iPhone 4S: 2 Year Total Cost of Ownership

May 31, 2012

Ya hear? Cricket’s getting an unsubsidized iPhone 4S is the US. Here’s how it stacks up in total cost of ownership against the competition:

(post updated June 7 w/ new Virgin Wireless plans. Assuming these prices hold, you could get the latest model every year for $1009/year including the price of the phone.)

Verizon Expensive: $3,078.76

(unlimited talk, text, 2gb data)
([$119.99/month x 24 months] + $199 iPhone 4S)

AT&T Expensive: $3,078.76

(unlimited talk, text, 3gb data)
([$119.99/month x 24 months] + $199 iPhone 4S)

Sprint Expensive: $2,598.76

(unlimited everything)
([$99.99/month x 24 months] + $199 iPhone 4S)

AT&T Cheap: $2358.76

(450 minutes talk, unlimited text, 2gb data)
([$89.99/month x 24 months] + $199 iPhone 4S)

Verizon Cheap: $2,118.76

(450 minutes talk, 1000 texts, 2gb data)
([$79.99/month x 24 months] + $199 iPhone 4S)

Sprint Cheap: $1,878.76

(450 minutes, unlimited messaging, unlimited data)
([$69.99/month x 24 months] + $199 iPhone 4S)

Virgin Wireless Expensive: $1,849

(Unlimited talk, text, 2.5gb data)
([$50/month x 24 months] + $649 iPhone 4S)

Cricket Wireless: $1,820

(unlimited talk, text, 2.3 gb data)
([$55/month x 24 months] + $500 iPhone 4S)

Virgin Wireless Middle: $1,609

(1200 minutes talk, unlimited text, 2.5gb data)
([$30/month x 24 months] + $649 iPhone 4S

Virgin Wireless Cheap: $1,369

(300 minutes talk, unlimited text, 2.5gb data)
([$30/month x 24 months] + $649 iPhone 4S)

In a world when all carriers are created equal (they certainly aren’t), my money would still be with the Sprint cheap plan. For those who like using their phone to make phone calls more, seems like Cricket’s got the best deal on the market.

Sources: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Cricket

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