T Mobile vs Verizon: What You Need to Know and Why They’re Important

Halfway through 2018, both Verizon and T-Mobile have been neck-and-neck in the competition of being the best in unlimited data offers and reliability for users. We at Dailywireless.org will help you compare between the two and see which one is better over the other.

It’s no secret that both T-Mobile and Verizon are 2 of the 4 biggest phone carriers in the country along with AT&T and Sprint. While T-Mobile and Verizon may not be known to be affordable, what they lack of in low prices is what they make up for incomparable services.

While you’re here, why don’t you check out our fully-detailed reviews for T-Mobile and Verizon.

A lot of people are very happy with Verizon and T-Mobile for the consistency, high network quality and additional perks that keep their customers back. In this article, we’ll be looking at the important questions such as:

“Which is better Verizon or T Mobile?”

“What’s the best for my situation?”

“Is T Mobile as good as Verizon or vice versa?”

We’ll be putting these two in a bout to see who’s the victor over the other when it comes to best in phone plans, unlimited data, coverage, overall pricing, and customer service. A great match and then some.

Fight!

Pros and Cons

Pros

T-Mobile

  • 4G LTE speeds that will make you say wow
  • Simplified plans that are easier to choose versus other networks
  • Competent unlimited plans that offer so much for a lower cost
  • Taxes and fees are already included in all plans except Essentials plan
  • Extendable up to 12 lines
  • Provides great plans with reasonable prices for the elderly and veterans
  • Good customer service in physical stores

Verizon

  • Has the biggest coverage across America
  • Consistent network speed and performance
  • Unlimited Plans are one of the best offers versus other competing companies
  • Highly recommended for individuals who are constantly communicating and browsing for business purposes or for social purposes
  • Consistent network speed and performance
  • Provides great plans for the elderly and veterans
  • Customer Service is very accommodating and friendly compared to many phone carriers.

Cons

T-Mobile

  • Nothing much else for the prepaid plan
  • Underwhelming coverage in rural parts of the country
  • Essentials does not include the taxes and fees yet
  • Tends to be inconsistent in some days
  • Anything else besides the ONE and ONE plus plans are meh

Verizon

  • Lower-tier plans seem a bit too off
  • Can be very expensive in a lot of cases
  • Family plans tend to be too overpriced
  • Overages
  • Tax Exclusion

As you can see, both have exclusive goodies that make them good in their own disciplines but at the same time, you have those flaws that will put you in a position of having second thoughts.

In the end, it’s all just a matter of preference; both are good but with some mishaps on the side.

T-Mobile vs Verizon Perks and Performance

It shouldn’t be a surprise at this moment that Verizon is much more expensive than T-Mobile by a slight margin. T-Mobile even has cheaper plans to offer including a ONE prepaid but it just doesn’t work well.

There are highs and lows within the two phone carriers but in a general point of view, both depends on your situation whether you’re more of a stay-at-home person or a travel-oriented individual.

T-Mobile

There used to be several T-Mobile plans but the company decided to unify the two and made it simpler for the consumers and people love that simplicity.

In the end, they boiled it down to just 2 plans that are the showcase of the entire service: ONE and ONE Plus.

The other plans include a discounted version of ONE for the military veterans and elderlies and a handful of prepaid plans of your choosing.

We’ve previously covered plans in our extensive T-Mobile review. This is what we had to say about it:

These include the T-Mobile ONE and T-Mobile ONE Plus: the network’s flagship plans that have always gained positive reviews.

Others in this list are the Unlimited 55+ and ONE Military–special discounted unlimited plans for senior citizens and military personnel.

Also within the list are the shared plan aka Essentials and Prepaid.

This is the starting lineup and the basic version of the ONE Plus. However, unlike other plans, this offers a lot more just for a basic plan, similar to AT&T’s &More unlimited plan.

They used the term ONE as a direct attack to its competition: as in one plan that includes everything from taxes and fees as well as bundles without the bull.

The 50GB is enough but added Netflix for 2+ lines for free? Now that’s just generous.

T-Mobile ONE comes in line with Sprint’s Unlimited Basic for its more affordable price versus AT&T and Verizon.

But for the price you pay, you gain a lot more than the usual bargain. They’re generous enough to include a lot of good stuff that you won’t find in major basic unlimited plans.

The basic ONE does not shy away with lots of goodies for at least 2 lines. If you’re going for just one line, it isn’t bad per se. It’s just better with a couple more.

First off, if you’re planning on getting the free Netflix subscription, you’ll need 2 lines.$120/mo plus added Netflix? That’s good enough for anyone who just wants to binge watch all day minus worrying about having to pay a lot by the end of the month.

But of course, you can only watch up to 480p SD quality but hey at least you’ll be updated with the latest episode of 13 Reasons Why or Stranger Things.

You’ll also get a 3G mobile hotspot too. Decent stuff and it’s much better than having to struggle with a 2G LTE mobile hotspot + throttling.

ONE Plus is arguably one of the best unlimited plans to ever exist and we’re glad that T-Mobile is so generous when it comes to giving out awesome freebies for such a lower price versus other competing unlimited plans.

There’s just only a $10 price gap between this and the basic ONE but just look at how much else it has over the former:

  • 1080p streaming
  • unlimited in-flight wifi
  • added 10GB of 4G LTE data for the mobile hotspot
  • inclusion of voicemail to text
  • Ability to check out unknown caller IDs.

Is it worth at least $140/mo for the free Netflix and the HD streaming? Yes indeed it is.

It may not have the same amount of discounts and apps like AT&T’s &More Premium does

(in reality, you’re paying separately for their internet TV streaming plus taxes and activation fees), but what it does is controlled quality.

In a very short sentence, it’s just not worth ONE Prepaid. Yes, sure you can save up some money here but if you’re going for ONE quality, why not just go all-in with the unlimited plan instead.

