We all know that recently AT&T went into buying T-mobile which is being currently under scrutiny of US government. When this is happening at one end, the number of cell phone service providers have grown to a great extent. While this is good to the industry, consumers end up in confusion on which service providers to select. Budget based cell phone service providers may not have good network and a good network provider’s cost may be huge.
So what is the best and optimum cell phone service that you can choose to? This is the question that is being iterated in many minds. This article attempts to compare the connection cost between US top three service providers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Please bear in mind that we have not included other aspect of services like support, network coverage and customer service. This article is an apple to apple comparison on cost.
So if your only usage of cell phone is to talk what provider will be best to consider? If you are a small scale user who can manage the entire talk minutes with 450 or 500 minutes all these three providers have a base plan. It starts at $39.99 per month where T-Mobile scores extra points for having a plan for 500 minutes while ATT and Sprint have 450 minutes plan. The other advanced plans in T-Mobile come with combination. They either have to be mixed with a data plan or text plan. However ATT and Spring provides this option and will cost $59.99 per month. Additionally ATT has a plan that allows you to handle unlimited calls in the cost of $69.99 per month.
Talk and Text:
It is not always people today rely on only call features. Texts have become a part of our life. So these providers have a combination plans where text and call features are clipped together and are offered to customers. On the first category of very limited call and unlimited texts Sprint and T-Mobile scores additional points when compared to ATT.
ATT has the pack priced at $10 more than the other two providers. ATT also pushes the cost by $20 for the next category of 900 minutes. Sprint seems to be $10 less when compared to ATT. T-mobile does not have a plan to fit into this category.
And in the final category where unlimited text and talk is supported, T-Mobile scores full mark for its remarkable $59.99 plan. When we compare this with ATT it is a whopping cost of $89.99. An absolute $30 difference is on the higher side.
Talk + Text + Data:
Now here comes the all in all pack or the power user packs. These packs are considered for advanced users who want everything unlimited. Yes – Calls, texts and data are all unlimited. Now let us see who scores the best based on the cost in which they are offered. Now we can rule out ATT as the cost is close to $120 for the advanced all in all pack. On the other side T-mobile offers two kind of budget options – One with 2GB data speed and it costs $79.99 and the other one with 5 GB data speed and it costs $89.99. So all together T-mobile seems to be very cheap for advanced usage. On the other hand Sprint has a medium cost of $99.99.
Which Service provider to choose?
As we saw in the information above, it is all basically tied to your usage. But as a thumb rule, if you are most advanced user you can go for T-mobile and if you are a small time user you can go for ATT. On a special occasion for a medium usage you can go for Sprint.