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Virgin Mobile will offer iPhone 4S, 4 on its pre-paid plans starting June 29th

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Virgin Mobile will offer iPhone 4S, 4 on its pre-paid plans starting June 29th
Virgin Mobile USA will offer the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on its extremely affordable pre-paid plans starting from June 29th, but you’d need to swallow the bitter pill of no subsidy and pay the full price of the iPhone. The 16GB iPhone 4S for example will set you back $649, while the 8GB iPhone 4 costs $549, a hundred less.

That’s no surprise - a pre-paid plan means you don’t get the subsidy, but in exchange you also don’t have to pay hefty monthly fees for two years.

Virgin Mobile is the first US carrier to offer the iPhone on pre-paid plans. Starting on June 29th, those wishing for freedom will be able to get the iPhone in Virgin Mobile stores, as well as RadioShack, Best Buy and other retailers.

The iPhone on Virgin is a way the carrier is celebrating its tenth US anniversary. The company’s plans start from as low as $30 and if you wonder what’s the coverage, you should know that the company roams on Sprint’s network. Check out the carriers coverage map to be completely sure you’re covered; the full press release follows below. 

source: Virgin Mobile

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posted on 07 Jun 2012, 08:15 3

1. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


You can get the HTC EvoV4/3d for $300 and $20-30 for a 32gb SD card and save your self $350 over the IPhone 4s. Anyone who would spend twice as much for the iPhone 4s doesn't need to be on virgin mobile and should just get on a contract plan.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 08:32 2

5. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I do wonder how many Verzion and sprint Iphone 4s's with bad ESN's will get flashed over to virgin now. (and boost and cricket when they get theres)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 01:54

39. Beaustir45 (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I don't believe any Verizon or Sprint Iphones will make it onto Virgin, because Virgin is so strict with which phones get activated on their service.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:30 2

11. Tux4g63 (Posts: 114; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


That would make economical/fiscal/common sense but it has been my experience that the majority of iphone owners do not purchase apple products from a rational standpoint.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:59 1

23. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


For example, the guy in china that sold his kidney so he could buy an iPhone lol o.0

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:57 1

22. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


I understand what you are saying but just because they are willing to spend $300 more doesn't mean they can afford or want a to be locked in an expensive contract plan. We're talking about $300+ dollars, its not an arm and a leg, it's only $12.50+ extra a month to what they are already saving being the prepaid plans. If you were talking about getting a $50,000 car compared to getting a $100,000 car then I would total agree with you.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 18:22

36. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Apple has the brand name an its a quick cheap way to get one of top phones out

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 08:18 1

2. sbdunks (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Screw that, i got a brand new Verizon iPhone 4 in the box for $300 off of craigslist and put it on Page Plus $55 plan. Works the way an iPhone is supposed to work and not searching for a signal like a Sprint/VM would be.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 20:31

44. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


What do you mean by searching for a signal? Sprint's coverage is excellent.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 08:22 3

3. sbdunks (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Geez at this point metroPCS is gonna get the iPhone before T-Mobile, and that's a huge mistake.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 08:24

4. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Wow very overpriced... Sucks thought it would be cheaper. But if you got this phone you would be insane not to pay the phone Insurance. The price makes me want the HTC one V to come faster..

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:16

17. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Well, somebody has to pick up the tab for the obscenely overpaid CEO Apple has, as well as pay for all those thousands of ridiculous lawsuits.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 09:11 1

6. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


I understand some people prefer the iphone over an android phone its about preference. But really do you really want a phone that expensive to be stuck on the slowest network out there. Virgin mobile plan starts at $35 a month for 300 min, unlimited text, unlimited data but throttled after 2.5GB of 3 speed.

There are other alternatives:

Tmobile is refarming spectrum so so you'll be able to use 3g data on their network with the iphone by the end of the year. You can get on their prepaid $30 a month 100 mins, unlimited text and 5gb data 4g speeds.

Straight has a bring your own phone plan at $45 with umlimited talk, text, and web (people say you get throttle once you use over 2GB). You just buy a micro sim from straight talk and put it on an unlocked iphone or one from AT&T. The phone will run off AT&T network so you get decent 3g speeds.

Both of these plans dont have a contract you just have to buy your own iphone. Just do some reseach if you really want an iphone off contract.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 20:45

45. lsutigers (Posts: 694; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I hear ya but pretty soon that wont matter as Sprint's 3G speeds will the the fastest in the country.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 09:18 1

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Get the EVO V instead, you'll like it better anyway.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 09:50 2

8. imkyle (Posts: 968; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Virgin Mobile you killed the deal with that price. $299 would be better. $649 you can get an unlocked Galaxy S III :)

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:17 2

18. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Or a giant 52 inch screen flat panel TV. Screw that.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:49

20. imkyle (Posts: 968; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Lol good call.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 09:50

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6114; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


hese companies are stupid. PRE PAID IS SUPPOSE TO HELP YOU SAVE MONEY. not USE YOUR WHOLE pay check just to buy a OVER price iphone. why buy it for 600$ when you can buy it with out contract

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:45 1

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Lets do the math over the 2 years you would be locked to another carrier

Virgin Mobile
$55 Unlimited plan
$549 iPhone 4
---------
$1869

Sprint
$90 Unlimited Plan +$10 Premium Data fee
$99 iPhone 4
---------
$2499

That's a $630 savings over 2 years it may cost more upfront but will save in the long run. I am not fond of Apple at all but this is smart move on Virgins end if it gets people to switch

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:48

13. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


That's not much, it equals an iPhone itself.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:55 1

14. ngo2dd (Posts: 774; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Or you can go 35 and save over a 1000, and remember there is no fee for VM

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:55

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well ya for a 2nd one but even with the initial overpriced iPhone you still save a decent chunk on prepaid which was my point

