Originally Posted by SolipsismX You keep saying this but I was on AT&T for over 5 years with an iPhone and never paid close to $100/month, much less $130/month. As I stated before, it's simply not accurate to find two comparable plans between two carriers and then pigeonhole every customer into them. It's just makes your argument look disingenuous. Now I know you're just trying to find even ground, but it's simply not reasonable when you have to ignore so many other reasons why one chooses a carrier. I rarely paid over $80 per month with AT&T and now pay about $90 with Verizon. Even if there is this pre-included tax thing with T-Mobile USA $50 + $20 is $70. That's less than $20 more per month for a weaker service (and I think that's for only 500MB for the T-Mo data plan). I spend more than that for dinner most nights and only 66¢ per day. That's not exactly what I consider a moment where my eyes turn to dollar signs and they pop out of my head cartoon moment.
Look you can tailor plans in a lot of different fashions. In truth on T-Mobile I can get an iPhone plan for as little as $29 a month. This excludes any data (try that on AT&T, which makes you have a data plan with an iPhone). However, I am comparing the second lowest priced new T-Mobile plan that comes with unlimited everything (except with a 2GB cap on 4G data) that costs $60 a month with the lowest priced AT&T plan that comes with unlimited voice, unlimited texting, and the lowest allotment of data, which is 3GB.
Go to AT&T's website. For an individual plan, the unlimited voice costs $69.99 a month. Add the lowest data pack available (the 3GB data pack), which is $30 a month. Unlimited texting costs an additional $20 a month. That costs $119.99 a month. Add in another $10 a month in taxes and fees. Can I make the plan cheaper? Sure, I can choose a 450 minute voice plan on AT&T for $39.99 a month. With the data pack and unlimited texting that still comes to $89.99 a month, excluding taxes and fees. I can make it even lower if I take away texting. That comes to $69.99 a month. On all four big networks, you might also qualify for an employer discount of some sort.
However, as I mentioned before, I was comparing the advertised unlimited plans, which is hard to do because AT&T doesn't offer one anymore (so I had to settle for the closet comparable plans). I think my comparison was fair. Going by the currently advertised prices on both networks, it costs about $130 on AT&T for what you can get on T-Mobile for $60 ($80 if you add the phone in). Further, you get more on T-Mobile because you don't have a contract and you can use your phone as a hot spot.
As far as which Network is better, that really depends on where you live. I have tried Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. In Ann Arbor Michigan, T-Mobile is great. In two years, I have suffered one dropped call, and maybe the other phone was at fault. In parts of Northern Michigan, T-Mobile doesn't have many towers, but roaming is included in the monthly price, and you ride off AT&T's network with no problem.
More importantly, you can try T-Mobile's network out with simply the cost of a month's service.
Perhaps not to you, but for many, T-Mobile's plans are going to be a great deal.
Edited by TBell - 3/27/13 at 12:03am