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Summer may be halfway over, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the sun before autumn comes our way. As you embark on epic adventures away from home, we’ve partnered up with Ting Mobile to answer the question: How much data do I need for summertime?
Today AT&T announced its refreshed DataConnect plans, now with extra 5G. While that's nice, the big news is that they're considerably less expensive than they used to be. Customers looking to AT&T for a dedicated connection on a mobile-equipped tablet, laptop, or hotspot might want to check them out.
T-Mobile just announced revamped plans last month, and now it has new international data passes to go with them. The old day pass option still exists, but now you can give T-Mobile more money for more data, and those bytes won't expire as quickly.
We all know that the supposed "unlimited" plans offered by US carriers actually impose a large number of limits. So, you might as well get something for putting up with them. US Cellular's new Unlimited with Payback plan comes with an interesting offer. Use as much data as you want, but you can get $10 back on your next bill if you keep your usage lower.
T-Mobile was the first US carrier to really push the idea of free international roaming, although the data speeds have always been terrible. Still, your T-Mobile phone works in other countries, which is more than you could say a few years ago. Now, Tmo has expanded free roaming to even more countries, and there's a cheaper option if you want LTE data while traveling the world.
Cricket Wireless, the MVNO owned by AT&T, tends to change its pricing tiers from time to time. Back in May, the company increased the amount of high-speed data on its $40/month plan from 3GB to 4GB. Starting November 5, new changes will go into affect for its $30/mo and $40/mo tiers.
Verizon ruffled some feathers last month when it was caught throttling Netflix on its LTE network. At the time the carrier said it was merely testing video optimization technology, and now we know why. Verizon has done away with its standard unlimited data plan, replacing it with three tiers of unlimited data. All of them include video throttling—in fact, you can't get 1080p video on phones on any of them.
Back in April, Comcast announced that it was entering the wireless game with Xfinity Mobile. It promised "a new kind of network" and the plans actually weren't too bad, with $12 per GB, a $45 unlimited tariff, and discounts for Xfinity home internet customers paying for the more expensive packages. 18 million Wi-Fi hotspots are also accessible, helping to keep cellular data costs down. Xfinity Mobile has now been rolled out across all of Comcast's service areas.
Do you want more data allotment per month? If the answer is no, I'm not sure why you're reading Android Police and I'm starting to doubt whether we should be friends. The answer should always be yes, regardless. And to that, Cricket Wireless is upping its data allocation on its $40 monthly plan ($35 with autopay) from 3GB to 4GB.
It was only in January, a few months ago, that Cricket increased the available data on all of its plans — at the time, the $40 plan was upped from 2.5GB to 3GB. So it's nice to see the MVNO following with another bump so soon after.
Verizon has been making a lot of headlines with new wireless plans as of late, but they've all been in the realm of post-paid customers, those data-hungry hoity-toity bourgeoisie one percenters of the wireless world. The company hasn't forgotten the little guy, in so much as that little guy can afford a Verizon-compatible phone and some of the most expensive dollar-per-gig rates in the industry. Today they've announced a new 2GB prepaid option for $40, which is now the cheapest prepaid plan on the network.