What's the best 5G plan?

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What's the best 5G plan?

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I saw that Verizon will not throttle for 50GB. But ATT will let you go 100 GB without throttling. I couldn't find the number for Tmobile.

What's the best 5G plan that would also work overseas, say Europe. I don't want to switch SIMs anymore when I travel.
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The best 5G plan is with the carrier that has actual working 5G cell towers in the areas you use your phone in.

It's not easy to get a good answer to this. But you can get lots of promises for what those are worth.

5G in Europe just getting started: https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-european-cities/
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123 wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:51 pm The best 5G plan is with the carrier that has actual working 5G cell towers in the areas you use your phone in.

It's not easy to get a good answer to this. But you can get lots of promises for what those are worth.

5G in Europe just getting started: https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-european-cities/
Let's say they all have 5G towers in my area.
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T-Mobile has the best international plan.
$50 for 15gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 30 days.
$35 for 5gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 10 days.

As for domestic, T-Mobile has the most 5G coverage presently.

Verizon is still the strongest domestic carrier. It is also the most expensive.
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The t-mobile throttle on magenta plans May start at 50gb. T-MOBILE does not differentiate between 4g and 5G.

For Europe, the T-Mobile website says their data is limited to LTE there for the paid plans. On magenta plus, the free data says max is 256kbps but I usually get better.
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5G is overrated. Sub-6GHz 5G is a bit faster than 4G LTE, but hardly life-changing. Millimeter-wave is incredibly fast but the coverage is extremely spotty and can be blocked even by leaves!

Choose the plan that works for you, don't even think about 5G. I'd go with Mint, which runs on T-Mobile and includes 5G.
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I’m thinking with WFH probably not worth to get 5G since I’m mostly at home and have access to wifi.
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5G has been massively overbilled at this point. Unless you live in a city center, check back in two years.
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Jags4186 wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:03 pm T-Mobile has the best international plan.
$50 for 15gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 30 days.
$35 for 5gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 10 days.

As for domestic, T-Mobile has the most 5G coverage presently.

Verizon is still the strongest domestic carrier. It is also the most expensive.
The TMobile data passes are an additional charge on top of your regular TMobile service.

Google Fi is $20/month for phone/text + $10/GB for world wide 4G/5G data.
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8foot7 wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:05 pm 5G has been massively overbilled at this point. Unless you live in a city center, check back in two years.
Exactly. AT&T is even calling it 5G - when it's not. Don't fall for marketing. 5G rollout is very limited at this point
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aarondearu wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:41 pm
Jags4186 wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:03 pm T-Mobile has the best international plan.
$50 for 15gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 30 days.
$35 for 5gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 10 days.

As for domestic, T-Mobile has the most 5G coverage presently.

Verizon is still the strongest domestic carrier. It is also the most expensive.
The TMobile data passes are an additional charge on top of your regular TMobile service.

Google Fi is $20/month for phone/text + $10/GB for world wide 4G/5G data.
GoogleFi is a poor service, IMO. It’s way too expensive for what you get. A low data user is better off elsewhere. A medium data user is better off elsewhere. A heavy data user is better off elsewhere. And if you’re tech savvy enough to use GoogleFi you’re tech savvy enough to use an app like Airalo to purchase a local, regional, or global eSIM for international coverage. Or certainly tech savvy enough to simply buy one of those data passes from T-Mobile.
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- You need to know if 5G is already available in your area first. Otherwise, it's a waste of money.
- Even if Verizon speed is slower, I think people still prefer Verizon becauce it has better wireless coverage than T-Mobile based on history (at least, we have better Verizon coverage at our home than T-Mobile). This may change since T-Mobile has improved a lot its coverage.
- I, for one, do not see the benefits of 5G over LTE. I am not playing game or watching Netflix a lot, so I am not excited enough to spend $1000+ for a 5G phone.
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Jags4186 wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:35 pm
aarondearu wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:41 pm
Jags4186 wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:03 pm T-Mobile has the best international plan.
$50 for 15gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 30 days.
$35 for 5gb fastest available international data, unlimited talk and text for 10 days.

As for domestic, T-Mobile has the most 5G coverage presently.

Verizon is still the strongest domestic carrier. It is also the most expensive.
The TMobile data passes are an additional charge on top of your regular TMobile service.

Google Fi is $20/month for phone/text + $10/GB for world wide 4G/5G data.
GoogleFi is a poor service, IMO. It’s way too expensive for what you get. A low data user is better off elsewhere. A medium data user is better off elsewhere. A heavy data user is better off elsewhere. And if you’re tech savvy enough to use GoogleFi you’re tech savvy enough to use an app like Airalo to purchase a local, regional, or global eSIM for international coverage. Or certainly tech savvy enough to simply buy one of those data passes from T-Mobile.
Google Fi is a great option for the frequent global traveler, which doesn't describe a ton of people right now. I also find that with phones supporting an eSIM (including all iPhones since the XS/XR generation), you can often get data cheaper through an eSIM provider like Airalo (check www.esimdb.com for comparisons based on location), without the inconvenience of standing in line at some airport cell phone shop after you land to buy a local SIM.
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manatee2005 wrote: Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:46 pm I saw that Verizon will not throttle for 50GB. But ATT will let you go 100 GB without throttling. I couldn't find the number for Tmobile.
Tmobile is 50GB
https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/mydatausage
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8foot7 wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:05 pm 5G has been massively overbilled at this point. Unless you live in a city center, check back in two years.
I think 5 is more like it if that.
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sperry8 wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:45 pm
8foot7 wrote: Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:05 pm 5G has been massively overbilled at this point. Unless you live in a city center, check back in two years.
Exactly. AT&T is even calling it 5G - when it's not. Don't fall for marketing. 5G rollout is very limited at this point
Just like fiber. True 5G is not going to be available everywhere.
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