8 Myths about Getting an Unlimited Data Plan

Phone data plans are essential for people who rely on their mobile devices for work, planning, gaming, messaging and more. Many people simply assume when they are signing the dotted line on a contract of an unlimited data plan that they are actually receiving unlimited data. Unfortunately, this isn't exactly the case. There are many myths that surround how unlimited data plans work. This list seeks to explain eight myths about receiving an unlimited data plan. There are many things that are simply assumed about data plans but are not in fact true. This list hopes to clarify and inform as to what about these myths is in reality correct.

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MYTH: New phones are always needed for new unlimited data plans.

Unlimited data plans do not need new phones to function. As long as a phone is a relatively current smartphone it will utilize the plan's services adequately. New phones offer processing features that affect software not the speed of the internet itself.

MYTH: It is possible to watch unlimited amounts of videos using very little data.

A common misconception is that video streaming services use very little data. Applications that stream videos such as YouTube and Netflix use an extraordinarily large amount of data. That's why it's so important for people who watch lots of videos online to invest in online data plans.

MYTH: All unlimited data plans require annual contracts.

Cellular providers know that more people want monthly pay-as-you-go plans, and they offer a number of no-contract unlimited data plans to meet that demand.

MYTH: Providers don't offer plans that only make certain types of data unlimited.

T-Mobile is a great example of a cellular provider that makes certain types of data usage unlimited. For example, users who stream music through sites such as Pandora can do so as much as they please. Ask about partially unlimited data plans if you're looking to save money.

MYTH: Phones that come with unlimited data plans are cheaper.

If acquiring a phone through a data plan, the phone is being paid in total through the payments for the phone plan itself. Essentially the phone is being financed and is not actually cheaper. These plans cause an illusion of the phone costing less through the use of monthly payments.

MYTH: All unlimited data plans provide consistently high speeds.

After a certain amount of data is used, most phone service providers start to throttle (slow down) an internet connection to a grinding halt. Unfortunately, when this point is reached, it is near impossible to load anything on a phone. However, this isn't the case with all unlimited data plans. Be sure to ask about throttling when comparing plans.

MYTH: The most inexpensive data plan is usually good enough.

When it comes to getting the best data plans, it makes more sense to get a plan with a higher allowance of data. After the initial data allowed has been used, that is when the throttling begins to occur. The more upfront data a plan has the better, so it is best to invest in a sizable plan straightaway.

MYTH: All smartphones can handle the best networks for unlimited data usage.

Not every phone is 4G LTE capable. While it is true most newer smart phones are capable of 4G quite a few phones are still only capable of 3G or less. Not all unlimited data plans are practical for all phones. Making sure the phone in use can actually utilize the high speed plan is absolutely essential.