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Verizon Wireless Plans Prices vs. the Other Carriers: A Comparison

Introduction:

            Our cell phones have come to play a central role in our lives.  We use them for an increasing number of day to day activities that have nothing to do with making a phone call.  We use them to keep in touch through texting, to navigate while walking and driving, to bank online, to find someplace to eat, to get a ride, to play games, to keep up with the news and so much more.  As we find an increasing number of uses for our phones we also use increasing amounts of data and the service provided by our cell phone providers becomes more important.

            Verizon Wireless is the largest of the cell phone carries with some 108 million subscribers.  Verizon Wireless plans prices are comprehensive and also fairly high.  Is the price worth it?  In this article we will take a look at the plans offered by Verizon Wireless and compare them to the plans offered by the other big carriers- AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. That comparison should be brief but handy guide that will help the consumer choose a carrier and price plan.

Data Limits:

Verizon Wireless pans prices include unlimited data and so do other plans from the other big carries.  The good part of unlimited data is what they include- unlimited talk, texting and data.  The drawback is data limits.  All of the four big carriers have data limits.  After data usage reaches that limit it will be throttled or slowed down.  The limit is 22 GB for AT&T and Verizon, 23 GB for Sprint and 30 GB for T-Mobile.  Data limits can be an important factor in which plan is best for you.

Single Line Plans:

            If you need a single phone line the four big carries offer a few options.  The popularity of these unlimited data plans is due to the fact that they offer a lot data at a reasonable price and you avoid overage charges.

            Verizon Wireless price plans have two options: Verizon “Go Unlimited” for $75.00 per month and Verizon “beyond unlimited” for $85.00 per month.  Verizon “Go Unlimited” includes 22 GB per month and 480p SD video streaming.  Verizon “Beyond Unlimited” includes 22 GB per month and 720p HD video streaming.

            T-Mobile offers two price plan options: T-Mobile One for $70.00 per month and T-Mobile One Plus for $75.00 per month.  T-Mobile One includes 30 GB per month and 480p SD video streaming.  T-Mobile One Plus includes 30 GB per month and 1080p HD video streaming.

  

            AT&T offers two price plan options: AT&T Choice for $60.00 per month and AT&T Plus for $90.00 per month.  AT&T Choice includes 22GB per month and 480p SD video streaming.  AT&T Plus includes 22 GB per month and 1080p HD video streaming.

            Sprint offers just one price plan.  It is the most economical plan at $50.00 per month (though that price will be increasing to $60.00 in March of 2018).  It includes 23 GB per month and 1080p HD video streaming.

            All the plans are similar in their data limits and video streaming.  It should be noted that all of them offer a discount of $5.00 per month if you elect to enroll in autopay.  AT&T, Verizon and Sprint do not charge taxes, surcharges or additional fees.  Since carriers might vary a bit in their coverage and individual customers might vary in data usage it is worth considering all of them before selecting one.

Additional Lines:

One of the best ways that families can reduce the cost of providing cell phones for everyone in the family is to add additional lines to their cell phone plans.  Since each additional line is less than a single line it can save quite a bit of money each month.  All the major carriers offer additional lines at a reduced price.

Both Verizon Wireless price plans offer reduced prices for additional lines.  Verizon “Go Unlimited” is $75.00 per month for the first line, $55.00 per month for the second line, $20.00 per month for the third line, and $10.00 per month for the fourth line.  Verizon “Beyond Unlimited” is $85.00 per month for the first line, $75.00 per month for the second line, $20.00 per month for the third line, and $20.00 per month for the fourth line.

Both T-Mobile price plans offer reduced prices for additional lines. T-Mobile One is $70.00 per month for the first line, $30.00 per month for the second line, $41.00 per month for the third line and $19.00 per month for the fourth line.  T-Mobile One Plus is $75.00 per month for the first line, $35.00 per month for the second line, $46.00 per month for the third line and $24.00 per month for the fourth line.

Both AT&T price plans offer reduced prices for additional lines.  AT&T Choice is $60.00 per month for the first line, $55.00 per month for the second line and lines three though ten are $20.00 per month unless the device is wearable, then those lines are $10.00 per month.  AT&T Plus is $90.00 per month for the first line, $55.00 per month for the second line and lines three though ten are $20.00 per month unless the device is wearable, then those lines are $10.00 per month.

Sprint is currently $50.00 per month for the first line, $40.00 per month for the second line and no additional monthly fee for lines three through five.  Note that on March 31, 2018 that price will change to $60.00 per month for the first line, $40.00 per month for the second line and $30.00 per month for lines three through five.

Conclusion:

            Now that you know more about Verizon Wireless plans prices and how they compare to the other major carriers you can begin to choose a plan for you.  As you can tell, there is a lot of similarities between the pricing and the data limits.  Keep in mind that different carriers have different areas of coverage.  Verizon still has a bit of an edge in that regard because it has the largest network.  However, when you do the math and dig into each carrier, you may choose one of the other networks.