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Breaking down T-Mobile’s break with contract phone plans
Mobile » Although direct comparisons are tough, carrier’s prices generally cheaper than rivals.


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AT&T (www.att.com)

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Cheapest plan » Unlimited voice and texting and 1 gigabyte of data for $85 per month.

Data » For more data, add $30 per month for 4 gigabytes, another $50 for 6 gigabytes and another $80 for 10 gigabytes. There is no unlimited data plan.

Multiple lines » For two phones with 1 gigabyte of data to share, the cost is $130 per month (adding each additional phone can cost an extra $30 to $45 per month, depending on how much data you buy. The bigger pool of data, the less each phone costs per month).

Cost per month » For one smartphone with 1 gigabyte of data, the cost is $85 per month.

Two-year cost » To buy a new Samsung Galaxy S3 and the plan with 1 gigabyte of data per month, the cost over two years would be $2,379.99.

Notes » AT&T’s pricing is the most complicated but also the most flexible because the company offers more of a variety plans, depending on your usage. But the plans listed above were most comparable with what Verizon and T-Mobile offer.

Sprint (www.sprint.com)


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Cheapest plan » Unlimited voice, texting and data for $109.99 per month. (This is the cheapest plan that offers unlimited voice and texting).

Data » There is only unlimited data — there are no tiered data plans. The cost of each plan includes unlimited data.

Multiple lines » For two phones with unlimited data, the cost is $209.98 per month. Add $99.99 for each phone.

Cost per month » For one smartphone with unlimited data, the cost is $109.99 per month.

Two-year cost » To buy a new Samsung Galaxy S3 and a plan with unlimited voice, text and data, the cost over two years would be $2,739.75.

Notes » Although Sprint has higher prices in these examples, keep in mind those are for unlimited data. But Sprint also offers lower-priced tiers in which you have limited voice minutes to landline phones that would lower the cost. Be aware that Sprint also does not have a 4G LTE data network up and running in Utah.

vince@sltrib.com

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