T-Mobile raised its monthly plan rates last year as it introduced its Binge On zero-rate program. While it offered more data per tier and more hotspot data at that, the unlimited data package ended up starting at $95 from its previous $80.
Currently, two lines of unlimited data come to $140 per month. Sprint’s offering a $120 rate for the same thing. But it could dive even deeper if that carrier’s trial offers of the “Unlimited Freedom Plan” expand nationwide.
That takes the base rate for two lines of unlimited data down to $100 per month. But according to those in the know at the Sprint subreddit, how those line costs split depends by market: in Boston and Milwaukee, the first line is $60. In Oklahoma City and Phoenix, both lines are $50. In either case, subsequent lines are $25.
Also for both scenarios, the rates are cheaper than today’s $75 first line rate and the $30 rate for lines three to ten.
There is a catch to Sprint’s plans in that it will “optimize” or throttle speeds down to 500kbps for streaming video at “480p+” or extreme quality music. Unlike Binge On, these traffic “deprioritization” tactics are applied universally “during times of congestion.”
As always, weigh your needs and do your research before making any network jumps.