Virgin Mobile USA Launching iPhone on June 29 with Plans Starting at $30

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In line with rumors from earlier this week, Virgin Mobile USA today announced that it will begin offering the iPhone on June 29. Virgin Mobile USA is a prepaid brand operated by Sprint.


    Notably, Virgin Mobile will be offering service plans for as low as $30 per month with no commitment when customers sign up for automatic payments.
    Unlike Cricket, which announced last week that it will begin offering the iPhone on a prepaid basis on June 22, Virgin is not offering any subsidy on iPhone hardware, with the 8 GB iPhone 4 being priced at $549 and the 16 GB iPhone 4S coming in a $649.

    Cricket is offering the iPhone for $150 less, but its service plan consists solely of a $55/month offering with unlimited talk, text, and data. With Virgin Mobile offering plans for as low as $30, low-use customers can make up that hardware price differential in six months of service.

    All three of Virgin Mobile's plans include unlimited texting and data (throttled after 2.5 GB), with voice minutes being the differentiating factor. With the $5 discount for automatic payments, Virgin Mobile's 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.

    Article Link: Virgin Mobile USA Launching iPhone on June 29 with Plans Starting at $30
  2. macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2008
    So will Virgin Mobile's iPhone be unlocked, at least on the GSM side?
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    I just need to know how much the phone will cost, I recently switched from Virgin mobile since I wanted a new phone even though the service was just fine. If the price is $299 I'm sold, I like android and ICS but I'd rather have everything on Apple.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Hopefully we will eventually get the iPhone on Virgin Mobile UK. As we have Virgin Media, we might get the £5 pm discount they offer on other phones.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Why? Over two years you save a huge amount of money on the $30/month plan (like $1400) in monthly fees compared to the ATT or Verizon carriers.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    wow, i wish sprint had decent service around where i live....

    so would anyone here pay 650 or 750 for an 16/32 GB iPhone 5 when it comes out in exchange for not having to pay 120 bucks a month on verizon sprint or att?
  7. macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    Awesome news! I wonder if Virgin Mobile will support Visual Voicemail?
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2003
    $30 for unlimited data (albeit throttled after 2.5GB) and 300 minutes talk time? This is incredible!

    Any bets on how quickly they'll get the next iPhone? If they have it at or around launch, I'm signing up immediately. I suspect that part of the major carriers contracts stipulates that the prepaids won't get new phone releases for 6 months, or something.
  9. macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2009
    How could they possibly sell it for $299 and give you a max price plan of $50 and make any kind of money on it?

    Besides, it says right in the post how much the phones will be.
  10. macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    While tempting for $30 a month, Sprint coverage in the Chicago area is pretty ******.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2012
    This is what I really want to know. If they get the next iPhone, with the same plan rates, I'll be a happy camper.
  12. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Doesn't Virgin Mobile use Sprints wireless network?
  13. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    They could also make a unified app

    Fly Virgin, Talk Virgin, Buy Virgin Records and so on and so forth
  14. Guest

    Mar 29, 2012
    Finally a competitor who brings something new to the table.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2012
  16. macrumors 65816


    Dec 27, 2006
    I DID build that!
    Can anyone attest to VM's service, both in customer service and call coverage, dropped calls, data signals and speaking of which, what is their speeds? 3G or will LTE iPhones is in the upcoming iPhone will that work or is this for only models.

    Oh, with regards to curiosity, I'm looking for East Coast call coverage, specifically Virginia. Anyone have VM service here in VA? Thanks.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2003

  18. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
  19. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    Any idea if you have a Verizon iPhone, would work on VM(Sprint) since they are both CDMA?

    Also curious on Virginia coverage with VM.
  20. macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Found coverage information:

    They use Sprint for everything, so Sprint's numbers from customer service to data speeds apply.
  21. macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2003
    I can't quite figure that one out. I'm a Virgin Mobile customer with Auto-Pay, and I'm not seeing that discount. Nor is that graphic, which I caught this morning, anywhere else on the site.

    I don't think it's an iPhone only discount, but perhaps it is? First I'd heard of it.

    EDIT: Service, btw, has been excellent in the Southeast US.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2012
    It would seem he was more interested in first hand accounts of their service rather than a simple coverage map. :rolleyes:
  23. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
  24. Ugg
    macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    This is incredible! I've been waiting for years to have an iPhone on VM and now I'll get one at $30 a month!
  25. macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2010
    Location: a Sun Chung wu xia
    thanks go for me.

    This is a super deal, but I will never, ever deal with Sprint again after the awful 4 month long debacle in receiving my refund on an unused iPhone and no usage charges last year.

    I hope Verizon and AT&T will follow suit

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