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 13:05 3

24. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


FINALLY someone here understands how to calculate the cost. I see all these comments similar to InspectorGadgets80 saying "its so expensive"...or perhaps phonearena is getting overrun by 10 year olds

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 18:18

35. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I's sorry, but I must comment; Such an American trait to get your head handed to you than say: "I saved money"

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 21:13

37. ngo2dd (Posts: 774; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


How was he getting handed? Even at that prices it is still cheaper in the long run. I would get the V over the iPhone but you can't do math there. The fee for the post paid are going to add up as well. Maybe you don't have logic

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 07:32 1

40. srubia (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Not quite fair to argue, as there are some considerable differences:

1) The unlimited minute Sprint plan is $99 before the $10 premium data, not $90. However, typically the best plan for most customers is the Everything Data 450, which still has unlimited nights & weekends as well as unlimited calling to ANY OTHER cell phone (not just Sprint). And most customer won't go over 450 minutes of strictly landline calling, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm.

2) You get better coverage with Sprint than Virgin, because of the roaming agreement. Virgin phones are incapable of roaming. Plus, I'm sure contracted customers get preference over non-contracted ones with an overloaded tower.

3) Compare truly unlimited data vs. capped at 2.5Gb.

Is prepaid cheap? Absolutely. In every sense of the word. You get what you pay for, IMHO

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 09:51

10. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I thought it would be cheaper.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:14

16. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


16GB $649, while the 8GB iPhone 4 costs $549??? Are they smoking crack??? Yeah, that's going to be a hit (insert sarcasm here).

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 01:53

38. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


This coming from a guy who thinks the ZTE Warp is a great android phone. The ZTE is a POS and only goes for $179.99 at Walmart or Best Buys.

Okay, so the fact jmoita2 doesn't have money for an iPhone 4S doesn't mean the rest of us would have problems buying a phone at list price and pay $30 a month for Virgin's 300 minute and 2.5 GB plan.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:46

19. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


There is no contract so you are paying the retail price of the phone. It makes perfect sense.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 12:57

21. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


It makes absolutely no sense. It's a surpassed phone that has been out for quite a while. Specially on the prepaid level, it's waaaay overpriced.
It's obviously going to collect dust.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 13:10

25. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


It makes sense, your logic makes no sense. Let me reiterate a post for you.

"12. EclipseGSX posted on 2 hours ago

Lets do the math over the 2 years you would be locked to another carrier

Virgin Mobile
$1320 ($55 Unlimited plan x 24 Months)
$549 iPhone 4
---------
$1869

Sprint
$2400 ($90 Unlimited Plan +$10 Premium Data fee)
$99 iPhone 4
---------
$2499

That's a $630 savings over 2 years it may cost more upfront but will save in the long run. I am not fond of Apple at all but this is smart move on Virgins end if it gets people to switch"

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 13:44

27. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


This is actually not correct either... the plan that they have listed for Sprint is higher then what it actually is... it should read...

Virgin Mobile
$1320 ($55 Unlimited plan x 24 Months)
$549 iPhone 4
---------
$1869

Sprint
$1920 ($70 Unlimited Plan +$10 Premium Data fee)
$99 iPhone 4
---------
$2020

Only $151 in savings but you are not going to be the priority on the network.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 16:39

31. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Please show me where you see the $70 unlimited everything plan is. I got my info straight from sprint.com and i was actually wrong for individual its $99.99 a month plus the $10 fee so the savings would be $870

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/beyond-talk-plans.jsp

http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop/plan/plan_wal l.jsp?tabId=pt_individual_tab&flow=AAL&planFamilyT ype=null

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 17:01

32. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Its unlimited calling to all mobile phones and unlimited text and data. The only thing that is limited on the 80 plan is the amount you can call to landlines at 450 minutes... the majority of people almost never call a landline phone so there is no need to the $99.99 plan for anyone but a very select and small group of people.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 17:15

33. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You still didnt answer my question, regardless my info is correct when comparing apples to apples no pun intended :)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:26

41. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


I see what you are saying but that's with the assumption that people do not call to landlines. An example would be in a everyday business setting where calls must be made to other offices. We are solely making a comparison of the two companies' unlimited plans as advertised which would be as followed above.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 13:41

26. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I dont think you are properly understanding me... I do not think that Apple should charge this much money for the phone. I agree that it is completely overpriced and that it is an outdated phone. But that is not what I'm saying. If Apple is charging those prices as the retail price of the phone then it makes sense that those are the exact prices set up for a prepaid carrier. Why would they subsidize the price of a phone when you get no commitment from the customer. If you can't see the logic in what I'm saying then there is no hope.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 14:59 2

28. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Not everyone on prepaid is poor, a crack dealer, or a pimp. It's just a choice and a lot of the times evens out to be a better choice then a contract, regardless of whether it's Virgin or not.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:43

42. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


A good point, although the hefty upfront cost all but cancels out the advantages of prepaid. It's like paying 40.000 upfront for a hybrid to save on gas.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 15:11 1

29. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't really see Virgin Mobile and/or Apple making much money off of these because these devices are priced too high for people who use pre-paid phones. Usually people use pre-paid phones/plans because they cannot afford the monthly plans or yearly contracts with the bigger carriers. Also, why should the iPhone be priced any different on Virgin Mobile than on Cricket?

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 16:11

30. awkward11598k (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


can phonearena have like a free iphone giveaway cuz im 2 cheap 2 pay 600 bucks

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 17:59 1

34. kindlefireowner (Posts: 328; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Speedtest on my Virgin Mobile smartphone today download 0.08 upload was 0.08 Anybody that spends $500 to use this slow network is an idiot.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:45

43. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Amen.

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