iPhone 5 monthly plan comparison: T-Mobile vs AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint
0. phoneArena 27 Mar 2013, 09:44 posted on
So, you're planning on getting a T-Mobile iPhone 5, eh? Good choice! That's not only because the iPhone is among the best smartphones out there, but also because you'll be able to pair it with a very affordable monthly service plan – unlimited minutes, text messages and data for $70 per month is quite a deal, no matter how we slice and dice it. How does that stack up to the competition's offerings? Well, that's what we're about to find out...
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1. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
T-mobile is the best all other 3 companies are money hungry and less services
4. SkurtMcGurt (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
This could possibly be the dumbest comment I've ever read
7. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
T-Mobile is cheaper. Some of us don't like paying an arm and a foot to greedy carriers who care little for the consumer.
8. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Tmobile prices are great and also great services i'm very happy with them so much more than i was before with verzion
14. TheRequiem (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Actually, Sprint and T-Mobile are the same... its just Phone Arena sometimes are out the loop and don't have the right info, which is dissapointing for a such a large Phone website... either way, it's $79.99 for Sprint's unlimited plan (if you just need 500 roaming or land line minutes and then unlimited everything else and after 7pm, besides who really calls land lines anymore? its unlimited mobile to mobile). Also Sprint's unlimited simpyl everything plan includes unlimited roaming and landline minutes (look at their website) and T-Mobile's $70 plan also includes limited minutes to landlines/ roaming as well.
37. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Actually, Sprint doesn't have a $79.99 plan. It's a $69.99 plan (Everything Data 450) and if it's on a smartphone, there's an extra $10 fee for "premium" data. That plan only has 450 anytime minutes, unlimited data, unlimited calls to any mobile any time, unlimited nights from 7pm to 6:59am, and unlimited weekends.
The $109.99 plan that Phone Arena is talking about is the Simply Everything plan that includes unlimited minutes at anytime.
50. TheRequiem (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
Right, so 69.99 + 10.00 = 79.99... come on.
84. DonkeySauce (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)
Virtually noone needs the unlimited Simply everything plan. 9 out of 10 people on it use less than the 450 minutes anyway, so they'd be overpaying.
64. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
no do your research unlimited min for tmo n pa is wrong no matter how much you use its always unlimited if you add tethering its limited for tethering
19. alouden (unregistered)
Thanks for this. I am with Verizon and thinking of finally (after 10 years) to another carrier. I just worry about what I hear about coverage outside the major cities and on the interstates.
21. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
what city you live in? did you check the coverage for your city on there website? but still they will keep improving so soon more and more cities will be covered.
22. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
my area in New york its working amazing in all parts
34. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Actually T-Mobile customers may pay up to $240 more than Sprint customers!
This leaves out the fact you must pay $20 extra per month of the handset your buying for 20 months on T-Mobile. Sprint for $79 has unlimited calls to any network in the US, unlimited text and unlimited data with 450 mins to landlines (who calls landlines that often? Lol).
Ill give T-Mobile effort but in all reality they raised their prices :-/
On a side note I do enjoy the fact Sprint and T-Mobile have truly unlimited data. Hopefully both networks rise fast and force at&t and Verizon to follow along with unlimited data.
35. Commentator (Posts: 3651; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
My family uses that Sprint plan, and it only gets better when every extra phone after the second is only $20 extra/month each. Granted, you still have to add 4G fees, insurance, and tax, but even so, it's a far better deal than the ripoff that is the "Simply Everything" plan.
38. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I sell cell phones and no joke I switched a family of 5 from Verizon to Sprint. They all had "Droids" on Verizon and switched to Android devices on Sprint. With all the data they used on Verizon they were saving $190 a month on their bill by switching to Sprint!!!
39. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
You don't "have to" pay any extra per month for the phone if you already have your own phone or you buy the phone outright.
41. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
@skymitch89 if your buying a phone outright then your definitely paying too much Hahaha.. let's say you buy a phone "outright" on T-Mobile and you stay on the $70 unlimited plan on T-Mobile then that would save you $240 in 2 years vs Sprint BUT! Say you want a $500+ phone (outright) then your still PAYING more than Sprint.
I can debate this all day haha :)
How is this positive for T-Mobile customers anyways?
70. PersianHobo (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
1. you're a troll
2. you epically failed math class, if you even know what the word itself even means
either way I hope you're not American, how embarrassing..
T-mobile has gotten cheaper in price as well as adding more value for what you're paying for
lord have mercy on you man.. I'm trying not to mean, but learn math and learn about the history before you say nonsense
71. PersianHobo (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
*possibilities* 1. you're a troll 2. you epically failed math class, if you even know what the word itself even meanseither way I hope you're not American, how embarrassing.. T-mobile has gotten cheaper in price as well as adding more value for what you're paying forlord have mercy on you man.. I'm trying not to mean, but learn math and learn about the history before you say nonsense
74. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Ah Persianhobo you poor naive unintelligent buffoon.
Apparently you failed math (and reading class) :)
Ill try to "dumb" this down for you!!
Here's why T-Mobile will become more expensive!
With their old plans people signed a 24 month contract. Now they have a 20 month (contract) subscription with the purchase of a phone.
With that new (contract) subscription CUSTOMERS MUST PAY $20 a month extra. Are you following me so far Persian??
So with the old plan (at $70/ month) in 2 years you'd pay $1,680 which is a great price no doubt.
With the new plan (now at $90/ month (remember that extra $20per a month)) customers will now pay $2,160.
Before you make fun of "Americans" or my "math" you'd better have the facts to back up your pathetic statement.
In the words of Charlie Sheen.. WINNING!!!
76. PersianHobo (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
what "old plans" are you referring to? FYI when t-mobile did subsidize phones, truly unlimited was 90+ tax...
plus the out of pocket of the iPhone would be higher on the "old plans"
customers are now saving an average of 200 plus dollars during a 24 month period including the phone of their choice, comparing the old plans vs the new. new plans, less out of pocket and less in the long run.
FYI, I work at T-mobile... hence the pink in my photo
78. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Wow ironic I sell T-Mobile ;)
Old plans = current plans with a 24 month contract. $70 a month for unlimited right?
So it'd be $70 a month and you'd have to pay $200 for the iPhone right?
Well now you'll pay $99.99 for an iPhone ($100 less) but now $20 a month more.. in just 5 months that $100 savings already washes.
Your talking about "older" plans haha. If you wanna get technical I still remember statewide wireless plans O_o.. traveling fees were a *****.
82. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3699; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
That's where you're wrong. If you actually "sell T-Mobile" as you say, you would know that the old Classic plans T-Mobile had cost $20 more than the Value Plans did. It would be $90 a month, not $70. T-Mobile lowers the price on the Value Plans so you're still paying the same amount the with $20 EIP added in.
83. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Oh my freaking goodness!!! For the love of Pete! Read my whole freaking post. Im not explaining this again!!!!
87. bdavis022 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Its the no-contract plans people want. Personally I dont want to keep track of minutes regardless if I dont use that much. I just want to pay a flat fee for unlimited everything. Plain and simple. Family plans are even better with Tmobile; you pay 10 bucks for an additional line and that gets you unlimited talk, text, and 500mb of data. Before you had to pay extra for unlimited minutes.
51. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
This is insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In a yr. or so, T-mo's gonna be a beast-ooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
13. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
no he is right tmobile is the best give it a try & then talk dude. he is right more services like the HD Voice not on the 3 xed Companies
67. true1984 (Posts: 821; Member since: 23 May 2012)
But Sprint had HD voice since last year...
43. cjjohnson86 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
It is an exciting time for T-mo subscribers :-)
46. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)
thats not true. dont feed into the hype. first off lets start with the bill. its $90 a month not $70. That because the EIP. If we really was going by the best plan. then Sprint everything data plan would been chosen. giving that majority of people has cellphones. Which is only $80. sprint gives you truly unlimited data. tmobile slows data down after certain point. which i seen first hand its not cool. your phone be screaming 4g and doing less than edge. it doesnt cover as many people as the other 3 carriers. Yes tmobile change ETF to EIP. So when you do leave you still owe them. Wait that sounds like an ETF. Wait Sprint ETF goes down every month too. So if you leave sprint you just have to pay whats left on the ETF. I dont know which one sounds better to you. But Im just stating some Facts.
2. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
i love HD-voice on Tmobile Network as well the internet speed is so fast i swicthed from at&t 5 months ago and i'm so happy with T-mobile 100 times better than At&t in everything. i Have samsung note 2 on Tmobile i'm waiting for the ONE & only by HTC
3. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)
Yeah no thanks. Why would you get an i5 when you could get the One or S4? Seems quite dumb. I mean unless you like crappy phones I suppose. Then go ahead.
9. cncrim (Posts: 790; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Because in US market share for iphone is still huge and too risky to pass on....
11. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
The rate plans are the same for all those devices. Some people do like "crappy" phones. It's not your decision what phones other people like or use. Many people have attributed T-Mobile's recent failures to several things, but consistently I saw they didn't have the iPhone in these articles.
26. CreeDiddy (Posts: 603; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
Not to sound like an Apple fanboy, but the iPhone 5 is a great phone. The SIV should be a good phone, but is based on preference between an iPhone and Android. I have a feeling that the iPhone 5 sell around 2-3 million in April alone. However, the numbers will be lower than expected as the iPhone 5S will release within the next few months. So it will place an sales impact around May/June once the iPhone 5S releases.
6. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
T-Mobile's coverage leaves a little to be desired, but that's easily made up by their affordable plans. I love the idea of killing contracts, and this should benefit us, the consumers. Many of us Americans don't realize a prepaid plan is cheaper than a postpaid plan, and its sad.
10. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
don't forget Tmobile has improved alot over this year and will continue to improve from here & on
15. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
You're very right. I've noticed it, and I'm very happy with my Sensation and T-Mobile.
12. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
i pay 40 a month with Verizon, with unlimited calling/texts and shared data with 3 other people. Being on WiFi all the time, we never get close to using up all the data.
32. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
regardless, that's how much it costs. It's just a low amount of data to share is all.
57. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Unless you work at Verizon, you don't have a 40 dollar bill. You can't read, or you're subscribing to a phony Verizon (no pun intended).
63. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
I've paid $40 a month for 4 years with my smartphone. When my unlimited data got removed, I switched over to a share everything plan. That made call and text included in the price of the main line and $10 per smartphone on the other lines. You choose how much data you share. And divide the total price by the number of people on the shared plan= $40. I don't work for Verizon, and I can read just fine.
30. JunitoNH (Posts: 1585; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Yeah......you meant to say, you give your parents $40 a month; I had Verizon when they were part of Bell Atlantic, and believe me, nothing with the company cost $40, besides a silly feature phone.
33. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
no, i share a data plan with 3 other people. 4 smart phones on the account each costing 40 a month.
40. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
That's exactly it, each smartphone costs $40 per month which only gives you unlimited talk & text. There's also the cost of the data, which starts at $60 per month. So, you're just paying the cost of your phone to be on the plan and someone else is paying for the data plan.
55. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
wrong, the $40 covers the talk, text and data. each smartphone added on to the plan was an additional $10
59. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
I'm sorry, but that's bull. I've seen Verizon's prices. They're outrageous.
62. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
you don't need to apologize, that's what I pay. sorry you cannot get the same deal
20. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I think the $70/month has no throttle?
23. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
correct 70 has no throttle but also the 50 plan doesn't have throttle they just put you back on the 3g or 4g speeds network and go off the LTE whats great with Tmobiel is they never stop your service if you go overboard
28. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
That's what I thought, cause the comparison up top says speed may be reduced if reached 5GB cap. A lot of my friends are paying $20 for unlimited data, and they use up A LOT of data... I haven't heard about their speed being slowed down.
29. Aeires (unregistered)
The unthrottled also loses wifi tethering and hot spots compared to having them but being throttled on the other unlimited plan.
You have to determine what your needs are. For myself, I dropped my tethering because I stream my music via the cloud and didn't want to deal with being throttled.
24. DrAnon (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)
Why would you post the max-price plan on Sprint instead of the most popular one, i.e., the Everything Data 450 for $69.99 + $10, which gets everything unlimited except calls to landlines? Sprint's iPhone plan is $79.99, not $109.99. This is a pretty misleading comparison.
27. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
No, it's not misleading. Phonearena is comparing ALL COMPLETELY UNLIMITED plans. AT&T and Verizon are exempt, of course, because they don't offer unlimited plans. That plan isn't completely unlimited.
45. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Correction it is misleading because it doesnt talk about the $20 increase on your T-Mobile plan to buy a phone at a reasonable price. This is raising T-Mobile's prices not lowering.
58. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
You don't have to pay that fee. Bring your own device or buy it outright. Depending on the device you choose, it's actually cheaper. $20*23 months= $460. If your phone costs more that that, buy it outright.
65. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Heh buy a phone outright. Definitely makes T-Mobile more expensive ;)
36. Whateverman (Posts: 3250; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Why are tech writers treating the iPhone as if it has a different plan than another other smartphone on the market? True there will be a slight variation for T-Mobile customers, but again why focus on the iPhone? What if I wanted a WP8 device?
42. skymitch89 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
People need to look into what is being said in these articles before posting pointless comments.