Didn't see this posted yet, but this is what I'm switching to at the end of current Verizon billing cycle, and wanted to vent about atrocious Verizon service while also sharing this deal.
I'm in Arlington VA, near DC and Verizon absolutely sucks here. I recall getting 60+ mbps downloads on Metro PCS Unlimited when I first moved here almost 2 years ago, and in fact went through 132 GB worth of data one month, unthrottled!
Verizon has consistently been a low performer in my area, around 10 mbps or less, and sometimes as low as 2 - absolutely pathetic and unacceptable for Cat 9 LTE on a Verizon branded Note 5. 3G on this Verizon phone (which lacks Band 12) on T-Mobile's network, will most likely be as fast or faster than full Verizon service in my area.
My guess is everyone here (erroneously) believes Verizon is best, so Verizon is in fact perpetually congested, while the opposite is true for T-Mobile/Metro PCS.
PS. If you have a non carrier branded phone, it is quite simple to make your own mobile hotspot outside of carrier hotspot restrictions.