*Updated 10-8-2011 With Sprint Pricing*
With Verizon putting an end to its unlimited iPhone data plan, the dust has finally settled enough on data-plan pricing for us to compare the costs of the two major carriers in US.
In terms of being the cheapest, AT&T wins hands down. Their lowest tier data plan costs $15 for 200 MB of data. In comparison, Verizon starts off at $30 for 2 GB. AT&T also offers the cheapest tethering plan, offering 4 GB of tethering as part of their $45 data plan. Verizon’s tethering starts at $50 for 2 GB, hardly a bargain. While AT&T may be the cheaper service, quality is a different matter. In any case, below is a chart showing data plan pricing for the two major carriers.
|AT&T||$15||200 MB||Additional $15 for 200 MB|
|$25||2 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB|
|$45||4 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB|
|Tethering||$45*||4 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB|
|Verizon||$30||2 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB|
|$50||5 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB|
|$80||10 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB||Tethering||+$20||2 GB||Additional $10 for 1 GB|
|Sprint||$70**||Unlimited data and text messaging||Not applicable|
*AT&T’s tethering is included as part of their regular $45 plan. It cannot be purchased separately for other data plans.
**Sprint does not separate out its data plan pricing from its voice plans. Its minimum plan is $70 for 450 voice minutes, unlimited data, and unlimited text messaging.