Comparing ATandT, Verizon Data Plans
Under the upcoming AT&T shared plans, existing customers wont 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.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 tetheringthe ability to extend a devices connection to another deviceand offers subscribers access to AT&Ts 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 $10a total of $170 per month. Verizons Share Everything plans are slightly differentthe gigabyte pricing is set, as is the pricing per month per devicebut, 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.
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: