The impending iPhone 6 release date has piqued interest in not only what the new “iPhone Air” style smartphone will look like, but also triggered questions about which of the U.S. carriers will offer the best iPhone 6 bank for the buck. With Apple set to show off the iPhone 6 interface dubbed iOS 8 in just two weeks, the release date for both will soon follow. All four major carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, will offer the iPhone 6 from day one. But each has its pros and cons:
Verizon iPhone 6: Verizon is generally considered to have the highest quality network of the four carriers. It’s also the most expensive, and its customer service is merely average. One key issue is whether the iPhone 6 release date will come with the ability to talk on the phone while surfing the web, a feature which Verizon has inexplicably omitted from the iPhone 5S and 5C.
AT&T iPhone 6: AT&T was once the exclusive iPhone provider in the United States, but has since lost that exclusivity. So what does AT&T have to offer iPhone 6 users? Its recent reshuffling of its prices has made it less expensive than Verizon, but it’s still behind in the nationwide 4G LTE rollout, and its customer service can be a nightmare. AT&T does, however, already offer surf and talk for the iPhone.
Sprint iPhone 6: This smaller carrier has attempted to position itself as an iPhone value play, offering significantly lower prices than Verizon or AT&T along with more unlimited data options. Sprint has been working feverishly to catch up to Verizon in the 4G LTE wars, and is now touting its “Framily Plan” as a way of further reducing user costs. It’s also recently decided to eye T-Mobile as a potential acquisition target. That means that by the time the iPhone 6 release date rolls around, the Sprint iPhone 6 and the T-Mobile iPhone 6 could be one and the same.