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  • How much will the iPhone 4S really cost on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint?

    If you read this article, you might think that some of these costs go almost as low as Cricket. Remember that most of them don't offer unlimited anything at the lowest tiers though...

    Love technology? I recommend you read Engadget.


    SOURCE: Engadget


    How much will the iPhone 4S really cost on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint?

    By Lydia Leavitt posted Oct 6th 2011 4:15PM







    As Apple unleashes the iPhone 4S on AT&T, Verizon and now Sprint, the biggest question on everyone's mind is how much will the phone really cost? As the third US carrier to sell the iPhone, Sprint has confirmed it will offer the device with the same unlimited plans as the other handsets in its lineup -- much to the relief of loyal customers hoping to make a belated switch to iOS. But we're betting those of you willing to swap providers are just a little curious as to how the plans stack up. Fortunately, we've crunched the numbers for you, so all you need to do is meet us after the break for that bottom line.

    Verizon
    iPhone 4S Droid Bionic iPhone 4
    MSRP Unavailable $590 $650 / $750
    Price on contract $199 / $299 / $399 $300 $100-$200
    Speed 3G EVDO Rev. A 3G EVDO Rev. A / 4G LTE 3G EVDO Rev. A
    Talk, text and data
    (lowest and highest plans)
    $40 for 450 minutes + $30 for 2GB data -to- $70 for unlimited talk/text and $100 for 12GB data $40 for 450 minutes + $30 for 2GB data -to- $70 for unlimited talk/text and $100 for 12GB data $40 for 450 minutes + $30 for 2GB data -to- $70 for unlimited talk/text and $100 for 12GB data
    Cost / month (min /max) $70 - $170 $70 - $170 $70 - $170
    Cost / year $840 - $2040 $840 - $2040 $840 - $2040



    AT&T
    iPhone 4S Galaxy S II iPhone 4
    MSRP Unavailable $550 N/A
    Price on contract $199 / $299 / $399 $200 $100-$200
    Speed "4G" HSPA+ 14.4Mbps "4G" HSPA+
    21Mbps
    3G HSPA
    7.2Mbps
    Talk, text and data
    (lowest and highest plans)
    $40 for 450 minutes + $15 for 200MB data -to- $70 for unlimited talk/text and $45 for 4GB $40 for 450 minutes + $15 for 200MB data -to- $70 for unlimited talk/text and $45 for 4GB $40 for 450 minutes + $15 for 200MB data -to- $70 for unlimited talk/text and $45 for 4GB
    Cost / month (min /max) $55-$115 $55-$115 $55-$115
    Cost / year $660 - $1,380 $660 - $1,380 $660 - $1,380



    Sprint
    iPhone 4S Epic 4G Touch iPhone 4 (8GB)
    MSRP Unavailable $550 $550
    Price on contract $199 / $299 / $399 $200 $100
    Speed 3G EVDO Rev. A 3G EVDO Rev. A / 4G WiMax 3G EVDO Rev. A
    Talk, text and data
    (lowest and highest plans)
    450 minutes for $70 plus $10 data fee -to- unlimited for $100 plus $10 data fee 450 minutes for $70 plus $10 data -to- unlimited for $100 plus $10 data fee 450 minutes for $70 plus $10 data -to- unlimited for $100 plus $10 data fee
    Cost / month (min /max) $80-$110 $80-$110 $80-$110
    Cost / year $960-$1,320 $960-$1,320 $960-$1,320



    The bottom line:
    The cheapest taste of the iPhone comes courtesy of AT&T with 450 minutes and 200MB of data for $55 before additional taxes and fees -- but sadly, those numbers won't afford music / video fanatics very much streaming. Per month, the plans range from around $55 for the lowest end of the range to $170 for Verizon's unlimited talk / text and 12GB worth of data. Sprint's plan sets itself apart from the pack by offering truly unlimited, uncapped data as part of its voice plans whereas the others taper off at 12GB or even 4GB.

    Individual plans
    Verizon Sprint AT&T
    Minutes $40 for 450 minutes, $60 for 900 minutes, $70 for unlimited voice $70 for 450 minutes, $90 for 900 minutes plus mandatory $10 data add-on, or unlimited for $100 + data fee $40 for 450 minutes, $60 for 900 minutes, $70 for unlimited
    Unlimited Data $100 for 12GB Included $45 for 4GB
    Visual Voicemail $2.99 a month x Included
    SMS Pay as you go $.20-$.25 per text, 250 for $5, 500 for $10 or unlimited for $20 Unlimited Pay as you go $.20-$30 per text -to- unlimited $20
    Nights and weekends After 9 pm weekdays, after 12 am weekends Extra $5 per month to start at 6 pm, after 7 pm included Extra $9 per month to start at 7 pm, after 9 pm included
    Rollover x x Yes
    Activation fee $35 per line x $36 per phone
    Monthly service $70 - $170 $80-$110 $55-$115
    Yearly cost $840 - $2040 $960-$1,320 $660 - $1,380



    Family plans
    Verizon Sprint AT&T
    Minutes $70 for 700 minutes, $100 for 2000 minutes for $100. Plus $10 per additional line $150 for 1500 minutes, $180 for 3000 minutes (lines 1-2 included) plus $20 for lines 3-5 $60 for 550 minutes and first two lines plus $10 for additional lines (max 3 lines) -to- unlimited for $120 plus $50 for each additional line (max 5 lines)
    Unlimited Data $100 for 12GB Included $45 for 4GB
    Visual Voicemail $2.99 a month x Included
    SMS Pay as you go $.20-$.25 or unlimited $30 Unlimited Pay as you go $.20-$30 per text -to- unlimited $30
    Nights and weekends After 9 pm weekdays, after 12 am weekends Extra $10 per month starting at 6 pm, after 7 pm included Extra $9 per month to start at 7 pm, after 9 pm included
    Rollover x x Yes
    Activation fee $35 per phone x $36 per phone
    Monthly service $100-$220 $150-$210 $120
    Yearly cost $1,000-$2,640 $1,800-$2,520 $1,440



    Extended individual plans
    Verizon Sprint AT&T
    Minutes $40 for 450 minutes + $.45 per additional minute, 900 minutes for $60 + $.40 per additional minute, unlimited voice $70 $70 for 450 minutes + $.45 per additional minute, $90 for 900 minutes + $.40 per additional minute. Add a $10 data fee for both $40 for 450 minutes + .45 per additional minute, 900 for $60 + $.40 per additional minute, $70 for unlimited talk/text
    Unlimited Data $100 for 12GB Included $45 for 4GB plus $10 for each additional GB
    Visual Voicemail $2.99 a month x Included
    SMS Pay as you go, 250, 500 or unlimited, $.10 per text overage charge Unlimited Pay as you go $.20-$30 per text -to- unlimited $20
    Nights and weekends After 9 pm weekdays, after 12 am weekends Extra $5 per month starting at 6 pm, after 7 pm included Extra $9 per month starting at 7 pm, after 9 pm included
    Rollover x x Yes
    Activation fee $35 per phone x $36 per phone
    Monthly service $70+ to $170+ $80+ to $110+ $55+ to $115+
    Yearly cost $840+ to $2040+ $960+ to $1,320+ $660+ to $1,380+



    Extended family plans
    Verizon Sprint AT&T
    Minutes $70 for 700 minutes for first two lines plus $.45 per additional minute over -to- $100 for 2000 minutes for first two lines plus $.35 per additional minute over $150 for 1500 minutes +.$40 per additional minute, $180 for 3000 minutes + $.25 per additional minute (lines 1-2 included). Add $20 for lines 3-5 $60 for 550 minutes for first two lines + $.45 per additional minute, $10 for additional lines (max 3 lines) -to- unlimited for $120 plus $50 for each added line (max 5 lines)
    Unlimited Data $100 for 12GB Included $45 for 4GB
    Visual Voicemail $2.99 a month x Included
    SMS Pay as you go $.20-$.25 or unlimited $30 Unlimited Pay as you go $.20-$30 per text -to- unlimited $30
    Nights and weekends After 9 pm weekdays, after 12 am weekends Extra $10 per month starting at 6 pm, after 7 pm included Extra $9 per month starting at 7 pm, after 9 pm included
    Rollover x x Yes
    Activation fee $35 per phone x $36 per phone
    Monthly service $100+ to $220+ $150 + $.40 per additional minute -to- $210+ $120 + $.45 per additional minute -to- $120 unlimited
    Yearly cost $1,000+ to $2,640+ $1,800+ to $2,520+ $1,440+


    This article was originally published in forum thread: How much will the iPhone 4S really cost on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint? started by chrisngrod View original post
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