Cricket has become the iPhone 5’s first prepaid carrier after announcing today that it will be stocking Apple’s latest smartphone in “select Cricket markets” from September 28. That’s a week after the device launches on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, but it’ll be worth the wait if you’re determined to avoid a lengthy contract.
Unfortunately, Cricket has not given us a price for the iPhone 5, or said whether the handset will be available to pre-order before the 28th. But you can expect it to cost around the same as an unlocked iPhone 5.
As it’s Cricket, you can look forward to an “unlimited” plan that offers up to 2.3GB of data, and unlimited calls and texts each month for $55.
Back in May, Cricket announced it would become the first prepaid iPhone carrier in the United States, but its exclusivity didn’t last long. Virgin Mobile later began offering the device, and so did Straight Talk. With that said, we have a feeling Cricket won’t be the only carrier launching a prepaid iPhone 5 in the coming weeks.
You can read Cricket’s full press release below:
Cricket to Offer iPhone 5
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers in select Cricket markets in the U.S. beginning Friday, September 28. For more information please visit: www.mycricket.com/iphone5. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving approximately 6 million customers. Cricket offers wireless voice and mobile data services over the latest, high-quality, all-digital 4G (LTE) and 3G CDMA wireless networks. In 2011, Cricket launched its award-winning Muve Music® product, the first music service designed for a wireless phone that now has more than 600,000 customers. Cricket’s innovative products and services are available at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.