What’s the Best Carrier for iPhone 6 Owners?

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Forget about making the agonizing decision between an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The really important question is, “Which carrier is best for an iPhone 6 owner?”

The iPhone 6 starts at $199, and the larger 6 Plus starts at $299. The iPhone 6 comes in three storage options: the 16GB ($199), the 64GB ($299), and the 128GB ($399). The 6 Plus has three options, too: the 16GB ($299), the 64GB ($399), and the 128GB ($499). Prices are, of course, higher if you buy a phone off-contract. If you buy off-contract through T-Mobile, expect to pay at least $649.

If you’re ready to drop some serious cash on a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, read on to see what special offers each major US carrier has introduced to sweeten the deal.

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1. T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has been running an interesting promotion where you can “cheat” on your current carrier with T-Mobile. It’s a pretty simple promotion: T-Mobile sends you a free iPhone, which you can use for a week before you send it back.

The idea is that by living with the phone for a week, you can see how much better T-Mobile’s coverage is compared to your current provider. T-Mobile has confirmed that they plan to continue this promotion in the future, swapping out the iPhone 5s models they’ve been using for the promotion up to this point with brand new iPhone 6 phones. Click here for more info about this program.

This promotion means that you can really experience how well T-Mobile coverage works for you. Do you get coverage at home and at work? Are there any dead zones on your commute? Is the call quality good? You can road test both the phone itself and the cell coverage in your area at the same time, which makes T-Mobile one of the most appealing places to buy your iPhone 6, particularly if you’re considering buying unlocked or off-contract for the first time. What other carrier will let you try and then buy?

Bloomberg adds that T-Mobile also plans to top the best trade-in price from their competitors by $50.


2. AT&T

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On Apple’s page for the iPhone 6, it states that “With AT&T Next, you can buy iPhone 6 for as low as $0 down and from $27.05 per month.” This lower up-front cost might appeal to some.

Bloomberg reports that AT&T is offering a number of promotions and trade-in deals for the iPhone 6:

“AT&T will let customers trade in their old iPhone for a new iPhone 6 and as much as a $300 credit…AT&T already offers two deals that also will be extended to the new versions of the iPhone: get a $100 credit on your bill when you purchase any iPhone and add a new phone line to an AT&T Next account; or buy an iPhone for no money down with AT&T Next and get a $200 discount on any iPad.”


3. Sprint

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Bloomberg reports that Sprint has a new intuitive to entice iPhone fans: the iPhone for Life program. Under the plan, you’ll get a new iPhone ever two years. The plan, which comes with unlimited data, costs $70 a month. Bloomberg’s report notes that “customers make no initial payment for the phone or related taxes on the device because they are essentially renting it.”

The Wall Street Journal adds that Sprint customers also have the option to get an iPhone 6 for $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data, which $10 cheaper than its current plan.


4. Verizon

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Verizon is offering an iPhone 6 for free to customers who trade in their old iPhone and sign up for a new two-year contract. You are given a $200 gift card, which will cover the price of the lowest-tier iPhone 6, but won’t fully cover the cost of some of the iPhone 6 model with extra storage. TIME clarifies that only certain iPhone models can be traded in, specifically the 4, 4S, 5, 5S and 5C.