For those that have been waiting to purchase a prepaid iPhone – your day has finally come. Judging by the (short) lines of people that camped out, it seems that this was quite an anticipated launch. No longer do users have to be tied down to an AT&T or Verizon
Smartphones are truly a privilege to own over traditional cellphones running their manufacture's lackluster operating systems. The downside? The enormous sum of money involved with purchasing a smartphone from a carrier and locking yourself into a two-year contract. Fortunately Cricket Communications recently announced its offering of prepaid iPhone plans (this has seemed to attract other carriers too), which certainly should be considered as a potential option for iPhone owners according to CultofMac.
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.
Additional evidence pointing to a Verizon Wireless iPhone appears to have surfaced on Thursday, as CDMA inventor Qualcomm announced official plans to release new dual-carrier chips that would enable future phones to work on both its own CDMA/EVDO carrier partners such as Verizon and Sprint, as well as rival 3GPP carriers using UMTS/HSPA+ technologies such as AT&T and T-Mobile. The new chips also provide future support for LTE, the next generation 3GPP standard that most carriers plan to begin testing for deployment globally over the next few years. However, an analyst has cited sources within Qualcomm in stating that although the company would like to have a dual-mode handset ready in 2010, that would likely be impossible.