Apple iPhone 4S plans overview: Sprint gives you the most value for your money, Verizon most expensive

Apple iPhone 4S plans overview: Sprint gives you the most value for your money, Verizon most expensive
Even though the Apple iPhone 4S is the same device across carriers, starting at the same $199 price for the basic 16GB version, its final cost still varies. “How’s that,” you might wonder and we’re quick to answer that. The $199 price tag is obviously subsidized by carriers, which hope to get their subsidy back in the form of monthly fees. But since those fees differ, the total price you’d pay (and the service you’d get) also differs.

For AT&T you can choose to pay from $54.99 a month to $134.99 monthly depending on usage. If you pick Sprint, monthly totals for the iPhone will run from $79.99 to $99.99 depending on the voice minutes, but you in either case you get unlimited data. Obviously, Sprint’s plans give you the most value for your money and the unique option of no tier on megabytes. They do however start at a higher price, so for the thrifty user who doesn’t use too much data, they don’t offer much choice.

Finally, Verizon seems to be comparatively the most expensive option with iPhone monthly totals running from $69.99 to the ridiculous $169.99, and the latter won’t even buy you unlimited data.

The Apple iPhone 4S is up for pre-order on three US carriers, but Apple has also mentioned an unlocked version coming in November starting at $649. This means that T-Mobile users can also join in the party later, without going through fancy unlocking schemes. For them, Classic individual plans would run from $69.99 monthly for unlimited voice, text and 200MB of data to $119.99 for the same package but with 10GB data allowance. Now, that’s some $50 cheaper than Verizon and $15 more affordable than AT&T, but it still can’t beat Sprint’s value. As our user mg713 points out, T-Mobile's Value plans are also an option and a cheaper one, starting from $55.

Is that a good enough reason for you to pick Sprint, or do you think that the rest offer plans that are competitive enough? iPhone 4S pre-orders have kicked off, so you can vote with your dollar already.

source: Apple

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45. johkly unregistered

why buy a great phone on sprint there network is slow and spotty.go verizon

41. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

For those fretting about paying an arm and a leg, get an unlocked version and put it on Straight Talk. You'll save yourself all kinds of money in the long run.

33. Redroc unregistered

Since when did Phonearena become one big advertisement for Sprint? I wonder how much they are getting paid.

32. bbchick

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Radioshack will be doing pre-orders for the i4s starting today friday october the 7th!!!! Att and Verizon versions will be available!! Sprints is still in the works for us!! and dont forget we give u credit towards the i4s with the trade of the 3gs and the 4!! in the Houstone area visit the Radioshack on Fuqua and i-45s, we're here to help you!! ;D

40. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Way to promote yourself.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

VICTOR you need to adjust your calculations. you missed the boat on Tmobile completely noone would buy an unlocked phone and go on a CLASSIC plan. Hell, noone goes on a classic plan now. They would go on the VALUE plan which starts at 59.99 for unlimited talk, text, and 2gigs of data. 5 gigs of data for 75.00 or 10 gigs for 100. Most people never need more than the 2 gig plan unless they are heavy netflix/tether people. come on man.. geesh. I work at tmobile.. 1 in 20 new lines might go classic and only because they dont understand how much better the value plans are. NOONE that has their own phone would go classic.. ever.

27. ElonSasson

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

um yea one quick ting...."ridiculous 139.99" is a shared plan of 2100 minutes for 2 phones with unlimited texting....i dont see how that wud compare as far as prices go since u are not posting sprints shared plans....

29. Victor.H

Posts: 1112; Member since: May 27, 2011

I wish you read the article first. The "ridiculous" statement applies to the $169.99 Verizon is charging for unlimited minutes and 10GB of data, and last time I checked it was for a single line.

23. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

my plan are unlimited on verizon so no worried

21. swift unregistered

yea see Sprint Rocks in ur area lets Talk coverage accross the US...Verizon has the BEST Coverage ALL OVER!!! and why unlock an Iphone on a s**tty network anyways!! if it aint on ATT or Verizon it will lack the power of a network phones can be great but it still needs a great network..either way iphone is still behind what other Androids have had for awhile now!!!

24. pyrothrax unregistered

...... Thats because Verizon users use Sprints towers... thats why sprint cust who supposed to get thier signals gets Vampired by Verizon users.... Verizon uses Sprints towers.... Talk about best ... HA... yeah... Best Burglurs is what I say....

39. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Might I ask where you purchased your Asshat?

18. KickRocks

Posts: 285; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Sprint all day in the DC area! Stellar service and data speeds.

15. Chicago2011 unregistered

They are only talking about carriers with an iPhone.

13. swift unregistered

mg713 ur an idoit, ur wrong!!! read the damn heading its comparing prices for the carriers that will be selling the Iphone dumbass!!! Tmobile sucks as a WHOLE and that why Tmobile does not have the Iphone!!!

16. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

He is right to comment - Phone Arena mentioned T-mobile users being able to get an unlocked version and the relative plan price of T-Mobile's classic plans that could be used with the phone. Read the article (including the 4th paragraph) before being needlessly insulting to other users.

26. mg713 unregistered

Thanx buddy

25. mg713 unregistered

Swift why are you getting aggresive calm down guy lol its the internet don't take it personal and that's why they have comment boxes so people can comment and leave their opinions. And before you needlessly start insulting maybe u should read ur comment and think it through before posting. Read paragraph 4 guy.

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why switch to Sprint when their calling signal is bad?

11. mg713 unregistered

Phonearena ur wrong again! T-mobile value plan starts at 54.95 with 200mb to 100 wit 10gb T-Mobile best value 74.95 unlimited talk txt and 5gb web

14. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Agreed - As t-mo won't be selling the phone, you would get a value plan rather than classic which are typically around $15/month cheaper. However, unless the unlocked version has a pentaband GSM radio (or at least supports 3g on 1700/2100, you will only get 2G data speen on T-Mobile and MVNO's like Simple Mobile ($40/month for unlimited talk, text and data up to 3G speed).

28. Victor.H

Posts: 1112; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for your comment, mg. The T-Mo Classic plan we've included seems like the most common option. It's also true that the Value plans come a bit cheaper, and I've included those for a fuller picture, but I still don't see how are we wrong exactly.

10. swift unregistered

and who cares the Iphone is just catching up Androids Been DUAL CORE...DROID BEEN having 1080p and 8meg cameras BEEN had talk to text and voice search....APPLE just makes it look thier way and put a price on it but PHONES HAVE BEEN doing what this NEW Iphone has anyways so nothing new....

20. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Call it catch-up if you want...this has been Android's and Apple's strategy for the last 2 years. Android will be first, which is great, but it may contain bugs or subtle inconsistencies. Apple will be second, but they will make the feature more mature and refined. With Apple, you know when it's released that it will work well.

8. swift unregistered

Sprint Network Sucks no matter what phone they have and ATT network is ok but Verizon has the BEST NETWORK hands down Verizon puts more money back into thier Network than ATT and Sprint. yeah plans may be a little more but they put the money back into the network and make sure your phone will work when u need it!!!

17. KickRocks

Posts: 285; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Maybe true but for where I need my phone, Sprint rocks and the plans are the best in the industry.Period

19. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Never understood why people say "Period" at the end of the sentence when there is a "." right in front of it. Maybe you used a faulty voice-dictation tool? Did you say period twice?

22. swift unregistered

lol that made me laugh!!!

34. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

Classic response "period".

44. WHAT?!?! unregistered

Sprint's Voice Network isn't that bad, their data network is horrible!!! Pandora and youtube on other carriers like ATT and Verizon works much better, even on some of their older android and Iphones!! You get what you pay for with Verizon... And yes it also depends on your area coverage, some places are better than others!!!

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