Verizon's Touch Pro2 is more expensive than the other carrier's model after 2 years

Verizon's Touch Pro2 is more expensive than the other carrier's model after 2 years
When Verizon launched its version of the HTC Touch Pro2 on Friday, it set a 2 year contract price that after rebate was $150 less than the price charged by T-Mobile and Sprint for essentially the same device. Yes, there are a few things that are different between the models. T-Mobile's version does not have the 3.5mm audio jack that Verizon and Sprint's CDMA model offers. But if we were to just look at the 3 carriers and the actual cost of service, the least expensive Touch Pro2 would not be from Big Red.

WMExperts compared the monthly service charge from T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for the Touch Pro2. They used the cheapest possible voice plan, went with unlimited data and basic texts. With this in mind, over the life of a 2 year contract, the lowest cost provider of service for the Touch Pro2 came from T-Mobile with a cost of $1,319.52. The runner-up was Sprint with a 2 year cost of $1,679.76. Rounding out the trio is Verizon at $2159.52 (The figures on the chart at the bottom of the page from WMExperts are updated and are correct). The dollar difference between Verizon's 24 month cost and the other two carriers is a multiple of the $150 you would save by buying the handset at Verizon. It sure looks different when you look at the money spent in this manner.

Of course, not one plan is suitable for everyone. And it is not exactly a level playing field that we are looking at. Some applications, like Sprint TV, are not available with the other two wireless operators. Of the three, Verizon is considered to have the better voice and data network. Still, if the dollars are one of the factors you are using to determine where to purchase your new Touch Pro2, keep in mind that there is a reason why such expensive devices are subsidized by the carriers.

HTC Touch Pro2 Specifications (CDMA) | Review (Sprint)
HTC Touch Pro2 Specifications (GSM) | Review (GSM)

source: WMExperts



1. halrob5

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

i looked over your spreadsheet comparing phones. First off the 450 min plan at verizon is 39.99 not 49.99.... and second off if i add everything up, and multiply by 24 for two years it comes out to $1799.52 for verizon... $1679.76 for sprint.... and $1319.52 for T-mobile it appears that you did the math for a 4 year plan.

2. theduckhat

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

I was just about to say the same thing! Way to do your homework WMExperts

3. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Thats not even a right price for 450 min for Verizon, 450 is 39.99, though this may not scew the end reslut, Try and get your info straight for posting speculation...Another brain mouth filter malfunction for Phone Arena..Another way you pocket for Sprint....Im getting really sick of these tilted results, this site has becomed botched from Phone Arena's obvious Advertising from Sprint...It keeps feeling more and more like Sprint is running this site, and they cant even do that right...

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u are idiotic. this chart is WRONG like crazy. 1) 450min plan from vzw is 39.99 2)NOONE buys the 29.99 plan from tmobile, they get the 39.99 plan w/ my faves. 3)TEXTING IS NOT INCLUDED FOR 24.99 on tmobile. 3499 is data and txt unlimited. 4) that seems more like a 4 yr plan for those phones 5)phone pricing listed is not correct for sprint. so lets look at it with correct pricing: cheapest plan w/ unlimited email/internet/txt per carrier VZW- 450min - 89.99 Sprint - 450min 69.99 (new unlimited cell talk plan w/ text/internet) Tmobile-300min Wout/faves 64.99 2 year plan + cell phone price: VZW =2159.76 + 200 =2359.76 Sprint = 1679.76 +320 =1999.76 Tmo = 1559.76 + 350 = 1909.76 tmo w/myfaves = 1799.76 + 350 =2149.76 if you add the myfaves option on tmobile (and who actually gets a plan w/out it?), you add 10 a month or 240 for the contract so VZW = 2360 TMO = 2150 sprint = 2000 which makes best value SPRINT. now add in the difference in the networks, where vzw has by far the best coverage over all and 3g. tmo has the least of both, sprint in the middle. sprint is still a sinking ship though. unless they change things around drastically which it looks like they are trying, they may not be around in 2 yrs to finish ur contract!! :)

27. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

true, but if you compare it to sprint's $69.99 450 mn everything data/txt/nav plan... you would also need to choose either verizon's 59.99 SELECT plan or add an unlimited text plan onto their 39.99 VOICE ONLY plan for an EXTRA $20. on top of that the $29.99 data plan needs to be added as well as VZNav for an extra $10 a month. phone arena you guys are yet again morons but the point is till the same, Big Red is expensive as hell and you two above me aren't that sharp either. Bottom line, VZ charges that much cause they can. consumers put value on cost. if something is inexpensive, it equates to cheap. why else do they have over 80,000,000 retards paying out the butt each month. verizon customers are like iphone users... sheep.

31. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Dude what are you talking about, first of all Phone Arena did not write the article, WM Experts did. Secondly, facts are facts, although the price is wrong, the end result is the same, VZW is the most expensive and TMO and Sprint are cheaper, this is NOT NEWS, everyone knows this, HOW is this advertising for Sprint???? They are not even the cheapest. Third, I see an equal amount of positive an negative posts about each network, so obviously, you are a VZW fanboy and it hurts you to hear the truth reported that your beloved carrier is the most expensive, again everyone knew this already. So, shut up and stop crying.

40. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

actually, you also have to take into account that vzw has lowered the price of the TP 2 to $169.99 after rebate, so thats an additional $30.00 discount, or one month difference on the data plan costs, looking at the service chart comparison.

56. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

alright... the are INDIVIDUAL PLANS T MOBILE with the lowest plan(350 minutes+ data unlimited) is 79.98+text unlimited (14.99) over 2 years is = 2279.28+349.99= 2629.27 SPRINT with the lowest plan (450 minutes+unlimited messages data etc) is 69.99 over 2 years is 1679.76+349.99=2029.75 VERIZON with the plan with data and texts is 69.99 over 2 year is 1679.76+299.99=1979.75 so you can listen to my dumb adding above....or avoid the mess and go like everyone else....iPhone... ATT with 450 minutes, data, and texts unlimited is 89.99 and over 2 years is 2,159.76+199.99(299.99)=2,359.75 (2,459.75) which means ATT is cheaper than tmobile???? can someone help me or explain what i did wrong???

72. johnb.

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 14, 2009

if you know anything about networks in the wireless worls then you would know that sprint and verzion run on the same cdma network so there service would be the same except verizion hasnt launched a 4g network yet so a sinking ship sprint might be but it is getting it boyance back

4. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 2009

Ya cant even put Sprint/T-Mobile in any category with Verizon(besides T-Mobile with Customer Service). Every carrier will be cheaper than Verizon obviously since they don't have near the voice/data coverage that Verizon has! The Voice plan you selected for Verizon was incorrect as it is $39.99 NOT $49.99 for 450 minutes. Verizon's Messaging plans also include Voice messaging that Sprint charges extra for at 3 cents per/KB. Sprint also has very high taxes (for some odd reason) and their bills are never what they are suppose to be, then you gotta call their crappy customer service center in India where nothing ever gets resolved! T-Mobile's reliability(Voice clarity/dropped calls) is complete garbage and their text messaging is like Boost Mobile where it takes hours at times for messages to be sent/received.

15. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I've NEVER got India when I call Sprint. If you look around you can get serious discounts for Sprint's bills and phones. Like me thanks to my corporate discount I only paid $170 with no mail in rebates for the Pro 2. My bill is only $70 and now look we have the any mobile option added on. Sprints the best I'll never leave them.

20. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 2009

thats good that you are loyal to Sprint and will never leave them...hopefully for your sake they don't drop you since they will probably not last long! Oh and just make sure that majority of your calls/data aren't being used while roaming or else they will drop you for that too!

21. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

je2345, wow you are sure ignorant aren't you? I guess your parents did their job.

22. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 2009

thats not ignorance...its being smart. I do Sprint port ins all day (quite a few AT&T too), so im actually in the wireless world unlike yourself! I've worked for and had phones wth Sprint, AT&T, and now Verizon and Verizon is by far the best. Yeah their plans are nice and cheap(cheaper now then before) but their service was garbage. Dropped calls left and right and my bill was always HIGHER than it was suppose to be without ever going over. I was always calling into customer service to get it resolved and would never get resolved the right way. I also had a 21% discount off Sprint's monthly service and still left that crappy company. Now days people are obviously looking at ways to save money but most of all get the MOST VALUE for their buck and with Verizon that is where its at!

33. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Actually, je2345, I work for VZW and it sounds like you do also, but we both know that Sprint is VERY comparable to VZW in terms of voice coverage and certainly better when it comes to data, although I do give the edge to VZW in voice. I will give it to you VZW and TMO cant be compared as VZW has a much larger network. Just report the facts straight, dont be such a fanboy, its not like VZW is THAT much better than Sprint.

45. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

Sorry my family has already been thru that issue where my cousin somehow was always roaming. Well this goes for any company if your dumb enough to let a phone company drop you due to roaming when it's including in the plan its called reading the fine print. It also helps to have a lawyer in the family too. Why do you think Sprint had the lawsuit against them for early termination fees? That's because smart people like my family read and understand our rights. I am loyal to Sprint but I'll point out my grips. Like Sprint changes phones too fast and yes there customer service sucks but learn to bully them around an you'll get your way.

55. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm, just for reference, noone touches vzw in both voice or data. vzw has about 87% population coverage in voice/data services. sprint may be #2 when it comes to that at around 75-80%, but they sure dont overtake vzw on any category. you want the best, you pay the premium, and many people want the best. its called saftey for their family. they are willing to pay a little extra to ensure that their phones for their kids will work wherever they may end up, unlike the other networks where you have big holes n coverage but you save a few bucks. if you want comparisons, vzw is like the Macy's of cell phones, ATT is like a Dillards/Sears, Sprint/Tmo are like target/walmart. Ive worked for both VZW and Tmo so i know this industry well from top to bottom :) not everyone can afford the finest. thats ok. keep trying. no need to call someone names because they can though. if everyone had the "best" then it would just be average.

63. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

There was already an article on here about VZW and Sprint data services. Sprint had surpassed VZW for data.

71. bokfu74

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

I have to give props to the first VZW person i've seen thats rational and not a fanboy. Most VZW and iPhone posters are fanboys. Way to keep to the facts, but I disagree with you on voice coverage. Sprint has better clarity but not as much penetrations but that is, of course, a function of frequency (1900 vs 800).

6. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009


7. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Stop yelling please.

8. jamess661

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

you guys are right verizon price is way to high i have sprint my self and we all know it depends on what you get with your plan what the price will be looks to me t mobile is cheaper if i try to match the plan i have with verizon t mobile and sprint but i get free incoming call mobileto mobile tv radio and internet for the price so i guess its all about what you really want to have on your plan but they need to change that the price is way to high and iam sure like sprint verizon and tmobile have discounts for the company you work for as well so some of us will get an extra 20%

9. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Value and price are two different things.

23. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

How is it a better Value Pay Less up front + Less per Year + Best Coverage Anywhere = Verizon... Hmm... "bronx", not sure what your reading, hit your back button and go back to sprints comment page, maybe thats how you got lost

43. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

Something is seriously wrong with your math if you have Verizon at Less Per Year. - VDubb

10. jamess661

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

any one know if the sprint diamond 2 will have the 3.6 inch screen 3.2 is so played out know

11. wswanson04

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 18, 2008

All the savings in the world are meaningless if the phone doesn't work. I live in the heart of a Spokane Wa, which is a major city. I own a few rental properties and my Sprint service would cut out bad in three of them. The worst was the house I lived in. In fact I knew a manager at Sprint who gave me free service. "cant beat that". The problem was that I was missing so many important phone calls that free kind of lost its appeal. I was mad my friend didn't work for Verizon. I had to switch because all the savings in the world, including free, couldn't help all my missed calls. Unfortunately those annoying commercials with the "can you hear me now guy" and how much they pound the network card, started to work on me. I was so sick of a free phone, free service, service that didn't work, that I jumped ship to Verizon. I'm not kidding when I say I haven't had a dropped call in three years. To make a long story short, nothing is free in this world. Well I guess my Sprint service was for a while. Free and not working couldn't overcome pay and working.

13. jamess661

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

try i have problems with drop call with sprint since i moved out to desert but so does my sister's verizon and my buddies at&t iphone but before only had 3 drop calls in four years verizon and t mobile dont work every where

12. je2345

Posts: 63; Member since: May 05, 2009

Sprint's on the same track that Alltel WAS on...(without the gaining of customers) and that is giving everything away at such a great deal(which is beneficial for the customer) and then ending up being in debt! Alltel at least had great coverage and much better plans than any carrier! Sprint will end up shutting down or end up getting bought out. Verizon, AT&T and possibly T-Mobile since T-Mobile is owned by a very rich and powerful company, will end up being the only carriers left going down the road. IMO

44. VDubb

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 04, 2008

Do you love reaching up your ass and spewing whatever comes out. How in the hell do you see a company going out of business with ~50 million subscribers. I guess if they keep losing subscribers at their current rate (~300,000/quarter), they might go out of business in about 30-40 years.

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