WithT-Mobile now selling the iPhone 5 on its competitor-baiting ‘uncarrier’ unlimited data plans, the pressure is on rival networks to prove that they offer the ‘best’ iPhone plan and the best value for money.
T-Mobile is offering a lucrative trade-in offer for current iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S owners wanting to upgrade to the iPhone 5, a move designed to entice Apple users to switch to its network.
Now Sprint has announced its own promotion to challenge T-Mobile: $100 off the iPhone 5 when customers switch their number to Sprint from any other carrier.
We’ve done the calculations, putting both Sprint and T-Mobile head-to-head over a 2 year plan, and the results for unlimited data are below:
Factoring in the $100 discount, customers looking for a legitimately unlimited data option will actually save more than $200 over 24 months if they choose Sprint over T-Mobile.
Granted, this is for Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan, which includes 450 mins of talk time, as opposed to the unlimited minutes available with all of T-Mobile’s new plans. But if your priority is data use and not voice calls, Sprint make a good case for switching over.
Sprint’s plan also includes an already subsidized iPhone price. In comparison,T-Mobile require customers to either pay full price upfront for their phone, or make monthly repayments equaling the handset’s full purchase price over a 24-month period.
The downside? Sprint don’t allow customers to use their phone as a mobile hotspot, unless they purchase an optional Sprint Mobile Hotspot add-on of either 2GB or 6GB per month. T-Mobile do allow tethering of data, but only up to 500MB on any of their plans; but like Sprint, they allow customers to buy an additional 2GB or 4GB to use specifically for this purpose. 2GB of extra hotspot access on Sprint is $19.99 per month, whereas the same amount of data is $10 per month with T-Mobile.
Sprint’s iPhone 5 offer starts Friday, April 12th and runs until May 9th. It applies to any phone offered by Sprint, not just the iPhone 5, for customers bringing their own number across from other networks.