Would you consider getting an iPhone 4S from a prepaid carrier?
I've been wanting a new iPhone for a while now, but have been holding off because I am nearing the end of my 2 year contract, and I hate the thought of being AT&T's prisoner for another 2 years. Both Virgin Mobile and Cricket have started offering iPhones without a contract, but the purchase price for the phone is MUCH higher than with AT&T or other carriers. VM charges ~$650 and Cricket charges ~$550. That's a pretty big expenditure all at once for me. On the positive side, the monthly bill is a lot lower. Is it worth it to stick with a major carrier for presumably superior service, or are Cricket/Virgin Mobile comparable to other carriers as far as service quality coverage. Obviously, there are going to be some areas where coverage stinks for any carrier, but I don't really trust those coverage maps the carriers have based on personal experience. Oh, and this would be mostly for personal use, although I do use my phone for work too, and it would go with me on a couple of business trips each year.