Originally Posted by Banished Angel
For a single person to have a smartphone in the US it is approximately $100 a month with AT&T or Verizon, $85 a month with Sprint, and $60 - $80 a month with T-Mobile on a 2 year contract.
With prepaid options through T-Mobile, subsidiaries of Sprint, or other companies that run off of T-Mobile or AT&T's networks you can get away with $25 - $50 a month off contract.
What are prices like in the UK?
Yeah, I am on the Monthly 4G at Tmo and I am only paying $30 a month (100 minutes, unlimited data, unlimited texting). It was worth the $300 ETF I paid ATT to get out of my contract there, I have pretty much saved enough each month to cover that already in the last 6 months. Plus I never really talk on the phone much anyway, and if I do it is usually with google voice (free).