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.
- $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
- $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
- $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.
Top Rated Comments
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.
ONLY $90 a month? That's a complete rip off, I thought Canada was bad.
Indeed I'm thinking the same thing. The other strange thing I notice is the long contract requirements.
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.
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?