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

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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45 Comments

1. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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)

39. Beaustir45

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

11. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

23. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012

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

22. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 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.

36. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

2. sbdunks

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 07, 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.

44. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

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

3. sbdunks

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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

4. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 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..

17. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

6. Snap123

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

45. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

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

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

8. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

18. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

20. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Lol good call.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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

13. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

14. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

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

15. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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

24. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 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

35. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

37. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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

40. srubia

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 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

10. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I thought it would be cheaper.

16. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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).

38. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

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