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iPhone 4S coming to Cricket in June

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iPhone 4S coming to Cricket in June
Cricket, which is well known for its pre-paid mobile plans, will start offering the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 next month. June 22, to be more specific, is the date that you should mark in your calendar, should you find the offer tempting.

And the exact figures are as follows: $499.99 for an 16GB iPhone 4S and $399.99 for an 8GB iPhone 4. Sure, the price for the unit itself might seem a bit steep, but that is so because a long-term commitment is not required. You also need to consider the carrier's $55 per month pre-paid plan, which gets you unlimited nationwide calls, texts, and cellular data. However, be aware that data usage is subject to Cricket's "Fair Use Policy", so you might get throttled if you generate too much traffic.

Anyone interested in getting an iPhone 4 or 4S on Cricket?

source: Cricket via MobileBurn

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posted on 31 May 2012, 08:12 3

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

Crickets gets both the 4S and the 4 while Tmobile continues to be left out in the cold? If you are going to spend $400 for the 4, you might as well spend the extra $100 for 8 more GB, a faster processor, a better camera, and the ability to make fun of Siri.

posted on 31 May 2012, 08:27

3. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

T-Mobile uses different networks and bandwidths, is a GSM carrier, and its only compatible bands with the iphone (for now) are the 2G ones. Personally I don't mind T-Mobile not having it, seeing as what's happened to other carriers that spent so much to get it and haven't had the expected returns yet.

This is the CDMA version, and I think probably the same as Sprint's.

posted on 31 May 2012, 08:48

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 25611; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Having it would generate big business for Tmobile
Look at how many people unlock it and take there.

posted on 31 May 2012, 08:50

5. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

AT&T is also uses GSM. I don't forsee T-Mobile making any huge iPhone deals, since they are obviously looking for someone to merge with/buy them out.

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:16 9

9. tedkord (Posts: 14716; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

T-Mo customers, pray daily that your carrier never gets the iPhone. Since Verizon got it, we've lost one year contracts, new every two bonuses, unlimited data, early upgrades. New phone subsidized prices have gone up by about 33%, and they've added a $30 per line upgrade fee. Next, they're going to force us into data pools, where we pay more to share the same data. I don't even have an iPhone, and my costs are skyrocketing so Verizon can pay Apple's subsidy. I'm subsidizing others iPhones.

Just look at the hell Sprint is going through, where they can't possibly turn a profit until 2014 or so because of the heavy subsidy they must pay Apple.

Be very glad T-Mo doesn't have the iPhone, and hope it never does.

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:40 2

10. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Exactly. Sprint has lost money on the deal and won't break even on it for years, if then. T-Mo can keep bringing quality Androids and Windows Phones and data devices and be just fine with me

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:29 2

16. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

T-Mobile can in fact get the iPhone and still do just fine. Sprint's issue is they pretty much bet the house and purchased a very large quantity of iPhones over a long term. That's why the number looks so large. T-Mobile could easily offer the device and not bet the house on it like Sprint did and do just fine with it. Also, I reason your fees are going up probably has little to do with the iPhone and more to do with carriers trying to squeeze more money out of the consumers. If Android users use more data than the iPhone users and they collectively sell more than the iPhone, how does that equate to the iPhone causing your unlimited data plan to evaporate? As for the prices of phones, you are also a little off. Carriers love the ideas of subsidizing phones and that is the model they have pushed for years and it was great for them when those flip phones only cost them about $200 to $250. With the explosion of smartphone sales which have a price tag of $400 to $600, it is making the old model they loved so much not look so enticing. The profitability on smartphone purchases are now a long term gain while they use to realize profits a lot faster. So to help them realize profits faster, what do they do? They increase fees on everything else (messaging and data). As for unlimited data, that is not a sustainable model for the carriers. Most carriers are already strained whether by network issues or spectrum issues and many of them have less than 50% of all users on smartphones. Imagine once its around 80% and everybody is streaming Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, and many other data hungry applications. You are paying more because of the prices of the phones that have to be subsidized and the strain that they put on the network not because of one device.

posted on 31 May 2012, 15:49 1

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Ted please try to stay in touch with reality. The iPhone is very profitable for carriers. That's why they do business with Apple.

