Best plan if you want it all

Last reviewed: January 2011
January 2011 issue cover This article appeared in
January 2011 Consumer Reports Magazine.
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You want to do everything with your phone, including using a host of applications.

A fine multimedia smart phone

The iOS and Android operating system lead the way in apps and multimedia navigation, so a phone using one of those systems is your best bet—but buying an iPhone locks you into low-rated AT&T, at least for now.

A contract everything plan

Figure on 700 talk minutes, 700 text messages, and 400MB of data per month per line. For that plus a signature handset, your best bet is to go with a major carrier.

Smart choices include:

  • Sprint Everything Data with Any Mobile Anytime 450 plan ($70 per month) or Everything Data Family with Any Mobile Anytime 1500 ($170 per month), plus the Samsung Epic 4G ($250).
  • Verizon Nationwide Talk and Text 450 ($90) plus Motorola Droid X ($200).