You’ve sat down and thought about this long and hard and decided that the new iPhone 5 simply has to be yours. The fingerprint scanner is just too much for you to pass up. Now the question becomes who has the best phone plans and is offering the best deals for a new iPhone. They are a hot selling item to be sure, so shopping around might be necessary.
Which Carrier Has the Most 4G LTE Availability?
Having a lot of 4G LTE markets can be a major selling point for your new iPhone purchase. Large access to markets means that you will have 4G availability more often rather than wondering why your download suddenly just stopped because you walked five feet and lost the 4G momentarily.
Verizon takes the lead on this factor with 500 4G LTE markets. AT&T is a close second with 396. This is followed with T-Mobile with 154 and Sprint with 151.
How Much Will the iPhone 5s Cost?
There are a lot of different when it comes to the cost of a new iPhone and all of them are related directly to the type of plan that you choose. Prices used for this comparison are all for the 16GB iPhone 5s.
AT&T is offering the iPhone for $199 with a shared phone plan with 1Gb of data and unlimited talk and text. The AT&T Next program offers the iPhone 5s on a monthly installment plan of $27 a month for 20 months; this is in addition to any other rate plan.
On the other hand Sprint is offering the new iPhone for $99 for new customers to their rate plans. T-Mobile sells the iPhone for $99 down and $23 a month added to your bill for 20 months. Verizon seems to follow in AT&T’s footsteps by offering their traditional rate plans with the iPhone priced at $199, or an installment plan of $27 a month for 24 months.
Is There an Activation Fee for The New iPhone?
That depends entirely on what carrier and rate plan you choose to get. All of Verizon’s plans have a $35 activation fee. T-Mobile has an across the board activation fee of $10. Sprint charges an activation fee of $36. AT&T also has activation fees of $36, except for AT&T Next, which is $0 for activation.
How Much Will the iPhone Cost Over Two Years?
Most phone providers have two-year contracts. Based on which plan you have chosen that will dictate just how much your iPhone will cost you over the course of that contract. That includes all monthly payments as well as the cost for the phone service. Over a two year contract you will pay between $2275 and $3180 with AT&T depending on the rate plan you chose.
Sprint will range from $2055 and $2775. T-Mobile’s two-year contract will cost you between $2100 and $2580. Verizon will range from $2634 to $3323.
When you are looking for the best deal and best phone plan for a new iPhone, you need to shop around and determine the best choice for you. Think about what you plan to do with the phone and this should give you an idea of what kind of rate plan to look at.
Getting the cheapest rate plan available won’t help you if you can’t do anything you wish to do with it. Weigh your options and make the choice that fits your lifestyle and you won’t be disappointed.