Sprint New Unlimited Data Plan Also Now Includes HD Streaming

The $80 unlimited plan - or, to phrase it more accurately, "unmetered" plan - that Verizon Wireless rolled out Sunday features fewer carve-outs and restrictions than comparable offerings from AT&T and Sprint, as well as one from T-Mobile, which has responded to Verizon by removing restrictions on hotspot use and video streaming.

The plan, which will be available starting tomorrow, offers unlimited data, talk, and text on four lines for $180 per month.

AT&T Inc.is opening up its unlimited wireless data plans to all potential customers, not just those who buy its television service, days after rival Verizon Communications Inc. began offering unlimited plans for the first time since 2011. 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. Previously, AT&T only offered unlimited data to mobile customers who also subscribed to DirecTV or U-verse TV.

It's also important to note that the $180 price is after a $40 credit for the 4th smartphone line. Like Tmo and Sprint, AT&T had an unlimited plan, but it's making some changes. Earlier this week, Verizon brought back unlimited data, clearly anxious about studies showing that T-Mobile was closing the gap in network coverage and speed (long used as Verizon's justification for higher prices). It brought back unlimited data for DirecTV and U-verse customers a year ago.

HD video streams as part of Sprint's plan are up to 1080p-not 4k-music at up to 1.5Mbps, and gaming streams at up to 8Mbps.

The news comes as the latest announcement in a wave of carrier responses to Verizon's decision earlier this week to revive its own unlimited play.

The single-line price is higher than AT&T's competitors are charging, and the plan has some limits despite its name. After March 31, 2018, the pricing goes back up to normal pricing.

AT&T's Unlimited Plan also includes Stream Saver, which will optimize video streams to 480p.

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