Virgin Mobile Confirms Offering of iPhone with Prepaid Plans
There was some previous speculation regarding whether or not Sprint Nextel’s pay-as-you-go subsidiary, Virgin Mobile, would offer Apple’s iPhone with prepaid plans starting June 29th.
Virgin Mobile is going to be the second U.S. carrier to offer such plans following Cricket Communication’s recent announcement. The carrier has announced that it will offer plans for the iPhone 4S and also the iPhone 4 starting at $30 with unlimited texting and data – this is as opposed to Cricket’s $55 plan for unlimited talk, text and “unlimited” data that will be throttled after 2.3 GB of usage.
Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans for iPhone start at $35 per month for access to Sprint’s Nationwide Network, and customers can receive a $5 per-month plan discount when they register for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, making iPhone available for as low as $30 per month.
Customers will also be able to use their iPhone handsets as mobile hotspots for an optional, additional $15 fee per month.
Although Virgin Mobile will not be offering a subsidized price on iPhone devices, like Cricket is, the carrier’s $30 plan is enticing for those who are seeking a plan with no contract hassles, unlimited data and text but not unlimited voice. Virgin Mobile will also be throttling data speeds, however, after 2.5 GB of usage – its parent company, Sprint Nextel, remains to be the only major U.S. carrier to continue to offer truly unlimited data with no throttling of data speed.
The carrier has stated that customers will be able to purchase the iPhone through its website, Best Buy, RadioShack, and select local retailers.
Let us know if the prepaid plans are as alluring as they seem. We proved earlier that Cricket’s plans were truly beneficial over traditional carriers’ iPhone plans. Now, the question: Cricket or Virgin Mobile?