Chirp, Chirp! iPhone Set for Prepaid Availability with Cricket

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The iPhone is coming to the world of prepaid mobile devices. Starting the 22nd of June, wireless provider Cricket Communications will offer both the iPhone 4 and 4s on a data plan available for a monthly rate of $55 dollars.

Features include unlimited use of data, SMS and voice. However, if you’re considering the move, you might find upfront pricing for the actual devices a bit more expensive than other wireless providers.

Cricket offers the 16GB version of the iPhone 4S for $499.99, an entire $300 dollars more than it’s offered through competitor Verizon. However, the attractiveness of no contracts could pay dividends for the company. Meanwhile, the 8GB iPhone 4 is available for $399.99.

“ Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan,” commented Leap Wireless International CEO Doug Hutcheson (Cricket Communications serves as a Leap subsidiary).

Apple’s iPhone was initially exclusively released for customers of cellular provider AT&T when it debuted in 2007. However, its availability has since spread to others including Sprint and Verizon.