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Virgin Mobile USA to Begin Selling iPhone 5 on June 28

Virgin Mobile USA today announced that it will begin selling the iPhone 5 next Friday, June 28, offering the device on its no-contract Beyond Talk service plans. The plans start at $35/month for 300 minutes plus unlimited text and data, although the carrier begins throttling data speeds after a monthly soft cap of 2.5 GB. A $45/month plan offers 1200 minutes, while a $55/month plan adds unlimited calling, and customers can earn a $5/month discount on their bills when they sign up for automatic payments.

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As for the iPhone itself, Virgin Mobile is offering a $100 discount off of Apple's standard unsubsidized pricing, selling the 16 GB iPhone 5 for $549.99 with the 32 GB model priced at $649.99 and the 64 GB model at $749.99.

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We noted last October that Apple had Virgin Mobile-specific iPhone 5 models ready to go, although it was unclear at the time when they would be released and it remains unknown why it took approximately nine months after the device's launch to appear at the carrier. The iPhone 5 has been available through other prepaid carriers such as Cricket since as long ago as September.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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16 months ago
If only there could be a quality prepaid carrier using the Verizon network...

Or have I missed something? Sprint and therefore Virgin coverage in my area is crap.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
They might as well wait to launch to include to iPhone 5S :D
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago
But its on Sprint Network right? So, it's worthless. Sprint has almost no LTE, this doesnt do WiMax, and their 3G network can't even achieve 56K modem speeds.

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If only there could be a quality prepaid carrier using the Verizon network...

Or have I missed something? Sprint and therefore Virgin coverage in my area is crap.


there used to be a decent amount of Pre-paid carriers on Verizon and AT&T. Straight Talk used to be almost exclusively Verizon in the beginning. But AT&T and Verizon saw how many people were using those cheaper services so they kicked them off their networks. Verizon did it a long time ago. AT&T just recently told Straight Talk to quit selling AT&T sims.

So, now all pre-paids are on T-mo or Sprint. Sprint is terrible coverage and terrible data speeds. T-mo has good data speeds as long as you are inside a city's limits. Suburbs, not so much. And their coverage area sucks. You spend most of your time roaming on AT&T network at edge speeds.
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago

But its on Sprint Network right? So, it's worthless. Sprint has almost no LTE, this doesnt do WiMax, and their 3G network can't even achieve 56K modem speeds.

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there used to be a decent amount of Pre-paid carriers on Verizon and AT&T. Straight Talk used to be almost exclusively Verizon in the beginning. But AT&T and Verizon saw how many people were using those cheaper services so they kicked them off their networks. Verizon did it a long time ago. AT&T just recently told Straight Talk to quit selling AT&T sims.

So, now all pre-paids are on T-mo or Sprint. Sprint is terrible coverage and terrible data speeds. T-mo has good data speeds as long as you are inside a city's limits. Suburbs, not so much. And their coverage area sucks. You spend most of your time roaming on AT&T network at edge speeds.



There is hope as AT&T AIOwireless.com pre-paid service is supposed to roll out nationwide with substantial discounts over their post paid service.
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

Holy ****. Is there NO WiFi in his life or does he just insist on streaming YouTube HD 24/7? The wife & I SHARE 1GB/mo and barely use 75% of that bc WiFi is everywhere.


Kid is a gamer and always seems to be watching walk-through videos on YouTube -- and Google still hasn't figured out how to stream mobile videos at an appropriate quality for the connection and device.

Hmm... If only the people who develop Android could somehow work with the people who run YouTube... Maybe if they were owned by the same company... /s
Rating: 2 Votes
16 months ago

I think you'll find TMo have a $30 prepaid w/100 minutes/5GB 4G + unlimited 2G/Unlimited text.


Yah but that's still 200 minutes under VM. Sure it's more data but 2.5 is a lot at $30 vs TM $30.

TM doesn't have a $40 plan and when you get to $50, VM blows TM out of the water. Unlimited across where TM is 500MB.

TM plans need to be 'rewritten'

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ya $60 AT&T GoPhone Prepaid Plan with 4G + LTE 2GB DATA! - doesnt get better

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Also I wouldn't put my money on this....unless you want a Sprint's royal treatment lol...their coverage + service = worst in USA and when you go with a Sprint MVNO.....you can only imagine that it gets worst than worst....is that even possible?

not to mention this iPhone 5 will be locked to Sprint = USELESS in USA much like Sprint's and their other MVNO's...do your self a favor and pick up the straight talk or verizon iPhone 5 if you really want a CDMA one...


Can you get a unlocked GSM phone and get the $60 AT&T GoPhone plan/sim?
Rating: 1 Votes
16 months ago
DON'T DO IT

I'm not going to talk about Sprint network's, ummm, quality, but one of the great things about pre-paid is the ability to switch between carriers by switching SIM cards.

Unless you get one of those GPP cards, you won't be able to do so with Virign iPhone 5
Rating: 1 Votes
16 months ago

Coverage is one thing, but I used Virgin Mobile for a number of years in the past, and their customer service was spectacular (for the couple times it was needed). It's a good company.


If Virgin weren't tied to Sprint as far as networks (and Sprint is pretty crappy where I live), I'd definitely investigate. That is good to hear about customer service, but any ties to Sprint make me run very fast in the opposite direction.
Rating: 1 Votes
16 months ago
So 'Unlimited' actually means 2.5GB. I don't understand how carriers are allowed to use terms like this. What's unlimited about 2.5GB? It's probably plenty for most but thats not the point.
Rating: 1 Votes
16 months ago
Virgin Mobile is who I was with before switching to AT&T and getting an iPhone.

This would be a good deal, if Virgin Mobile wasn't CDMA/Sprint-based.

You have hardware-based carrier lock-in and terrible speeds.

From what I read, Virgin Mobile is GSM in other locations (UK?), so you could easily use an old AT&T or T-Mobile phone with them.
There's no way I'm going to spend $650/$750/whatever up-front to get locked into one company. CDMA phones have terrible resale value because of the lock-in.
Rating: 1 Votes

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