Virgin Mobile to land iPhone 5 next Friday

By , Jun 21, 2013

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5

After months of speculation, Virgin Mobile announced it will finally start carrying Apple’s iPhone 5 starting Friday, June 28. The handset will be offered on a subsidy basis on a two-year contract and with one of the Beyond Talk plans, starting at $35 a month for unlimited 4G LTE data and messaging. Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint and supports both Sprint’s CDMA 3G and LTE 4G radio technology (see coverage map here)…

The entry-level 16GB iPhone 5 will cost $549.99 with a two year contract on a Beyond Talk plan. The 32/64GB iPhone 5 variants will be respectively priced at $649.99/$749.99. Virgin’s prices come in a $100 cheaper compared to Apple’s unlocked and contract-free iPhones.

This is yet another prepaid option for would-be buyers, with rival Cricket Wireless, AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid brand also offering Apple’s device, along with many regional U.S. carriers.

By comparison, T-Mobile currently offers the 16GB iPhone 5 for $580 contract-free, while Straight Talk values the device at $649, without a contract..

All Beyond Talk plans include 2.5GB/month of 3G/4G full speed data. And because Virgin is a prepaid carrier, all of their plans are no-contract.

Virgin Beyond Talk plans

Virgin says folks can receive a $5 monthly discount on their chosen plan provided they register and sign up for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account.

The device will be available through Virgin Mobile’s website, at participating Virgin Mobile dealers and at its exclusive national retail distributor, RadioShack.

Virgin started offering prepaid iPhone 4S models last summer.

The carrier is currently running an interesting promotion which promises a fifteen percent discount on prepaid iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models.

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  • Lordthree

    Spell check the title

  • Gregory Smiley

    *Virgin

    • GaugePrower

      Aw man you guys beat me to it

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      lmao. I just noticed the spelling mistake. Virigin?

  • GaugePrower

    The pricing isnt too bad compared to other non-contract carriers.. however I know from experience that Sprint’s coverage and network speeds are subpar in a lot of areas…they just dont have the coverage and power that the other big three (Att Verizon Tmobile) have. They seem to be up and coming a little bit, but I havent seen any substantial improvement. If you live, work, and hang around one of those rare Sprint heavy coverage areas, this is a jackpot for you. As for the rest of us, we would be slamming 600 dollar phones in frustration.

    Oh and look how slick they are, check their coverage map which is diagrammed out using 3 very close shades of green that you can only tell the difference by using photoshop’s eyedropper tool. lol sneaky sneaky

  • KraKsX

    The entry-level 16GB iPhone 5 will cost $549.99 with a two year contract on a Beyond Talk plan

    Or

    All Beyond Talk plans include 2.5GB/month of 3G/4G full speed data. And because Virgin is a prepaid carrier, all of their plans are no-contract.

    You can’t have it both ways…

  • Don’t wannatell

    I wonder who will buy this iPhone 5 while 5S/6 is about to land (only 3 months more). Honestly, it is kind of late to include it into the plan. And other thing, it is quite costly, too.

    • Andrew Roth

      It’s more up front but over two years (contract on Verizon) you save more than $3,000.

  • Andrew Roth

    The pricing is with out a contract. That’s why it’s not the subsidized price of $200. Virgin Mobile’s whole thing is NO contracts at all.

  • Shane Sepeda

    Is the Verizon iPhone 5 compatible with this carrier? As many of you already know, the Verizon iPhone 5 is factory unlocked.

  • Franck Kamayou

    I’m sorry but this article contradicts itself! Is it with or without contract?