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Confirming earlier reports that Virgin Mobile would be the next pre-paid seller of iPhones in the U.S., Sprint announced it would begin doing so on June 29. The iPhone 4 and 4S arrive that day with a unique twist: A low monthly rate starting at $30.

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Confirming earlier reports that Virgin Mobile would be the next pre-paid seller of iPhones in the U.S., Sprint announced Thursday it would begin doing so on June 29. The iPhone 4 and 4S arrive that day with a unique twist: A low monthly rate starting at $30.

Virgin Mobile, which is owned by Sprint and uses that carrier’s CDMA network in the U.S., will sell the iPhone 4 with 8 GB for $549 and the iPhone 4S with 16 GB for $649, both without a contract. The operator’s $30 monthly plan for the iPhones includes 300 voice minutes combined with unlimited messages and data, although Virgin Mobile’s “fair use policy” is 2.5 GB a month.

Customers can increase their voice minute allowance to 1,200 minutes with a $40 monthly plan or go with unlimited minutes for $50 per month. All plan prices include a $5 discount for customers that register for automatic payments. Virgin Mobile is charging $15 per month to use the iPhone as a mobile hotspot, which provides customers 3.5 total GB of full speed data.

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  1. Wow. This is pretty awesome. What are the downsides? I’m not seeing any…2.5 GB seems reasonable.

    1. Dave, it’s a big money saver, but I think the one downside is 3G speeds. HSPA+ is typically much faster than EV-DO. But for folks that can live with a 3G iPhone and save some money, it’s not a bad deal!

      1. Thanks Kevin.

  2. Will the 4S be GSM unlocked?

  3. Shyam Prasad Thursday, June 7, 2012

    It’s a good deal. Instead of buying iPhone for minimum price for $549, I would rather buy Google Nexus for $399 (including tax will be $434). After that I can activate that phone in Straight Talk with HSPA network. My cents will be in Google nexus instead of iPhone.

    1. Then you’re in the wrong forum. You need to read the title of the article

  4. Pretty funny. Neither Sprint nor Virgin Mobile will accept an Apple Unlocked iPhone 4s from an ATT GoPhone account on GSM. Both claimed that it is “impossible” … which is BS! They say that I would need to buy another iPhone 4s from Sprint. How can they expect that someone would purchase a high dollar phone just for a low dollar service.

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