I hate my Motorola Droid X. I bought it through Verizon Wireless before they offered the iPhone. And I’m now looking to switch back to Apple. The big question is whether to wait for the iPhone 5. But I’ve started researching who has the most affordable plans.
Recently, both Virgin Mobile and Cricket announced that they will soon be offering prepaid versions of the iPhone. And even though you have to pay more for the phone, the total cost of ownership turns out to be a lot less than plans that are currently available from the major wireless carriers.
The WSJ recently published an article comparing iPhone plans with Virgin and Cricket, both prepaid plans, and Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. In terms of cost and data plans, Virgin and Cricket were the clear winners.
Here’s how the costs of each plan stack up:
The above plans represent each carrier’s most comprehensive plan. You can get plans with less talk time. As with a lot of people, I’m talking less and less on my phone. But the data plans are critical. So for me, a second Virgin plan with 300 talk minutes and unlimited data (data does slow after 2.5GB per month) is perfect. And at only $30 a month, it’s a great deal. You have to pay full price for the phone, but the low monthly cost makes up for the cost in less than 12 months.
The bigger question for me is how reliable is the voice and data coverage with Virgin or Cricket. If you’ve used either, please leave a comment letting us know if you are happy with the service.
Published or updated June 11, 2012.