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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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: 839; 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: 787; 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: 1845; 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: 1302; 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: 3269; 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: 1302; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
People need to look into what is being said in these articles before posting pointless comments.