Following the iPhone’s prepaid debut on Cricket Wireless just a week ago, Apple’s hugely popular smartphone is now available on Virgin Mobile. Like Cricket, Virgin is offering the handset on a prepaid basis, with prices starting at as little as $31 per month on the company’s Beyond Talk plan — which includes unlimited data, and unlimited texts.
Take advantage of the company’s offer and you could save yourself around $800 a year.
At $650, you’ll pay a lot more up-front for your iPhone 4S from Virgin, but in the long run it’s going to save you a small fortune, as we noted back in June. On AT&T, for example, you’ll only pay $199 for the iPhone 4S itself — plus a $36 activation fee — but you’ll then need to stump up $155.99 per month for the next two years to get a decent plan with 3GB of data.
By the time your contract ends, you’ll have paid AT&T a total of $2,395.75.
Take the iPhone 4S on Virgin, however, and you’ll pay just $1,609.99 over 24 months — with tethering. That’s because although you pay more for the iPhone up-front, there’s no activation fee, and you’ll only pay $31 per month for your calls, texts, and data; and $15 per month for your tethering.
Furthermore, Virgin will give you all the data you can eat, while AT&T gives you a paltry 3GB limit.
You can see how Virgin’s prices stack up to those from Verizon, Sprint, and Cricket using our handy chart:
|Minutes||$39.99 (450)||$39.99 (450)||$69.99 (Unlimited)||$55.00 (Unlimited)||$40 (1200)|
|Data||$30 (3GB)||$30 (2GB)||$10 (Unlimited)||$0 (Unlimited)||$0 (Unlimited)|
|iPhone 4S (16GB)||$199.99||$199.99||$199.99||$499.99||$649.99|
It goes without saying, then, that Virgin should be the first stop for your new iPhone.