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    This comparison looks at a typical user who rarely gets calls from a landline before 7 pm (her mom). She does call other mobile numbers, texts a lot and needs 1 GB+ a month for movies, streaming music, internet, photos, videos, GPS, etc. She wants a fast, free smartphone. Here are examples for her as an individual, a couple, and a family of 4.

    24 Month Contract Summary

    Individual: Sprint is $407.52 less than Verizon and $287.76 less than AT&T.

    Family of 4: Sprint is $1,140.00 less than Verizon and $660.96 less than AT&T.


    Code:
    Monthly         Sprint     Verizon         AT&T
    Individual      $73.00      $89.98       $84.99
                              + $16.98     + $11.99 
    
    Family (4)     $192.43     $239.93      $219.97
                              + $47.50     + $27.54 
    ----------------------------------------------
    24 Months       Sprint     Verizon         AT&T
    Individual   $1,752.00   $2,159.52    $2,039.76
                             + $407.52    + $287.76  
    
    Family (4)   $4,618.32   $5,758.32    $5,279.80
                           + $1,140.00    + $660.96
    Details of Analysis

    Sprint
    Individual
    "Free" Smartphone (like an LG Optimus) with fewest talk minutes. Cost per month:
    $69.99 Anytime, Any Mobile with 450 Monthly Minutes (smallest package)
    -$6.99 Minimum 10% Sprint EVP Discount
    $10.00 Unlimited data
    $0.00 Unlimited messaging
    $0.00 GPS, Visual Voicemail, & Basic TV (Sprint TV)
    -------
    $73.00 per month x 24 = $1,752.00 for a "free" phones over 24 months
    $1,952.00 for an EVO, Epic, etc. that cost $200

    Family of 4
    4 "free" smartphones (like an LG Optimus) with fewest talk minutes. Cost per month:
    $129.99 Everything Data Family - with Any Mobile, Anytime 1500
    $39.38 2 added lines
    -$16.94 Minimum 10% Sprint EVP Discount
    $40.00 Unlimited data (4 x $10)
    $0.00 Unlimited messaging
    $0.00 GPS, Visual Voicemail, & Basic TV (Sprint TV)
    -------
    $192.43 per month x 24 = $4,618.32 for 4 "free" phones over 24 months
    $5,418.32 for 4 EVO, Epic, etc. ($200 x 4)

    Note: A 10% - 28% Sprint EVP Discount is available to everyone. All you need is a credit union membership for at least 10%.


    Verizon
    Individual
    "Free" Smartphone with fewest talk minutes. Cost per month:
    $39.99 450 Monthly Anytime Minutes (smallest package)
    $29.99 Unlimited data
    $20.00 Unlimited messaging
    -------
    $89.98 per month x 24 = $2,159.52 for a "free" phone over 24 months
    $2,359.51 with a $200 a Droid X, iPhone 4, etc.
    +$553 for GPS ($10), Visual Voicemail ($3), & Basic TV VCAST TV ($10) = $23 x 24

    Family of 4
    4 "free" smartphones with fewest talk minutes. Cost per month:
    $99.99 Nationwide Talk & Text Family SharePlan® 700 (smallest package)
    $19.98 2 added lines
    $119.96 Unlimited data = $29.99 x 4
    -------
    $239.93 per month x 24 = $5,758.32 for 4 "free" phones over 24 months
    $6,558.28 with 4 Droid X, iPhone 4, etc. (4 x $199.99)
    +$2,212 for GPS ($10), Visual Voicemail ($3), & Basic VCAST TV ($10) = $23 x 24 x 4


    AT&T
    Individual
    Free Smartphone (Android or refurb iPhone 3) and the fewest talk minutes. Cost per month:
    $39.99 Nation 450 w/Rollover® Minutes (smallest package)
    $25.00 DataPro 2 GB for Smartphone
    $20.00 Messaging Unlimited
    -------
    $84.99 per month x 24 = $2,039.76 for a "free" phone over 24 months
    $2,239.76 for the latest Android or iPhone
    +$240 for AT&T Navigator GPS ($10) = $10 x 24

