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Unlimited vs. Capped Data Plans

Would You Rather: Unlimited Data Plan or Lower Rate?

A new survey of more than 800 smartphone users discovered that most would rather pay more for an unlimited data plan than risk overage charges in a capped data plan. In fact, the survey even found that an unlimited data plan may be the most important element of choosing a service for a user, even more important than sticking with a certain device.

While Verizon customers use more data than AT&T customers, AT&T was the first to introduce tiered plans — though Verizon confirms they're on the way for customers, too. And AT&T has the iPhone going for them now, but if Verizon offers the device or if Verizon offers a different device available on an unlimited plan, it could lure iPhone customers away from their beloved devices.

Still, the study's focus was on rate plans; I'd much prefer an unlimited data plan, even if it costs more than a capped plan. The risk of incurring overage charges just isn't appealing. Given the choice, would you prefer an unlimited data plan or a capped plan with a lower rate?

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bsanf3 bsanf3 6 years
I have Verizon's 5gb plan, I wish it was unlimited at the same price, it cost about the same as my Verizon FiOS 25/25 unlimited line.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I have the iPhone 4 with the 2gb/month usage plan. I use maybe 1gb a month... if that. I almost always use wifi, and sometimes I can get away with Egde.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I just purchased the Virgin Mobile MiFi for my iPad because it has an unlimited plan. The plan is $40 per month vs. Verizon's $30 for 5G w/ contract or AT&T's $30 for 5G if you purchase the 3G iPad. Unlimited means I don't have to worry about watching a movie on Netflix and finding out that movie cost me $28 to watch.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I just purchased the Virgin Mobile MiFi for my iPad because it has an unlimited plan. The plan is $40 per month vs. Verizon's $30 for 5G w/ contract or AT&T's $30 for 5G if you purchase the 3G iPad. Unlimited means I don't have to worry about watching a movie on Netflix and finding out that movie cost me $28 to watch.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I use my phone A LOT and I haven't come close to my data limit. Not even when I was on vacation. Max, I used 10% of what they allocate a month. Capped is fine for me.
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