Virgin Mobile is the first carrier in the United States to offer the iPhone 4S with no contract ties. Up until yesterday, that wasn’t even official, and today Virgin is laying out all the details to its pre-paid plans for the iPhone 4S, and turns out there are some significant savings if you manage to swallow the initial tough pill of a fully priced $649 iPhone 4S.
After that though you’re not locked into a 2-year agreement, and you get to pay much less monthly. Below is a quick comparison between Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s plans - we’ve picked Sprint since that’s the network Virgin roams on, so the two should be somewhat similar in the service they offer.
We’ve used our user EclipseGSX’s base calculations with some tweaks to reflect the current reality, so here’s how it breaks down:
Plan: $50 Unlimited plan x 24 months (no commitment)
* includes 2.5GB of 3G data a month, unlimited throttled data after allowance
Device: $649 iPhone 4
Plan: $99.99 Unlimited Plan x 24 months (2-year commitment)
Device: $199 iPhone 4S
The end result as you can probably see is savings of nearly $750 over 2 years. Not a bad deal, is it? The iPhone 4S and 4 will be available on Virgin Mobile on June 29th.