A Comparison of US iPhone Data Plans

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    With the introduction of new iPhone data plans from AT&T, here's a look at the data plans from the three providers that natively sell the iPhone in the United States.
    Sprint offers the best deal on data, though users of the Sprint version of the iPhone 4S have reported slower data speeds than the other networks.

    Between AT&T and Verizon, AT&T's $30 plan offers 50% more data than Verizon, and also offers a $20 option for light-data users.

    At the $50 price point, AT&T offers 5GB of data plus tethering, whereas Verizon charges $10 more for the same package.

    Article Link: A Comparison of US iPhone Data Plans
  2. thisisluiss macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    so glad i got unlimited data with AT&T. sucks att is rising their prices one more time this will make them lose some customers just like netflix lost thousands of customers
  3. baummer, Jan 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012

    baummer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2005
    Southern California
    Looks like you have a mistake. Sprint doesn't offer unlimited data for $30/month. The cheapest option for that is on one of their "Everything Data" plans, which start at $69.99.

    EDIT: I see now where you're getting this. That price point is derived from their basic plan options that don't include data. Problem is, you can't get an iPhone on any of those plans. iPhones will only be activated to an Everything Data plan ($69.99-89.99/mo. depending on minutes) or Simply Everything ($99.99/mo.).
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Carriers should be working for their customers.
    1GB = $20 would be acceptable.

    In all seriousness though, this is just getting more and more expensive. This is ridiculous.
  5. dhechols macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2012
    You forgot this one:

    Every single one of the big 3 carrier's plans are giant greedy things that demand your money and beat it out of your with a bloody club.

    Here's what you really want, in my opinion if you're in the USA.

    1) By an unlocked iPhone from Apple.
    2) Transfer your number to TMobile by signing up for the no contract plan $30 1500 Talk Text, 30MB data
    3) Get the SIM card in the mail, cut down to micro SIM size.
    4) Plug it in, enjoy freedom at a somewhat reasonable price.

    All this said, $30/month is still pretty pricey. Especially considering that you can get fiber internet connections in quite a few places in the world for $10-$20 a month for 10Mbit up/down - 100Mbit up/down depending where you are. And of course, you are trading off data for using it over WiFi most of the time. 30 MB is enough for you to survive though if you're caught out in the boonies without google maps though.
  6. eNcrypTioN macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2009
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    Glad I was able to lock-in unlimited data with Sprint. The speeds could be a little better but I can't complain when I only pay $90 a month with taxes for my iPhone.

    I'm sure Sprint won't offer unlimited data forever so people should get it before its to late.
  7. Bchagey macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2011
    my account reads

    "Data Used Processing ...
    335,300.2KB of Unlimited"

    ive always had unlimited data..never over charged or anything. Does this new data plan begin today?
  8. McJaffaCakes macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2012
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    The US carriers are rediculous. In the UK we have the option of buying the pone unlocked and sticking in a SIM from another provider.

    For example using giffgaff as a cheap example for £10 per month you not only get unlimited data but unlimited texts and something like 250 minutes.

    Over a 24 month period you'll save money paying full price for the phone and using giffgaff compared to the subsidised cost of a contract. If you can get a 0% credit card deal you can use that to spread the cost.

    If you'd still prefer a contract they're still a lot cheaper in the UK than their US counterparts.

    Living in what's called 'Rip-off Britain' it's good to see the rare times we do get a better deal.
  9. maattp macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    ONLY $90 a month? That's a complete rip off, I thought Canada was bad.
  10. xSPRINTERx macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2009
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    My god, that is so expensive. You need more carriers and more competion over there.

    I know it doesn't help but we get some cracking deals in the uk.

    I'm with three £35 (is that about $50) I get 5000 any network call time 5000 SMS and unlimited data with tethering
    (iPhone 4s on 2 year contract).
  11. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2010
    34.6700N 118.1590W
    I got locked in with VZ Unlimited 1 day before they shut that option down. So very happy I managed to be able to make that happen.
  12. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    The UK also has a landmass much smaller then the continental United States. But I agree, these prices are way too much even for that.
  13. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Kind of hope Verizon bumps their 2GB plan up to 3GB for $30 now.
  14. jffmrk macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Verizon 300MB data plan

    At the end of November both my wife and I switched to Verizon's "limited time" 300MB data plan for $20/month. We are on Wi-Fi most of the time and our usage rarely goes beyond 150MB/month.

    So 2 iPhones on a family plan leaves us a $117.11/month bill.

    Too bad Verizon didn't keep the 300MB plan for everyone.
  15. penajmz macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    So happy to have been grandfathered into AT&T's unlimited data plan. Never letting that go.
  16. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    How is anything besides unlimited acceptable? This is 2012, not 1995 where Dial-Up used to cost ~$5/hour. Even regular broadband internet doesn't cost this much. If the cellular carriers weren't so greedy, they'd charge unlimited fees per speed, not amount of usage.
  17. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
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    Suddenly I feel really good about 6gb/$30 in Canada!

    The ridiculous thing in all this is my gut tells there likely aren't that many true data abusers. Since I upped my data allowance I've been listening to web radio fairly regularly, and I still don't come anywhere near my limit. By making these plans more attractive you'd think the telcoms would benefit, as people would be more willing to pay for the extra headroom, but on average not use it.

    If anything by charging greedily, you'd think it'd just motivate people to push their limit just to get their "money's worth"
  18. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    Its incredible how over the years its cost the carriers LESS to supply the transfer of data, yet they demand for consumers to pay more.

    I wonder how many people think data is a scarce resource....??
  19. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Agreed. 500-1GB is enough for most users, I would guess. 2-2GB would cover nearly everyone. 300MB would consistently cover relatively few.

    That last thing AT&T would want is to offer a 1 or 2GB plan with mass appeal! Better to make all those people decide between expensive 3GB overkill, or penalties and overages on the “cheap” plan. Either way, AT&T/Verizon wins and your wallet loses!
  20. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Are they working to get more money out of you now that iMessage is in?
  21. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Glald I have unlimited data now more than ever!
  22. bwillwall macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
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    Yay my carrier (Verizon) oficially offers the worst deal for data. I hope they follow soon
  23. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
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    I fully expect VZW will follow AT&T's lead within the next 30-45 days. Cell carriers pretty much just play "follow the leader" these days as they each take turns raping the U.S. consumer and watching the money roll in.

    With that said, I can't really blame the carriers for wanting to make money. They are "for profit" entities after all. And, as much as I hate paying $160 a month to VZW for service on two iPhones, I pay it faithfully every month; so they must be charging what the market will bear at least in the U.S.
  24. blue22 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2010
    they're all going to cost you the same in the end...

    I dunno, I did a plan price comparison of AT&T/Sprint/Verizon back when the iPhone4S launched and they more or less cost the same with minor varying details. AT&T's new pricing structure doesn't really change that still.

    I have Sprint, and although they do offer much more value due to their unlimited package, their network is indeed slower than the big two, so, for now, it's a trade-off in services with using them depending on what's more important to you: unlimited data access vs. need for speed.


    Now, if you're willing to work with what T-Mobile offers then you can really save some money... but of course their network speed with the iPhone (any of them) is 10x worse than Sprint, running only on 2G/EDGE. *ugh* Still, worth looking into if you're on the fence (and also prefer to be on a non-contract plan).
  25. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    That's exactly why they won't do it. 1GB would be enough for most customers. 300MB is too little for most. So the next best thing is the 3GB plan. Even if you never use near that amount. If they offer a 1GB plan, very few will sign up for the 3GB.

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