Verizon recently launched unlimited data, and then T-Mobile tweaked its own unlimited plan to address Verizon's changes.
Spurred on by T-Mobile, which now advertises only its unlimited data plan, the rest of the wireless industry has moved swiftly to adapt. It's unclear how exactly this will affect those customers, but we'll be sure to provide an update as soon as details are made available.
Verizon and T-Mobile aren't the only US mobile networks with new "unlimited" data plans trying to win your hard-earned money. After that date, the price will jump to $60 for one line, $100 for two lines, $160 for four lines and $190 for five lines, though given how competitive things have gotten just in the past week, it's likely there will be newer plans when that date comes.
Previous unlimited plans from AT&T required customers to be DirecTV subscribers. In the case of AT&T, for example, if a customer uses more than 22 GB on a line in one month, downloads can be slowed. The credit doesn't begin right away, so four-line plans cost $220 for the first month or two. No word yet on the amount mobile hotspot data (if any) will be included in the plan. While that data allotment lasts, users can enjoy the full measure of Verizon's LTE speeds in their area on other phones, tablets, laptops, or whatever other devices they may decide to share internet with.More news: Health department offering free flu shots
The upgraded plan brings Sprint in line with rival offers from Verizon and T-Mobile.
Those who switch to Sprint and trade in a qualifying smartphone on this plan can lease an iPhone 7 for 18 months for $0 monthly payments.
And now it's AT&T's turn to make an unlimited data plan announcement. T-Mobile will now stream unlimited video at a minimum 720p as opposed to the YouTube quality 480p it was streaming unlimited video at, on its Binge On plans.
Basically, this new promotion rolls this $20 premium charge into the base price, meaning that while you will get unlimited HD streaming, music streams are capped at up to 1.5Mbps, and gaming streams at up to 8Mbps (neither of which should impact those relatively-resource light applications, but is worth making clear all the same).