Virgin Mobile (iPhone 5s now available)

Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid brand, started offering the new iPhones for $100 less compared to Apple’s official unsubsidized pricing. Both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are available with a $100 discount when purchased unsubsidized. This means Virgin Mobile customers can get the entry-level 16GB iPhone 5s for $549 (Apple’s price: $649) or the colorful 16GB iPhone 5c for $449 (Apple’s price: $549). Virgin’s plans include unlimited data (throttled after 2.5GB) and start at just $30 a month. More details right below…

 

Yes, gold iPhone 5s model is already¬†listed as “Out of Stock” on Virgin’s web store, as is the yellow iPhone 5c model. Curiously enough, higher-end 16/32GB iPhone 5s and 32GB iPhone 5c models are ¬†listed as “Web Only” items.

As Virgin is a Sprint property, these new iPhones run just fine on both Sprint’s nationwide 3G and 4G network, now available in over 150 markets. The devices won’t¬†work on other carriers or networks overseas.¬†Simultaneous voice and data works via Wi-Fi, but not over the carrier’s cellular network.

Virgin Mobile does not offer mobile hotspot functionality at this time. The carrier is still offering the iPhone 5 (they landed the handset in June of this year) for $550 off-contract.

Virgin Mobile (Beyond Talk plans)

As you can see below, the $30 a month plan is dependent on a $5 a month discount on the Beyond Talk plan by enrolling in Auto Pay when buying an iPhone:

To enroll in Auto Pay, you simply register a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account and sign up for automatic monthly payments. After the $5/month discount is applied, this would bring the $35/month Beyond Talk Plan to $30/month, the $45 Beyond Talk Plan to $40/month, and the $55/month Beyond Talk Plan to $50/month.

While it’s possible to sign up for Auto Pay at any time, keep in mind you’ll only receive a discount if you are enrolled before making the plan payment.

The telco also offers financing options via BillMeLater, a PayPal service, and¬†supports the extended $99 AppleCare+ warranty coverage for the iPhone 5s/5c by way of calling Virgin’s mobile customer service after activating your handset on their network.

By the way, Virgin Mobile’s parent Sprint is giving a $100 discount on the iPhone 5s/5c to new customers. Another prepaid Sprint property, Boost Mobile, will land¬†the new iPhones soon on its no-contract unlimited monthly plan with Shrinking Payments.