Verizon vs. T-Mobile for four lines

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by madoka, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. madoka macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    Contracts are all up so we want to activate four new lines. Narrowed the choices down to Verizon and T-mobile. Since my parents use next to no data (less than 10 mb per month), we don't need that big a data plan.

    We want two iPhone 6+ 128gb and two 5s 16gb for parents. Tethering is important to me. While no contracts is great, we also don't mind signing up for a two year contract.

    In trying to get a ballpark figure of costs, I've done the following calculations. Please let me know if I've made some sort of mistake or if there are better options.

    $100 per month x 24 = $2400
    iPhones ($950 + $950 + $600 + $600) = $3100
    Total = $5500

    $240 per month (6gb plan) x 24 = $5760
    iPhones ($500 + $500 + $100 + $100) = 1200
    Total = $6960
  2. j1huynh macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    I guess for VZW, are you going for the 2-yr contract.. in that case, you need to include the activation fees = $35 * 4 = $140.. so your total is $7100 instead..

    Seems like the no contract of VZW is better and you get 10GB data instead of 6GB ..
    VERIZON paid in full or EDGE come out:
    $160 per month (10gb plan) x 24 = $3840
    iPhones ($950 + $950 + $600 + $600) = $3100 (I used your tmobile pricing.. but the 5S should be $550 once iphone6 is launch?)
    No activation fees
    Total = $6940 and you get 10GB data plan instead of 6GB and cheaper...
  3. madoka thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    Where do I find more info on the Verizon no contract plan? I can't seem to find it on their webpage.

    For Verizon Edge, instead of paying $950 upfront for a iPhone 6+ 128gb, we have to pay for it in 20 installment payments. Then for doing so, you get a discount?
  4. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003
    Summary: Always choose T-Mobile if you can, and have the coverage, look at that price difference!
  5. j1huynh macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012

    I think you can have option to pay in 20 installment payments or paid in-full. You just need to ask the customer service to put you in the edge program.
    See below link under As a Family of 4:

    sorry don't know how to copy and paste
    As a Family of 4:

    4 Smartphones on MORE Everything

    4 x $40
    monthly line access
    10 GB
    monthly account access
    monthly access*

    4 Smartphones on MORE Everything with Edge
    4 x $15
    monthly line access
    10 GB
    monthly account access
    Save $100
    monthly access**
  6. brun019822 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2006
    I switched form vz to tmobile and I'm very happy with it. I live in nyc so my coverage is good. if you have good coverage in your area I think it would be a no brainer.
  7. lsbuffs macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2009
    I've been with Verizon and would switch to T Mobile in a heartbeat, but they have zero coverage around my South Metro Denver area. I did their Test Drive, and wanted to love it, but I literally would get no service around my neighborhood. Driving around the area would be very spotty, so I just couldn't pull the trigger.

    Their pricing is great and I love the international data they provide for free. I'd say if you're sure your voice and data service is solid, go for T Mobile.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you're comparing prices - I think VZW is always going to be on the losing end at this stage.

    Even on the per line cost, if I bring my own phone to ATT, its cheaper, even though the data per gigabyte is the same price.

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