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Virgin Mobile to offer prepaid iPhones for as little as $30 a month

By Matthew · 12 replies
Jun 7, 2012
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  1. Virgin Mobile has revealed that it will be the second US carrier to offer a prepaid iPhone starting June 29. The news follows about one week after an announcement by...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,129   +1,635

    "With the 4S 16GB at $40 a month, you'd pay $1,610 over two years versus $1,820 with Cricket and again, more than $2,000 via contract."

    And I pay $216 over two years with my "pay as you go" basic Tracphone. Think I'll stick with that. ;)
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +104

    Yeah? Well I pulled my tin cans and string out of the trash for free. Take that.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,129   +1,635

    Don't mess with us old dudes! :p
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    I am very interested in this. does anyone know if I can just go buy a used Spring Iphone 4 and sign up with Virgin for this? since Sprint and Virgin are basically the same owner/network.
  6. I paid $200 for the Iphone 4 16GB when it came out and my unlimited service with ATT runs $135 a month after you have all the wonderful taxes and an old grandfathered unlimited data plan. Sprint has much better coverage in my area so this is a significant savings.
  7. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +122

    The price definitely cool but what I like most is the idea that at&t and verizon will have some competition with these no-contract carriers. Hopefully it will start to break up the cellphone service industry and give us as consumers more competitive pricing.
  8. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93


    None of the major carriers have any control over the pricing of any Apple product. Every carrier signs a contract. In that contract Apple keeps exclusive control over the price point that their merchandise is sold for. This contract is so controlling that if any retail outlet ever tries to sell a Apple product at a less then contracted price, they lose the ability to sell Apple products. Back in 2010 there were a few retail stores that decided to undercut the Apple stores by offering Iphones at $99.99. This was the cause of many corporate ppl loosing their jobs.
    Prepaid Iphones.......not the brightest idea. Most ppl who use prepaid from what I have dealt with cant afford a contracted phone. They never get the insurance on their phone. They barely ever buy products to protect their new toy. All I see out of this is ppl buying the Iphone at 400-500$, dropping and breaking it and then they are out the cash they spent for the phone.
  9. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 620   +122

    The lower prices I'm hoping for is the prices of the contracts with cellphone carriers, not for the actual cellphones, although that would be nice too. People are sick of having to be bound by a 2 year contract at 100+ dollars a month. If enough people opt for these cheaper alternatives that are contract free then AT&T and Verizon will be forced to reconsider their prices. I would prefer a prepaid phone not because I can't afford a contract but because I don't feel I get my money's worth with a large contract.
  10. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 567   +111

  11. Wonder what carrier iPhone would be compatible with them.would a old verzion iphone work? ..You could just buy one on ebay or use your iPhone after your contract is up with previous carrier. That $30 option looks like to be an awesome deal if my work didn't already pay for my phone. I don't hardly voice call. Mostly text and data. I think my work pays over $75 a month for my phone...What a ripoff.....for as much as I use it $30 seems way more realistic.
  12. Justgivemeaname

    Justgivemeaname TS Rookie Posts: 36

    For the record, any phone you buy to use with Virgin Mobile has to be a phone from Virgin Mobile. They do not have SIM cards in them so they will only work on Virgin Mobile's network and other carrier phones will not work on Virgin Mobile's network because of the SIM card issue. If you want to switch carriers you would need to buy a new phone in order to do so. Also, its $35/$45/$55 a month, Not $30/$40/$50.
  13. NoReally

    NoReally TS Rookie

    Acyually they are changint yo 30 40 50... Google is your firend.

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