Comparing ATandT, Verizon Data Plans

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2012-08-06 Print this article Print


Under the upcoming AT&T shared plans, existing customers won€™t be required to switch, though they can choose to do so without extending their contract.

AT&T is also differentiating itself in a big way from Verizon with its new plans. Customers who are eligible for an upgrade may continue under their existing lower-data capacity plans and are not required to switch to the new shared plans, according to AT&T.

The Mobile Share plans ask that customers first choose how much data they plan to use a month; the price per gigabyte decreases with the more gigabytes chosen:

1GB is $40, plus $45 for each smartphone

4GB is $70, plus $40 for each smartphone

6GB is $90, plus $35 for each smartphone

10GB is $120, plus $30 for each smartphone

15GB is $160, plus $30 for each smartphone

20GB is $200, plus $30 for each smartphone

Additional gigabytes are $15 each.

Each basic or quick-messaging phone (non-smartphone) adds $30 a month to the plan; each laptop, LaptopConnect card or netbook can be tied to the plan for $20 each a month; and tablets and gaming devices can be added for $10 each per month.

Each Mobile Share plan includes unlimited talk and text, as well as tethering€”the ability to extend a device€™s connection to another device€”and offers subscribers access to AT&T€™s more than 30,000 WiFi hotspots.

Using a Mobile Share plan, a couple with two smartphones and a tablet, for example, who estimate that they need 4GB of data per month, would pay $90 plus $35 plus $35 plus $10€”a total of $170 per month.

Verizon€™s Share Everything plans are slightly different€”the gigabyte pricing is set, as is the pricing per month per device€”but, ultimately, the plans are very competitive. Per month, Verizon charges $40 per smartphone, $30 per basic phone, $20 per Jetpack MiFi hotspot, USB hotspot, netbook and notebook and $10 per tablet. Gigabyte pricing is 1 for $50, 2 for $60, 4 for $70, 6 for $80, 8 for $90, and 10 for $100, with higher allotments also available.

The couple above would also pay $170 per month with a Verizon plan.

A single user with only a smartphone needing only 1GB of data per month would pay $85 on the AT&T plan and $90 a month with Verizon. Should that user instead need 6GB a month, the charge would change to $125 on AT&T and $120 on Verizon.

On AT&T a family of four with four smartphones, needing a collective 20GB of data per month would pay $350 a month€”$200 for the data and $30 per smartphone. On Verizon, the tally would be $310€”$150 for 20GB and $40 per smartphone. If that family had five members with smartphones, however, the cost would change to $350 on both carriers.


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