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iPhone 5 – T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint

by Mihai Matei on April 8, 2013

iPhone 5 at T-Mobile – Better Deal Than On Verizon, AT&T or Sprint?


After many months of waiting for T-Mobile to make the move, the iPhone 5 is now finally available for pre-order on the aforementioned carrier’s website. This means that the Apple flagship will soon become available via all four major mobile operators in the US, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and evidently Magenta.

Assuming that you’ve held back from buying the iPhone 5 in hopes that you’ll be able to buy one via T-Mobile, then here’s what you need to know. Today we’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing Apple’s finest via these four carriers, mainly in terms of on-contract prices.

iPhone 5 - T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint

iPhone 5 – T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint

iPhone 5 – T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint – Carrier Battle

Let’s cut to the chase and talk about the various plans offered by all four carriers, alongside the iPhone 5.

Before we go on, we should mention that T-Mobile offers the Apple flagship at the price of $99 up-front, making it a $100 more affordable than what the rest of the bunch has to offer.

Here are the plans and what costs you can expect on the long run.

iPhone 5 - T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon plans

iPhone 5 – T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon plans

Besides the contracts, there are other things that you need to consider. For instance, Verizon has the highest customer service rating out of all four carriers, and the largest 4G LTE network in the States.

AT&T comes in second to Verizon in regards to 4G LTE coverage, but not close enough. However, unlike Verizon, AT&T offers cheaper Share plans for multi-user accounts/families than Big Red does.


T-Mobile also offers 4G LTE, but only in a handful of regions. Nevertheless, the carrier plans on expanding its 4G LTE coverage to 200 million customers by the end of the year. Also, T-Mobile offers HD Voice support.

Lastly, Sprint is also offering HD Voice same as T-Mobile, and focuses more on delivering individual plans that boast unlimited data.

That’s the basic stuff and hopefully it will help you choose your iPhone 5 carrier with more ease. If you’re planning on buying this gadget and you’re not sure which carrier to choose, then a bit of research will always help you find the right answer. Don’t rush into making a purchase that you might regret on the long run.

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