Virgin Mobile USA adds iPhone 5 on June 28

Virgin Mobile USA adds iPhone 5 on June 28

You've been able to get an iPhone 4 through Virgin Mobile USA for a while, and the company announced Friday that starting next week, you'll be able to get the iPhone 5 too. It's priced starting at $549.99, and Virgin's offering a discount that nets you voice and data for as little as $30 per month.

Virgin Mobile USA is a subsidiary of Sprint. The company focuses on pre-paid voice, messaging and mobile broadband services in the United States. It was almost exactly one year ago that Virgin began selling the iPhone 4 and 4S. The 4 and 4S remain available as 8 and 16GB models, for $297.49 and $382.49 respectively.

The iPhone 5 provides access to Virgin Mobile USA's LTE data network. The company is offering its "Beyond Talk" plans, which include 2.5 GB/month of full speed data. The plan starts at $35 per month for 300 minutes. Like all of Virgin's services, there's no contract, so if you sign up for automatic monthly payments, they'll cut the price down to $30 per month.

The 16GB iPhone 5 will be available in black or white for $549.99. The 32GB and 64GB models will also be available - online only - for $649.99 and $749.99, respectively.

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This kind of fits the topic, so I'll just ask here: I'm in the USA (San Francisco) for the next 1.5 months. Does anyone have some good suggestions for a prepaid SIM provider (mainly for data - speech and text don't matter that much) for an unlocked European GSM iPhone 4S? (So I don't care for 4G speeds, just 3G.)
I know that CDMA providers like Verizon, Sprint or Virgin are not an option for me, and T-Mobile is not a good option since I could only use Edge speeds on their network. And unfortunately, AT&T don't offer prepaid solutions.

The best option I found so far is Black Wireless with a one month plan (I guess I would just live the other half month without a phone) for 60$ that includes 2GB of data (and unlimited speech and text). But any better/cheaper suggestions would be very appreciated! Thanks :)

AT&T now does. Check out their recent changes to the GoPhone plans. You can get 2GB of data, unlimited voice and text, for $60/month.

Straight Talk wireless (available at Wal-Mart) will work, but I believe you have to have a SIM mailed to you - I don't think they sell them at stores. I've switched an AT&T iPhone 4 to Straight Talk with no problem. Straight Talk costs $45 a month for "unlimited" data and calls.

On VM Typically its 2.5gig before throttling on 3G speeds, but with it having 4G LTE Data its 3.5gig before throttling, and they offer the mobile hotspot feature for 10$ more a month as well.