Cricket Now First U.S. Carrier to Offer Prepaid iPhone

The original iPhone was introduced five years ago in 2007 – today marks a milestone for the device. Cricket Communications has announced that it will offer Apple’s smartphone without a contract and with an unlimited monthly plan – the first prepaid plan in the United States.

First reported by The Next Web, June 22nd marks the first day that a U.S. carrier will offer a prepaid plan in conjunction with Apple’s iPhone. Cricket will sell the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 with a plan advertised with unlimited voice, text and data for $55 per month.

In this case, the use of unlimited means that 2.3 GB of data can be used before the carrier will begin to throttle data speeds for its customers. Sprint remains to be the only major U.S. carrier to offer truly unlimited data and plans to continue to.

However, the fact that there’s no contract means that customers won’t be eligible for the usual subsidized prices at which they can attain the iPhone with a major U.S. carrier (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint). The 16GB iPhone 4S will cost $499 and 8GB iPhone 4 will cost $399.

Cricket Communications, a California-based subsidiary of Leap Wireless, operates the seventh largest wireless telecommunications company in the U.S. It services a total 6.2 million customers across the United States’ 50 states, and it utilizes Sprint’s 3G network.

Apple has recently begun to expand the availability of the iPhone by offering it on a larger range of networks and carriers.

“By making iPhone available on pre-paid plans through Cricket Wireless, we are making the best smartphone more accessible to an even broader market in the U.S.”

Cricket’s plans are available at select retailers and online here.