The one we’d like to talk about is the Simply Prepaid plan. It’s a much better plan than the ONE prepaid, to be honest, but you’re still paying a lot just for prepaid.

Sure, you’re paying for the 4G LTE data but only on a very limited cap. However it’s still a better prepaid plan than, let’s say, Verizon, AT&T or even Sprint.

Yes, both are ideal for individual plans and no, they’re not eligible for additional lines. You’ll have to have a new plan per line and if that’s the case, just go with the ONE Plus instead.

It makes you wonder why T-Mobile has made the prepaid and Essentials very mediocre but we’d like to assume that’s because they really want you to focus on their ONE unlimited plan.

We can’t blame them for it. ONE and ONE Plus are really good plans anyway.

Verizon

Verizon may have much fewer plans than T-Mobile but the what makes Verizon shines over the competition and have a brutal brawl with T-Mobile’s exceptional ONE and ONE Plus plans are that they’re so good at offering such a great plan – specifically the Above Unlimited plan.

It has its fair share of prepaid plans but they’re just not worth getting if you’re paying almost the same for their postpaid cellular plans. If you’re looking for decent pre

paid, it’s Metro PCS you’re after.

But otherwise if you’re into the all-out full-on unlimited data plan, look no further than Verizon. We’ve already covered a very detailed review on Verizon Wireless and this is what we said about it:

The Verizon Go Unlimited is the basic kit for their unlimited plan. Here are the perks that you’ll get:

  • Unlimited data at 600 kbps
  • Unlimited texts and data locally and internationally to more than 140 countries
  • Unlimited calls, texts and data locally and to Canada and Mexico

The most basic unlimited plan. It’s got some nice starter perks minus the HD streams. Net speed also throttles quite a lot especially on busy days.

Again, for budget-conscious users, the prices may look too high but for what you’re getting, it’s a lot of value.

With the inclusion of high-speed 22 GB unthrottled data and an additional 15 GB for the mobile spot, that’s quite good indeed.

Is it worth the money? Yes, every penny.

And now we have the last but not the least in the unlimited plan options: Above Unlimited.

It’s everything good about Beyond Unlimited but, as the name implies, goes ABOVE and beyond that.

As you can see, the prices are quite high–$20 more than their basic plan which is a big yikes for some but just look at everything you’ll get:

  • 75 GB unthrottled data plus
  • 20 GB mobile hotspot data
  • HD streaming
  • 5 TravelPasses per month
  • a 500 GB Verizon cloud.

This is more in favor of home workers and those who want nothing more than watching streams all day long.

T-Mobile vs Verizon Overall Coverage

When it comes to the coverage, Verizon takes the cake. It’s known to have the largest coverage in the country, while on the other hand, T-Mobile is weak in some areas.

Sure, T-Mobile is great too but that’s only if you’re in the metro areas. If you happen to live in a rural town or countryside, chances are that you won’t have a swell time with T-Mobile.

T-Mobile vs Verizon Phones

Verizon has the most complete collection of phone carrier-ready devices whether it’s iPhone, Samsung, LG, or even Google phone. If you don’t fancy the latest and trendy gadgets at all, you can always take a look at their throwback phones that even dates back to the classic flip phones.

T-Mobile vs Verizon Monthly Expenditures

What we don’t like in any service is having to pay on a monthly basis. Yes, it’s necessary to pay but there are always the sideline payments that make the service less than friendly.

Verizon is a shining example when it comes to intimidating bills. Why? Because all the advertised prices NEVER include the following:

  • Taxes
  • Auto Pay
  • Other Services

You know what can also piss you off? Overages. Verizon is all about automatically billing you with an overage fee JUST AS you hit 1 extra MB after exceeding the 22 GB cap.

Now that’s just bull, right?

But as for T-Mobile, this is where they have an edge over the former: all prices are tax-inclusive and its other services are free. What’s best about T-Mobile is that they will not charge you for overage at all.

Should you want more data, you’ll just have to avail for extra from them but they will never automatically charge you for anything like some sort of adult site who’s hankering to bill you up just as 1 minute has passed after your monthly membership cap.

T-Mobile vs Verizon Customer Service

Both T-Mobile and Verizon customer services are decent at best. There are times when the reps do go above and beyond and on-site visits are scheduled as planned or earlier but there also days when it’s just the usual meh on both sides.

Verdict

And the winner is…it’s a tie!

Here is a breakdown of what you need to know about the two:

  1. If you’re looking for the highest quality network in exchange for large price, it’s Verizon you should go for.
  2. If you happen to want extra perks on a level that’s just right on both what you can handle and what you can pay, you should opt for T-Mobile.
  3. Living in a rural area? You should go with Verizon without a question since T-Mobile has signal issues in the rural parts of the country.
  4. Seeking out more options for phones? Verizon will fill you in on that from Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and even Google phone.
  5. Are you the traveler type? You should look forward to T-Mobile since they have exclusive perks for international communications and airplane mode internet browsing.
  6. Do you require a large data limit? Then it’s T-Mobile’s ONE plan you should be focusing on as it’s good on the money and on the data capacity.
  7. Looking for the best in extra perks with top-of-the-line internet surfing experience including HD streaming and gaming? Let Verizon’s Above Unlimited be your answer.
  8. If your main focus is on the budget, it’s really T-Mobile that should be the solution to your problem but if you have more than enough in your budget for great service, go Verizon.
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Sam Churchill
Sam Churchill
Sam Churchill is the founder and editorial in chief at Daily Wireless. He has spent more than 2 decades blogging about all forms of wireless communications.

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Sam Churchill is the founder and editorial in chief at Daily Wireless. He has spent more than 2 decades blogging about all forms of wireless communications.

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