Virgin Mobile offering prepaid iPhone with $30 a month unlimited data beginning June 29

By , Jun 7, 2012

Confirming recent rumors, Virgin Mobile USA, a Sprint Nextel subsidiary, today announced that it will be offering Apple’s iPhone on a prepaid basis beginning June 29. The iPhone 4 and 4S will be available with a month-to-month unlimited data option costing $30 a month, with data throttling once you get past your monthly allowance of 2.5 gigabytes.

With this development, Apple’s device will soon be officially available on a total of sixteen carriers in the United States, three of them being prepaid telecoms: Boost Mobile (another Sprint property), Cricket Communications and Virgin Mobile…

According to the official press release, the iPhone will be available without a contract and with no fees for activation or roaming (you can register your interest here).

Marking Virgin’s tenth anniversary, the company shaved $5 off the cost of its $35 a month Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans for iPhone, meaning you’ll be paying only $30 a month provided you registered for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

A mobile hotspot plan is also available for an additional $15 a month. Additional plans are also available, priced at $40/$50 a month for 1,200/unlimited voice minutes, both eligible for a $5 discount as well. All three plans include unlimited data throttled after 2.5 GB and text messages.

And since customers are not obliged to commit to a two-year contract and can cancel their month-to-month plan at any moment, the device is sold unsubsidized at $549/$649 for the 8GB iPhone 4/16GB iPhone 4S.

Cricket Communications, a Leap Wireless company, will also offer no-commit prepaid iPhones on June 22 at subsidized prices of $399/$499 for the 8GB iPhone 4/16GB iPhone 4S, which is full $150 cheaper compared than Apple’s asking prices for unlocked iPhones.

However, Cricket’s offering requires an obligatory $55 month-to-month plan that includes unlimited voice, text messages and data.

An unconfirmed report recently claimed that Boost Mobile, another Sprint-powered MVNO, will offer prepaid iPhones around September.

Prepaid iPhones are increasingly becoming a viable option, especially if you’re a jailbreaker looking to purchase an unlocked device that can be taken to other carrier.

Note that Virgin Mobile is a Sprint property, which runs a CDMA network, meaning these are CDMA iPhones that won’t work on GSM networks like AT&T or T-Mobile USA.

Do you think your next iPhone will be of a prepaid variety?

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  • http://twitter.com/jercubsfan Jeremy Olson

    I would get this in a heartbeat, but its way too expensive! :(

  • http://twitter.com/KraKsX KraKsX

    If your buying an unlocked iPhone 4S (paying $650) it works on CDMA AND GSM (just remember to buy unlocked ONLY FROM APPLE STORE!)

    Also, I’m going to guess, with these coming out this month, means a new firmware will need to come out, so keep this in mind if your a jailbreaker

  • http://twitter.com/Protocol_L Tyler Ladner

    I have a question.I have an iPhone 4s running on Cspire, a CDMA network, and there appears to be a sim card tray on the side is it possible to open it?

  • http://twitter.com/thegabrielk Gabriel K

    I’d rather use craigslist to get iPhones…

  • http://twitter.com/Ghost7wee7er Ghost Tweeter

    I got my iPhone 4 for £36 a month with unlimited Internet (yes unlimited), unlimited calls to other t-mobile users, 2000 free minutes to landlines and other mobile users and the phone was free.