Today, Sprint quietly increases its price for unlimited data, a single line of Unlimited Freedom plan increases $10 from $50/month to $60/month with autopay. The second line is still $40/month and the 3rd-5th lines free. As a result, the price of a 5-line family plan has also inched up from $90/month to $100/month.
The free lines promotion, however, only last until January 31, 2019. After that a single line will remain $60/month, the second line will remain $40/month but each of lines 3-5 will increase to $30/month—with autopay. A 5-line family plans will then cost $190... a $90 increase.
Is Sprint's Unlimited Plan still a good deal?
Yes. Even at $60/mo a line, it's still a well-priced unlimited data plan -- and a straight up steal for a 5-line family plan at $100/mo (until the rate increase in 2019). Sprint's Unlimited Freedom Plan still offers more top-shelf features than any other major carrier's basic unlimited plan.
When you compare both cost and plans features (HD video streaming and high speed mobile hotspot data) Sprint's unlimited data plan is the best deal in the market today. True, its coverage lags behind the major networks in some areas, but across the board the experience is vastly improved and Sprint's roaming deals mean that where Sprint does not have coverage, you can roam onto other networks for free and continue using your plan (hello, Montana).
Key features compared
Each carrier has a different way of treating unlimited data plans and key features, price and coverage are where these carriers can be separated.
Once a certain data allotment is used up, speeds may temporarily slow down during times of high network traffic; this soft speed limit known as data deprioritization is common across carriers. Here's how they compare.
T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon's basic unlimited data plans don't offer high definition video streaming by default (you need to upgrade your plan). Here's how the core unlimited data plans compare for video streaming speeds.
Sprint's the only carrier to offer 10GB of high speed mobile hotspot as part of its basic unlimited data plan.
Other notes on mobile hotspot:
- AT&T's base unlimited data plan (Unlimited Choice) offers no hotspots/tethering ability and unlimited data at slower speeds, 3Mbps.
- Verizon's and T-Mobile's basic unlimited data plan (ONE and Go Unlimited) offer unlimited mobile hotspot data at slower 3G speeds.
- Once again, to get high speed mobile hotspot data with T-Mobile,Verizon and AT&T, you'll have to shell out extra and sign up for their premium unlimited data plans.