Back in January we compared the AT&T iPhone to the Verizon iPhone but now that the iPhone 4S (and iPhone 4) are offered on both Verizon and AT&T, which carrier should you choose? If you're already tied to one carrier and don't want to pay early termination fees, the decision may be easy; if not, the information can be daunting and overwhelming. TiPb is here to help!
To see a breakdown of prices and features, follow along after the break!
On the surface, it appears as the though AT&T and Verizon offer the exact same Individual plans. Not quite. All of AT&T's plans include rollover minutes - meaning if you don't use all of your minutes, they are "extra" minutes included in your next cycle. There is also a minor difference in the $39.99 plan - AT&T includes 5000 night and weekend minutes but Verizon offers unlimited. Both carriers include unlimited night and weekend minutes on the other two plans and unlimited Mobile to Mobile on all plans.
Next, let's take a look at the family plans. Both carriers' prices include 2 lines with the ability to add up to 5 lines.
So, if you don't need many minutes nor do you need more than 3 lines, you can save $10 by choosing AT&T. On the other hand, if you need about 2000 minutes, you can save $10 with Verizon if you're willing to have 2000 minutes instead of 2100 minutes.
To have an iPhone 4 on AT&T or Verizon, it is required to purchase a data plan.
Verizon's unlimited plan is definitely a very appealing option, but if you don't have the need for more than 2 GB, you can save $5 with AT&T's $25 plan or get an additional 50 MB with their $15 plan.
SMS and MMS are included in both both AT&T and Verizon's plans. Note that for family plans, these prices are per line. Both carriers will include unlimited messaging on all lines for $30.
Verizon's $20 plan is technically only for family plans because for an additional $20, you can choose an individual voice and text plan that includes unlimited messaging.
If you wish to cancel your service before fulfilling your contract, you will be subject to an early termination fee.
There you have it, the price comparisons between Verizon and AT&T. However, you should keep other features in mind when it comes to making a decision on which carrier is for you.
AT&T's GSM network allows for simultaneous voice and data. This means that you can do things like browse the web, check email, and stalk Facebook while talking on the phone. Verizon's CDMA network is not capable of doing this. Also, AT&T boasts of faster speeds than Verizon. If you plan to do a lot of International traveling, with AT&T's iPhone 4 you can GSM unlock it and use a local SIM. This will be much cheaper than paying roaming charges. Because Verizon's iPhone 4 does not have a SIM card, Verizon's International roaming is your only option. (AT&T International, Verizon International)
On the other hand, Verizon's iPhone 4 can be used as a mobile hotspot. This means that you'll be able use your iPhone 4 to connect 5 wifi devices to Verizon's 3G network. This functionality will also be coming to the GSM iPhone via a software update, but it has not yet been confirmed if AT&T will be offering the service. Verizon also has a larger 3G coverage area and has the reputation of being more reliable and dropping less calls. (Verizon coverage map, AT&T coverage map).
We never claimed that choosing a carrier would be an easy decision, but we hope having the information in one place may help. If you have any questions, please ask us in the comments below. Anyone already know which carrier you will chose? Why did you make that choice?