Virgin Mobile iPhone

As we originally heard last week, Virgin Mobile USA has officially announced that it will offer the iPhone starting on June 29th. The iPhone will be offered as a pre-paid handset on its network and will be avilable on pre-paid tarriffs as low as $30 a month.

Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans for iPhone start at $35 per month for access to Sprint's Nationwide Network, and customers can receive a $5 per-month plan discount when they register for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, making iPhone available for as low as $30 per month. Customers can also use their iPhone as a mobile hotspot through Virgin Mobile for an additional $15 per month. “This month marks Virgin Mobile USA’s tenth birthday,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.  “And what better way to thank our fans for ten years of loyalty than by giving them exactly what they want: the perfect plan for the perfect phone.  That is the essence of ‘A Higher Calling.’”

Virgin Mobile USA will offer the iPhone 4 8GB version for an upfront cost of $549. the iPhone 4S is the entry level 16GB version with a price point of $649. You then have a choice of three plans with varying talk minutes from $30 - $50. All plans include unlimited SMS messaging and a 2.5 GB data allowance.

Cricket has already announced that it will also be selling the iPhone on a pre-paid deal starting on June 22nd. Its handset prices are slightly cheaper than the Virgin Mobile USA offering at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively. Cricket only offers one pre-paid plan at $55 which includes unlimited voice minutes, unlimited SMS messages and 2.3GB of data a month.

Meanwhile T-Mobile USA still has nothing to say about any iPhone. The question is, will T-Mobile ever get an iPhone on its network? It's starting to look highly unlikely.

Source: PR

Complete press release:

>Virgin Mobile USA announced today it will offer iPhone to its prepaid customers beginning Friday, June 29. Virgin Mobile will offer iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with its Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans as low as $30 Requires registration for automatic monthly payments per-month on the Sprint® Nationwide Network. iPhone will be available without a contract and with no fees for activation or roaming. New and existing customers can purchase iPhone at www.virginmobileusa.com, RadioShack, Best Buy and select local retailers. >iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all-new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.1, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. >Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans for iPhone start at $35 per month for access to Sprint's Nationwide Network, and customers can receive a $5 per-month plan discount when they register for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, making iPhone available for as low as $30 per month. Customers can also use their iPhone as a mobile hotspot through Virgin Mobile for an additional $15 per month.With purchase of Mobile Hotspot, plans include 3.5GB per month of full speed data
“This month marks Virgin Mobile USA’s tenth birthday,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.  “And what better way to thank our fans for ten years of loyalty than by giving them exactly what they want: the perfect plan for the perfect phone.  That is the essence of ‘A Higher Calling.’”
 
For more information about iPhone on Virgin Mobile, including special alerts for when iPhone goes on sale on June 29, please visit www.virginmobileusa/iphone. 
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For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.
About Virgin Mobile USA >Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk no-contract plans with unlimited data for mobile phone service, including Android-powered smartphones and prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access on the Nationwide Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile USA customers have access to service on the  Nationwide Sprint 3G Network for data reaching more than 276 million people and reaching more than 280 million people for voice services. Virgin Mobile-branded devices are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Broadband2Go services. Virgin Mobile USA was recently ranked “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance among Non-Contract Wireless Providers” by J.D. Power and Associates. Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products at www.virginmobileusa.com. >
Requires registration for automatic monthly payments
2 All plans include 2.5GB/month of full speed data. 
3 With purchase of Mobile Hotspot, plans include 3.5GB per month of full speed data
4Fair usage policy of 2.5GB per month