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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1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Wow I am so happy I am grandfathered into true unlimited data for? 30 a month on Verizon. I really hoped this iPhone supported LTE and I was so bothered with the timers that made me have hope than have them dashed away. Looking to get a bionic if anybody wants to sell it to me otherwise I am saving my upgrade for a samsung nexus droid prime. If the specs with the exynos chiprumning at 1.5 ghz are true with the really good gpu than I do believe I found thevphone I want. It is by the paper and hearsay the best phone thatscoming out this year. If it lives up to the hype and does not turn out like how the iPhone4s and have the spec rumers not be true it would compound my disappointment and I guess I just will get the best LTE phone I can get. Probity bionic

48. natedogg unregistered

looking for a bionic? i got one!!!

2. warlockz unregistered

I have the unlimited vwz data as well but they start to still data cap you if you are 2gb and start to slow you down? Unless I'm mistaken

6. J-Lo unregistered

They won't slow you down after 2 GB unless you are in the top 5% of data users. At least that is what I have read. And that won't start until next year sometime.

3. dacastrator

Posts: 232; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

switch to sprint.

30. tuminatr

Posts: 1124; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I read they will slow down only on the 3g network, so buy a 4g

35. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

If everyone is paying the same for mobile internet, I don't see the point of buying a 3G phone when you can buy a 4G phone for the same price?

36. Debbie unregistered

That is what I say to my friends Nex, buy a 4g phone so that you can have both 3g/4g access. If you use 4g or are in an area with 4g great and if not well at least you have it when you get to an area, vise not having 4g access at all.

4. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I have grandfathered Unlimited on AT&T. They are only throttling abusers. Not sure how you can get over 5GB on Sprint or VZW on CDMA 3G. On AT&T its easier to see. I typically hit 2-3 GB's and not in AT&T top 5% abusers.

5. J-Lo unregistered

Sprint 's Network will STILL SUCK even with the iPhone, I'd rather spend the extra 30.00 on AT&T to know I won't have dropped calls, etc. And I am grandfathered in with unlimited data. Uh so whats the question again?

37. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You must not be using the AT&T I used to use then.

42. diana23 unregistered

Well that will always depend were u live. I had at&t and sprint they both sucked in my area of los angeles. But still at&t was a lil bit better believe it or not I had less dropped calls on at&t. I now have verizon so yeaa. But if I had to choose between them too I would go back to at&t.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 275; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

You would rather pay $30.00 a month on At&t to know you won't have dropped calls, etc............Hahaha, what a crock At&t is the worst carrier period. Sprint may not be the greatest but it is way better than At&t. Keep getting raped by them. Good luck with that.

38. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I wish that person well too.

46. stealthd unregistered

Worst carrier? Hardly. Just because it sucks where you live doesn't mean it sucks everywhere.

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: 275; 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!!!

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.

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: 1062; 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.

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why switch to Sprint when their calling signal is bad?

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

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