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Comparison of iPhone 4S Service Plans for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon

PC Mag has put together a nice comparison of voice and data service plan options for the iPhone 4S on the three U.S. carriers that will be offering the device: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.


At the top, the chart shows pricing for the three standard voice tiers used by carriers (450 minutes, 900 minutes, and unlimited), all paired with unlimited texting. The second section compares pricing for various buckets of data usage, and while different carriers have different cutoff points, the chart allows users to compare pricing at any given usage level. Sprint of course is offering unlimited data for the iPhone, requiring only a $10 "premium data" surcharge on top of the basic "Simply Everything" charge of $99.99 per month.

Some users may also be interested in mobile hotspot offerings, which allow them to use their iPhones as access points to 3G data for Wi-Fi enabled devices. Mobile hotspot functionality is included in higher-level data packages (4 GB and above) from AT&T and Verizon, while it is a separate $29.99 per month add-on for Sprint's unlimited data service.

Users looking to get the best deal on service for the iPhone 4S will need to gauge their data needs ahead of time, as different carriers offer strengths in different areas. High data usage customers may find Sprint appealing, as it is the only carrier offering unlimited data. Sprint's pricing makes it the best deal all the way down to only 2 GB of usage, but low-use customers might be interested in AT&T's $15/month data package offering 200 MB of data as a cheaper option.

As PC Mag notes, users will also need to weigh the pros and cons of each carrier's network, and users should also be aware that Apple's new iCloud service may result in them using more data than they do currently, depending on how much data they move up and down through the service.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S will begin at 12:01 AM Pacific time tonight/tomorrow morning.

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40 months ago
Having the two year contract price slapping you in the face really highlights the silliness of get the "free" 3gs phone.

Get the 4g current generation phone with contract for $2618.76.

BUT if you can't afford to put down $99 for a phone,
Get the old "free" 3GS with drastically less capability for ONLY $2519.76

seriously - if you need to save that $99 bucks,
you should not be getting a data plan cell phone of any sort.
Rating: 21 Votes
40 months ago
seeing that $2,500 at the bottom of the chart made me sick. I've spent so much money on cell phone service. lol :rolleyes:
Rating: 19 Votes
40 months ago
Holy jeeze i could never afford a smartphone in the us and lol at paying extra for hotspot
Rating: 16 Votes
40 months ago
Wow. Thank god I have like 92983489294 roll over minutes.
Rating: 16 Votes
40 months ago
Good thing I still have unlimited data on AT&T. I'll probably need it w/ iCloud.
Rating: 10 Votes
40 months ago

Wow. Thank god I have like 92983489294 roll over minutes.


Rollover minutes are a brilliant scam. AT&T figured out how to offer something that they never have to deliver. Those who need rollover minutes are not the ones accumulating them, and those that tend to accumulate rollover minutes will probably never use them.
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago
I still can't believe the US government allows the networks to actually charge people to receive calls and texts, that's just plain criminal.
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago
AT&T doesn't use CDMA like the other two which allows both chatting and surfing at the same time.
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago
How about offering a data plan WITHOUT a voice plan? I don't even need 450 minutes. $60+ for a voice plan I hardly need is ridiculous.

Give me 100 minutes, charge me $20, $15 for 1500 texts. Plus the data plan.

This system is like buying cable with 900 channels and only watching 10 of them with any regularity.
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago
Is it me or are those ridiculous prices in comparison to the UK?!
Rating: 7 Votes

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