Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1
Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will also sell the 32GB Apple iPhone 6 for $319. Orders placed today will ship on June 27th.

In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally priced at $50 a month. Offering unlimited talk, text and data, the plan requires the subscriber to sign up for Auto Pay. 

With the Inner Circle unlimited data offering, Virgin customers receive streaming video at a resolution up to 480p (DVD quality), while music streams as high as 500kbps. Streaming cloud gaming will run at 2mbps. And during periods of heavy cell tower traffic, subscribers who have consumed 23GB or more of data during a month can find themselves the subject of data deprioritization.

For an additional $5 per month, users receive unlimited global texting and unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico. For an additional $10 per month, subscribers receive everything in the $5 bundle plus unlimited calls to landlines in 70 countries, 200 voice minutes to certain cellphones in over 50 countries, and lower per minute voice rates to 200 locations.

It all starts on June 27th when Virgin Mobile will limit its phone sales to the aforementioned iPhone models. For more information, visit Virgin Mobile's website ( or visit your local Virgin Mobile location.

source: VirginMobile



1. JocularJ

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

To say the very least, that's an interesting business move. Yes, a lot of people like iPhones but for a budget carrier's cheapest phone to be $280 just seems a little risky.

2. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Now that's a "Sprint move" :-)

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple must have given them a great deal on their iPhones. Especially when every carrier has to buy the phones they are selling. First of all I have never seen so many sales on iPhones. Some carriers are offering free iPhone SE with the purchase of an iPhone 6s or 7. These deals are with other carriers other than Sprint. I have even seen Apples latest iPhone 7 go for free on contract. Besides there is so many good deals on Android smartphones, and many are unlocked. So you can easily move from one carrier to another.

16. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Remember, Sprint committed to a $20 Billion $$ deal with Apple back in 2011, and I'm sure it's more now.

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

It's still an iPhone SE which is pretty good, plus $600 of phone service for $1. After the year is done, you can get the phone unlocked for free by Virgin and move it to any carrier like T-Mo since this model of the Virgin Mobile iPhone supports all T-Mo LTE bands (2, 4 and 12) and it'll work with most AT&T bands.

3. Rocket

Posts: 636; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

S******p move.

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Not even poor people want android phones

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not even close. There is a ton of Android smartphone deals. Not to mention you can get many of them purchased unlocked.

17. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

That's stupid. Intelligent people use Android. Simple people use iPhones.

5. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1261; Member since: May 01, 2017

I don't see this working out too good. A lot of peeps who are on Virgin Mobile choice them because of the cheap plans and get phones for less than $200

7. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

You need to work on your math

11. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1261; Member since: May 01, 2017

Please elaborate

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

I hope sprint and tmobile never merge and this carrier war wages on

10. Bonez87

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 21, 2017

I will never want an iphone. They are boring to me i rather go phoneless than buying one. Ill keep my android powered phone.

12. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

You pay $50/month and data deprioritization kicks in if 23gb is consumed. Is this a joke? I live in India, and for $6/month i get 56gb of lte data without any speed throttling. Or maybe i misunderstood the meaning of deprioritization.

13. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That just made it easier for me to decide on whether I should switch from Virgin cable to Sky cable. I'm not going to sponsor this kind of behaviour.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So a budget carrier that doesn't have budget phones? Great business decision.

18. haydenb

Posts: 125; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Its a very interesting business move to say the least. Two things could happen it's either a very shrewd business move or it will backfire spectacularly. I dont see it working out very well for them buy only offering the Iphone thats limiting there revenue stream

19. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I certainly hope for the best for Virgin Mobile... I hope they succeed at what they are doing, however they get there; however, it does strike me odd that a prepaid carrier would force the expensive Apple ecosystem on prepaid customers. Perhaps they are trying to bring about an "exclusivity club" vibe over there. I am a prepaid customer at Cricket, and I went with prepaid to avoid the ever increasing costs of postpaid carriers, and because they offer the same coverage as AT&T (minus roaming agreements, as far as I know) with cheap limited data plans (which have grown in size, and not price, to the point that I could get by with their lowest smartphone plan). I would be gone if Cricket suddenly became an "iPhone only" prepaid carrier, so I am hoping this does not spread too widely (unless they released a truly "cheap" iPhone, which the iPhone SE is not; flagship smartphones back in 2007 and 2008 topped out at about $400 to $450, with few exceptions, so the SE, a compact mid-tier device, is just as expensive as the flagships were back then).

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