What is the best cell phone plan?

Katie Weeldreyer

T-Mobile

T-Mobile offers the same basic plan with unlimited talk and text with different options for data. T-Mobile has no overage charges for data.

Equations (m=month)

2 GB of Data: T(m)=50m

6 GB of Data: T(m)=65m

10 GB of Data: T(m)=80m

Unlimited: T(m)=95m

AT&T

AT&T offers the same basic plan with unlimited talk and text with different options for data.

Equations: m=month and x=data in GB.

A(x)=45m+20x and x>0.3

A(x)=55m+15x and x>2

A(x)=75m+15x and x>5

A(x)=115m+15x and x>15

A(x)=155m+15x and x>20

A(x)=190m+15x and x>25

A(x)=240m+15x and x>30

A(x)=315m+15x and x>40

A(x)=390m+15x and x>50

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The Best Plan

Data usage is the key component of choosing a cell phone plan. Four of the five plans have unlimited talk and text so those don’t factor into the decision. Straight Talk cost $495 a year for 5GB of data. However, the T-Mobile plan costs $40 a month for 6 GB of data which will only cost $480 a year. The Verizon plan cost $80 dollars a month for 6 GB as well. Plus, Verizon charges overage charges on data. Sprint only has options for 4 GB then 8GB which doesn’t fit my previous usage. Lastly, AT&T has plans for 5GB then 15GB. Again, this doesn’t fit with my previous usage. I could go with the 5GB but I would probably exceed the data and AT&T has overage charges. So the plan that is best for my needs is the T-Mobile plan for 6GB that costs $40 a month.