Sprint will apparently announce the pre-paid phone this week.
Though the majority of iPhone rumors these days are centered on the next iPhone, iPhone 5, that device isn't expected for a few more months. Though it could make an appearance at WWDC, just like iPhones 2G through 4, it's widely expected Apple will instead announce the iPhone 5 on the one year anniversary of the iPhone 4S in the fall. So what do we have in the mean time? Rumors about the current iPhone heading to new places.
According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 4S will soon arrive on Virgin Mobile. Not only that, but the phone will be available on a PAYG (pay-as-you-go) basis. The news comes courtesy of a report in the Wall Street Journal, which cites people familiar with the company's plans in reporting Sprint will announce a pre-paid iPhone for its MVNO subsidiary. That's right, Sprint is apparently following Cricket into pre-paid iPhone territory.
Sprint hasn't had the iPhone for all that long. The company only became an official carrier with the launch of the iPhone 4S last October. However, its thought that the provider struck a hefty deal multi-billion dollar deal with Apple that spans four years. The WSJ hints that Sprint's move to put the iPhone on Virgin Mobile could be a strategic move to ensure it doesn't fall short of that commitment.
If the Wall Street Journal's sources are correct, Sprint will announce Virgin Mobile's pre-paid iPhone before the week is out. Stay tuned!