Business Phone Providers in the US
Every business needs a reliable phone provider to ensure that customers, both old and new can get hold of you whenever they want.Verizon, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile are the four leading national level business phone providers in the US.
Verizon Wireless is the biggest wireless carrier in the United States, and among the first to offer a wide range of differentiated products and services, including 3G network, GPS services, a music store, mobile TV network, and 4G LTE.
The basic Unlimited Local Calling Package, suitable for small businesses, start at $27.99. The Verizon Business bundle, which comes with two phone lines, Internet, and a host of applications, along with a two year agreement, starts at $84.99. The plan also offers a free wireless router and wi-fi access at thousands of public hotspots.
Verizon’s "Share Everything" plan, launched in June 2012, put an end to unlimited data usage. Users however now got unlimited voice and text messages. They could also share the specified quota of data among ten devices. The plans start from $50, for 1 GB of data, and extend to $100, for 10 GB of data. Separate monthly charges of $40 per smartphone, $30 for other phones, $20 for a hot spot connection, such as, USB modem, notebook, or netbook, and $10 for a tablet also apply.
A two year contract for iPhone 5 with unlimited calls, unlimited text, and up to 3 GB of data per month, costs $2,635.
Verizon also offers monthly prepaid plans, available without any contract. The most popular prepaid plan is $50 for unlimited talk, text, and web. Smartphone plans start from $60, and tablet plans start from as low as $20.
AT&T is the second largest wireless carrier in the United States, offering a widespread network, and a large and varied selection of smartphones.
AT&T BusinessTalk plans allow sharing up to 30,000 minutes per month between as many as 50 employees, allowing optimization of usage among users. There are eleven BusinessTalk price levels, and additional messaging and data bundles . The additional cost per user is $5. AT&T's rollover plans allow rolling over unused minutes over to the next month.
AT&T has "Mobile Share" plans, which run similar to Verizon’s "Share Everything." Mobile Share offers unlimited voice and text messages, and provisions to share the available data with 10 users. The plan starts at $40, for 1 GB, and extends to $200 for 20 GB. The device fees to connect smartphone starts at $45 for lower end plans, and comes down to $30 for higher end plans starting from $120 (for 10GB). Adding a basic phone costs $30, adding laptops, netbooks or USB cards cost $20, and adding gaming devices costs $10. Each additional GB is charged $15 over the limit.
The price of a two year iPhone 5 contract, with unlimited calls, text and 3 GB of data per month is $2,635.
Sprint Nextel ranks third amongst the wireless operators, and second amongst CDMA operators, in the US, in terms of size. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are its subsidiaries.
Sprint Nextel, unlike Verizon and AT&T, offers unlimited calling and data plans. The smartphone plans starts as low as $35 per month. The price for iPhone 5, with unlimited calling, texting and data, for two years, works out to $2,840.
Sprint has many offers running. Among the current offers, purchasing any iPad product gets a discount of $100. Switching to Sprint from other provider gets $150 credit.
T-Mobile is another major GSM operator in the US, at the national level. T-Mobile routes calls through its wi-fi calling app when the network connection is weak.
Unlike other providers, T-Mobile separates the cost of the phone from the monthly service fee, and offers phone on installments instead. The plans start from $50 per month, for unlimited talk, text, and 500 megabytes of data. An additional 2 gigabytes of data is available at $10, and unlimited data for $20. Although the offer is significantly cheaper than what competitors offer, users are locked into a two-year contract.
All together, an iPhone 5 with unlimited calls, and text, and 2.5 GB of data per month costs $2,020 over a period of two years.