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.
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