Virgin Hops onto Prepaid iPhone Bandwagon After Cricket

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – You can add Virginia Mobile USA to a number of other carriers possibly set to provide Apple’s popular iPhone on a prepaid, no contract basis. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the company will began providing the offering possibly as soon as the start of next month. In the United States, Virgin Mobile USA serves as an option provided for through Sprint Nextel Corporation.

While specifics remain vague, the Journal’s report signaled the move could build upon a previous a previous commitment from Sprint to purchase iPhones accounting for $15.5 billion under a 4 year timeframe.

Wireless provider Cricket Communications, a subsidiary of Leap Wireless announced its own prepaid iPhone availability last week. That offering will feature a no-contract iPhone data plan for just $55 dollars per month. However, there is a catch: Through Cricket, purchasing the actual iPhone 4 or 4S device comes at a significantly larger price than through other wireless providers including Verizon and AT&T.

For example, the 16 GB 4S is $199.99 from Verizon and $499.99 from Cricket. Meanwhile, another recent report indicated that Boost Mobile would offer its own iPhone prepaid plan sometime by September. The iPhone serves as one of the smartphone industry’s top devices. The latest version, the iPhone 4s made its market debut in October and was notable for featuring the Apple AI service named “Siri”.