While I personally don’t consider buying a brand new iPhone 6 model just after its release to be a particularly frugal buying decision, I do feel some obligation to at least point people in the right direction for the cheapest iphone 6 plans that are currently being offered by both the big wireless carriers and the newer MVNO carriers. Below you’ll find a chart which compares the main aspects of a cheap mobile phone plan between different carriers that offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
|Carrier||Price/Month||Network||Talk & Text||Data|
|Ting||$15||Sprint CDMA||100 min/100 txts||100MB|
|Boost Mobile||$35||Sprint CDMA||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Sprint||$50||Sprint 4G LTE||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Verizon||$50||Verizon 4G LTE||Unlimited||2 GB|
|AT&T||$65||AT&T 4G LTE||Unlimited||2 GB|
|T-Mobile||$80||T-Mobile 4G LTE||Unlimited||Unlimited|
It should be noted that the table above is only providing the cheapest plan option for each carrier network. There are other varying plan levels one could choose with these wireless providers but the point of this post is to help you find a cheap cell phone plan for the latest iPhone device.
In addition, I will be updating this comparison chart periodically in order to add any new wireless carriers that add iPhone 6 integration.
Ting Wireless iPhone Plans
While the innovative Ting MVNO wireless service is typically six months behind on offering the latest Apple wireless products, it is sometimes worth the wait if you want to use the latest iPhone with a very frugal cell phone plan.
On February 11th, 2015, it was mentioned that Ting iPhone 6 and 6 plus support would be available for use with the service. This does not however mean that you can buy an iPhone 6 through Ting, but would instead need to buy an unlocked iPhone 6 from Apple and then buy a SIM card from Ting to activate it on their network.
One important thing to note in my table above is that while I list $15 as the monthly price, this is only based on the lowest tiered price levels based on Ting’s rate structure which would offer 100 minutes, 100 texts, and 100 MB of data. Of course, one can certainly end up with a higher monthly cost if usage in any of the three rate categories goes beyond the cheapest tiers.
One area where Ting can get quite expensive compared to the traditional carriers is if your data usage is really high, which could bump you up to the top rate tiers and you end up paying more than you would for an unlimited plan on a big carrier for instance. Thus it would be pertinent for one to consider data usage before going with Ting, especially on a high-end smartphone like the iPhone 6.
Boost Mobile and Sprint iPhone 6 Plans
As you can see from the charts, the better deals so far for an iPhone 6 plan seem to both be on the Sprint networks with unlimited talk, text, and data. However, there is a bit of difference between the two offered in that they are running on different types of data.
Boost Mobile which is Sprint’s low cost wireless brand offers a cheap unlimited everything plan on its CDMA network for $35 per month. However, if you want to be on the faster Sprint 4G LTE network you’d have to go with the Sprint Simply Unlimited plan for $50 per month instead. Both plans seem to be pretty decent deals for their respective unlimited data type offered.
Boost Mobile Plan Details
The cheapest Boost rate plans would be the $35 per month level that can be used with the iPhone 6.
The boost plan is unlimited everything but the unlimited data is on the slower CDMA network. However, they do offer up to 1 GB of “High Speed” data on the 4G network, so it is not completely without faster speeds of the Sprint plan, just limited.
One issue that might be a problem for people thinking of Boost Mobile is that it doesn’t really include international calling. They offer extra add-on packages for calling different countries but of course this will up the monthly price depending on your International calling habits.
Sprint Plan Details
Sprint has been the most aggressive of all the carriers with their marketing of its special iPhone 6 Sprint Simply Unlimited plan. At $50 with unlimited everything, including unlimited 4G LTE speeds, it blows away everyone else in terms of its data offering.
This is likely the most optimal plan for iPhone 6 users since I imagine they use a lot of data intensive apps, due to being the technophiles they are. Not to mention that many iPhone users seem to spend a lot more time in front of their phones thus the likely necessity of needing a better data plan.
Not only does Sprint offer the best data package but they are giving a bunch of extra incentives for switching. The first incentive is that they will give you up to $350 per line to pay for termination fees if you cancel your contract with AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile and move to Sprint. The other incentive is that they’ll give you a minimum of $200 to trade in your old iPhone for a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus through its Sprint Buyback program.
All that said, its the perfect iPhone 6 plan but only if you live in an area with good Sprint network coverage, otherwise it’s a bit pointless. It should be noted though that Sprint is indeed expanding its LTE network quite a bit lately with plans for continued expansion, so what didn’t work a few years ago now might get blazing fast speeds, so it is worth doing a little homework to find out.
Now on to T-Mobile which is also a fairly decent plan with its own pros and cons. They have a number of plan offerings ranging from the cheapest at $50 per month which includes unlimited talk, text, and GSM data, but has a 1GB limit on high speed 4G data. Its highest price plan at $80 is also unlimited everything but the data plan is for unlimited 4G LTE, which is why I included it in the comparison chart above.
While not as cheap as Sprint with its 4G data plan, T-Mobile does offer some interesting perks that aren’t offered with other carriers and worth considering:
- T-Mobile has fantastic International plan options which includes unlimited data and text for up to 120 different countries and locations, at no extra cost. I’ve even mentioned this in another article pointing out that it’s one of the best International phone plans.
- There is No service contract that locks you in.
- They have unlimited music streaming for apps like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes radio and iHeart Radio that won’t count towards your 4G data limit. This is a nice feature but there has been some commotion in the tech community that it is a slippery slope in terms of net neutrality; not that it’s particularly relevant here but some people who care about the politics of net neutrality might be swayed by this in their decision making.
- T-Mobile also has Wi-Fi enabled calling on its new phones, including iPhone 6, which is nice if you are not in a good network coverage area but are in the range of a WiFi internet connection.
AT&T and Verizon Plans
I’m not going to get into too much detail on these two lumbering behemoths of the wireless industry. They still seem to stick to the status quo of 2 year contracts and generally screwing over its customers by nickel and diming them to death. Perhaps I’m a bit jaded towards them but I don’t recommend them for any plan, let alone an iPhone 6 plan, unless you don’t have good Sprint or T-Mobile coverage.
That said, both AT&T and Verizon offer their standard plans with Verizon being $15 cheaper at $50 per month and AT&T at $65 per month. They have different variations in how you can setup your plans but these seem to be the cheapest monthly prices I could find. Of course, they also lock you into a contract as well which sucks if you want to switch down the road; fortunately the other carriers are putting up big offers for covering contract cancellations.
AT&T and Verizon also have very good 4G LTE networks but their cheapest plans give you a measly 2GB data limit… lame. You could get an unlimited data package with them but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.
As mentioned, I will be continue to update this list as new carriers and MVNOs begin to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus so keep an eye out. Also if you notice that I missed a company that should be included please let me know in the comments below.