Verizon vs. T-Mobile for four lines

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

  1. madoka macrumors 6502

    madoka

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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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    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

    madoka

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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
    -----------------
    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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    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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    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

    maflynn

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    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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