Comparing Data Plans

Posted by Sam Churchill on

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have both ditched unlimited data plans, notes Larry Dignan at ZDNet, who has made some simple charts that make price comparison easy.

The inflection point between where AT&T becomes more expensive than Verizon shows up at about 4.5GB of usage a month.

Sprint is the last carrier with unlimited data plans. Sprint could acquire more high-end smartphone users with their unlimited plan, and may get the iPhone this fall.

The FCC issued its 15th Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report (pdf) a couple of weeks ago. The report concluded:

“Given the Report’s expansive view of mobile wireless services and its examination of competition across the entire mobile wireless ecosystem, we find that the mobile wireless ecosystem is sufficiently complex and multi-faceted that it would not be meaningful to try to make a single, all-inclusive finding regarding effective competition that adequately encompasses the level of competition in the various interrelated segments, types of service, and vast geographic areas of the mobile wireless industry.”

The FCC report also noted that Verizon and AT&T generate the highest profit margins, both over 40%.

Fierce Wireless has a summary of the report in 10 quick charts.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 7:13 am .

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