Confused by the new smartphone and iPad data plans introduced by Verizon and AT&T? Do you understand the differences between the tiered data plans? Do you even know how much data you are using?  How do you determine which  new program is right for you?

All wireless providers are expected to convert to a similar data plan. Regardless of which mobile provider you are using, you might be able to considerably reduce your wireless bill if you select the right plan.

Here’s what you need to know:

– The new plan only applies to mobile devices such as smartphones, laptop computers, and tablets such as the iPad.

– The plan is not mandatory, current customers are not obligated to revise their existing plans.

–  Based on how you use your mobile devices, you might actually save money by switching to the new plan. People who are heavy data users (e-mails, Internet browsing, streaming videos, etc.) should take a good look at the new plan.

Below is a summary of the Plans for both Verizon and AT&T:

– There is no tiered pricing for telephone calls.  Under this new plan, the only choice will be unlimited minutes and free text messaging.  This is a substantial savings for anyone on a plan for more minutes or an unlimited plan.

– The new data plan starts at 2GBs and goes as high as 10GBs based on your usage. If you have a family plan with several phones, the data plan is shared with each of the lines.  It is possible to have up to 10 mobile devices share the same plan.  According to the leading providers, most people use less than 2GBs per month per device unless they stream a lot of videos and music from the Internet.  For example, if you stream 2 movies from sites such as Netflix using your Cellular network, you will use up to 90% of your allowance under the 2GB plan.

– If you change to the new plan, and are presently on an unlimited data plan, you will lose it.

– After reviewing your options, if you decide to stick with your current plan, you will have to pay full price when upgrading to a new smartphone.  What that means is, instead of paying $199 to upgrade to the least expensive iPhone or Android, you will pay full retail which can be more than $600.

As I have indicated in the past, there is never a standard answer when it comes to one’s technology needs.   I suggest you  contact your provider (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc.) for an evaluation of your present plan and discuss whether or not a change will actually save you money.

If you need a further explanation of the new plan, need assistance analyzing your existing charges, or help deciding which plan is right for you, do not hesitate to contact me at 917 921-4518 or by e-mail at 

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