The actual hardware itself is going to be the same no matter who you choose, so it really boils down to coverage and who is going to give you the best deal over the course of your contract. So, of the three major US carriers that will be selling the iPhone 4S, where should you buy it?
A handy guide has been put together that compares both the voice and data plans for the iPhone 4S across AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. You can refer to the chart below for some specifics, because it really depends on your individual needs. Some people might be perfectly happy with 2GB of data, whereas others are willing to pay the premium for 12GB or more.
The biggest number that should stick out from this chart is also the smallest. Of the three, Sprint is the only one that is offering unlimited data and it’s offering it at $10 to boot. Compare this to the $125 you’d be spending each month at AT&T to get 12GB. Data pricing starts at $30 (for 2GB) at Verizon. Not surprisingly, when they calculated out the total cost over the life of a two year contract, the Sprint deal worked out to be the cheapest.
If you can’t wait until tomorrow for the official preorders, it seems that Sprint has gotten a little trigger happy and has started accepting preorders on the iPhone 4 today. Note that’s the iPhone 4 without the S, so it’s probably in your best interest to wait just one more day. You do want Siri, don’t you?
We also have to wonder if the SIM slots in the iPhone 4S world phone sold through CDMA providers will be unlocked right out of the box. I guess we’ll find out in about a week when the iPhone 4S actually gets into our hands on October 14.