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Pay-as-you-go iPhone Rumored to Hit to Virgin Mobile

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!

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  • beardguy
    No thanks, I'll keep my Android.

    Besides, I bet these pay as you go plans are a total ripoff.
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  • I sure feel ripped off paying $25 a month for unlimited data, unlimited texting, and 300 minutes of airtime. Oh wait, ripped off is how I used to feel when I wasn't on a PAYG plan. Sure, I paid a little more for my ANDROID phone - the monthly savings more than make up for that.
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  • aoneone
    It has been almost 1 full year since having no cell phone and I am living life so much easier without stress and saving a TON of money. I just use Gmails free telephone service and emails to communicate ^_^ But I am retired at age 30 so i can do this muahahaha
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  • Unless I am mistaken, this is no different to what we have in Australia. I have a pre-paid iPhone 4S with Vodafone. It's great with no long-term contract to fullfill and I can freely hop from one carrier to another if not satified with the phone service. Currently I am on a (AUD)$30 pre-paid per month , including $550 worth of calls, 1Gb data and infinite sms to personal phones in Australia and global roaming abilites. More than what i need and I use it for work as well.

    Tony
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  • beardguy
    Curious, how much did you guys pay for your phones on pay as you go?

    I remember doing the math, and it just didn't add up to much of a discount to go with the PAYG.
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  • sliem
    I pay $100 a year on pay as you go with no data plan. 10c a minute is all I need. Need to talk long time? use home phone (VOIP).
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  • g00fysmiley
    beardguyNo thanks, I'll keep my Android. Besides, I bet these pay as you go plans are a total ripoff.
    yea my wife's android phone on virgin mobile... she gets unlimited data, unlimited txt and 300 talk mins that she uses maybe 10-15 of a month for 25 bucks such a rip off. i use sprint and she usually has the same coverage as I do on my samsung galaxy nexus that I pay 64.95 for unlimited data/txts and 450 min on sprint... which is still a better deal than big red or at&t
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  • Shin-san
    beardguyCurious, how much did you guys pay for your phones on pay as you go? I remember doing the math, and it just didn't add up to much of a discount to go with the PAYG.The phones can be as cheap as $15 for a simple phone, $79-379 for an Android (note that the $79-200 phones are on the low-end), and etc.

    I wonder if this will cost an arm-and-a-leg though because an iPhone without a contract before this costs $500-600.
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  • g00fysmiley
    beardguyCurious, how much did you guys pay for your phones on pay as you go? I remember doing the math, and it just didn't add up to much of a discount to go with the PAYG.
    oh and phone prices. we paid $200 for a samsung galaxy intercept about a year and a half ago which she still uses. so compared to my $200 galaxy nexus she's cost alot less... though granted her phone isn't as good
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  • beardguy: Your knowledge of prepaid is out-of-date by about 10 years. Any of the following will give you unlimited minutes, data and texts for around $50/month on prepaid, and Android phones from $100:

    Virgin Mobile
    Straight Talk
    Cricket
    Metro PCS
    T-Mobile
    and others

    Unlimited everything on a 2 year contract with Sprint/Verizon/AT&T is going to cost you about $100/month or more.
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