Earlier today we reported that AT&T will be allowing customer to keep their current plans when upgrading to the iPhone 5, which means us lucky customers who are grandfathered into unlimited data plans will get to keep them! Now, the U.S.’s two other iCarriers have made public their plans for Apple’s newest toy.
Verizon isn’t being quite as accommodating as we would like. Reportedly, the only way the nation’s largest carrier will allow customers to keep their grandfathered unlimited plans is if they pay the full, unsubsidized price for the iPhone itself. That means $649 for the 16 gigabyte version, $749 for the 32 gigabyte version, and an astounding $849 for the 64 gigabyte model.
The thought of spending enough to buy a top of the line iPad just to keep an unlimited data plan is absurd, which sort of seems like the point. Verizon really seems to be pushing its tiered data plans, so while there may be a few customers who bite the bullet and drop close to a grand in order to surf the web without restrictions, I can’t imagine it’ll be a popular route. It’s not all bad, though. Verizon is allowing existing customers to keep their Nationwide Usage Based plan when buying the iPh5 with a new 2-year contract, but new customers will be forced into a shared or tiered data plan.
Sprint seems to be operating at the opposite end of the spectrum, offering unlimited data to new customers and old customer alike with the subsidized prices. This should definitely draw some customers away from Verizon and AT&T. If you’re thinking about switching to the nation’s third-largest and first-coolest carrier, you should know that it’s planning to begin pre-orders at 12:01am PST on Sept. 14th. This timing will probably be true of the other iPhone 5 retailers, but no official statements have been made by any of them.
So will you be stickin’ with your current carrier or switching to a more accommodating one? Weigh in down below in the comments section or let me know on twitter @TiP_Jake.