Check out this contract term cost caparison between Droid, Sprint’s Hero and the myTouch 3G from Android Central. Of course this doesn’t take into account the value of your time, productivity, or frustration, but it’s a handy tool for careful shoppers.
Surprisingly, the Verizon Motorola DROID does a decent job in the ‘cheapest plan’ battle at $74.98/month. The Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile myTouch 3G come in at $69.99 and $79.99, respectively. But Verizon’s low price comes with a catch, Sprint’s ‘cheapest plan’ offers free unlimited calling to any mobile carrier and unlimited messaging. T-Mobile’s comes with 500 whenever minutes and unlimited messaging. Verizon trails them with only 450 whenever minutes and 250 messages. But for users who only use an average amount of minutes and messages, the monthly cost of the Verizon Motorola DROID is somewhat justifiable considering you’ll be on “America’s Most Reliable Network”.
It’s in the unlimited packages where the Verizon Motorola DROID falters, it’s nearly a $1000 (over 2 years) more expensive than the same unlimited options on the Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile myTouch 3G. For heavy users who need the unlimited monthly minutes and messages, the Verizon Motorola DROID is just priced too high.
In the end, we can understand users choosing the ‘cheapest plan’ method for the Verizon Motorola DROID. You’ll have to make certain allowances with regard to minutes and messaging, but you’ll get the safety net of being on America’s biggest carrier and the maps that come with it. However, when it comes to unlimited packages, we strongly suggest you look towards Sprint or T-Mobile. $1000, even spread over 2 years, is nothing to blink at.
In all honesty, the Sprint ‘cheapest plan’ is probably the best plan in this study. It has the cheapest monthly rate with the best added features–in short, it’s the best bang for your buck. We’ll have to see if having the best Android phone and best rate plans on the market will make it the number one Android device or if the Verizon Motorola DROID, priced as it is, will steal the show.
Here are the full charts: