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iPhone 5 monthly plan comparison: T-Mobile vs AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Mar 2013, 09:44

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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posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:17

47. ddarko18 (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

I am not sure this chart shows the best plans for your average cellphone user. For example sprint and Att both offer unlimited mobile to mobile, so a 450 minute with unlimited mobile to mobile calls and unlimited texting with 3gb of data runs you 90 on Att. Similarly 450 minutes unlimited texting unlimited data costs 80, I believe, on sprint .

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:24

49. yenot71 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

guy i don't know who does your fact checks but you got Verizon prices all wrong its $10 per GB and 9.99 for TEC and why are y'all doing it at 4 GB when most people use about 2gb so with the TEC its about $110 a month...get the facts straight

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:04 1

52. Note2waitingonNote3 (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Just for the record it's Verizon and At@t with the "So called established networks". Sprint definitely isn't any better off than Tmobile that's for sure. Matter of fact tmobile launched LTE in more area's their first time than Sprint did to date. Tmobile will easily past them by inrollout Iit's not even funny. And if you live in a "MAJOR CITY" You don't need Verizon or At&t that's for sure. Both Verizon and At@t are at their saturation point and their networks are slow and bogged down so bad they ain't worth the money any way.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 21:54

86. MartMart64 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

I live in Boston and had T Mobile and the service sucked, please explain why i don't need Verizon if they can give me perfect service wherever i go plus fast internet speeds and yet T Mobile can't even give me service in Boston

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:13

53. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

T-Mobile has talk and surf, too. That's a GSM feature.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:33 2

54. vladimvp1 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Actually Sprint is better and this is why :

if buy iphone 5 with Tmobile you pay:
$100 + $20 for 24 month =$ 580 ( this is for the phone)
$ 70 ( your plan) x 24 months =$1680
$1680+$580= $2260 ..... for two years

If you buy iphone 5 with Sprint you pay:
$80( your plan ) x24 months = $2120

Last time i checked $2120 is less than $2260 ..don't you think ?

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:00 1

56. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Preach it!

T-Mobile just got more expensive and the T-Mobile fanboys are rejoicing Hahaha :')

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:33

61. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

As much as i like tmobiles prices i just hate the service in los Angeles, i hate everything bout att which i have right now data sucks lets face data is crap n slow but reception wise i had better results than what i had on t-mobile thats the only reason im sticking with att i had it with there messed up plans slow lte but like i said only reason im still with them is cuz it always comes tru in elevators,high rise buildings ,underground parking lots were tmobile always crapped out. Same with traveling att always at least had 3G outside the city were as tmobile always had edge or gprs.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:09

66. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

On T-Mobile you pay $580 for the phone; on the others you pay $199; a $381 difference. Over 2 years though, you pay $960 MORE on the other 3 than on T-Mo; so...$960 - $381 = $579 --- the OVERALL savings on the No-Contract T-MOBILE. This is why Prepaid [other than their choice of phones, especially CDMA phones (less so GSM phones) ] is SO much better than CONTRACT carriers. This may seem insignificant in the short term, but T-MOBILE ( as one of the BIG 4 ) moving to no- contract will have great, positive ramifications for us, the consumers.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 18:27

68. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

This is only true for an individual line!! Make that clear, and also consider the extra $20 as part of your monthly service charge because regardless you're still paying for it monthly!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 18:31 1

69. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

I just went on there an see what their cost on service and phone. So this who it works out. 1st S3 $69.99 the next 2 S3 $218.00 for both. So it's $287.99 plus tax so far right. Family plan $80.00 for 2 line plus $10.00 for each additional line o total $90.00 plus. Not bad right? WAIT not finish...It's $20 per line for unlimited 4G, so it's $150.00 right? STILL not finish it's additional $20.00 per phone for 24 months. That's a total of $210.00 per month plus tax. $210.00 times 24 months=$5,040 plus tax. Each phone will cost you $549.99 for the first one than another $589.99 for each additional phones after 2 years. So how is this compare to Sprint's unlimited package. So they claim their unlimited package is a better deal.

The bulls**tter is bulls**tting the people that only sees the value at time of sign up only....this is why I left T-Mobile a long time ago. They haven't been living up to their expectations!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 20:38

72. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Has anybody forgot that sprint is the only one charging for roaming? I live in Memphis and my sprint phone roamed in a grocery store and I got a hour charge for that but I was in my home city. Sprint response was that my signal jump to another tower so I was roaming. Wtf! I'm happy with AT&T but watching tmobile.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 21:21

75. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

You must live in an affiliate market because Sprint roams free nationwide.

Sorry for your luck friend.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 20:48 1

73. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)

I cant wait to see the looks on all of your faces this summer...

Verizon will be pulling people off every carrier.
Mark my words this summer will be a time of pain for all the other networks.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 21:37

77. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

HAHAHAHAHAHA do the math tmobile only saves you only 100 dollars A YEAR over verizon. Ill stick to verizon thanks hah. example.....verizon 110x 12 months =1320 + 199 phone =1520 Tmobile... 70x12 months =840 plus phone 579= 1420. Even if you have your own quipment. If u add your own device to a verizon pre paid for 60'month the only thing less is data but 70/month verizon prepaid u get 2gigs plus unlimited everything else so even that rout its not saving money.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:30

81. BrockSamson (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

If you're going to laugh about other peoples math you may want to make sure your own is correct first.

T-Mobile = $579 + $1680 ($70 * 24) = $2259 for a phone and 24 months service, no contract

Verizon = $199 + $2640 ($110 * 24) = $2839 for a phone and 24 months service, with contract

In other words, Verizon is $580 more expensive over 24 months when comparing these plans (which may or may not be the best deals available).

You can twist the math by calculating only 12 months if you want, but since Verizon isn't signing you to a 12 month contract you should probably include that ETF that they are going to charge you for leaving early. What is it now, $300 or $350 or something like that?

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 22:48

79. devonblue4u (Posts: 68; Member since: 12 Apr 2011)

Canada plans used to suck compared to the US. Now it's reversed! I pay $52 for 6 gigs of LTE in Vancouver on Bell. I priced out just a basic plan for my Mom in California, and they started at $40 before data was added and she has a LTE phone already!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 22:58

80. fashionboi12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

T- Mobile its the worst carrier on puerto rico HSPA+ only work on the caguas to san juan. sprint bring's you ultimited data! i been in sprint sence i was in the eight grade ;) so i like sprint ! t - mobile is a poor carrier in puerto rico !

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 21:50

85. MartMart64 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

This is great for people who want to pay for barely any coverage. Like i always say why pay for no coverage. Yeah im paying a bit more with Verizon but i don't have to worry about coverage when i travel and its piece of mind knowing i can reach my family when i need to because they're on Verizon as well

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:01

88. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)

"So, you're planning on getting a T-Mobile iPhone 5, eh? Good choice!"

WTF, no! That's a horrible choice! Crap phone on a crap network, why not just throw your money directly into the garbage?

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 07:43

90. fashionboi12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

T- moblie is the worst carrer con PR i have sprint and i have service in all places

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