As announced earlier this month, Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile is set to begin offering the iPhone 5 later this week. While the no-contract carrier will offer the phone via its own website, select retailers, such as Best Buy and RadioShack, will also be carrying the Virgin Mobile iPhone 5.
According to a tipster, RadioShack will begin selling the contract-free Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 beginning tomorrow, both in store and online. The entry level 16GB iPhone 5 will retail for $ 549.99, and customers with an eligible trade-in can receive $ 50 off the purchase price before July 27.
RadioShack is also offering new discounts for Virgin Mobile’s iPhone 4 and 4S. The iPhone 4S retails for $ 400 while the iPhone 4 retails for $ 300. RadioShack is introducing a $ 50 promotional discount on the older iPhones until July 6, which can be coupled with the $ 50 trade-in discount. That drops the price of a contract-free iPhone 4 to $ 200 with an eligible trade-in.
Virgin Mobile’s iPhones are available with no contract and plans begin at $ 35 a month, though the price can drop as low as $ 30 per month with auto pay. At the $ 35 price point, the phone comes with 300 minutes of talk time, unlimited messaging, and unlimited 3G data usage (throttled after 2.5GB). A $ 40 plan with 1200 minutes and a $ 50 plan with unlimited minutes are also available.
This is exactly what I was waiting for!… Six months ago.
Honestly. Six months ago this is exactly what I wanted: unsubsidized new-ish iPhone, reasonable pay-as-you-go plan. Now the next iPhone is around the corner. Why would I want to pay (slightly less than) unsubsidized for last year’s phone?
Nice try. Too late guys.
You guys are hilarious.
1) You’re forgetting that the slightly less than unsubsidized price is coupled with RIDICULOUSLY cheap monthly rate plans ($ 30-$ 50/mo). I am in a fantastic Sprint area, so I can benefit from Virgin Mobile. I save hundreds of dollars a year, and I accept that I will have to be on last year’s model for 9 months behind everyone else. So what? I have an extra $ 600 or more in my pocket while your brand-new-in-October iPhone 5 suddenly looks stale in front of the potentially new iPhone 5S. (By the way, the 4S was still a great phone when the 5 launched, and I’m sure the 5 will run iOS 7 just fine when the 5S is released).
2) You can’t blame them for releasing it in June. Why would Sprint, the 100% owner of Virgin Mobile, offer its prepaid division the current iPhone at or right after its launch? As a customer, I would obviously choose the $ 30-$ 50/mo plans over their $ 80+fees-$ 110+fees/mo plans. They’re playing it smart – releasing the 5 while it’s still current and the 5S is around the corner.
I love that we all have different values – you value the latest iPhone over cheaper service. That’s not a bad thing! I just want to open you up to the ideas of people who have different values from you (like me).
Have a great day!