PSA: iPhone 4S available now from Virgin Mobile
0. phoneArena 29 Jun 2012, 12:32 posted on
While we know you are all vigorously celebrating the iPhone’s 5th birthday, we want to quickly interject and remind you that the iPhone 4S also goes live on Virgin Mobile today...
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1. vbetts (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Come to Radioshack and get them while we have them!
2. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
Lol everyone that has come in to my store asking for a prepaid iPhone tell me if boost has the iPhone when I tell them only virgin has it ( cricket not available in LA) THERE all like nooo thanks cuz we know virgin throttles 3G speed and boost don't . I even told a few that if boost had it and it was same price as what virgin is offering if they would still buy it ? More than half said yes .
6. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
That is funny -- it's the same Sprint network. As for throttling, 2.5 GB a month on a smart is a lot, especially when there is free wifi just about everywhere.
I have a Moto Triumph and looking to upgrade and haven't made the plunge yet with the iPhone 5 due in a few months.
9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7040; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
you're not the only one. i have people asking me for the Boost version of the prepaid iPhone. and i SAY NOOO we don't if you're going to buy a iphone for 600$ buy it unlocked and buy a pre paid SIM card
11. lsutigers (Posts: 813; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Hard to believe that you can get an iPhone for $30 a month. Once Sprint's Network Vision upgrades are complete the network will be an awesome compliment to the phone. I personally prefer Android but a great deal nonetheless for iPhone fans.
4. traciireese (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
Boost reserves the right to throttle your speed after you go over 2.5gb and if they got the iphone they would be no different from virgin mobile or any other carrier. Im just waiting to see how long spring will hold off before they join the throttle club.
5. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)
I Guess but those persons that came in the store asking for a prepaid iPhone told me that virgin is always slower than boost even if u haven't used 2.5gb of data on both boost or virgin 3G for some reason is slower at virgin that's why they told me they would prefer a boost mobile iPhone for the first 2.5gb of data could be faster cuz they told me they had both companies I don't know if that is true since I never had boost or virgin .
7. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Next time, go to testmy.net and run a few speed tests, preferrably at the same time so they can see the network speeds. There's nothing better than showing people.
I understand a lot of people use speedtest.net, but I trust testmy.net
8. dcgore (Posts: 212; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
at $30 a month, this makes me want to drop my $100+ monthly at&t plan.
10. BREvenson (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Plans are nice, but there aren't many people who buy prepaid phones that will have a spare $650-$700 lying around to get an iPhone. As a former wireless salesman, it is common to see that most people buying prepaid are either low-income individuals or those with insufficient credit. That being the case, they most likely won't have a lot of money to put down on a phone like this.
I'm not saying there aren't people like that, it's just based on my observations. You want the iPhone, go get it. I can't stop you...but I can think of several better ways to spend that kind of money.
13. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You are living in the past. The carriers didn't provide solid phones such that the only people coming in to buy the crappry prepaid phones were the income challenged consumers. Virgin Mobile rewrote the marketing plays when they launched a decent midrange android phone called the Moto Triumph (which I bought at Best Buy for $300).
In the past, the carriers reserved their best phones for those on 2-year contracts. That's not going to work in the future as the prepaid carriers continue to introduce great phones WITHOUT the $80 to $100 a month contracts.
Paying as little as $35 a month as opposed to $80 a month is $45 a month in savings and in as little as 10 months, the prepaid plan becomes the better deal.
16. BREvenson (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 May 2012)
I think you may have missed my point: I am aware that prepaid has evolved from being cheap phones on cheap plans to being good phones on cheap plans. From my experience, it's about how much money people have right then and there. If people can afford their bill every month, that's their prerogative.
I'll agree, times have changed. There is a solid selection of nice phones for prepaid. You mentioned the Triumph, and there's also the EVO V (EVO 3D) and soon there will be the One V. On top of that, Boost has the EVO Design, the LG Marquee and they'll probably have some more good stuff later this year. I think it's safe to say that prepaid carriers got a lot to look forward to, especially since people should be more likely to pay more now so that they can save more later. That's how it should go.
17. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
BREvenson, your original position would have merit if you considered the catch-22 situation. For example, it's one thing if the carriers allowed all phones to be on a prepaid basis and the only people choosing the prepaid plan were income or credit-challenged individuals. However, that wasn't the case.
I have been looking for a good prepaid phone on Verizon since the start of 2009, and I am still waiting. The prepaid phones on Verizon suck or are too expensive such as the $80 a month smartphone plan. When Virgin released the Triumph, I jumped on it. I could have waited until T-mobile released the Exhibit II, but the Triumph is a good deal at $25 a month.
12. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Joke phone, on a joke plan, from a joke "carrier".
A fool and their money...
14. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
LOLpple, okay, so you don't have $650 saved up to buy an iPhone 4S. We understand.
15. LOLpple (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Way to ASSume, ASS. I have more than enough for that novelty phone. I wouldn't pay $2 for anyhting apple makes, but in fairness I refuse to pay more than $300 for any phone, I'm just not that into them. I prefer to pay $200 for a great android, and put the remaining $500 into my car or house or whatever. That's IF I bought phones @ full price, which I don't.
Seriously, you apple fanboys really need a better argument than :"DDUUUUUUUHUUUUUURRR, u no liyk appow, sew u must bee poor!" At best you sound retarded.
18. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
LOLpple, you are clearly dumb. I made an ipso facto post. If you are not going to buy an Apple product, then LOGIC dictates you don't have $650 saved up to buy an iPhone 4S.
I made NO ASSUMPTIONS about you. Learn to read and use logic for a change.