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Virgin Mobile Announces $549 iPhone 4, $649 iPhone 4S - Available June 29

It's official, Sprint announced this morning that its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand will begin offering the Apple iPhone starting June 29. Virgin thus becomes the second US carrier, after Leap Wireless' Cricket, to sell the iPhone directly to customers.

While most industry observers expected Virgin to match Cricket's subsidized pricing of $399.99 for the iPhone 4 and $499.99 for the iPhone 4S, an iPhone from Virgin will set you back $549 for the iPhone 4 and $649 for the 4S.

In spite of the higher initial cost, total cost of iPhone ownership is likely to be less with Virgin. Cricket requires a $55/month plan that includes unlimited voice, messaging and data (throttled after 2.3 GB/month). Virgin's unlimited everything plan is also $55/month but there are also plans with unlimited data and messaging but fewer minutes; $45/month for 1200 minutes and $30/month for 300 minutes. Data all three Virgin plans is throttled after 2.5 GB. A $15/month mobile hotspot option will also be available with the Virgin iPhone.  It allows using the phone as a wireless WiFi hotspot and increases the un-throttled data allotment to 3.5GB.

Virgin Mobile is making another change that makes it's plans even more affordable. Customers who sign up for automatic monthly payments with a credit  or debit card or PayPal get a $5 discount on monthly plans  reducing the cost to as little as $30. While this sounds good, Virgin charges state taxes on automatic refills, even in states like California that do not tax prepaid refills. You can avoid the tax by using a refill PIN purchased online or locally. Virgin's announcement doesn't say if the the $5 auto-pay discount applies to all customers or only iPhone users.

Source: Press Release

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  1. will it start on July 29 or June 29? see the following report:

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, said Thursday it will start selling the iPhone on June 29, charging $549 for a basic model.

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    1. Updated: June 29th. Thanks for the heads up.

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  2. i wonder if they'd let me keep my $25 dollar plan since iphone only runs on 3g. why would i pay 700 dollar for a 3g phone when the 4g phones are much cheaper?

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    1. No, the iPhone requires a minimum of the $35 plan ($30 with auto pay discount).

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  3. can we sign up for autopay and get 5 dollars off if we are on the $25 dollar plan?
    how does it work with top-up purchased from calling mart?

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    1. I doubt it. It looks like the auto pay discount will only be available with the $35 and higher plans and only with the iPhone.

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  4. Glad to see these coming to VM but paying full retail is a bit of a bummer. It does even the playing field if deciding whether to choose VM's $30-$35 data service vs T-Mobile's $30 Walmart special. A new phone will cost you the same in either case. I'd expect these prices to drop about $100 in the Fall. Once the iPhone 5 is, presumably, released.

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  5. It was bad enough when Boost Mobile came out with the Motorola i1. That was $399.99. But I guess they are suckers out there willing to pay that price for a prepaid iPhone. Cricket has got better a offer going.

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  6. Here's a crazy idea for those complaining about ponying up for an unsubsidzed iPhone: How about buying a smartphone and, I don't know, keep using it PAST the length of your contract (or your lustful gaga eyes pointed at something newer)?

    I'm far from an Apple fan, but the company has long since proven their ability to build a competent electronic device. Keep it as your phone of choice for three years, hand it down to your child when you finally need something newer, or...simply sell it to someone who's never experienced iOS at all.

    Complaints about paying full price are woefully short sided.
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57449345-94/why-a-prepaid-iphone-is-an-amazing-deal-for-bargain-hunters/

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  7. Will it be possible to use a Sprint based iphone on this plan? In other words, could I use my current Sprint iphone on this plan once my plan runs out and I switch to prepay with Virgin?

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    1. No, Virgin doesn't allow Sprint phones

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  8. I currently use VM optimus elite and I would absolutely love to have an iphone on VM but the price is way to steep for me....I will just wait till they lower the price

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