Cell Carriers Roll Out Unlimited Calls for $100/Month

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile get with the program
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 11:45 AM CST
Sandy Miller, 72, of Randolph, Mass., poses with her grandson Scott Seigal, 18, at Seigal's home in Framingham, Mass., Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. New unlimited plans from several cell phone carriers will...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cell phone users tired of rationing their minutes have a new alternative—unlimited calling plans for $99.99 a month. Verizon Wireless yesterday introduced a nationwide plan with no domestic roaming or long-distance fees, AP reports. AT&T quickly announced a matching plan, and T-Mobile execs say they’ll unveil an unlimited plan for the same price tomorrow.

T-Mobile’s plan has an added bonus: unlimited text and picture messaging. Verizon’s move was a strike against confusing pricing plans that's “likely to have repercussions for years to come," said an industry analyst. He compared it to Sprint’s flat-rate long-distance prices for landlines, which forced down prices in the 1990s.