Contract-free iPhone headed for Sprint's pre-paid subsidiary.
Earlier this week we heard rumors that the iPhone 4S would soon arrive on Virgin Mobile on a PAYG (pay-as-you-go) basis. The story went that parent company Sprint was planning a pre-paid iPhone for its MVNO subsidiary in an effort to ensure it doesn't fall short of it $15.5 billion commitment with Apple. Today Virgin went ahead and confirmed that the iPhone 4S would launch on the network at the end of the month.
Today the network revealed that it would be selling the iPhone contract-free from June 29. Of course, the fact that you don't have to sign up for the usual two-year commitment means you're not going to get any kind of discount or subsidy from Virgin when purchasing your handset. You'll have to pay the full $649 for the 16GB iPhone 4S.
The iPhone will be offered with with Virgin's Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans for as little as $30-per-month on the Sprint network. Customers who pre-authorize payments will get the plan for $30-per-month, while those who prefer to top up manually every month with have to pay an extra five bucks on top of that. You can add mobile hotspot support for an additional $15 each month.
Virgin is also selling the iPhone 4 (8GB), so if Siri isn't the kind of girl you want to hang out with all day long you can pick up the 4S's predecessor for $549.