Which phone plan if I want to go cheap?

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  1. dvader123 macrumors regular

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    I know you've seen this question a million times by now, but I hope I can get some help and advice anyway.

    My only qualification is this. I want to get the iphone on the cheapest monthly plan.

    Which carrier would I sign up for in that case? Virgin? T-mobile? That's what I've been hearing as the cheapest plans.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. dvader123 thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Cheapest monthly plan with the lowest upfront price for an iPhone 5 is Tmobile. $70

    $50 for 500mb of 4G with unlimited talk and text and $20 per month for the iPhone

    $150 upfront for the phone.
     
  5. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    I'm gonna assume that you want good service so I'm gonna say AT&T GoPhone. They just released a new plan. Unlimited texts calls with 2gb data for $60. That plus their superior coverage, it can't be beat.
     
  6. emoore macrumors regular

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    What are your other requirements? Number of minutes? How much data do you use? Etc. It's difficult to answer your question without knowing more details. Do you live in a city or rural? Lots of potential options but you should pick a carrier based on the coverage of where you are going to be most of the time. There are low cost options for prepaid that are on some of the larger networks (Verizon, AT&T).
     
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    When people ask this question without disclosing what their usage is am thinking he wants post-paid. T-mobile is what people like these days.

    If u want to go full-monte cheapo and basically use the phono for emergencies only and limit most of ur activities on WIFI, we can go insanely cheap.
     
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    If service price is all that matters then look into prepaid. You should probably consider coverage (as always) though.

    Coverage varies. You can't just blindly suggest a carrier as having good coverage everywhere.
     
  9. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    General rule of thumb is VZW/AT&T have pretty broad coverage.
     
  10. dvader123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Certainly, I would like good coverage as I have been spoiled with Verizon. But how bad are the other carriers?

    Anyway, I hate the idea of paying for data. I wish it was optional so that I could just use the WIFI if I want internet.

    Well, that's why I don't mind getting a cheap data plan so that I could just turn it off and use WIFI when I'm at home or at a public WIFI area. Is that possible? Do people do that?

    T-Mobile sounds great. Paying $70 for talk, text, and data sounds like the best so far.

    FYI: I live near NYC.
     
  11. Connor77 macrumors newbie

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    Does anybody on Mac rumours live in Canada because the plans and service providers are so different here .
     
  12. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Check out the Tmobile coverage maps on their website. If you're in the green areas then youre good. If you're located in the yellow areas then you'll be on 2G/Edge data and might want to look elsewhere.
     
  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    T mobile has pretty decent coverage in and around NYC.
     
  14. Apple Trees macrumors 6502

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    If you're trying to absolutely be cheap then T-Mobile might be your best chance I guess. Virgin uses Sprint's 3G network which is almost as slow as AT&T Edge data. Don't expect any of those carriers to have coverage that compares to Verizon though. That's the trade off for the price decrease.
     
  15. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm researching the same thing for my sister. She has a Blackberry that has a contract up for renewal in a few weeks. She currently has AT&T and pays $86. per month. Her budget really doesn't allow for that to go any higher. Her plan is 450 mins with rollover, 300MB data (ugh) and no texting. I'm trying to get her to go with an iPhone. She uses Whatsapp for texting and I would suggest 3GB of data so she can take advantage of the phone's features. I know a data package is required but don't remember if texting is.

    What do you think. Would like this to be a good experience for her without breaking the bank.
     
  16. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    Because you live in an urbanized area, and you hate paying for data, the basic T-Mobile $50/month plan is probably your best option.

    You get unlimited Talk and Text, and 500 MB high speed data (throttled speed after that amount, but no extra charge).

    As always, check the coverage maps.
     
  17. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    If I understand correctly, many AT&T plans that they're promoting now include unlimited texting. Unfortunately 300mb of data won't be enough. She'll easily go over that.

    If her contract is up, you might tell her about T-Mobile's new no contract plans. For $50/month she can have unlimited talk and text and 500mb data with no overages (just throttling if you go over). My boyfriend moved his 4S from AT&T last month. He's paying a little extra for increased data. The nice thing is you get whatever data you're paying for plus the original 500mb.

    I'm on Verizon, but that's the benefit of being on a family plan.
     
  18. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    If you want no data, there are several options you can take depending on how many minutes you use.

    If you use less than 250 minutes, then airvoice wireless has $10 a month plans.
    If you use more than 250 minutes, then puretalk has $20/month for 325 minutes.
    If you use more than 325, then airvoice has unlimited talk/text for $30/month

    Texting with the nonunlimited will deduct a very minute amount. You'll have to buy the phone full price but even with that, these plans save you a LOT of money.

    Keep in mind you can call/text for free with iPhone on a google voice number if you have wifi
     
  19. iMas70 macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't looked into the T-Mobile plans. Are discounts phones available or do you have to pay full price? I believe you have to do that for some plans. AT&T is currently offering the 16GB iPhone 5 for $99.00.
     
  20. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    You can either pay full price for the phone or make a down payment of $150 (specifically for the iphone 5; other phones have varying down payments) and then pay it off at $20/month for 2 years. After that your monthly bill drops or you can get a new phone and do the same thing. I believe you can also change phones at any time, but you may have to pay for the remaining balance.

    If $150 is a little much, it's entirely possible they will drop the price as the 5S release gets closer. I'm not sure if that will affect the monthly fee or not.

    I also know they'll take old iPhones in a trade, so she may be able to get something for the BlackBerry as well.

    Good luck helping her switch! I had a blackberry for two years and was very happy to switch to my iPhone.
     

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