A Comparison of US iPhone Data Plans

Wednesday January 18, 2012 1:41 PM PST by Jordan Golson

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.
AT&T:

- $20/month for 300MB data with a $20 charge for each additional 300MB
- $30/month for 3GB data with a $10 charge for each additional 1GB
- $50/month for 5GB data with mobile hotspot/tethering and a $10 charge for each additional 1GB

Verizon:

- $30/month for 2GB data
- $50/month for 5GB data
- $50/month for 4GB data with mobile hotspot/tethering
- $70/month for 7GB data with mobile hotspot/tethering
- $80/month for 10GB data
- $100/month for 12GB data with mobile hotspot/tethering

Overages on all Verizon plans are $10/GB

Sprint:

- $30/month for unlimited data
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.

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Posted: 36 months ago
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.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago



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.


ONLY $90 a month? That's a complete rip off, I thought Canada was bad.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago

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.


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.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
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
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
I could have summed it up as:
Sucks
Sucks
Sucks


People should be given phone numbers for life at birth like Social Security numbers. Then it wouldn't matter if you wanted to switch carriers, go a few months without service, get a prepaid sim card with minutes that don't expire, and there would be a few great tethering apps.

Wouldn't capitalism be great if it worked the way it was supposed to?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago

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.


In Australia you can get 1GB for ~$10.
We have much lower population density than the USA and any of the that data that comes from overseas travels in long undersea cables. So the cost of providing Data here could well be double the cost in USA.

I'm surprised you be happy to double what we pay.

edit: oh just to rub it in Tethering is included in most of our data plans.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago

In Australia you can get 1GB for ~$10.
We have much lower population density than the USA and any of the that data that comes from overseas travels in long undersea cables. So the cost of providing Data here could well be double the cost in USA.

I'm surprised you be happy to double what we pay.

edit: oh just to rub it in Tethering is included in most of our data plans.


Indeed I'm thinking the same thing. The other strange thing I notice is the long contract requirements.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
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....??
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago

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.


That would be true if the incremental cost of more data was zero, which is close to true on wireline systems. But on wireless, adding capacity is costly, so it makes sense to me that they charge by usage.

That said, the fees are absurd. We are being totally ripped off by an unregulated semi-monopoly that is just going to squeeze us until we quit letting them. Just like any amoral greedy capitalist would. Between ATT and the TV companies, I'm done being squoze. Not another nickel.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 36 months ago
I'm sure others have mentioned this and it needs to be strongly conveyed by us all to the carriers too. And that is, we pay for a data plan and there are automatic additional fees if we exceed our paid limit. How we consume that data should not be discriminated against. With the base data plan, I should be able to turn on mobile hotspot on my phone and use an iPad or any other device any time I want. If I exceed my plan limit, however the data is used, the additional fees auto kick in and that is expected and accepted. This tells me the real reason telcos are charging extra to use an already built in feature of the phone is just to nickel and dime their customers.
Rating: 2 Votes

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