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iPhone 5 Network Subscription Comparison: T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint

Still planning to get an iPhone 5? The good news is that you now have many choices right now as Apple’s flagship model is now available on the four major networks. T-Mobile has just made the iPhone 5 available to their subscribers and without any contracts making it very attractive.

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Which network should you choose? Of course the obvious choice would be whichever network can provide you with a good coverage in your area. But let’s say that all four networks have a strong coverage in your area that’s now going to be a tough decision.

We’ve made a comparison below on what each of the four networks offers for iPhone 5 users.

T-Mobile

  • Price of 16GB iPhone 5: $99 downpayment + $20/month for 24 months
  • ($579 total)
  • Monthly plan name and price: Simple Choice Plan $70/month
  • Minutes: Unlimited
  • Text messages: Unlimited
  • Data: Unlimited (speed may be reduced if data use exceeds 5GB)
  • Network coverage: 4G HSPA+ coverage in 229 markets,4G LTE coverage in 7 markets, 4G network covering 220 million people total
  • Additional services: Wi-Fi Hotspot (500MB free, 2GB for $10/month), Premium Handset Protection Bundle ($7.99/month)
  • Perks: HD Voice
  • Contract length: No long-term contract

AT&T

  • Price of 16GB iPhone 5: $199
  • Monthly plan name and price: Mobile Share Plan, $70/month + $40/smartphone, ($110 total)
  • Minutes: Unlimited
  • Text messages: Unlimited
  • Data: 4GB, $15/GB extra
  • Network coverage: 4G LTE coverage in 158 markets, 4G network covering 288 million people total
  • Additional services: Wi-Fi Hotspot enabled, AT&T Mobile Protection Pack ($9.99/month)
  • Perks: Talk and Surf
  • Contract length: 2 years

Verizon

  • Price of 16GB iPhone 5: $199
  • Monthly plan name and price: Share Everything Plan, $70/month + $40/smartphone, ($110 total)
  • Minutes: Unlimited
  • Text messages: Unlimited
  • Data: 4GB, $15/GB extra
  • Network coverage: 4G LTE coverage in 485 markets, 4G LTE network covering 89% of the population
  • Additional services: Wi-Fi Hotspot enabled, Total Equipment Coverage ($6.99/month)
  • Perks: none
  • Contract length: 2 years

Sprint

  • Price of 16GB iPhone 5: $199
  • Monthly plan name and price: Simply Everything Plan, $109.99/month
  • Minutes: Unlimited, Up to 800 minutes of domestic roaming
  • Text messages: Unlimited
  • Data: Unlimited, Up to 300MB of domestic roaming,
  • Network coverage: 4G LTE coverage in over 77 markets, Network covering 278 million people
  • Additional services: Wi-Fi Hotspot (2GB for $19.99/month), Total Equipment Protecton ($11/month)
  • Perks: Truly Unlimited Data
  • Contract length: 2 years