Virgin Mobile To Launch Prepaid iPhone June 29

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Come June 29th, three different iPhone plans will become available through Virgin Mobile USA, bringing the popular smartphone by the Cupertino, California-based company to yet another prepaid provider.

Operating in the U.S. as a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel, the plans range between 30 to 50 dollars. While the highest priced plan provides for unlimited voice and talk, a $30 dollar offering allows for 300 minutes while the $40 offering allows for 1,200 minutes. However, those rates could be up to $5 dollars higher each if a customer chooses not to automate their monthly payments via PayPal, debit or credit.

All options give users unlimited SMS and data. “This month marks Virgin Mobile USA’s tenth birthday,” commented Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson in a press release regarding the matter. “And what better way to thank our fans for ten years of loyalty than by giving them exactly what they want: the perfect plan for the perfect phone. That is the essence of ‘A Higher Calling,” Branson continued.

The phone offerings themselves will be made available through retailers including Best Buy and RadioShack. Signup is also offered through the company’s website.

However, if the deal sounds too good to be true, take into consideration the pricing for purchasing the actual iPhone devices. Bought through Virgin Mobile USA, the 16GB iPhone 4S is set at $649 while the iPhone 4 8GB is 100 hundred dollars less. That’s significantly higher than the devices are offered through other mobile providers including Verizon and AT&T. But of course, Virgin’s don’t require two year contract agreements.

Virgin’s major move on prepaid iPhones follows a similar announcement by Leap subsidiary Cricket Communications late last month. Cricket is offering one monthly prepaid iPhone option at $55 dollars. Meanwhile, other reports indicate that Boost Mobile could unveil its own prepaid iPhone offering sometime in the fall as well.

Apple’s first iPhone initially became exclusively available for AT&T when first launched in 2007. However, its product availability has since spread to other wireless providers including Verizon. The latest model of the device, the 4S was launched last October and is notable for introducing the Apple AI feature known as Siri. Much speculation in recent months has concerned the 4S’s successor with many reports indicating an increased screen size.