    Family of 4
    Free Smartphone and the fewest talk minutes. Cost per month:
    $69.99 Nation 700 FamilyTalk w/Rollover® Minutes (smallest package)
    $100.00 DataPro 2 GB for Smartphone (4 x $25.00)
    $30.00 Messaging Unlimited for Families
    $19.98 2 added lines
    -------
    $219.97 per month x 24 = $5,279.80 for 4 "free" phones over 24 months
    $6,079.80 for 4 of the latest Androids or iPhones at $200 each
    +$960 for AT&T Navigator GPS ($10) = $10 x 24 x 4


    General Notes:
    1. GPS Navigation from Verizon or AT&T costs $10/month or $240 over an individual contract and $960 more for a family of 4.
    2. Verizon also charges $3 per month for Visual Voicemail and $10 for VCAST TV (like Sprint TV). Total for all three on contract: Individual - $553, Family of 4 - $2212.
    3. Google Voice lacks the ability to send texts.bookmark
    Last edited by milominderbinder; 01/26/2011 at 09:58 AM.
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    This is a great analysis and puts the numbers right there for everybody to see.

    For quick reference sake it would also be nice to have a +/- chart showing how much more each plan is compared to Sprint. I'm on the mobile side otherwise I'd post one.
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    Always nice to see


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    I would say discounts such as you've given for Sprint applies to all 3. I'd take that part out. It was pretty easy for me to get an AT&T discount of 15%. And i'm sure Verizon discounts are out there.

    GPS probably wouldn't apply either with google nav or an iOS app.

    But not sure the AT&T Family Plan (or verizon one) is correct. The 700min plan is 69.99 not 139.97.

    Did this quickly, but after taking the discount off of sprint and correcting the AT&T one, the savings on Sprint vs AT&T using 4 Evos/iphones is only 254.40 over 24 months.
    Last edited by cardfan; 01/21/2011 at 02:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cardfan View Post
    I would say discounts such as you've given for Sprint applies to all 3...
    There is no discount that everyone can get at Verizon or AT&T. Every single person can have at least a 10% Sprint EVP Discount just by joining a credit union.

    If anything, it is not fair to show the EVP at the lowest possible level. The average is closer to 20%.

    For my family of four it is 25%, so our savings by not having Verizon is closer to $1,741.

    Our savings by not having AT&T is + $1,260.96.

    Sprint has the top two phones from 2010 and I bet will do it again in 2011. In 2010 AT&T had the Captivate.
    Last edited by milominderbinder; 01/21/2011 at 04:07 PM.
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    yeah, this post was useful, but you left off discounts that the other carriers provide, and also ignored T mobile.

    with vzw, I currently get a 22% discount, other vzw discount range from 10-20%.

    same with att, the most common being 15%.

    I would recommend editing your post to reflect these discounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foosball View Post
    ...For quick reference sake it would also be nice to have a +/- chart showing how much more each plan is compared to Sprint...
    Good idea. That spells it out...

    I just don't know how much more clear the differences could be.

    The sad part is how many long-time members here never knew about the EVP.
  8.    #8  
    Quote Originally Posted by MDsmartphone View Post
    ...I would recommend editing your post to reflect these discounts.
    If you can point us to any discount that every customer at Verizon or AT&T can get, I will add it.
    Last edited by milominderbinder; 01/21/2011 at 02:50 PM.
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    Yeah, I get 20% corporate discount on Verizon. and I don't have GPS and visual voice service, I don't need them. I wonder how many people actually pay for that service, pretty small portion Im sure.
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    Should include the new $10 data surcharge that is going to apply to all new Sprint customers or those that upgrade.

    http://m.engadget.com/default/articl...sic&postPage=1
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    Quote Originally Posted by barkerja View Post
    Should include the new $10 data surcharge that is going to apply to all new Sprint customers or those that upgrade.

