4G data plans: Less choice than the competition might indicate

T-Mobile debuts its 'radical' data plans, which tend to cost less than competitors, but overall expenses are similar

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The table below shows the current state of data plan pricing from the national carriers.

  AT&T SprintT-MobileVerizon
Smartphone plan $40 450 min.

$60 900 min.

$70 unlimited min. $20 300MB

$30 3GB

$50 5GB

$20 messaging

$40 450 min.

$60 900 min.

$110 unlimited min.

$30 for unlimited data on 450- and 900-min plans; incl. in unlimited plan

$10 for messaging on 450- and 900-min. plans; incl. in unlimited plan

$20 surcharge for corporate BlackBerry

$50 500MB

$60 2.5GB

$70 unlimited

500MB tethering included

Unlimited voice and messaging included

$40 unlimited min.

$50 1GB

$60 2GB

$70 4GB

$80 6GB

$90 8GB

$100 10GB

Unlimited messaging included

Tablet plan $15 250MB

$30 3GB

$50 5GB
$15 300MB

$35 3GB

$50 6GB

$80 12GB

$30 2GB

$40 4GB

$50 6GB

$60 8GB

$70 10GB

$80 12GB

$20 1GB

$30 2GB

$50 5GB

$80 10GB

Smartphone + tablet plan $95 1GB

$120 4GB

$145 6GB

$160 10GB

Data is shared between devices

Add to smartphone plans:

$10 100MB

$15 1GB

$35 3GB

$50 6GB

$80 12GB

Data is per device

$80 500MB

$100 2.5GB

$120 unlimited

Data is per device

$110 2GB

$120 4GB

$130 6GB

$140 8GB

$150 10GB

Data is shared between devices

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