AT&T iPhone vs. BlackBerry Comparison: Data Rates

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3G iPhone character hugs a BlackBerry

When we took the time earlier in the week to compare Rogers’ iPhone and BlackBerry voice and data rates, we were surprised at how well the iPhone 3G fared. Comparing AT&T’s iPhone and BlackBerry plans, however, we’re surprised by the similarities: unless you need visual voicemail, there is absolutely no difference between AT&T’s plans. This is actually bad news for 3G iPhone buyers, because it means that AT&T is now charging an extra $20 dollars for unlimited SMS when they offered 200 free SMS with iPhone 1.0. Sometimes parity isn’t so wonderful.

(Original image by Alex Eben Meyer via Slate)

Chart comparing AT&T iPhone and BlackBerry data rates

Chart comparing AT&T iPhone and BlackBerry data rates

Here are some related links for more information:

AT&T iPhone 3G Plans
AT&T BlackBerry Data Plans
AT&T BlackBerry Phone Plans

  • Aaron

    You didn’t put a watermark on your images, Doug? People gonna steal them again.

  • Aaron

    You didn’t put a watermark on your images, Doug? People gonna steal them again.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    Are you happy now, Aaron? ARE YOU HAPPY, NOW?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    Are you happy now, Aaron? ARE YOU HAPPY, NOW?

  • jefferson

    Those watermarks could be so easily Photoshopped … they should really be bigger and go over the text, but be very transparent … like 5% or 10%

    Come on Doug, get in the game!

    :)

  • jefferson

    Those watermarks could be so easily Photoshopped … they should really be bigger and go over the text, but be very transparent … like 5% or 10%

    Come on Doug, get in the game!

    :)

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool

    Why don’t we focus on the good, like my impressive photoshopped main image?

    Haters

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool

    Why don’t we focus on the good, like my impressive photoshopped main image?

    Haters

  • hank

    AT&T did NOT included unlimited SMS on iPhone v1.0. Their package came with unlimited DATA and 200 SMS.

  • hank

    AT&T did NOT included unlimited SMS on iPhone v1.0. Their package came with unlimited DATA and 200 SMS.

  • Aaron

    Hank: Looks like Doug corrected the mistake. I really blame his sources for misleading him.

    Other than that – I think that the iPhone 3G draw will suck at the BlackBerry users rather than the Everyday Consumers, since it’s an easy switch for a BlackBerry user regarding price (i.e. no extra charge) whereas if you’re an everyday user, you have to pay MORE to get it!

  • Aaron

    Hank: Looks like Doug corrected the mistake. I really blame his sources for misleading him.

    Other than that – I think that the iPhone 3G draw will suck at the BlackBerry users rather than the Everyday Consumers, since it’s an easy switch for a BlackBerry user regarding price (i.e. no extra charge) whereas if you’re an everyday user, you have to pay MORE to get it!

  • wellrespectedfink

    Wow. Well, this doesn’t help my decision at all…

    The other thing to remember is that there ARE other ways of getting so-called “visual voicemail”. Most self-respecting voicemail plans have something comparable that enables one to access messages directly from a pda (like gotvmail and “play it on mobile”). Of course, this will only apply to business users like myself who use their pda as one item in a lengthy and convoluted communication chain.

    Aside from that, it really all comes down to interface preference.

  • wellrespectedfink

    Wow. Well, this doesn’t help my decision at all…

    The other thing to remember is that there ARE other ways of getting so-called “visual voicemail”. Most self-respecting voicemail plans have something comparable that enables one to access messages directly from a pda (like gotvmail and “play it on mobile”). Of course, this will only apply to business users like myself who use their pda as one item in a lengthy and convoluted communication chain.

    Aside from that, it really all comes down to interface preference.

  • Starving student

    Well, if you are a starving student, trying to get the basic functionalities such as email, internet and phone connectivity at the cheapest possible price, which one would you recommend?

    I would appreciate a clear-cut answer to that.

  • Starving student

    Well, if you are a starving student, trying to get the basic functionalities such as email, internet and phone connectivity at the cheapest possible price, which one would you recommend?

    I would appreciate a clear-cut answer to that.

  • Lynn

    BlackBerry is the best!

  • Lynn

    BlackBerry is the best!

  • student

    Don’t get a blackberry. They don’t work as well and At&t will whack you with (I’m not exaggerating) 300 “data transfer” fees. Which will actually make your plan around $350, basic plan. I switched to an iphone and I’m so happy with it. My bill comes in and it’s basically the same every month. No extra fees, no surprises.
    Plus the blackberry internet application is a joke, most websites don’t even show up/work. The iphone is WAY better!

  • student

    Don’t get a blackberry. They don’t work as well and At&t will whack you with (I’m not exaggerating) 300 “data transfer” fees. Which will actually make your plan around $350, basic plan. I switched to an iphone and I’m so happy with it. My bill comes in and it’s basically the same every month. No extra fees, no surprises.
    Plus the blackberry internet application is a joke, most websites don’t even show up/work. The iphone is WAY better!