Virgin Mobile USA to carry iPhone 5c and 5s starting October 1st

Virgin Mobile USA announced Friday plans to carry the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s beginning Tuesday, October 1st. As a prepaid carrier, Virgin will be offering the phones unsubsidized, but you can get prepaid coverage for as little as $35 a month.

Virgin Mobile USA is a subsidiary of Sprint, so the iPhones it sells are CDMA models. The company currently sells the 16GB iPhone 5 for $549.99 - that will be the same price the iPhone 5c will be available for when it launches on Virgin Mobile USA (the iPhone 5s will cost $100 more). Customers who can't afford to buy the phone outright can use the Bill Me Later service to pay for the phones over time.

Virgin Mobile's "Beyond Talk" plans provide 300, 1200 or unlimited anytime talk minutes for $35, $45 and $55 per month, respectively. All plans include 2.5 GB/month of high-speed data. LTE is supported, in areas where Sprint has built out its LTE network.

Are you willing to pay more up front for your phone if it means big savings on your monthly phone bill? Is Virgin Mobile's reliance on the Sprint network a good thing or a bad thing? Sound off in the comments - I want to hear from you.