Pay half price for the same coverage
Here’s a cost-saving tip—you can get the same reliable cellular coverage as you would from T-Mobile when you sign up for a much cheaper wireless plan through an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). MVNO carriers operate over the same cellular towers, but let you save big with a simpler plan.
Want T-Mobile coverage for a cheaper price? Try Mint Mobile—you can get an unlimited talk, text, and data plan for just $30 per month, costing you $20 less than T-Mobile's cheapest unlimited plan. There are even cheaper options too, but you can still get hotspot data, premium data speeds, and access to the most widely available 5G network in the country.
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If you want tons of high-speed data and live in the city, then T-Mobile is the best carrier right now. Yep, we said it—the best. Here’s why.
Here’s a weird thing about unlimited data plans—most of them don’t actually give you unlimited high speed data. There’s usually a data cap. If you go over your data cap, your data speeds can be significantly reduced (making it hard to stream or game).
Companies like AT&T and Verizon tend to set their caps at 75GB per month for mid-tier unlimited plans. But T-Mobile’s mid-tier Magenta MAX plan has a data cap of 100 GB of premium data per month.
That’s a ton of data, but it’s the Go5G Next plan that really impresses us.
T-Mobile’s Go5G Next plan has no data cap. That means you get truly unlimited 4G and 5G data on this plan. No throttling and no deprioritization, just that sweet, sweet high-speed data. So go ahead and stream that new episode of True Detective or Echo on Max in HD.
We’ve collected speed data from over 100,000 mobile users on a variety of networks. We discovered that, on average, T-Mobile has the fastest data speeds in the country. That’s a big deal when it comes to streaming, gaming, or working on your phone.
These data speeds, combined with high data caps (so that your speeds aren’t slowed), makes T-Mobile a powerful contender for those who want high performance over all else.
Evaluating which carriers have the best 5G networks is tricky because the technology is so new and because there are different kinds of 5G. Some companies use “high-band” technology that gives you very fast speeds but has limited range. Others use “low-band,” which goes further but isn’t much faster than 4G.
By most metrics, T-Mobile is ahead in the 5G race. T-Mobile has the fastest average 5G download speed at 135.17 Mbps and the highest average customer time spent connected to 5G.1
These impressive 5G statistics are just further evidence of T-Mobile’s dominance when it comes to data speeds. There is a variety of other T-Mobile MVNOs that use the same superfast network and offer pretty affordable plans like Mint Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, and Consumer Cellular that are worth checking out.
T-Mobile has 5G Home Internet
T-Mobile's 5G speeds and coverage can now be enjoyed at home for all devices like the newest Samsung Galaxy or iPhone. Search your home address in T-Mobile's location map to see if it's available in your neighborhood.
Getting a few extra perks isn’t the main reason to choose a cell phone plan. But it is a nice cherry on top. Here’s what you’ll get from T-Mobile’s Magenta MAX and Go5G Next plans.
- Free Netflix Standard with ads subscription
- Free Apple TV+ subscription for six months
- Free Hulu (With Ads) subscription (Go5G Next only)
- Free in-flight texting plus four full-flight streaming sessions a year and one hour of streaming
- Worldwide data coverage
- Mobile hotspot data (50GB on Go5g Next and 40GB on Magenta MAX)
As long as you're an active T-Mobile wireless customer (without a prepaid or pay-as-you-go plan) or home internet user, you'll be able to get freebies, discounts, and the chance to win prizes with the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. Every Tuesday, you'll be able to enjoy a myriad of deals as well as get a sneak peek of what will be available the following week.
Here are a few examples of T-Mobile Tuesday benefits:
- $25 off bouquets plus free shipping
- 40% off hotels
- Cruise credits
- Up to 40% off car rentals
- 10% cash back at participating restaurants (5% cash back every other day)
- $5 off AMC popcorn
T-Mobile's perks are practically never-ending, as they change weekly and vary depending on where you live. And because not every service is available nationwide, some users are trading codes on Reddit with fellow T-Mobilers. That means if you live in Florida and get an In-N-Out code, you can swap it for someone's Culver's code in Idaho.
T-Mobile vs. the competition
As you can tell, we’re pretty impressed with T-Mobile overall. But there are a few blemishes on the company’s otherwise clean record. Namely, coverage and cost. We’ll talk about coverage more below, but you can see the problem with cost right here.
While T-Mobile’s cheapest unlimited plan costs similar to AT&T’s and Verizon’s equivalents, it’s still much pricier than plans from smaller discount MVNO providers, like Mint Mobile and Visible. And, to be honest, the Essentials plan isn’t even that great.
T-Mobile’s better plans (Magenta MAX and Go5G Next) will set you back a clean $85 or more every month. While these are still cheaper than the equivalent plans from Verizon, they will be too expensive for some users.
Discounts for 55+, first responders, and military
T-Mobile offers a few discounts that can save you $10 to $15 on your monthly bill. First, there’s the Essentials 55+ plan for just $40.
The best discount the company offers is for first responders and military. You can get the Magenta MAX plan for just $70 a month. That’s a pretty darn good deal for one of the more powerful cell phone plans on the market.