Mobile isn’t available in your area and you’re looking for high speeds, Verizon may be a good choice.
AT&T: T-Mobile notably doesn’t offer any entertainment add-ons like Netflix, Hulu, or HBO, which other top carriers do. AT&T stands out for including a free HBO subscription and DirecTV discount with its Unlimited plans, which means a decent chunk of savings if you’re a TV-lover.
Sprint: Sprint’s prices and speeds are about on par with T-Mobile, though it offers more savings for family plans than T-Mobile does. Through March 2019, you can enroll up to 5 Unlimited lines for less than $100, which is by far the best group unlimited data deal offered by any of the large mobile broadband carriers at the moment.
The Bottom Line
T-Mobile is best for individuals who value high speeds and generous data allowances, while not necessarily wanting to pay premiums for the fastest speeds available. Discounts for family plans are fair but not exceptional, so if you plan on enrolling more than two lines, you may be able to save more by looking in Sprint or Cricket.