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Virgin Mobile USA to Sell the iPhone June 29

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Jun 7, 2012, 7:42 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 7, 2012, 7:49 AM

Virgin Mobile USA today announced that it will sell the Apple iPhone starting June 29. The 16GB iPhone 4S will be sold for $649 and the 8GB iPhone 4 will be sold for $549. Both price points are near the full retail cost of the iPhone. Service plans will start as low a $30 per month for 300 minutes, $40 per month for 1,200 minutes, and $50 per month for unlimited minutes. All three options include unlimited messaging and 2.5GB of data at 3G speeds before it is throttled. These voice plans include a $5 monthly discount when customers register for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account. Virgin Mobile USA customers wishing to buy the iPhone won't have to sign a contract.

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Jun 7, 2012, 7:59 AM

Not 'near'

That's 'exactly' the full retail pricing Eh?
Ful retail price should be fine. We need to think of the wireless industry differently. This is the way the industry is going to move eventually. Why should we get our devices through the wireless service provider?

Just like Road Runner or Cable f...
Jellz said:
That's 'exactly' the full retail pricing Eh?

And Leap/Cricket announced $399 for the iPhone 4 and $499 for the 4s.

$150 less per phone.

Sprint may bleed prepaid cust to Cricket in the near future....

Jun 8, 2012, 7:50 AM

This will be interesting

This will be very interesting cause I know several people that have said I really don't mind paying $500 to $600 for the device itself it's just the monthly fee that they don't want to pay especially when you have to pay it every single month since its a contract and you don't have the option to not pay it. I think people will actually buy it, it's not for everyone, but I've seen a lot of people saying who the hell is gonna pay $500 - $600 for a device like that, but don't forget that the original iPhone wasn't subsidized by AT&T when it came out in 2007, it was $500 to $600 and people lined up to buy it, they sold 3 million of them. Also don't forget that the iPad isn't subsidized by any contract and Apple doesn't have any problem selling t...

Jun 7, 2012, 9:17 AM

Used Sprint iPhone work?

Same network, right?
Probably not. Needs to be an actual Virgin iPhone. Just like Virgin phones cannot be used on Sprint's post-paid accounts.
The wholesale network (virgin boost etc) MEIDs are loaded onto a separate platform from the postpaid MEIDs, so no go on that, unless you know someone at Sprint

Jun 7, 2012, 4:18 PM

Sprint vs AT&T; Prepaid versus contract

A few questions.

I have a contract 3gs through AT&T right now, overpaying and tired of them. Roughly $90/mo for minimal minutes and moderate to robust internet usage (grandfathered on unlimited data plan, who knows for how long) after taxes. I've been out of contract for a year + now, was thinking of upgrading as of late.

Does the price above include taxes and fees? I've never done prepaid before, but it's looking more and more intelligent to do so especially if that price is inclusive. Taxes are killer on phones...

Since it's CDMA, I'm assuming my ability to surf and talk will cease to be. Am I correct?
Virgin Mobile still charges taxes and fees so their $60 all you can eat plan is about $65 so not too bad...yes only on LTE VZN can you talk and surf, so with 3G CDMA you cannot talk/surf at same time, but if you are willing to shell out that kind of c...
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