    Sprint increasing 3G data plan pricing by $10/mo, calling it 'premium data' -- Engadget
    Isn't that what is listed as
    $10.00 Unlimited data
    and
    $40.00 Unlimited data (4 x $10)
    in the Sprint section?
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    Quote Originally Posted by taharka View Post
    Isn't that what is listed as in the Sprint section?
    Is it? I don't know, to be honest. I haven't looked at Sprints plans in a long time. I just assumed it'd be $20 ($10 added).
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    Where's T-mobile?

    sent from my HTC EVO Shift 4G
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    Guess i'll post it again. Your charges per month for Verizon or AT&T family plan at 700 min should only be 69.99 for AT&T....(99.99 for verizon) not 139.97
    Last edited by cardfan; 01/21/2011 at 03:01 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barkerja View Post
    Is it? I don't know, to be honest. I haven't looked at Sprints plans in a long time. I just assumed it'd be $20 ($10 added).
    Oh. I'm not sure either. I think it's just $10 across the board not rather than $10 for 4G + $10 3G. At least I hope it's just $10 across the board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taharka View Post
    Oh. I'm not sure either. I think it's just $10 across the board not rather than $10 for 4G + $10 3G. At least I hope it's just $10 across the board.
    All I know is the $10 surcharge that applied to 4G devices now applies to 3G devices on an unlimited data plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barkerja View Post
    All I know is the $10 surcharge that applied to 4G devices now applies to 3G devices on an unlimited data plan.
    Yeah, that's what I figured he meant by adding $10 per line for unlimited data for Sprint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cardfan View Post
    Guess i'll post it again. Your charges per month for Verizon or AT&T family plan at 700 min should only be 69.99 for AT&T....(99 for verizon) not 139.97
    Yeah, I just checked AT&T and it's only 69.99.

    I know it's the cheapest fam plan available on Sprint but isn't it also a little unbalanced to ignore the fact that the sprint plan is slightly more than double the minutes? Just wondering is "like" plans should be compared vs cheapest plans. Whenever I considered leaving Sprint in the past, I didn't look for the cheapest plan available on other carriers, I looked for an equivalent plan. Based on our plan analysis, my family would constantly go over our plan minutes if we were to downgrade to a 700 minute plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taharka View Post
    Yeah, I just checked AT&T and it's only 69.99.

    I know it's the cheapest fam plan available on Sprint but isn't it also a little unbalanced to ignore the fact that the sprint plan is slightly more than double the minutes? Just wondering is "like" plans should be compared vs cheapest plans. Whenever I considered leaving Sprint in the past, I didn't look for the cheapest plan available on other carriers, I looked for an equivalent plan. Based on our plan analysis, my family would constantly go over our plan minutes if we were to downgrade to a 700 minute plan.
    I agree. I'd probably list the 1400 min family plans for V & AT&T instead. Especially AT&T since A-list starts with that one.

    So if he plugs in 89.99 for AT&T and 119.99 for Verizon, then it'll be more equivalent. Besides Sprint getting the only discount that is.

    There's still savings on sprint though. I don't think anyone disputed that. I look at other areas to make up for it. App sharing on iphones is one and huge in my family..i'd imagine it'd be moreso with 4 iphones. Iphones retain more value to resell is another. I don't pay insurance since Apple Care that comes with phone is so good. Not having to deal with Sprint stores is great..
    Last edited by cardfan; 01/21/2011 at 03:19 PM.
  20.    #20  
    Quote Originally Posted by barkerja View Post
    Should include the new $10 data surcharge that is going to apply to all new Sprint customers or those that upgrade.

    Sprint increasing 3G data plan pricing by $10/mo, calling it 'premium data' -- Engadget
    It is already included at $10 per phone per month.

    Quote Originally Posted by cardfan View Post
    Guess i'll post it again. Your charges per month for Verizon or AT&T family plan at 700 min should only be 69.99 for AT&T....(99.99 for verizon) not 139.97
    Verizon is $99.99 Nationwide Talk & Text Family SharePlan® 700. Without text it is $69.99. AT&T correction noted. Also note that AT&T is not unlimited data like the others.
    Last edited by milominderbinder; 01/21/2011 at 04:13 PM.
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