Starting at $50, T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plans, feature unlimited talk, text and data for up to 5 lines.
AT&T’s 300MB plan, by contrast, starts at $20/month but jumps at a rate of $20 per additional 300MB.
“This has been about nothing less than freeing Americans from the greedy, absurd practices of the old wireless companies“, said T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere.
Verizon’s Prepaid plans start at $45/month with 500 MB of data a month.
Verizon has a handy calculator to estimate your monthly data total.
Sprint prepaid plans include a $45 unlimited minutes but no data and $60 a month with unlimited minutes and unlimited data.
However, the mobile industry’s rate plans change weekly, so the best bet might be to check each of the carrier’s websites. Virtual mobile operators, which lease spectrum and infrastructure from large carriers, often provide the best deals but your choice of handsets may be limited, unless you can bring your own phone and use their SIM card. T-Mobile’s storefronts are handy for prepaid users in that they can supply a SIM card on the spot and get you going in a few minutes.