In our continued quest to find the best smartphone unlimited data plan, it is now time to head on over to AT&T and Sprint. Which carrier will reign supreme at providing unlimited smartphone data for less that $100? Let us go ahead and dig deeper to answer this question.
AT&T is definitely one of the major phone carriers in America. Let us see how their smartphone unlimited data plans compare to Verizon and T-Mobile.
At the AT&T website, I chose the HTC Tilt2 as my preferred phone. For my voice plan, I chose the 450 minutes with 5000 unlimited nights and weekends ($39.99). This plan seemed suitable enough for me and I went ahead to the data plans screen. There was a choice between Smartphone Personal ($39.99), Smartphone Personal Bundle ($50.00) and the Smartphone Personal with tethering ($60.00). The Smartphone Personal Bundle included unlimited texting and data so I decided to go with that one. When I reached the checkout screen, I was told that my monthly bill would be $89.99 (and that is without tax). This price with tax will come dangerously close to the $100 mark. Let's head over to Sprint.
Finally, I went over to the Sprint website and decided to give this carrier a test to see how much it would cost for unlimited data. I chose the Palm Pre as my phone of preference. I was then suddenly faced between two decisions for voice and data plans. One plan is called the Simply Everything plan ($99.99) and the other is Everything Data (450 minutes-$69.99 and 900 minutes-$89.99). Simply Everything includes unlimited everything and Everything Data includes unlimited data. I went ahead and chose the 450 minute Everything Data plan, and went to the checkout screen. My total monthly bill would be $69.99 excluding tax.
Sprint seemed as if it was a cheaper deal, but not by much.
In conclusion of this smartphone unlimited data showdown, I believe that most major carriers are just expensive when it comes to data plans. They know that many customers who have been faithful to data plans are going to have a hard time going to just a regular plan, therefore an increase in price would really benefit them. It is a great business strategy but does not seem fair to customers. Why should we pay so much for something that we have been paying less for? In other words, these data plans are no different from what they were before so there really should not have been an increase in price. The cheapest out of these carriers was Sprint so if you are interested in a cheaper data plan, give Sprint a try. As for me, I think I may just head on over to MetroPCS or go prepaid.
Click here if you have not read or would like to read Part 1 between Verizon and T-Mobile.