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iPhone choice: Is AT&T or Verizon better?

iPhone choice of carrier boils down to caps on data and tethering. If you're going to be tethering your iPhone, AT&T makes sense. Otherwise....

Verizon Wireless store salesman Antione Haynes looks out the front door of a Verizon store with an Apple iPhone advertisement in foreground in Mountain View, Calif., Feb. 3, 2011. The Verizon iPhone went on sale online on Thursday, and will be sold at Verizon stores starting Feb. 10.

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Now that consumers who want an iPhone have two carriers to choose from, people are wondering just what the difference is between the AT&T and Verizon iPhone voice and data plans.

The first thing to remember is that you're not choosing the iPhone for the voice plan. It wouldn't matter, either, because the AT&T and Verizon voice plans are basically identical: $40 for 450 minutes, $60 for 900 minutes and $70 for unlimited minutes.

So let's get to the meat of the argument: data plans. AT&T made the move to tiered data plans last year. That means there's a 2GB data cap for new users. The 2GB plan costs $25 per month, and AT&T also has an option to pay $15 for a paltry 200MB.

Verizon, on the other hand, has a single option: $30 per month for unlimited data.


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