In the spirit of Dr. Drang’s “outboard memory”, I’m placing this little tidbit here for my own future reference.
I have an iPad that has LTE. I have two SIM cards for it: the Verizon card that it came with, and a T-Mobile SIM that I picked up for the free data late last year. I generally keep the T-Mobile SIM in it, as I don’t often need data, and when I do, it isn’t much.
However, I’m about to embark on my annual pilgrimage, and as such, am likely to want/need to use data on my iPad. It’s quite likely I’ll need more than my 200MB that I get for free. Thus, what should I do? Despite all the kvetching about Verizon lately, I want to make sure I get the best bang for my buck if I am to buy a one-day, one-week, or one-month data pass from either carrier.
So, I crunched the numbers:
|T-Mobile||500MB Day Pass||$5||$0.01|
|T-Mobile||1GB Week Pass||$10||$0.01|
|T-Mobile||3GB Month Pass||$30||$0.01|
|T-Mobile||5GB Month Pass||$40||$0.008|
|T-Mobile||7GB Month Pass||$50||$0.007|
|Verizon||500MB Week Pass||$15||$0.03|
|Verizon||1GB Month Pass||$20||$0.02|
|Verizon||2GB 2-Month Pass||$35||$0.02|
|Verizon||6GB 2-Month Pass||$50||$0.008|
|Verizon||5GB 2-Month Pass||$60||$0.01|
|Verizon||10GB 2-Month Pass||$80||$0.008|
Some notes about the above:
- “X pass” indicates a non-recurring/one-shot plan.
- “X Monthly” indicates a recurring plan. They must be canceled before the month is up, lest they automatically renew.
- I’m using base-10 representations for data sizes, since the carriers probably do the same. And for easy math.
- The table is sortable, if you click on the headers.
To me, the clear winners are the 1GB week pass on T-Mobile, as well as the 300MB day pass on Verizon. Naturally, depending on the length of your travel and your data needs, your mileage may vary.
UPDATED 29 August 2014 1:30 PM: Changed to reflect new T-Mobile plans.
UPDATED 29 November 2014 7:30 AM: Changed the T-Mobile day pass to reflect the decreased price of $5 (from $10).
UPDATED 6 June 2016 8:00 PM: Updated all prices; added the many new Verizon monthly passes.