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What are some typical wireless data plans?

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Different mobile carriers offer individual data plans that range from 300 MB to 5 GB; some carriers, such as Sprint and T-Mobile, offer unlimited data packages, while carriers such as AT&T and Verizon do not. Certain carriers also offer shared family plans of up to 50 GB as of 2015.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are the four major mobile service providers in the United States. They each offer varying data plans at different prices. AT&T and Verizon are typically more expensive for smartphone users, but offer more high-speed networks than Sprint and T-Mobile.

Before choosing a data plan, use a data calculator to find out how much data you need. Verizon and AT&T both offer free data calculators. People who frequently stream music or videos from their phones need higher data plans.

AT&T offers include 300 MB, 3 GB and 5 GB plans for both individuals and families. It does not offer unlimited data, but does have a family sharing plan of 50 GB spread across up to 10 devices. Verizon offers shared data plans that range from 300 MB to 50 GB, but does not offer unlimited data. Sprint provides unlimited data plans and 1 GB plans. T-Mobile provides 500 MB for free each month, and also offers 2 GB and unlimited plans.

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