# Breathtakingly shoddy analysis by the Verge

First, it's not a true apples-to-apples comparison, as the AT&T rate plan selected is for a \$120 per month plan, while the equivalent plan on Verizon is \$100 per month. So, from the outset you can expect there to be a difference of \$480 over 24 months.

Second, the phones chosen are of different prices. The phone selected for AT&T is \$640, and the phone selected for Verizon is \$650 for a difference of \$10. This is no biggie, since there isn't much difference, but this amount will come in to play later.

The real error is in the "Combined fees, months 13-24". For AT&T, the amount presented is \$1823.88. If you take away the ~\$120 per month rate plan fee for the final 12 months, it comes out \$384 for the hardware payments (\$1823.88 - \$119.99 * 12 = \$384). That amount is EXACTLY the same as the figure for months 1 to 12. This cannot be correct, as the payments for Next is prorated over 20 months, not 24 like it is for Edge. So the REAL amount should be \$256 (\$32 * 8).

With this \$256, let's calculate the correct amount for months 13 to 24:

\$256 + \$119.99 * 12 = \$1695.88

So now let's get the combined total:

\$1439.88 (plan fees 1 to 12) + \$384 (hardware pmt 1 to 12) + \$1695.88 = \$3519.76

Now let's compare with the total for Verizon:

\$3519.76 (AT&T) - \$3049.98 (Verizon) = \$469.78

If you take into account the difference in phone prices of \$10, you get a real difference of \$479.78.

Congratulations. You just showed, in the most convoluted way possible, that a rate plan of \$20 more per month will cost you \$480 over 24 months.