1. ilwhana's Avatar
    I picked At&t because it has fastest 3G speed.
    Furthermore, I got unlimited data plan which is really awsome!!
    Last edited by ilwhana; 10-08-2011 at 10:50 AM.
    10-08-2011 10:48 AM
  2. Conan Kudo's Avatar
    3G data on Sprint is unlimited. There is no throttling. I have never since I got my first smart phone 3 years ago been throttled, and believe me, we use lots of data, and most of it is while on 3G.
    As I recall, the throttling is done at the discretion of Sprint. So while the throttle cap does exist, they do not always enforce it. When I used Sprint last year, they did enforce it on me, which is why I left.
    10-08-2011 10:53 AM
  3. CarrieMK's Avatar
    SprintFreeMsg:

    Usage for
    10/1-10/31

    Shared Min 5/1500
    Indiv Min 0/1500
    Txt 83/Unl
    Data MB 675/Unl

    Sprint. All.Together.Now.

    I just texted to get my data usage and you can see that on my line alone I use quite a bit No throttling. Also, very few mobile plan minutes used because of unlimited mobile to mobile, regardless of carrier. The few minutes I have used are for land lines.
    10-08-2011 10:56 AM
  4. KCook3's Avatar
    I think you have to look at how is your coverage? Verizon map shows coverage at my home but we don't get phone calls in our home. ATT and Sprint work well in our homes.

    KC
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    10-08-2011 11:01 AM
  5. CarrieMK's Avatar
    SprintFreeMsg:

    Usage for
    10/1-10/31

    Shared Min 5/1500
    Indiv Min 0/1500
    Txt 83/Unl
    Data MB 675/Unl

    Sprint. All.Together.Now.

    I just texted to get my data usage and you can see that on my line alone I use quite a bit No throttling. Also, very few mobile plan minutes used because of unlimited mobile to mobile, regardless of carrier. The few minutes I have used are for land lines.
    Keep in mind it's only for one week. Obviously usage varies depending on what I'm doing. I would easily go over a 2G limit though, that's for sure.
    10-08-2011 11:18 AM
  6. CarrieMK's Avatar
    I think you have to look at how is your coverage? Verizon map shows coverage at my home but we don't get phone calls in our home. ATT and Sprint work well in our homes.

    KC
    Verizon and Sprint have their best service here too. What is important is what carrier and plans work for each person. If Sprint weren't so good here I would probably be with Verizon. My friends with AT& T constantly have dropped calls around here and I don't even know anyone with T-Mobile.
    10-08-2011 11:23 AM
  7. D0minoid's Avatar
    i ordered the sprint phone since we still have unlimited data. one sprint using the epic 4G i am using at least 10GB/month streaming data.
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    10-08-2011 11:31 AM
  8. CarrieMK's Avatar
    Not necessarily true. If you know why rate plans cost as much as they do, you can actually figure out the true value of purchasing an unlocked phone to use with a carrier. The numbers may surprise you!


    Individual plans on each carrier:

    AT&T
    Base plan: 900 minutes $59.99
    Add texting: Unlimited text $20.00
    Add data: 2GB $25.00
    Total: $104.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    Sprint
    Base plan: 900 minutes + unlimited text + 5GB 3G data $89.99
    Total: $89.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    Verizon
    Base plan: 900 minutes $59.99
    Add texting: Unlimited text $20.00
    Add data: 2GB $30.00
    Total: $109.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    T-Mobile (Postpaid - Value plan)
    Base plan: Unlimited minutes + Unlimited text + Unlimited web (2GB HSPA+ data) $59.99
    Total: $59.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    T-Mobile (Postpaid - Classic plan)
    Base plan: Unlimited minutes + Unlimited text + Unlimited web (2GB HSPA+ data) $79.99
    Total: $79.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    T-Mobile (Monthly4G)
    Base plan: Unlimited minutes + Unlimited text + Unlimited web (5GB HSPA+ data) $70
    Total: $70 (w/o taxes and fees)

    Family plan (assuming two lines) on each carrier:

    AT&T
    Base plan: 700 minutes $69.99
    Add texting: Unlimited text $30.00
    Add data for two lines: 2GB $50.00
    Total: $149.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    Sprint
    Base plan: 1500 minutes + unlimited text + 5GB 3G web $129.99
    Total: $129.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    Verizon
    Base plan: 700 minutes $69.98
    Add texting: Unlimited text $30.00
    Add data for two lines: 2GB $60.00
    Total: $159.98 (w/o taxes and fees)

    T-Mobile (Postpaid - Value plan)
    Base plan: Unlimited minutes + Unlimited text + Unlimited web (2GB HSPA+ data) $99.99
    Total: $99.99 (w/o taxes and fees)

    T-Mobile (Postpaid - Classic plan)
    Base plan: Unlimited minutes + Unlimited text + Unlimited web (2GB HSPA+ data) $139.98
    Total: $139.98 (w/o taxes and fees)

    T-Mobile (Monthly4G)
    Base plan: Unlimited minutes + Unlimited text + Unlimited web (5GB HSPA+ data) $70
    Multiply by two for two lines
    Total: $140 (w/o taxes and fees)

    Analysis of costs

    For a 16GB iPhone 4S locked with a two year contract on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon it costs $199.99 upfront + the sales tax for the phone unsubsidized ($649.99). Plus, over the course of 24 months, you are paying roughly $480 to $600 for the phone itself. Assuming the minimum of $20/mo on subsidy, you would be paying roughly $680 + sales tax on item valued at $649.99.

    For T-Mobile postpaid, the Classic plan includes the subsidy, the Value plan does not.

    Obviously, T-Mobile Monthly4G does not include the subsidy either. On October 16, Wal-Mart will exclusively offer a $30/mo Monthly4G plan with unlimited web (5GB HSPA+ data), unlimited text, and 100 minutes of talk with 10 cents per additional minute. Additionally, T-Mobile will launch a $60/mo Monthly4G plan with unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited web with 2GB HSPA+ data.

    In any case, if you were considering Sprint, then note that over the course of two years, you'd have paid $2360 for the iPhone 4S 16GB and the monthly bill for an individual person and $3520 for a family plan with two iPhone 4S 16GB models.

    With AT&T, you'd pay $2720 over the course of two years on an individual plan. On a family plan of two lines, you'd pay $4000 over two years.

    With Verizon, you'd pay $2840 over two years on an individual plan. On a family plan of two lines, you'd pay $4240 over two years.

    With T-Mobile, you'd pay $2090 over two years for an individual Value plan. With a family Value plan with two lines, you'd pay $3698 over two years.

    If you chose to go with the T-Mobile Monthly4G $30/mo plan that will be offered in Wal-Mart stores, you'd pay $1370 over two years for one line, and $2740 over two years for two lines.

    Note that these calculations are done with the plan configurations described at the beginning of this post.

    However, there's another advantage with an unlocked iPhone 4S. You can resell it at a much higher value than a locked one. Sprint and Verizon iPhones depreciate in value extremely quickly, while AT&T and unlocked ones don't. And unlocked ones are valued much higher than AT&T versions. So if you wanted to get the next iPhone that comes after the 4S, you'd be able to more easily sell your iPhone 4S if it was a factory unlocked model in order to pay for the new one.
    Unless Sprint changed their plan yesterday, there is no extra $10 fee for unlimited 3G data. What you may be thinking of is the $10 smartphone fee that was added to the plans of those who have smartphones. There is a 5G limit on their wireless cards and pads. The $10 smartphone fee has been included in the $79.99 and up plans. 3G data usage on your phone is unlimited.
    10-08-2011 11:36 AM
  9. CarrieMK's Avatar
    i ordered the sprint phone since we still have unlimited data. one sprint using the epic 4G i am using at least 10GB/month streaming data.
    I think people are confusing the wireless card limit with phone usage limit, which as of now there isn't one.
    Last edited by CarrieMK; 10-08-2011 at 11:41 AM.
    10-08-2011 11:38 AM
  10. diamonddialogue's Avatar
    AT&T is really starting to **** me off with their prices.
    10-08-2011 12:12 PM
  11. ivan1.ruiz's Avatar
    I had sprint and the family plan I had was 1500 min and I did not need that much but they don't have a lower family plan. I switched to AT&T and have unlimited mobile to mobile any network in USA just like sprint does but I chose the 700 min so now I pay about $40 less than I did with sprint and I have 2 iPhones. Coverage and speeds are way faster for me on AT&T so I love it
    10-08-2011 12:47 PM
  12. CarrieMK's Avatar
    I had sprint and the family plan I had was 1500 min and I did not need that much but they don't have a lower family plan. I switched to AT&T and have unlimited mobile to mobile any network in USA just like sprint does but I chose the 700 min so now I pay about $40 less than I did with sprint and I have 2 iPhones. Coverage and speeds are way faster for me on AT&T so I love it
    Like I said, each person has to pick the best plan for them. We are on the same plan you were except we have 5 lines. I get a 25% discount through my employer so for us it is the best option. My son is so happy that Sprint finally has the iPhone
    10-08-2011 01:10 PM
  13. ivan1.ruiz's Avatar
    Yeah I can definitely see how it would work for 5 lines. I had the same 25% off because I worked for a subcontractor for sprint in Oklahoma. We took care of the advanced tech support.
    10-08-2011 01:31 PM
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