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AT&T’s New Data Plans. How Do They Compare to Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile?

iPhone 3G ATTSmartphones are all the rage these days. According to Nielsen, 46 percent of mobile consumers in the U.S. had a smartphone as of Q42011. That number is sure to grow in 2012 with upcoming releases like the Lumia 900, Galaxy Note and iPhone. That means more mobile consuming, more sharing and more data plans. With three different carriers offering a crazy amount of options, it can be difficult to find the one that best suits you.

AT&T on Wednesday announced that it’s introducing new data plans starting January 22, giving us even more food for thought when considering which provider to go with. Existing smartphone plans won’t be affected by the change, unless you want to upgrade from 2GB to 3GB, or 4GB to 5GB.

How do these new plans compare to other carriers?  Below is a breakdown of each carrier’s current mobile data plans:

AT&T:

  • $20 for 300MB
  • $30 for 3GB*
  • $50 for 5GB*, with mobile hotspot / tethering

(asterisk denotes same price for tablets)

Sprint:

  • $99 for unlimited talk, messaging and data
  • $69 for 450 minutes, unlimited messaging and data
  • $89 for 900 minutes, unlimited messaging and data

T-Mobile:

  • $119.99 for unlimited minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (10GB high speed)
  • $109.99 for 500 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (10GB high speed)
  • $89.99 for unlimited minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (5GB high speed)
  • $79.99 for 500 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (5GB high speed)
  • $79.99 for unlimited minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (2GB high speed)
  • $69.99 for 500 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (2GB high speed)
  • $69.99 for unlimited minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (200MB high speed)
  • $59.99 for 500 minutes, unlimited text, unlimited data (200MB high speed)

 Verizon:

  • $30 for 2GB
  • $50 for 5GB
  • $80 for 10GB
  • $50 for 4GB (Includes Mobile Hotspot)
  • $70 for 7GB (Includes Mobile Hotspot)
  • $100 for 12GB (Includes Mobile Hotspot)

Depending on what kind of coverage each carrier provides in your area, and how much data you consume, you’re looking at a number of different options. Note for Sprint, the carrier lumps its data price in with its voice and texting plans, meaning for unlimited minutes, messaging and data, you’re looking at $99/month. When choosing your plan, consider coverage, and also consider how much data you’ll need while on the go.

Will you upgrade your AT&T plan when it changes on January 22?


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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