iPhone 5 headed to Cricket, to launch on September 28

iPhone 5 headed to Cricket, to launch on September 28
AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint won't be the only U.S. carriers that you'll be able to get an iPhone 5 from. Cricket just announced that it is hopping on the bandwagon too and will be offering the iPhone 5 starting September 28, which is a week after the smartphone is scheduled to launch via the big boys.

As you might expect, the iPhone 5 will be available in a pay-as-you-go fashion, so a long term commitment will not be required. Sounds cool, but the rather steep price for the device itself is the trade-off that has to be considered. Pricing has not been announced yet, but it is speculated that a Cricket iPhone 5 with 16GB of storage will be priced at $499, just like what an iPhone 4S was priced at upon launching with the carrier. As far as the latter smartphone is concerned, Cricket will most likely continue offering it at a lower price, presumably around $399.

There is no iPhone 5 pre-order being mentioned in the press release, which leads us to believe that starting September 28, you'll have to visit a Cricket outlet in order to get a pre-paid iPhone 5. Alternatively, you might want to keep an eye on the carrier's web page for any iPhone 5 updates. 

source: Cricket via Engadget

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

$499??? Who the hell has that type of money? I know people on pre-pay Cricket surely don't! LOL

2. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I know your feels bro, but you have to think of the type of money they are saving every two years as to what some on Verizon or AT&T pays for service. Buying the phone at $399 or even $499, they still make out better than people like me on Verizon, in the matter of 4-5 months on buying the phone at $199, and paying $100+ a month... but anyways. Galaxy Nexus FTW... :P iPhone is cool too though... lol

5. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Yeah but the level of phone service they get is comical. Cricket doesn't come close to providing quality service. Marginal service is about the best you will get on Cricket, even if you are in a major city.

13. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Most true, but if you were on Cricket then it's a good option.

6. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Anyone know if you can just buy the iPhone from them at $499 and then quit their service? Would that not be an easy way to get a cheaper iPhone.

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

considering cricket is no contract, you could.

3. rkelly

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Yea I thought people went to prepaid to save money.

9. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Like skymitch says below, over the 2 years you would normally be locked into a contract you will save. And you also have to option to quit without a massive ETF or having a device with a bad ESN if you refuse to pay

4. rkelly

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Yes that make since, if you have $500.00 to put up front.

7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

This is why prepaid GSM will never catch on in the USA. Most people right now either don't have over $500 or don't want to spend over $500 to spend on a cell phone. While we'd get lower monthly prices, we'd still have to shell out a ton of money if we wanted the latest and greatest smartphones.

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Wonder if it'll support Cricket's LTE network that is only available in one city. As for why/how someone would pay $500 for a phone on a pre-paid network, Crickets "unlimited" plan for the iPhone is $55 per month compared to Verizon & At&t's $120-$150 per month. Over 2yrs, on Cricket a person would pay $1320 (plus taxes and fees) but on Verizon & At&t they would be spending anywhere from $2880-$3600 (plus taxes and fees). That's a savings of $1560-$2280, so $500 up front might seem like a lot, but over time it would be saved.

12. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Cheap crappy service is still crap. If you save a lot of money but get horrible download speeds, what's the point?

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Im more interested to know if it will hit Virgin Mobile.

14. ogtomasx

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

PEOPLE are so blind apple was great before i agree it was the best...!!!!! (WAS) open your eyes there taking your money and they are not enovating anything diffrent OMG you guys are stupid for real NEXT month there will be phones that will destroy the iphone new specs in every category 13 Mp camera, QUAD-CORE cpu, 1368x780 resolution stupid being dum by the end of next month your friends will make FUN of you because they already have a better phone.....iM just honest, wait till next month then decide.

15. ogtomasx

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

PEOPLE are so blind apple was great before i agree it was the best...!!!!! (WAS) open your eyes there taking your money and they are not enovating anything diffrent OMG you guys are stupid for real NEXT month there will be phones that will destroy the iphone new specs in every category 13 Mp camera, QUAD-CORE cpu, 1368x780 resolution stupid being dum by the end of next month your friends will make FUN of you because they already have a better phone.....iM just honest, wait till next month then decide.

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