Here’s the Next Prepaid Carrier to Get Apple’s New iPhones
Sprint (NYSE:S) subsidiary Virgin Mobile will soon become the next U.S. carrier to offer Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Although the Virgin Mobile website only states that the new Apple iPhones are “Coming soon,” the Sprint-owned carrier’s Twitter page previously announced that both of the new iPhones will arrive on October 1.
As noted by Apple Insider, Sprint’s prepaid wireless subsidiary is moving faster to acquire the new iPhone models than it did for the iPhone 5. Virgin Mobile only started carrying the iPhone 5 on June 28, about nine months after it was first released.
Virgin Mobile has not yet announced the off-contract price for the new iPhone models. However, T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) currently sells the contract-free 16GB iPhone 5S for $650.
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available to Virgin Mobile customers with the carrier’s pre-paid “Beyond Talk” plans. The “Beyond Talk” plans start for as little as $35 a month, but users can qualify for a $5 a month discount on any of the plans if they sign up for an automatic payment plan through a credit, debit, or PayPal account.
The entry-level “Beyond Talk” plan includes 300 anytime minutes, unlimited messaging, and 2.5 gigabytes of 3G or 4G speed data a month. Customers looking for more monthly minutes can pay $45 a month to get 1200 anytime minutes, while $55 a month gives customers unlimited anytime minutes. However, all of the “Beyond Talk” plans include 2.5 GB a month of high speed data. Users that surpass the 2.5 GB monthly data threshold will have their data speed throttled.
Apple released its latest iPhone models on September 20 in markets around the world. On September 23, Apple announced that it had sold a record-breaking nine million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units over the launch weekend. Here’s how Apple traded on Friday.
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