AT&T’s Unlimited Elite plan is the fanciest of AT&T’s unlimited plans. While it comes with a steep price tag, the Unlimited Elite plan includes more features than any of AT&T’s other plans. I trialed the Unlimited Elite plan in November 2020 and had a positive experience.
Key plan attributes
- Unlimited minutes, texts, and data
- Coverage from AT&T’s solid network (see coverage map)
- 100GB per month of high-priority data (for better speeds during congestion)
- 30GB per month of full-speed hotspot data
- Free access to HBO Max
Subscribers on the Unlimited Elite plan get access to coverage from both AT&T’s native network and AT&T’s roaming partners. An interactive coverage map is available on AT&T’s website.
Speeds on the Unlimited Elite plan will depend on factors like the a subscriber’s location and the device a subscriber is using. In most cases, subscribers will experience solid speeds. The screenshot below shows the results of a handful of speed tests I ran while using the plan in Chicago, IL.
The Unlimited Extra plan comes with 100GB per month of high-priority data. While subscribers have high-priority data, they’ll experience faster speeds than some other users on the network if the network becomes congested.
A QCI test I ran found a QCI of 7 for AT&T’s Unlimited Elite plan. Given my understanding of AT&T’s prioritization procedures, I expect subscribers on the Unlimited Elite plan to have even higher priority data access than subscribers on some of AT&T’s other premium plans.1
By default, AT&T throttles subscribers with the Unlimited Elite plan to standard-definition video streaming. However, subscribers on the Unlimited Elite plan have the option to turn off this throttling.
A test I ran with the app Wehe confirmed that the Unlimited Elite plan throttled video by default:
I ran a second test after turning off video throttling:
The Unlimited Elite plan comes with 30GB per month of full-speed mobile hotspot data.
Unlimited Elite subscribers with a 5G-capable device can access AT&T’s 5G service with no extra charge. I did not use a 5G-capable phone when I tried the plan.
Subscribers on the Unlimited Elite plan get a handful of miscellaneous perks:
- Free access to HBO Max
- Minutes, texts, and reduced-speed data in Mexico and Canada
- International texting from the U.S. to most of the world
The price of the Unlimited Elite plan varies based on the number of lines on an account. The table below shows the prices of AT&T’s postpaid unlimited plans before taxes and fees and after a discount for subscribers that set up automatic payments and paperless billing.
|Lines||Unlimited Elite||Unlimited Extra||Unlimited Starter|
Within a single family plan, AT&T customers can mix-and-match among AT&T’s three postpaid unlimited plans.
I tried the Unlimited Elite plan in November 2020. For most of my trial, I was in Chicago, IL and used a Motorola G7 Play.