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Old 01-27-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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I don't doubt that Verizon is the most expensive, but its very surprising that Sprint comes in second--as their network is light years behind Verizon and AT&T. I haven't read the original study, but is this based on cost per line or the total price per bill? If so, it could be that Sprint hit number two because more people have a bill that includes multiple lines on that carrier.
Not really surprising. I've looked at Sprint. Despite being utterly terrible, they have the nerve to charge as much as Verizon and AT&T. It's been that way for a long time.
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Maui County, HI
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These prices are all insane... Over $100 for phone service. Think about that. Yet consumers just roll over and accept it.
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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Verizon: $2,600 -- $200 down payment, then a $100 monthly bill for two years, including 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text.
AT&T: $2,480 -- $200 down payment, then a $95 monthly bill for two years, including 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text.
Sprint: $2,120 -- $200 down payment, then an $80 monthly bill for two years, including unlimited data, talk, and text.
T-Mobile: $2,280 -- $650 for the phone (which can be paid in installments), then a monthly bill of $70 for two years, including unlimited data, talk, and text.
How to Find the Cheapest Smartphone Plan (S, T, TMUS, VZ)
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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These prices are all insane... Over $100 for phone service. Think about that. Yet consumers just roll over and accept it.
Phone service is available with all 4 of the major carriers for under $100 per line. You might have to ask specifically for it, but it is readily available.

Keep in mind that since the landline phone companys are losing customers exponentially, things are going mobile. No need to have a landline and cellular phone for most consumers.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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I'm not sure I agree with their assessment. I came out with a different ranking myself. And other articles are calling out the same:



How to Find the Cheapest Smartphone Plan (S, T, TMUS, VZ)

I don't quite understand the comparison here. They're comparing the price of 2 gigs of data with Verizon and AT&T vs. unlimited with Sprint and T-Mobile.

I don't know Sprint's pricing scheme but I know T-Mobile gives you 2.5 gigs of 3G/4G data per month plus unlimited text and talk for $60.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:08 AM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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They're all too high if you want my opinion!
Agreed. Most people could do without internet on their phone if they really thought about it.
I use mine only on wi-fi and pay $25 every 2 months with NO data plan at all.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:36 AM
 
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I don't quite understand the comparison here. They're comparing the price of 2 gigs of data with Verizon and AT&T vs. unlimited with Sprint and T-Mobile.

I don't know Sprint's pricing scheme but I know T-Mobile gives you 2.5 gigs of 3G/4G data per month plus unlimited text and talk for $60.
Sprint doesn't have a limited data plan. They only have unlimited data plans. There's a cheaper option at Sprint than the one they mention... $70 for 500 min, unlimited data/text.

I haven't reviewed Verizon's and AT&T's latest plans so I'll take the fool's numbers.


Verizon: $2,600 -- $200 down payment, then a $100 monthly bill for two years, including 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text.
AT&T: $2,480 -- $200 down payment, then a $95 monthly bill for two years, including 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text.
Sprint: $1,880 -- $200 down payment, then an $70 monthly bill for two years, including unlimited data, talk, and text.
T-Mobile: $2,040 -- $650 for the phone (which can be paid in installments), then a monthly bill of $60 for two years, including unlimited data, talk, and text.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:38 AM
 
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Agreed. Most people could do without internet on their phone if they really thought about it.
I use mine only on wi-fi and pay $25 every 2 months with NO data plan at all.
Many people, if not most, cannot do the same things without internet on their phone. They'd have to compromise their usage.
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Many people, if not most, cannot do the same things without internet on their phone. They'd have to compromise their usage.
Right. In which case compromise is a good thing.
This comes down to discipline and smarter choices for those who need to save money/rather than splurge on smartphone plans.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Right. In which case compromise is a good thing.
This comes down to discipline and smarter choices for those who need to save money/rather than splurge on smartphone plans.
For some it's not about compromise or splurge.

My smart phone allows me to work whatever hours I want, and not be in an office at any particular time. As long as I have that phone in my pocket, I can be anywhere in the world and still deal with support issues, get email, etc, from my clients. $120 a month is an insignificant price to pay for that freedom.
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