You can have an i Phone with cheap monthly payments.
Here’s the secret: You don’t have to renew with Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon.
Another great option is that you can pay up-front and receive a discount. Otherwise, you are forced to use the T-Mobile network SIMs. Phone cost: A brand-new, unlocked i Phone 5 will run about 9.99, or more, from the Apple Store. Also, after buying, you cannot move your phone onto another network, nor can you ever unlock your i Phone from the V-Mo network (which is Sprint). Phone cost: A brand new 16GB i Phone 4S will run about 9.99 from Virgin Mobile and the i Phone 4 8GB costs 9.99. However, it uses the Sprint network – it has been reported that CDMA phones function better from within buildings. Cricket, like most CDMA carriers, doesn’t allow their phones to be used on other networks. They’re known for their barebones PAYG (pay as you go) plans and for not rounding up on voice and data usage.
For example, if you pay a full year in advance, it only costs .50 per month. It’s hard to find AT&T Straight Talk SIM cards anywhere. Extra costs: Finding a Straight Talk SIM card is not easy. Virgin Mobile operates on the Sprint network, so, depending on your region, could be very good or very bad – or something between. All V-Mo phones, by default, are locked to the carrier without the possibility of ever changing that. Nor does it allow other CDMA phones on their network. The Cricket i Phone is not available in many major markets. However, Cricket does not show prices if you aren’t within an eligible market (and I am not). Essentially, if you barely use your phone and don’t mind the T-Mo network, Ptel will likely suit your needs.
The Verizon i Phone is sold “unlocked” and it includes a SIM card slot.There are alternatives called MVNOs who lease spectrum wholesale from the big players and resell to the consumer at a much lower rate.If you want to save money, there are two choices buy a locked i Phone from an MVNO.Extra costs: The T-Mo SIM card runs about from their website.Page Plus Wireless currently holds the honor of being the only MVNO with full functionality with the Verizon i Phone 5.