Leave it to those pesky Sprint prepaid partners to break the mold, well almost break the mold. Following in the footsteps of Cricket Wireless, Virgin Mobile has unofficially announced the presence of the iPhone and iPhone 4s on their prepaid plans. The iPhone 4 is expected to set users back $399.99 without contract and the 4s will cost an additional $100. According to the Marketsource.com leak, the 8GB iPhone 4 and the 16GB iPhone 4s will break out on Cricket on June 22, with Virgin’s offering to follow that soon.
Virgin Mobile currently offers smartphone plans from $35 a month for 300 minutes and ‘unlimited’ data, though it is throttled after 2.5GB. Users also receive unlimited text and picture messages under the $35 plan. For $45 the minutes are upped to 1200 and for $55, unlimited minutes are included. Currently, the flagship “Evo V 4G” is priced at $299.99. The potential $499.99 price tag for the iPhone 4s will be more than many consumers will to swallow, but the fact that it is there, will certainly bring more people to look at the prepaid carrier.
With the addition of a device like the iPhone, prepaid carriers are really making a push to lock in new subscribers, and not necessarily just credit challenged or younger users. With the iPhone release pending on Virgin Mobile, it should only be a matter of time before Boost Mobile adds the device as well.
UPDATE: Virgin Mobile has confirmed pricing on the iPhone models. The iPhone 4s (16GB) will run $649.99 and the smaller 8GB iPhone 4 will set users back $549.00.