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Choosing the Best Cell Phone Carrier for a Family:

AT&T vs. Verizon

12-3-12

Prepared By: Margaret Byers

Table of Contents

Executive Summary……………………………………………………………………………………………………….iii

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..4

Methodology………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4

Research…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5

Plans……………………………………………………………………………………………………….5

Phones and Features ………………………………………………………………………………5

Fees…………………………………………………………………………………………………………6

Coverage…………………………………………………………………………………………………6

Help and Support…………………………………………………………………………………….8

Discussion………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8

Works Cited………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….10

Executive Summary

The purpose of this report is to find the best possible choice for a cell phone provider for a family or a group.

The selected provider must be the best choice for a family of at least 2 to 5 phone lines with an option of up to 10 devices total. I compared five objectives between two phone companies, AT&T and Verizon wireless. I evaluated the plans, phones and features, fees, coverage, and help and support. The plans were the most important objective to look at and were narrowed down to the family plans. AT&T offered two separate plans, the mobile share plan and the family voice plan. Verizon only offered one family plan called the share everything plan. AT&T won the data availably package because they offer more data than Verizon offers. This package would be the best choice for a larger family looking to carry more devices and who use a larger amount of data. Verizon offers unlimited talk and text, as did AT&T, but at a cheaper cost. Comparing the data packages with the cost, Verizon is the best choice for a smaller family who would not use a high amount of data.

Consequently, I strongly recommend AT&T for a larger family who would use a generous amount of data with a high amount of phone lines or devices. The cost is similar, but Verizon’s cost was cheaper for the same amount of data that AT&T would offer. This company’s package would benefit a smaller family that would not use a generous amount of data within the group. Introduction

What is the best phone carrier to choose from? This question has become a major part in many peoples’ lives. Such a decision needs facts, research, and advice about which carrier would be the best choice. The purpose of this report is to guide you through these tough decisions and bring you to a conclusion on which carrier would fit you and your family the best. This may seem like an easy task but in reality there are many different choices for a cost effective plan.

Methodology

My objective in this report was to provide knowledge for a family in search of a cellular plan that will fit their needs and budget. I have searched across the Internet throughout many websites, forums, and previously conducted studies. I have personal experience to expand my research even further. I started with the objective to find the best overall audience by choosing a group or family. I noticed that each company designs a custom plan formatted to fit the needs of a family or group. I conducted my research into five main categories: plans, phones and features, fees, coverage, and help and support.

With the plans I researched, the different options provided within the family plans were available on the phone carriers main website. This information is available to anybody searching for a plan, but may be confusing. For the phones and features, I chose to highlight smart phones because of the growing impact they have on our society. Even between the different age groups and needs of a family, the smart phone provides many options. I researched the fees so you can understand the actual cost of the providers plan. The listed price isn’t the final price you would be paying. It is important to...
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