By Anton Wahlman (TheStreet)
Shopping around for the best cell phone plan can be time consuming and dizzying. Don't fret, though, Blackberry users. We've compiled a thorough look at the five major cellular carriers. It focuses on one specific scenario: Unlimited-everything service for a
1. Unlimited U.S. domestic voice plus SMS and e-mail/Internet on the BlackBerry handheld.
2. Having your BlackBerry serve as a modem for your laptop.
3. BlackBerry data roaming outside the U.S.
Unlimited Domestic Voice
T-Mobile: The baseline scenario is $125/month, consisting of $100 for unlimited voice and SMS, and $25 for unlimited BlackBerry/Internet. However, if you qualify for the $50 unlimited voice loyalty plan, the total is only $85, because you add $35 for unlimited e-mail/Internet/SMS. These plans also include unlimited calling over WiFi, a technology not available from any other U.S. carrier.
Using BlackBerry as a Modem
Verizon: Adds $30 per month for a BIS account; $15 for a BES account. 5 gigabyte/month soft cap.
AT&T: Adds $30 per month. 5 gigabyte/month soft cap.
Sprint: Used to be $30 per month with the customary 5 gigabyte/month soft cap, but was recently discontinued in favor of no such service at all.
T-Mobile: Free on EDGE devices, which is going to be slow. However, for people who intend to use it only rarely as a back-up to other connectivity, it could be a good option. Free is good! Once T-Mobile launches its first HSPA (3G) BlackBerry soon, expect some form of paid plan to follow.MetroPCS: Not applicable.