# Verizon vs. T-Mobile for four lines

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

1. ### madoka macrumors 6502

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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.

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

Verizon
\$240 per month (6gb plan) x 24 = \$5760
iPhones (\$500 + \$500 + \$100 + \$100) = 1200
Total = \$6960

2. ### j1huynh macrumors member

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Mar 16, 2012
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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

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Jul 17, 2002
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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

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Summary: Always choose T-Mobile if you can, and have the coverage, look at that price difference!

5. ### j1huynh macrumors member

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Hi,
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:

http://www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/devices/edge.html

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

LINE ACCESS
DATA ACCESS
TOTAL ACCESS
4 Smartphones on MORE Everything

4 x \$40
\$160
monthly line access
10 GB
\$100
monthly account access
\$260
monthly access*

4 Smartphones on MORE Everything with Edge
4 x \$15
\$60
monthly line access
10 GB
\$100
monthly account access
Save \$100
\$160
monthly access**

6. ### brun019822 macrumors member

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Mar 30, 2006
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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

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Feb 5, 2009
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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.

### Staff Member

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Location:
Boston
#8
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.