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Apple’s iPhone goes pre-paid with Cricket’s $55 plan

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Cricket Wireless(s leap), will offer two Apple iPhone(s aapl) handset models with monthly pre-paid plans beginning on June 22. The company announced the news on Thursday, saying it will sell a $399 iPhone 4 8GB and a $499 iPhone 4S 16 GB with no contract. Both phones can be used with Cricket’s $55 pre-paid plan, advertised as unlimited voice minutes, text messages and data usage.

Cricket’s network uses CDMA and EVDO technology for voice and data, and its coverage is bolstered by roaming agreements with Sprint (s s). Although the company advertises unlimited data, it is subject to “fair use” and Cricket can throttle bandwidth speeds if customers surpass 2.3 GB of data in a given month. Customers interested in Cricket’s iPhone can pre-register for the device at

Given that Cricket has extensive roaming agreements with Sprint, this deal shouldn’t surprise as Sprint began selling the iPhone in October of last month. Regardless, this news gives Apple yet another avenue to sell more of its lucrative iPhones in the U.S.

25 Responses to “Apple’s iPhone goes pre-paid with Cricket’s $55 plan”


    i jailbroke my phone and the Iphone cdma tool is saying that i need to jailbreak and open ssh first. what do i set the ssh to? and i see when i go into the ssh tab on the redsnow it looks like its asking me for a file what do i do?

  2. nicole

    I have a question? I used to be with sprint, and am currently looking for a new phone company. I have my mind set on the iphone 4s, but am unsure if i will have to pay the full price, or get a discount since i am eligible for a new phone later this month and will be new to this company.

  3. it will be interesting to see how this affects cricket network.

    i know from my experience working in cricket stores that most customers do not have home internet connections with wifi to fall back on, most are also in the very heavy video and music streamers.

  4. Albert Nevarez

    Does this mean that current iPhones on the sprint network can be fully flashed to the Cricket network and be fully functional including picture messaging?

    • i have heard that cricket today has been requesting that all stores stop flashing verizon and sprint iphones.

      this is a first, cricket has never before banned any specific phones from being flashed.

      i wonder if cricket has a minimum order commitment with apple?

      p.s. MMS has been possible for a while on jailbroken/flashed iphones if the person flashing has enough knowledge.

      • cricketdealer

        many cricket store owners are getting calls reminding them that flashing and/or activating flashed iphones is now banned.

        this is really weird since one of the things cricket has been know for over the ears is a very liberal policy towards bringing flashed phones from other cdma carriers.

        flashed phones dominate the entire top end of the android selection at cricket stores.

  5. hortron

    For a two phone house, that’s half the price of Verizon. In 6 months it would pay for itself by buying the two unsubsidized phones from cricket.

  6. i wonder if cricket will be locking the SIM card slot on the 4S.

    if not the 4S is considerably cheaper( – $150.00) than at the apple store, these will be in a nearly permanent out of stock status as they get bought up for export.

    • elvirs

      not sure if thats what u are askinf but they will definitely lock the software on the 4s phones to run only on their network, they dont have to phisically lock the simcard slot to prevent it from being used on other networks (ie verizon or sprint 4s iphones are locked to their networks respectively but the simcard slot itself is not phisically locked in the phone)

    • Carl Henderson

      Cricket phones are physically modified (different model number) and permanently locked to them. Unlike a Sprint or Verizon phone that can be unlocked from the carrier. If you buy one and think you’ll just be able to go to another CDMA carrier….. forget it!!! ….they can’t even be flashed.

      The boot loader is unlockable and now iPhone users will find out what it’s like to not even be able to Jailbreak their phone!

    • this has been possible for a while, but the makers of the solution have kept it really locked down and only sell it wholesale for large quantities of phones. this keeps the solution out of the hands of most of the shoos that flash phones. the solution is from a firm in ukraine and i believe mostly targets CDMA carriers in russia, ukraine, korea, and china that buy large number of second hand phones for flashing and reselling to there customers.