| | Re: Unlimited voice AND data for only $99 come to a GSM network starting2/21/08
Todd Allcock wrote:
> At 26 Feb 2008 10:39:05 -0800 SMS wrote:
>> If you compare the plan minutes at different price points, using one of
>> the comparison engines for wireless, the prices for peak minutes of
>> voice are very comparable at AT&T, Sprint, & Verizon.
> Here we go again... That's a loaded comparison, since Sprint's nights
> start 2 hours earlier, and AT&T's minutes rollover, both of which give more
> effective minutes than the comparable number from Verizon, but of course,
> that's Verizon's intent- to make us believe they offer and equal number of
> minutes for the dollar.
Actually their intent is to get users to buy a larger plan once they get
dinged with overages because of the worse off-peak.
AT&T's rollover does not give you more effective minutes. It's the same
average number of minutes each month. If you purchase a plan too large
for you then you end up racking up massive numbers of rollover minutes,
if you purchase a plan too small for you then you still get dinged with
overages. Rollover is great if you have occasional peaks in usage at
some times of year.
>> For unlimited, T-Mobile is cheaper because it includes text messaging,
>> though the savvy consumer that wanted unlimited would port their
>> number to PagePlus and get unlimited on the Verizon network for
>> significantly less, around $75, versus what will be about $115 after
>> taxes and fees on Verizon or AT&T or T-Mobile.
> True, unless they want data. An unlimted tal, text and data plan on T-Mo
> would be $106. ($120 on PDAs/Blackberries.)
Even cheaper on Sprint.
> You're assuming a separate data account with a PC card, rather than a
> tetherable-data add-on.
No, I'm assuming data on a PDA type phone or data on a PC Card, Express
Card, or USB card.