Instead of the usual “unlimited” calling to people on the same network, these two companies will now offer unlimited calls to any phone number nationwide.
Rivals T-Mobile and Sprint already offer something similar. Sprint began offering “Any Mobile Anytime” in September allowing subscribers to the plan to call any number outside the Sprint network, as long as it was a mobile phone. T-Mobile unveiled a more complete version of unlimited plans last year.
Mobile phone services have evolved greatly in the past few years. From T-Mobile launching its “Fave 5″ — allowing users to call any five numbers as much as they want — to allowing customers to call any number any time. The mobile carriers are being forced to evolve due to competition from prepaid companies like MetroPCS and Boost Mobile and upcoming competition from cable TV companies like Cox.
It looks like consumers can look forward to the end of overage fees and minute counting.
But how much are they? And what’s the catch? Most still require a two-year contract and, of course, the price is much higher than it used to be. I’ve compiled a chart of the big four mobile services so it’s easier to see how much everything costs.
Unlimited plans Verizon AT&T T-Mobile Sprint Talk $69.99 $69.99 $59.99 Talk/Text $89.99 $89.99 $69.99 Family Talk (2 lines) $119.99 $119.99 $99.99 Family Talk/Text (2 lines) $149.99 $149.99 $119.99 3G smartphone voice/data $99.99 $99.99 $89.99 3G smartphone voice/data/text $119.99 $119.99 $99.99 $99.99* Family smartphone voice/data (2 lines) $179.99 $159.99 Family smartphone voice/data/text (2 lines) $209.99 $179.99 $189.99*
*Sprint’s plan includes unlimited calls to mobile numbers only, not all numbers.
I’ll review the prepaid companies unlimited offerings in a later post.
Previously on unlimited plans: