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iPhone 4S Carrier and Plan Comparison

iPhone 4S Carrier and Plan Comparison

Oct 13, 2011

If you are considering changing mobile phone carriers, you couldn’t have picked a better time; the iPhone 4S is just a few days from being released and three carriers are competing for your pre-orders. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will all be selling the iPhone 4S in the United States, and each has a slightly different selection of plans on offer. Since going to each carrier’s website and comparing all of the plans in detail is time-consuming work, we’ve done it for you.

If you prefer, download the spreadsheet that we compiled (PDF Format) when assembling the data on all carriers’ iPhone 4S plans.

If you don’t want to read all of the little details and want a fast answer on which carrier you should go with, here is the bottom line:

  • Choose Sprint if you need an unlimited data plan. Sprint is the only carrier offering an unlimited data plan for the iPhone 4S.
  • Choose AT&T if you want the cheapest plan. AT&T’s 450 minute plan with 300 MB of data and no included messages costs $54.99 per month and is the least expensive iPhone 4S plan available.
  • Choose Verizon if you plan to use the iPhone 4S extensively as a mobile hotspot for other devices. Verizon offers 10 GB of hotspot usage for $100 per month, while Sprint and AT&T offer a maximum of 5 and 4 GB respectively.
  • Regardless of the carrier you choose, the iPhone 4S costs $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB) or $399 (64 GB) with a two-year contract.

Sprint iPhone 4S Plans

Buy the iPhone 4S from Sprint.

Minutes

  • Unlimited: $99.99
  • 900: $89.99
  • 450: $69.99

Features and Details

  • All plans include unlimited data. Data usage is a mandatory flat charge of $10 per month.
  • All plans include unlimited messaging.
  • Unlimited calls to other mobile phones.
  • Unlimited minutes on nights and weekends.
  • $36 activation fee.
  • $29.99 fee to use iPhone 4S as a mobile hotspot (5 GB limit per month).
  • Sprint reserves the right to throttle data speeds if usage is extremely high.

Verizon iPhone 4S Plans

Buy the iPhone 4S from Verizon.

Minutes

  • Unlimited: $69.99
  • 900: $59.99
  • 450: $39.99

Data

  • 12 GB with Wi-Fi hotspot: $100.00
  • 7 GB with Wi-Fi hotspot: $70.00
  • 4 GB with Wi-Fi hotspot: $50.00
  • 10 GB: $80.00
  • 5 GB: $50.00
  • 2 GB: $30.00

Messaging

  • Unlimited: $20
  • No messaging plan: $.20 per text message, $.25 per video/picture message

Features and Details

  • Unlimited calling to Verizon Wireless customers.
  • Unlimited calling to any 5 numbers with 900 minute plan.
  • Unlimited minutes on nights and weekends.
  • Data plan is mandatory.
  • $35 activation fee.

AT&T iPhone 4S Plans

Buy the iPhone 4S from AT&T.

Minutes

  • Unlimited: $69.99
  • 900: $59.99
  • 450: $39.99

Data

  • 4 GB with Wi-Fi hotspot: $45.00
  • 2 GB: $25.00
  • 200 MB: $15.00

Messaging

  • Unlimited: $20
  • No messaging plan: $.20 per text message, $.30 per video/picture message

Features and Details

  • Unused minutes roll over to next month.
  • Unlimited calls to other mobile phones.
  • Unlimited minutes on nights and weekends except with 450 minute plan (5,000 night and weekend minutes).
  • Data plan is mandatory.
  • $36 activation fee.