iPhone 4S Plans Compared: Sprint vs AT&T vs Verizon
The contract price of iPhone 4S is the same on each carrier, and comparing the iPhone 4S tech specs to other iPhones and competitors is one thing, but the other side of the equation is the data, text, and voice plan. How much data are you going to get, and at what price? What about overage charges? Does the data plan include internet tethering? How many minutes do you get? What about unlimited texting?
This nice comparison chart was put together by PCMag, breaking down each carrier of the iPhone 4S and what you can expect to pay on a monthly and yearly basis.
Would you have guessed that newcomer Sprint would offer the best deal on iPhone 4S data plans? It’s by a longshot once you consider heavy data use, where Sprint matches both the text and voice plans but then dramatically beats the competitors 2GB data offering. Not only does Sprint offer the cheapest data at a flat rate, but they’re the only remaining iPhone carrier in the USA to offer unlimited data, something only those grandfathered into old Verizon or AT&T plans have (in fact, both VZ and ATT are actually throttling heavy data users instead).
Check your iPhone 4S upgrade eligibility on each carrier, but in some cases it’s actually cheaper to jump carriers and break your contract. Or if you’re looking for a deal and you intend to be a data hog, you can’t beat Sprint’s $99/month.