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CNET's FAQ Attempts to Clarify Pricing Plans

Thu Jan 21, 2010 - 6:36 PM EST - By Annie Latham

In her Signal Strength post at CNET.com, Marguerite Reardon talked about how customers may actually be paying more with the new wireless pricing plans introduced by Verizon and AT&T.

"In short, where consumers can expect to save money is on voice calls. Whether they are using a smartphone, quick-messaging/multimedia device, or a basic feature phone, the companies have lowered the price of their unlimited voice plans. But where many customers will likely pay more is on accessing the mobile Internet.

In fact, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless are extending data plans to a whole slew of customers who formerly were not subscribing to any data plans. And it is likely these are the customers who will see a bigger phone bill when they upgrade their phones or renew their contracts."

She offers a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) that should be helpful for any one about to get a new phone (like the Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus). Here is an example of one of the Questions, and the answer.

How do plans from Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA stack up against the plans offered by AT&T and Verizon Wireless?

Sprint's Simply Everything plan costs $99.99 and includes unlimited voice, texting, and data. This is still $20 cheaper than a comparable unlimited plan for an AT&T smartphone or any Verizon phone. These equivalent unlimited plans offer unlimited voice, text, and data for about $120 a month. And it is $5 cheaper than unlimited plans for AT&T quick-messaging devices, which cost about $105 per month.

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