Virgin Mobile pairs pre-paid iPhone with $30 plan

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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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