Following suite with the iPhone 4 and 4S, Virgin Mobile is going to start carrying the iPhone 5 on its prepaid network.
Virgin Mobile won’t be the first carrier offering prepaid plans to get the iPhone 5 – others thus far include T-Mobile, Cricket, and AT&T’s GoPhone network.
While purchasing an iPhone with regular carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint is far less expensive than raw prices thanks to subsidies from Apple, getting an iPhone on Virgin Mobile will cost essentially the regular price of an iPhone off contract. This means a 16 GB iPhone 5 for $550, 32 GB for $650, and $750 for the 64 GB version.
Hefty price for the phone itself aside, Virgin Mobile’s plans are comparatively inexpensive, which is one popular reason for getting a prepaid plan in the first place.
Plans include 300 “anytime minutes” for $35 a month, 1200 minutes for $45 a month, and unlimited talk for $55 a month. Virgin also offers $5 off of monthly fees if users opt to make monthly payments automatically, with a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account. All plans include “unlimited” data, though only the first 2.5 GB are available at 3G or 4G speeds.
Virgin Mobile uses Sprint’s network in the U.S, which is far spread, but of varying quality in non-urban areas. Virgin Mobile iPhones will be available for purchase on the Virgin Mobile website, and at Radioshack stores.