Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cell Network Price Comparison 2011

I feel like the service price comparisons between att, sprint and verizon are skewed and inaccurate.  Let’s break this down

  450 minutes 2gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 69.99 10.00 (unlimited) Included 79.99
Verizon 59.99 30.00 (2gb) Included 89.99
Att 39.99 25.00 (2gb) 20.00 85.99

 

But realistically nobody with an iPhone only wants 2gb of data, how about 4gb of data?

  450 minutes 4gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 69.99 10.00 (unlimited) Included 79.99
Verizon 59.99 50.00 (5gb) Included 109.99
Att 39.99 45.00 (4gb) 20.00 105.99

 

What if I want more minutes?

  900 minutes 4gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 89.99 10.00 (unlimited) Included 99.99
Verizon 79.99 50.00 (5gb) Included 129.99
Att 59.99 45.00 (4gb) 20.00 124.99

 

And unlimited minutes?

  900 minutes 4gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 99.99 10.00 (unlimited) Included 109.99
Verizon 89.99 50.00 (5gb) Included 139.99
Att 69.99 45.00 (4gb) 20.00 134.99

 

The only way that any of the figures can be calculated to be lower than sprint is if you get the ATT data plan for 200mb at $15.  Then it comes out $5 cheaper than Sprint.  It really frustrates me when I see Lifehacker and Engadget posting articles with clearly incorrect information.

 

Now, for my own purposes, let’s take a look at family plans for 4 lines.

  Cheapest base plan Number of minutes Additional cost for 4 lines 2gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 129.99 1500 39.98 40 (unlimited) Included 209.97
Verizon 80.00 700 19.98 120 (2gb) Included 219.98
Att 69.99 700 19.98 100 (2gb) 30.00 219.97

 

Now, let’s look at a plan with more data and more minutes

  More minutes Number of minutes Additional cost for 4 lines 5gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 129.99 1500 39.98 40 (unlimited) Included 209.97
Verizon 100 1400 19.98  200(5gb) Included 319.98
Att 89.99 1400 19.98 180 (5gb) 30.00 289.97

 

And just for giggles let’s take a look at their unlimited unlimited plans

  Unlimited minutes Additional cost for 4 lines 5gb data Unlimited text  
Sprint 189.98 179.98 40 (unlimited) Included 409.96
Verizon 50 150  200(5gb) Included 400
Att 119.99 99.98 180 (5gb) 30.00 399.97

 

Sprint finally fails to be the cheapest.  Oh well.

After all this analysis I will say that if your goal is to get the very cheapest plan, you can’t beat the prices from ATT, since they bill separately for texting, you can just not have a texting plan.  That would look like this

Att 39.99 15.00 (200mb) 54.99

And you can get a lower rate from Verizon if you split out the texting plan.

Verizon 39.99 30.00 (2gb) 69.99

So if you are content with not doing any texting, there are cheaper options, but I think that’s totally bull shit. 

 

The most interesting thing about these plans is how in-line they are with each other.  The last time I compared cellular networks was probably 2008 and at that time the plans were all over the place and it made them very difficult to compare to each other, but ATT and Verizon seem to have followed Sprints lead in creating pretty uniformed packages. 

And beyond cost, I think it’s quite apparent that Sprint is the best value, giving you the most bang for your buck. 

What do you think about cellular networks and data plans?