As expected, Apple’s smartphone went on sale at Cricket Wireless this weekend. The carrier is the first to offer a prepaid, no-contract iPhone here in the US.

The company says that the launch is generating quite the buzz, with customers lining up outside of several of its retail stores to buy the handset…

Cricket is offering up the the 16GB iPhone 4S for just $499.99, again no contract, and the 8GB iPhone 4 for just under $400. That’s considerably more expensive than the average subsidized handset. But compared to other contract-free iPhones, it’s quite a deal.

The company also offers extremely competitive wireless plans — it’s most popular option includes unlimited talk, text, and data for just $50 a month. Although, like most carriers, data speeds are throttled after 2GB.

The trade-off for the savings is a limited, far-less robust network than that of its larger competitors. Cricket’s footprint covers just 60 million Americans — far less than the 300 million claimed by Verizon and AT&T.

At any rate, Apple’s handset has never been sold at this price, under these conditions (at least here in the US). It’ll definitely be interesting to see what kind of impact this experiment has on overall iPhone sales.

Are you picking one of these up this weekend? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

[CNET]

  • DJ79KHALED

    Im waiting for t-mobile and the new iPhone ….so sick of straight talk calling me every other week telling me they will disconnect my service for excessive data usage….I wish they stop that BS and tell us exactly how much we can use like most the other carrier Instead of telling us it’s unlimited ….and the funny thing I never went above 2gigs the max I use around 1.5

    • really!! I haven’t have any problem so far! I’m just using them until the new iPhone come out then I’m going back to AT&T 2 yr contract to get the phone chipper lol but like I said no problema at all

      • I only had one call I called them back answered a bunch of dumb questions and then they stopped calling me

      • Cheaper.

  • straight talk is the way to go! $45 and is AT&T and unlimited all

    • Latinpride011

      Straight talk uses AT&T’s network?

      • Yes they do it’s exactly the same

      • If you use any of the Android phones, it’s uses Sprint’s prepaid network that it uses for Virgin Mobile.

    • Straight Talk is not At&t they roam off T-Mobile

    • gcat10

      Straight Talk is a subsidy of TracFone. TracFone owns Net10, SafeLink, Straight Talk and obviously TracFone. They’re a MVNO and uses both CDMA and GSM spectrum. They actually have contracts with all 4 national carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile), so depending on what and where your services is, it can be any one of them. That’s why you guys have all conflicting views.

  • Got the Cricket iPhone 4s yesterday. Couldn’t be happier. 55/mo for unlimited everything and no contract. Their new and improved coverage is what finally convinced me. Definitely worth a look.

  • I bought it friday because they have good coverage where I’m moving to, and because Verizon screwed me over one too many times. With taxes my Cricket bill will be about $60 (with unlimited talk and text and “unlimited” data) My Verizon bill was $110 (with 450 minutes no unlimited texting and “unlimited” data) easy decision if coverage is good and you have $500 (just sell your current phone)

  • COME ON VIRGIN MOBILE YOU’RE NEXT!!! I can’t wait! 5 more days until I will finally buy my first iPhone!!! 🙂