T-Mobile has publicly stated several times they want an iPhone and the ball is in Apple's court. Box is right the issue is bands.

posted on 31 May 2012, 19:19 1

30. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

verizon actually loses a dollar everytime an iphone is bought. may not sound like much but considering how many people want an iphone, it adds up.

posted on 31 May 2012, 20:05 2

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

They lose a dollar anytime they sell any phone

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 09:28

33. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

depends on how much the phone has been subsidized. i stay in touch with corperate verizon and i know they make money off every phone with the exception of the iphone.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 09:53

34. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

youre a Verizon rep obviously however they lose money on every phone they sell and make it up on the plans.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:02

35. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

what i was saying is yeah the lose money because they discount the phones so much, but even if someone buys an iphone compared to any other phone they still lose out.

posted on 31 May 2012, 19:17 1

29. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

unlimited data went away because 95% of people using data dont go over 2GB.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:04

36. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

i know people that rock an iphone on tmo. im sure they really want it if theyre willing to shell out 600+ just to turn around and jailbreak it and put it on tmo.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:12

38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

its called a used phone you don't have to shell out that much. Its also unlock not jailbreak

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:16

39. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

eh. i guess thats true and if youre going to unlock it might as well jailbreak it too.

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:08

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

@ardent must suck for t-mobile good thing im on att which offers the iphone 4s no i dnt have one i have an android phone i will never get an iphone . Sucks for tmo customers ikno a lot of persons on t-mobile that wished t-mobile got the iphone most likely its not gonna happen soon sure these smaller companies get the iphone because they either uses verizons or sprints cdma bands so its not much of a hassle for apple to release the same cdma iphone on those companies t-mobile on the other hand uses the totally different 1700mhz band which i still dnt know the answer to why doesnt apple make an iphone supporting that band? im not on t-mobile like i said but it would be nice if they got an iphone that supports that band for my friends on t-mobile could get one and take advantage of hspa+42 mbps cuz lets face it its fast .

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:38

17. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

T-Mobile is moving all their 3G to their 1900MHz band in prep for putting LTE on their 1700MHz band. I believe this is supposed to happen by next summer?

By then, anyone who brings an iPhone will get 3G on the super speedy network.

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:50

18. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

After get this network transition going good, I think TMobile will get the iPhone and market it as a 4G device since the iPhone does go up to 14.4 mbps. Its going to be interesting to see how the network transition goes. Im actually more excited about being able to get other unlocked devices from overseas than the iPhone.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:05

37. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

AT&T and tmo are going to run a dual layered 4g network with HSPA+ and LTE. Im kind of intrigued on how well it will work.

posted on 31 May 2012, 19:21

31. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

ATT and Tmo run the same.

posted on 31 May 2012, 08:25

2. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Wow, that's suprisingly low, considering the same models are priced $150 more off-contract on any of the major carriers. Heck, if I remember right, cricket uses sprint's network, so spend an extra $300 to get the phone from cricket off-contract then use it on Sprint without using an upgrade, presuming there's no need to unlock it.
I wonder if this means the prices will drop on other carriers, or if cricket is having the phones locked to their network and are thus eating the $150 dfference?

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:19

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

You know they are paying the difference. Leap has an investor conference today. I bet they gave away the store.

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:06

6. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I see a lot of flashed Sprint iPhones moving to Cricket in the near future.......

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:10

7. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

Cricket is going to get the iPhone??? WHY?? last time I checked the iPhone 4S is $199 w/ a 2yr contract SO how much will it be since Cricket doesnt have contracts??

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:41 4

11. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


posted on 31 May 2012, 17:10 1

25. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)

The article isn't that long...READ IT.

posted on 31 May 2012, 09:11 1

8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1370; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

At least they won't gave to buy an iPhone for $400-$800 and have to pay an additional $50-$100 to have it flashed to Cricket. I knew that once the iPhone started coming to the smaller companies that it would only be a matter of time for it to come to Cricket. Also, although Cricket does have unlimited data, their customers get throttled after 1GB of data use (I know because I've read the fine print on their plan guides).

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:22

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

On Cricket/Leap Wireless website it says they have a fair uses cap at 2.35gb for the iphone

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