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Comparing Smartphone Plans From AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and

Waiting in line at the DMV or getting a root canal are just a couple of things that sound more pleasant than finding a new smartphone plan.

If you’ve ever tried to make sense of all the different carrier plans, you know it can be confusing. Between the individual and shared plans and the different levels of data packages, the experience is maddening enough that you might feel resigned to stick to your current plan. But suffering through horrible service is a far worse alternative.

In this week’s column, I outline the smartphone data plans offered by ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, along with some of their pros and cons. With so many factors affecting pricing — the number of individuals on a plan, devices and geographic location — it’s hard to pick a “winner,” but this guide should make the decision easier.


ATT offers both individual and shared

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