Will Apple Start Selling A Pre-Paid iPhone Through Sprint in October

Will Apple Start Selling A Pre-Paid iPhone Through Sprint in October

Apple may be brewing up a pre-paid iPhone for October. Wednesday, Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile announced starting in October it was dropping ‘unlimited’ data plans for prepaid customers in favor of ‘unlimited with throttling.’

“Beginning in October 2011, Virgin Mobile will also move to reduce data speeds when a customer’s data usage exceeds 2.5GB in a month,” Sprint announced. Virgin will still offer unlimited prepaid 3G, though.

The throttling is expected to affect “fewer than 3 percent of Virgin Mobile USA customers,” the carrier assured. However, the change could mean slower page loads, file downloads and media streaming.

The news follows a Tuesday report that AT&T in October will change its iPhone insurance plans, due to a new tier of phones. The change suggests the carrier is also making plans for a prepaid Apple handset. Last week, Verizon Wireless also dropped its unlimited data plan.

Earlier this year, Apple COO Tim Cook said the tech giant was not ceding any market, understand pricing was a big factor in the prepaid arena.

Apple is expected to announce a new handset in August or September, perhaps including a prepaid option.

  • Evan Benford

    DAMN YOUUUU CARRIERSSSS!!!

  • prof_peabody

    Your missing a question mark on your title. 

  • Chris Brunner

    It would make sense to open the device up to all of the carriers. More sales revenue for Apple, more users buying Apps, and taking a bite out of Android.

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.net

  • Len Brewer

    You’re missing an apostrophe and a ‘e’ on your

  • Barton Lynch

    you’re missing an apostrophe before your r and an e after it
    but I also missed the question mark

  • techgeek01

    It won’t take a bite out of Android, It would be more like a speed bump for Android. ;)

  • imajoebob

    Mr Wilfred Apple made a large investment in this scheme. Don’t screw it up for him.

  • imajoebob

    Good way to dump the remaining iPhone 3s and maybe low end 4s.  Low purchase price, reasonable fees, and a 12-18 month lock-in.  I might actually buy one.

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  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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