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AT&T
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Service levelMonthly service - 2-year contractiPhone 6 - subsidized upfront priceTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - subsidized upfront priceTotal cost - 2 yearsNotesColors: green = cheapest; blue= second-cheapest; red = most expensive
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500 MB$65.00$199.99$1,759.99$0.00$1,560.00
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2 GB$80.00$199.99$2,119.99$0.00$1,920.00
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4 GB$110.00$199.99$2,839.99$0.00$2,640.00
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Service levelMonthly service - NextiPhone 6 - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 yearsNotes
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500 MB$50.00$649.99$1,849.99$399.99$1,599.99
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2 GB$65.00$649.99$2,209.99$399.99$1,959.99
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4 GB$95.00$649.99$2,929.99$399.99$2,679.99
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Sprint
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Service levelMonthly service - 2-year contractiPhone 6 - subsidized upfront priceTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - subsidized upfront priceTotal cost - 2 yearsNotes
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500 MB$60.00$199.99$1,639.99$49.99$1,489.99Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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2 GB$65.00$199.99$1,759.99$49.99$1,609.99Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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4 GB$80.00$199.99$2,119.99$49.99$1,969.99Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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Service levelMonthly service - Easy PayHigh-end device - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 yearsNotes
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500 MB$45.00$649.99$1,729.99$399.99$1,479.99Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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2 GB$50.00$649.99$1,849.99$399.99$1,599.99Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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4 GB$60.00$649.99$2,089.99$399.99$1,839.99
Unlimited rate. Tethering starts at $10/month for 1 GB of use
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Service levelMonthly service - Easy PayiPhone 6 - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 years
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500 MB$45.00$649.99$1,729.99
Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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2 GB$50.00$649.99$1,849.99
Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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4 GB$50.00$649.99$1,849.99
Unlimited rate. Tethering starts at $10/month for 1 GB of use
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Service levelMonthly service - lease (iPhone 6/6 Plus and other high-end phones)Two years of $20/month lease cost (for iPhone 6, other phones vary)Total cost - 2 years
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500 MB$45.00$480.00$1,560.00
Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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2 GB$50.00$480.00$1,680.00
Family Data Share pricing; tethering included.
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4 GB$50.00$480.00$1,680.00
Tethering starts at $10/month for 1 GB of use
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T-Mobile
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Service levelMonthly serviceiPhone 6 - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - unsubsidized total costTotal cost - 2 yearsNotes
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500 MB$50.00$649.99$1,849.99$399.99$1,599.99
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2 GB$60.00$649.99$2,089.99$399.99$1,839.99
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4 GB$70.00$649.99$2,329.99$399.99$2,079.99Data Stash rollover may make $60 3 GB plan viable for this usage level
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Verizon
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Service levelMonthly service - 2-year contractiPhone 6 - subsidized upfront priceTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - subsidized upfront priceTotal cost - 2 yearsNotes
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500 MB$60.00$199.99$1,639.99$0.00$1,440.00Single Line and More Everything cost the same at this level of use, but former excludes tethering
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2 GB$75.00$199.99$1,999.99$0.00$1,800.00
Single Line plan bans tethering; cheapest plan with it is $80/month
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4 GB$100.00$199.99$2,599.99$0.00$2,400.00
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Service levelMonthly service - EdgeiPhone 6 - unsubsidized priceTotal cost - 2 yearsmid-range phone - unsubsidized priceTotal cost - 2 yearsNotes
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500 MB$45.00$649.99$1,729.99$399.99$1,479.99
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2 GB$65.00$649.99$2,209.99$399.99$1,959.99
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4 GB$85.00$649.99$2,689.99$399.99$2,439.99
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