A couple of days ago, we reported that Sprint would announce later this week that it will start to offer the iPhone as a prepaid option via its Virgin Mobile brand. The announcement occurred days after Leap Wireless announced that it would begin offering the iPhone on a prepaid basis through its Cricket brand beginning June 22. Today, Virgin Mobile USA announced that it will begin offering the iPhone on June 29. Virgin Mobile USA is a prepaid brand operated by Sprint.
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 can also use their iPhone as a mobile hotspot through Virgin Mobile for an additional $15 per month.
Virgin Mobile will begin offering service plans for as low as $30 per month with no commitment when customers sign up for automatic payments. All three of the carrier’s plans include unlimited texting and data (throttled after 2.5 GB), with different amount of voice minutes. With the $5 discount for automatic payments, the plans are priced at $30 (300 minutes), $40 (1200 minutes), and $50 (unlimited minutes).
Virgin Mobile will offer the iPhone through its website and at RadioShack, Best Buy, and other select retailers.