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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How does this translate into your reality? I've put together several usage scenarios in the table below. The "digital" single, couple, and family plans assume high usage, so I chose the most unlimited plans available for those. The "sem-digital" plans assume moderate usage of both voice and data, so I selected plans with about 450, 900, and 1,500 voice minutes for singles, couples, and families, as well as non-unlimited data plans, for those carriers that offered such optoins. The "simple" plans assume no data or text messaging usage.

Green = cheapest plan in class; red = costliest plan

  AT&T SprintT-MobileVerizon
Digital single $150 $165 $120$120
1 smartphone $70 $110 $70$40
1 tablet $10 $35 (3GB) $50$10
4GB data $70 Included Included$70
Messaging Included Included IncludedIncluded
TetheringIncluded$20 (2GB)500MB capIncluded
 
Simple single $40 $40 $50$40
1 cellphone $40 $40$50$40
 
Digital couple $200 $320 $180$190
2 smartphones $60 $210 $120$80
2 tablets $20 $70 (3GB each) $60$20
8GB data $120 (10GB) Included Included$90
Messaging Included Included IncludedIncluded
TetheringIncluded$40 (2GB each)500MB capIncluded
 
Semi-digital couple $160 $185 $120$150
2 smartphones $80 $150 $100$80
1 tablet $10 $35 $20$10
2GB data $70 (4GB) Included Included$60
 
Simple couple $70 $70 $80$70
2 cellphones $70 $70 $80$70
 
Digital family $290 $620 $280$320
5 smartphones $150 $510 $210$200
2 tablets $20 $70 $60$20
10GB data $120 Included Included$100
Messaging Included Included IncludedIncluded
TetheringIncluded $40 (2GB each on 2 lines) 500MB capIncluded
 
Semi-digital family $250 $320 $220$250
2 smartphones $80 $190 $160$80
3 cellphones $90 $60 Included$90
2 tablets $20 $70 $60$20
2GB data $60 (4GB) Included Included$60
Messaging Included Included IncludedIncluded
 
Semi-digital family
(no messaging)

$240 $245 $190$240
2 smartphones $80 $150 $160$80
3 cellphones $90 $60 Included$90
1 tablet $10 $35 $30$10
2GB data $60 (4Gb) Included Included$60
 
Simple family $170 $180 $160$160
5 cellphones $140 $180 $160$160
Messaging $30 Included IncludedIncluded

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