At&t vs. T-mobile plans

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gaanee, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. gaanee macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    I checked the T-mobile offer where they pay for At&t ETF to switch over to T-mobile. My current At&t plan with 2year contract comes out to $65/2GB data whereas T-mobile would be $60/1GB data + $25 for the phone cost. So what's the advantage of T-mobile over At&t and is T-mobile phone unlocked to use on international travel?
  2. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    The advantage of T-Mobile is that you will not pay an overage if you go over that 1gb. You simply get throttled to 2G speeds. You can also upgrade your phone or leave T-Mobile at any time as long as the balance on your phone is paid. Your bill will also go down if he balance is paid and you don't buy a new phone. The trade-off is coverage. AT&T still has a better network than T-Mobile in many places.
  3. gaanee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    Unless something is missing... using above numbers, At&t is cheaper compared to T-mo during the period of contract. For me data is not a big concern since most of the time I have wifi around and also I am not looking to upgrade every year. The only reason to switch could be if it's unlocked and monthly rates are cheaper.
  4. nutmac, Aug 7, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014

    nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Which one? $50/1GB data or $60/3GB data?

    And are you on AT&T's MobileShare plan? If so, your $65 bill will increase by $15 when and if you get a new phone with 2-year contract.

    Aside from pricing, main differences are:

    AT&T advantages:
    • Generally better nation wide coverage, especially in rural area
    • Corporate discount available (T-Mobile recently discontinued this program)
    • Better indoor coverage (T-Mobile has 700 MHz spectrum, but so far, very little build out and virtually no phones support it)

    T-Mobile advantages:
    • Free 2G data (it's slow, but it's free) and text messaging in over 120 countries
    • No contract
    • Wi-Fi calling for certain phones (including iPhone 5s when using iOS 8)
    • HD Voice calls between T-Mobile phones (AT&T is testing it only in 4 states)
  5. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    The current T-Mobile Simple Choice plan for 1 GB of 4G data comes out to $50. The $60 option includes 3 GB of 4G data. Both are throttled unlimited data plans with no overage fees.

    The current AT&T Mobile Share plan with 2 GB of data (capped with overage fees) runs $80, with a discounted rate of $65 if you bring your own device or go on their Next upgrade plan.

    All of these options include unlimited talk and text.

    As mentioned elsewhere, T-Mobile has a less extensive network, so you'll likely find more coverage gaps when you travel outside of metro areas. Also, T-Mobile's signals also have less penetration into large buildings. This issue will be somewhat negated when T-Mobile's wi-fi calling comes to the iPhone with iOS 8.

    The T-Mobile phones that you buy from Apple are all unlocked, so you when you go overseas, you can use an international SIM card. The iPhones that you buy from T-Mobile stores require that you sign up for 40 days of service and pay off the phone in full before they'll unlock it.

    I believe that AT&T will unlock the phone as long it's paid off. If you pay for an AT&T iPhone in full at an Apple store and request the device-only option, it will come unlocked out of the box.
  6. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    What, I don't know apple tmobile phones are unlocked. Can anyone confirm this?
  7. P A U L macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2014
    its true.
  8. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Bottom line:
    T-mobile $50 for first line 1GB data (plus throttling) (zero subsidy for phone) plus taxes

    T-mobile $60 for first line 3GB (plus throttling) zero subsidy for phone

    ATT $65 for first line 2GB data ($15/extra per GB over). No subsidy for phone

    The consumer will see ATT is only $5 more expensive at the $65 price point.

    Is $5/month extra worth it to stay with ATT? (Most people won't go over their data allotment).
  9. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Main difference I can see is AT&T has coverage almost everywhere and T-Mo does not.:eek:
  10. gaanee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    T-mobile charges are $50 and $60 for 1 and 3GB. But that's just data, in addition to that, they will charge $25 for the phone cost. So for 3GB plan its $85, which is more than At&t

  11. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    T-Mobile only charges $25/month for the phone if you opt to finance the phone from them. Otherwise, you can bring your current AT&T phone over to T-Mobile and upgrade the device whenever you want.

    If you're grandfathered into a $65 plan that allows for subsidized device upgrades every two years, then the math can work in AT&T's favor if you indeed upgrade your devices on that schedule. But, for anyone not currently with AT&T and looking into their current Mobile Share plans, $65/month is actually what AT&T would charge on a 2 GB plan without the device.
  12. gaanee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2011
    I signed up recently with At&t for mobile share plan which is $40 for 2GB data and $25 for iphone, which looks like its cheaper compared to T-mobile plans. Although the phone is locked and thats why I was looking into T-mo for international travel.

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