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Now the iPhone 5 has been officially exposed to the world, it's time for Apple enthusiasts to decide which carrier they would like to feature on their slick new devices this fall. Recently, Latinos Post conducted an unscientific poll asking readers where their allegiances lay, resulting in a turnout of 1,290 voters. Before we get to the poll's results, let's take a deeper look at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and Cricket.
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Just like Verizon and Sprint, AT&T is offering the 16GB iPhone 5 for $199.99, the 32GB for $299.99, and the 64GB for $399.99. Yet, there are other factors to consider that differentiate the big players in the market. Consumers must consider data plan costs, which range from $100 to $245 a month under AT&T. Those who are currently covered by an unlimited data plan will be able to keep such terms when they upgrade to an iPhone 5, company wireless chief Ralph de la Vega announced on Wednesday. New subscribers, however, are out of luck, as AT&T has nixed the offer moving forward. AT&T subscribers will also be required to sign up for a data sharing plan to take advantage of the iPhone 5's new Facetime cellular feature. Lastly, AT&T offers 4G LTE.
Verizon has the good fortune to cover 75 percent of its 375 markets and also offers 4G LTE capabilities. Contrary to AT&T, the company will enable the iPhone 5's Facetime feature on any data plan, which cost between $40 to 150 per month depending on what the user opts for.
Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data for new subscribers, which will be convenient for iPhone 5 users who plan on using Facetime extensively.
Cricket currently offers pre-paid services for the iPhone 4 and 4S for $55 a month. Although no official pricing has been announced for the company's iPhone 5 offering, it will likely follow suit Apple's past devices. Those interested in using Cricket will need to buy an "unlocked" phone, which sells for a premium in comparison to the deals bundled with contracts. The 16GB iPhone 5 will be priced at $649, the 32GB at $749, and the 64GB at $849.
While 65.74 percent of voters indicated that they will be skipping the iPhone 5, the vast majority of readers sided with AT&T. Here are the results.
AT&T obtained 16.2% votes
Verizon obtained 7.83% votes
Sprint obtained 4.88% votes
Pre-Paid obtained 1.71% votes
"Other obtained 3.64% votes