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Sprint May Sell iPhone Via Virgin Mobile

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Jun 5, 2012, 1:37 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint is prepared to sell the Apple iPhone through its Virgin Mobile USA prepaid service, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to sources familiar with Sprint's plans, the announcement may come as soon as this week with availability scheduled for July 1. Pricing for the device itself and plans were not made available, and Sprint declined to comment on the story. Sprint sells the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S through its traditional post-paid business for $99, $199, $299, and $399 for the iPhone 4 8GB, and iPhone 4S 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, respectively. Virgin Mobile USA offers service plans that cost as little as $35 per month. Leap Wireless last week announced plans to sell the iPhone through its prepaid service, and is charging $399 and $499 for the device. Sprint could be the second to offer the iPhone with prepaid service.

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Jun 5, 2012, 2:07 PM

Still cannot see

how one could pay $500 for a phone and be on prepaid Laughing
Haggard said:
how one could pay $500 for a phone and be on Sprint prepaid MVNOLaughing

Often, it's not that they don't have money. It's that they have a crummy credit score.
for me its all about the data. i use A LOT of data so right away i need sprint otherwise i would go broke at another carrier on overages or the ridiculously expensive data plans, also the data plans are smaller and slower through an MVNO so they are o...
This is why I will never resign a contract with sprint or any other company. Paying $50 on Sero is more than enough. If my work did not reimburse me for a phone I would look into prepaid for my next phone.

Jun 5, 2012, 2:36 PM

Boost & Virgin

Will all the iphones sold by boost & virgin count towards the $15+ billion they agreed to pay apple over the next few years or did they have to get deals for each company?
Boost and Virgin are part of the Sprint umbrella, if necessary, Sprint could buy em and sell em to Boost and Virgin if necessary.

Jun 5, 2012, 3:03 PM

Sort of predictable

The Sprint companies have a total of ~55 customers.
Sprint signed a contract with Apple that will require them to purchase a minimum of 33 million iPhones, and that's based on the high end price units.

So, they have to effective turn 33 million existing customers into iPhone users or attract enough new customers to fill that void.

Of their companies, only Sprint itself is a contracted service. They include: Includes Sprint Network, Nextel Network, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile, and Virgin Mobile USA

A large portion of their newer additional customers are government subsidized low income users.

Sprint itself does not have 33 million contracted customers to fufill it's contract to Apple, so, they have to turn some of their pr...
What are the chances Sprint gets a 4g ipad once their out & wld that count towards what they owe apple or is it only iphones that count.
Your math is off, that is over a certain time period longer than 2 years. You would have to assume that those buying iphones now wouldn't buy an iphone when they upgrade or they don't upgrade at all.

You still present a good point, Sprint will hav...
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