Comparison of Current Cell Phone Packages
With one of the cheapest cell phone deals out there, Sprint offers some appealing basic plans. For $29.99, customers can get unlimited minutes after 9 p.m. and 200 anytime minutes. However, this package only includes talking - text or data is only available for the more expensive cell phone plan wireless deals.
At the other end of the spectrum, Sprint advertises unlimited minutes, text messages, and data for $109.99 per month. It's one of the few cell phone providers to continue offering unlimited data, but the data has to be on the Sprint network. The most comparable plan on Verizon would cost $140 each month.
The family wireless plans come with 2 included lines, but any extra lines can cost up to $99.99 for the unlimited family plan. At that price, it's almost as economical to purchase individual plans. The $149.99 1,500 minute family plan offers the same data plan and unlimited text messaging, but additional lines only cost $29.99.
As the largest of the cell phone companies, AT&T offers the largest selection of individual and family plans. The $39.99 450 minute individual plan is $10 more expensive than Sprint's cheapest plan, but any unused minutes can rollover to the next month. It's also AT&T's only plan without unlimited night minutes, but the 5,000 minutes allows for two and a half hours each night.
For data, customers can choose between shared or individual data plans. Popular packages include an individual 3 GB plan for $30 or a family plan that offers 10 GB of shared data for $120 and unlimited talk and text. Additional lines cost $30.
T-Mobile's big selling point is its unlimited data plan. As the website advertises, "no limits and no overages." For $89.99 per month, customers get unlimited talk, text, and data. The family plans are also fairly cheap. $159.99 offers the same service across two lines. For an extra $10 per month, customers can also enable hotspot access, turning their smartphones into mobile wifi hotspots.
T-Mobile also offers SIM cards for use in any unlocked GSM phones. Plans start at just $34.99 for 500 minutes of talk.
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