Everyone is counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until Apple launch their new iPhone 5 on the 12th September. Each release of an iPhone has seen an increase in orders and the new device is expected to top all of them. The next generation iPhone 5 will be available on all 3 major carriers in the US, but which will be the best?
AT&T, Sprint Or Verizon iPhone 5: Which is the best choice?
One of the things to consider is the cost of the iPhone 5. It is thought that the price for the 16GB model with be around $199 on a two year contract. Prepaid carriers tend to charge more for the device, Cricket for instance offer the 16GB version of the iPhone 4S for $500 while Virgin has it for $650. However there is also the cheaper data, voice and text plans to consider which can mean you pay off the difference in price over less than one year.
Another consideration is the speed of the network. The new iPhone 5 is thought to be coming with 4G LTE support. Verizon say that they have the largest network while AT&T claims to have the faster LTE network. Sprint offers the 4G network and they also have unlimited data plans. It all depends of course on where you live. Bear in mind that not all carriers support all regions with 4G LTE and so you do need to check your region with the carrier to find out if they have 4G where you live. Basically Verizon is ahead of the game here and Sprint has just left starting line. AT&T falls in the middle.
Call quality on the iPhone 5 is also a consideration and again you need to check this on the carrier websites by inputting your zip code. Also consider that there may be glitches and drops in signal from time to time with any carrier. AT&T for one has been notorious for this.
Data plans are a consideration and one drawback to 4G is that it encourages the use of data, which can mean you speed through a data plan rapidly. AT&T along with Verizon both offer shared data plans while Sprint, Cricket and Virgin offer unlimited plans. You won’t have “surprises” in your bill with the latter carriers but expect slower speeds.
You also have to factor in how much it might cost if you want to end your contract early to get a new iPhone 5. This could be up to as much as $350 depending on which carrier you are with and the length of contract left outstanding. However you could sell your old phone to get some, if not all, of this money back.