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No longer a pre-paid virgin, Apple iPhone 4S could come to Virgin Mobile on July 1st

No longer a pre-paid virgin, Apple iPhone 4S could come to Virgin Mobile on July 1st
Remember those days when the Apple iPhone was locked down at AT&T tighter than Scrooge McDuck's vault? Soon, only T-Mobile will be left without the device if the current trend continues. After Leap Wireless announced a $900 million three-year commitment to the phone for its Cricket pre-paid service, it appears that Sprint's Virgin Mobile will be the next such operator to offer the device to its subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reports that this week Sprint will make this announcement with sales of the handset starting on July 1st.

The Apple iPhone 4S

The Apple iPhone 4S

Sprint already has a $15.5 billion contract to offer the Apple iPhone over four years, but the carrier lost 192,000 customers in Q1. At the same time, Sprint added 489,000 pre-paid subscribers to both of its pre-paid subsidiaries, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. This appears to be a case of Sprint putting merchandise where the buyers are. Neither Sprint nor Apple would comment and pricing was not disclosed. After the Cricket deal was announced, rumors that the Apple iPhone would be coming to Boost Mobile started up almost instantly.

Leap will offer the 16GB Apple iPhone 4S for $499.99 without a contract for Cricket customers. The older 8GB Apple iPhone 4 will be made available for $399.99. While Cricket's iPhone customers will be able to use their device anywhere in the States, it will only be available to the 60 million people within Virgin's network, or 20% of the U.S. population. Virgin, on the other hand, reaches 278 million people. While it is not known if Apple iPhone users will be able to use it, Virgin offers a $35 monthly unlimited text, talk and data plan that throttles customers once they exceed 2.5GB of data used in a month.

source: WSJ via Engadget

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posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:20 6

1. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

there u have it folks! The Cupertino-based company has recognized the threat of Android becoming the "people's choice" smartphone and has responded.


posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:25 17

2. DroogV59 (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

It`s not a threat, Android already is the people`s choice.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:48 6

7. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

i agree...

who would have ever thought that the iPhone would be offered to prepaid customers...lol

it's lost its "coolness"

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:04 2

10. cncrim (Posts: 910; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:51 3

12. stealthd (unregistered)

Just like Coca-Cola is "the people's choice". Pointless statements are pointless.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 22:36

34. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

People can get android for a low as $80 at Walmart for no contract phones. Most of the android devices sold there are $129 to $150. Even the ZTE Warp with its 4.3" screen only goes for $180 if you like Boost.

I recently asked a Metro customer if he liked his Huawei device. It was his first android device and he loved it -- cost him $55 for the phone and $55 a month. He liked being able to watch youtube in his 3"+ small screen. I didn't have the heart to pull out my Moto Triumph and tell him I am only paying $25 a month for 2.5 GB of 3G data on a better network.

A lot of people are happy using android, since it is a big improvement over a basic phone, but the average buyer of android is someone who financially challenged unlike the average android reader on this site.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:15 3

11. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

iPhone is still the best.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:52 5

13. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)

How so? If you mean spec wise then you are greatly mistaken, this really isn't open for debate. Explain to me how it is "best", please. I'll wait while you make sh*t up.

Although if you are refering to as far as pre paid offerings go, then yes, I suppose the iphone probably is the "best". Congrats, iphone is now lord of the ghetto.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 16:44 1

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Maybe for you.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 16:33 4

17. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

And prepaid was suppose to help people save money. who the hell wants to buy a 500$ phone when bunch of idiots wants to buy a iPhone when they have soo many bills to pay. it's kinda dumb if you ask me

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:15 5

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

My prediction is the iPhone will start to fade out, and wont do well in the budget conscious prepaid market now that you have so many awesome Android phones, even off contract. In this economy who would want to pay a ridiculous 500.00 for the obviously surpassed iPhone, when you can have much better for half that amount? And the status symbol play is out too, since you can't claim to be "superior" to everyone, since your precious iPhone is prepaid.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:13 2

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

and then when your prediction doesn't come true.you will backpedal saying that are brainwash... I know the routine..

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:28 5

23. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)

This ^^^ f*cking guy, that's who! He's slightly less retarded than taco, but he tries his best and makes the best goddam macaroni pictures in the whole special ed class!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 19:05

28. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

I think you are more retarded then he is because you are trolling on a Apple article.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 19:39 3

30. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)

And you're defending gallito. Think about that for a second. That makes you either an alt of his or a f*cking idiot too!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:27 1

38. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


posted on 05 Jun 2012, 23:10 1

37. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

and you're always bashing on everyone commets. Iphone is a expensive piece of hardware everyone CAN'T AFFORD A 500$ phone. PREPAID is suppose to help you save money and can cancel you're prepaid phone with NO COST OF ETF

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 13:29

40. bvalde09 (Posts: 188; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Im gonna support GallitoKing in a way. I would rather buy a phone no contract no question ask than being on a 2 year contract at the end you end up paying more for the device itself. Iphone is a brand that sell for itself. I dont see anything wrong and I think is a very smart move that the Iphone is being offer to prepaid carriers

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 22:51 2

35. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Just the opposite will happen. For the longest time, the major carriers didn't want their no contract customers to get access to the best phone and thus these customers were left with old and unpopular devices.

