This mobile Internet plan comparison begins with Verizon Wireless. Generally, Verizon has a reputation of being more reliable than AT&T and is also the largest mobile network in the United States based on subscribers. Verizon has mobile broadband plans for use with its netbooks and USB modems that are separate from its smartphone plans.
Pay per use is the plan to get from Verizon if you don't plan on using much mobile data from the Internet. Users pay a flat rate of $1.99 per megabyte of data used.
Smartphones from Verizon require a data package that costs $29.99 for unlimited data access. This is, of course, in addition to the actual phone service selected.
Smartphones require the $29.99 data plan, a voice plan, and one of the following "Connect" packages if users tether their phone to a computer via USB or a built-in wireless hotspot.
Mobile Broadband Connect 2 GB users get to use up to 2 gigabytes of data through their phone for an $20 additional per month. Users pay $.05 per megabyte if the 2 GB cap is exceeded.
Mobile Broadband Connect 5 GB give users the ability to access 5 gigabytes of data through a phone tether or phone-based hotspot. Additional usage is billed at $.05 per megabyte after the 5 GB cap is exceeded.
Mobile Broadband 250 MB offers users 250 megabytes of monthly data access at a cost of $39.99. This Verizon plan includes data access through mobile wireless hot spot devices.
Mobile Broadband 5 GB gives users more freedom to use the cellular Internet with their mobile hotspot or netbook for a cost of $59.99 per month.