A $70 phone plan from a major U.S. carrier is out of the question for some.
But it’s also a deal you’ll likely want to consider.
Read moreRead moreAbout this storySpeaker Nancy Pelosi has made a big push for more affordable smartphones and wireless service.
The Democratic leader and her colleagues have also been pushing to expand wireless data plans for those without high-speed data plans.
That’s something that has been supported by the FCC and is now being endorsed by the American Wireless Telecommunications Association, which represents companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
The group has also proposed new rates for phone plans from smaller companies, such as T-Mobile.
But that’s only one of many changes to wireless rates that Pelosi and the AUST have proposed.
Read MoreFor those with high-bandwidth data plans, a new $30 plan that lets you use 2GB of data per month is the new standard.
But if you use 10GB of the same data plan a month, that might be too much for you.
And if you’re on a data-only plan, it might not be enough to keep up with your high-capacity needs.
“I think the $30 data plan is just a bit too low for the vast majority of people,” said Kevin Burke, president of the Wireless Association, a group that represents the wireless industry.
“It doesn’t reflect what we see in other markets.”
While the FCC has been a strong advocate for expanding high-density data plans from small companies, Burke said that it’s not necessarily a good thing.
For instance, the group supports the FCC’s plan to make data-heavy cities more competitive by making it easier for small wireless carriers to offer high-end data plans in some areas.
But Burke noted that even with the FCC moving forward with new rules, there are other ways to get the most out of high-cost phone plans, such in terms of price and speed.
“The FCC has done a great job of making wireless data affordable and providing access to affordable high-definition mobile broadband,” Burke said.
“There are some things the FCC could do to address the issue of low-cost data plans and speeds.”
The FCC’s proposed $30-per-month plan would allow you to use 2G and 3G data, with 1GB available for use for calls and texting, and 1GB for data use.
That would be enough for a standard-definition phone to handle up to 30 calls per day, but that’s still a lot of data for a basic smartphone.
Burke said it’s important for people to keep in mind that they might have to pay more for high-data plans.
“They should be paying $30 for a $60 phone plan,” Burke added.
“If they pay $30 a month for the same high-fidelity plan, that’s a big amount of data they’re paying for.
It doesn’t matter how much it’s costing them.”
That’s not the only option to get that data.
Burke and others say you could also use a data plan that offers data in both the 1GB and 2GB tiers.
If you’re able to add 1GB of high capacity for $30, that will be enough.
But for most people, Burke pointed out, that would only be a little bit of extra data for an average person.
“For people that want to have a good deal, they could probably get a better deal at $20 for a 2GB plan,” he said.
“That’s really a way to take advantage of the high-quality data that we have at a price that people are willing to pay,” Burke continued.
“We’re talking about $30 dollars, $30 cents per day that you can get more data at for the $60 plan.”
Burke said there are some exceptions to the $40-per to $60-per phone plan rules, such if the carrier is offering an unlimited data plan for $100 a month.
And even then, he said, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford a high-value data plan.
The $30 phone plan is one of the few plans that would allow unlimited high-frequency data use for phones and devices, but Burke noted it’s probably not going to be a popular option for everyone.
“Some people might want to use their phones more,” he explained.
“But a lot people might not.
Some people may have some problems with cell phones or tablets.
So the $20 is not a great deal.”
But Burke said the $70 plan would be more affordable for people with high data needs.
He noted that people who use their phone less than 3GB per day would also benefit from the $90 plan.
“Those people would be better off with the $80 plan,” said Burke.
“They could get unlimited high bandwidth and use it for their daily use.”
But that’s not to say the $45 plan wouldn’t work