In the US market, Virgin proved this business model wrong with it introduced the Moto Triumph (a clone of a Huawei device) for $300. It proved people like myself were willing to a pay a for premium device. Boost introduced the ZTE Warp for $250 and soon the other no contract carriers (like Net10, tracfone, StraightTalk, Tmobile, etc) followed Virgin's ground breaking action. Right now, most android devices are crappy mid-tier 3.2" to 3.5" devices with poor camcorders. The iPhone on Cricket changes this business model.

People want to pay a fair price for their device and save on the monthly fees. I own a Moto Triumph for $300 but only pay $25 a month for 2.5 GB of 3G data. Today, I would pay $200 for the Sumsung Exhibit II and pay $30 a month for 5 GB of 4G data. Paying $70 to $90 a month over a 2-year contract to save $300 on a handset is crazy in my opinion. By paying only $25 a month on Virgin, I estimate I saved about $40 a month and over the 12 months that I owned the device, I saved $480 versus being on a contract thus justifying the $300 payment for the phone.

The same applies to the iPhone -- the iPhone 4S will be the device on the prepaid market and paying $500 for the phone will still be a bargain if I can get the $35 plan for Virgin.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 22:28 2

33. kindlefireowner (Posts: 503; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

What a stupid post. Apple is making 15 billion dollars from Sprint on this deal. Sprint has brought more iphones then they can sell on contract. So they are selling them on prepaid to cut there loses. You might want to lay off the kool-aid.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 22:24

43. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Well Sprint's next quarter should look better with their Network Vision upgrades / LTE and I think within a year, they will be adding customers left and right as their network will be second to none and they are set to have quite an arsenal of top tier phones. On the other hand, Sprint's prepaid Group, Virgin and Boost Mobile keep adding what used to be top tier devices on Sprint less than a year ago and are still awesome phones. Competition is heating up, and this is very good for consumers.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:32 1

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

I wonder what the price is, that's the key. I think its gonna be $199-250 anything higher than $300 then it won't sell well.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:51

8. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)

False, until a month ago the 4S STARTED at $200 (on contract obviously). Virgin sells a 2-3 year old motorola triumph for $300 and that...thing....is more dated than the iphone 4. Mark my words, pre paid iphones will START at $400 maybe, more likely $450-$500. And I disagree, it WILL sell. Ghetto asses that cannot get approved for big boy contracts or people with crap credit will gobble them up.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 16:26 3

15. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

The triumph has the same spec wise as the Evo 4G and IPhone4. All 3 have 1ghz CPU and 512mb of ram, and STOP saying this is for getto people who can't afford a contract. You sound just as stupid and uneducated as iPhone users always saying people buy android because they can't afford the iPhone, even though they are the same price with contract . If you look at the price for non contract plans, they are really good. I don't use more then a gig of Data on sprint but pay twice as more then pre paid users.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:28

24. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

The iPhone was made for the Elite. The scum in the guetto can have flip phones or worse yet, droids. Prepaid iPhones? Blasphemy!!!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 18:40 1

26. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

U are are stupid i worked at verizon and currently att and everyone can sign a 2 year contract even people without papers with there mexican matricula consular card so yea everyone gets approved i dnt know were u got if big boy companies dnt approve em for a contract with or without papers a social, or people with bad credit as long as they have money to pay a deposit they get approved and i mean everyone. Sure they rather go to prepaid companies but thats there decision they can do whatever they want. i Have had those few customers that walk in and have money for the 450 dollar deposit and dnthave a social and papers and use there matricula consular no need for fake id cuz the matricula is an official document that works like an id u can go to bars, buy cigs and buy drinks if older than 21 and they walk out with an iphone 4s or android phone and stuck in a loong 2 year agreement just like someone with a social and papers so yeaaa them "ghetto" people as u call them can also afford 2 year contracts and no i dnt discriminate against them i treat them like i treat everyone i try my best to help them.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 16:38

42. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)

"U are are stupid i"


posted on 05 Jun 2012, 23:04

36. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Moto Triumph currently has a list price of $279.99. However, it has been on sale at Best Buys for $229.99.

I am very eager to trade in my Moto Triumph for a $500 no contract iPhone 4S if Virgin offers the $35 a month plan. For me, it means I would lose my grandfathered $25 a month plan at Virgin, but it will be worth it for the 8 MP shooter and iOS. Plus I can resell the 4S for about $300 in two years meaning my NET COST will be $200 for the depreciation of the phone over 2 years or about $8.33 a month. As soon as I get the iPhone, I will enclose it in an Otterbox Reflex case and possibly a Zagg screen.

By the way, I might be lucky to get $120 for my gently used Moto Triumph meaning I lost $180 in depreciation value over 1 year thus translating into a month depreciation cost of $15 a month. The $180 number doesn't include the Zagg screen a case that I spent to keep the Triumph safe.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 13:56

41. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)

Couple things:

1. Your triumph is literally next to worthless. Nextworth literally says "sorry, this phone has no value", so I'm not sure where you're thinking you're going to trade it in at.

2. You are out of your f*cking mind if you seriously think you're going to sell a 4S for $300 2 years from now.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 14:32 4

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Madonna was so smoking back in those days.

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