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Virgin Mobile Offering iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c at $100 Off Regular Prices

In line with its previous announcement, Virgin Mobile USA began sales of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c yesterday, with the prepaid Sprint brand offering a $100 discount from normal unsubsidized pricing.

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The 16 GB iPhone 5s is priced at $549 through Virgin Mobile, while the 16 GB iPhone 5c is selling for $449. Those models will be available both online and in retail stores while the 32 GB and 64 GB iPhone 5s and 32GB iPhone 5c are only available at Virgin Mobile's website.

Supplies appear to be somewhat limited at launch, with the yellow 16 GB iPhone 5c and all 32 GB iPhone 5c models with the exception of blue listed as out of stock. As for the iPhone 5s, all three gold variants and the silver 16 GB model are also unavailable. Interestingly, the 16 GB iPhone 5 remains available for $549, $100 more than the iPhone 5c, suggesting that pricing on the new models could be temporary.

Virgin Mobile first started carrying the iPhone in June 2012 with both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. It did not start selling the iPhone 5 until this June, nine months after the former flagship phone debuted on major U.S. carriers.

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13 months ago
In the UK Virgin can't even get round to offering a nano-sim!

Virgin on the ridiculous!
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago

It's CDMA only. So what exactly is the point of paying full price?

Lower monthly fees (abut $30 a month seems possible) and $100 discount on the phone.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago

iPhone 5s on Virgin Mobile does not work on other carriers/networks overseas. It works on Sprint's Nationwide Network.

It's CDMA only. So what exactly is the point of paying full price?
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago
These are such awesome deals. If you've got good Sprint coverage where you use your phone, this is a no brainer. I *used* to, but weirdly Sprint's like 1 bar now while AT&T which until a few months ago barely got 1 bar of GSM is now 4ish bars of HSPA+. It's like the swapped (heck, for all I know they did in my area lol).

It's CDMA only. So what exactly is the point of paying full price?


1) It's not full price, it's discounted $100. That's the cheapest you're going to get it with any carrier, and is an amazing deal, particularly considering they've got them basically at launch.

2) Saying "what's the point if it's locked" which is what I assume you're saying...well what's the point of any cell phone then? In the U.S., most phones are locked. Verizon's isn't only because of a deal with the government (thank goodness), and T-Mobile's isn't because they're operating in a more European-like model now. But it's hardly new for a phone to be locked.

pauliaK, they're locked, but sometimes phones AREN'T locked for use abroad, or other weird things like that. I don't know if that applies here.

The Sprint iPhone is actually the best model, if not for it being locked. It'll work virtually anywhere in the world. It includes all the bands that the other model sold on Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile have plus more. If nothing else this should let it dial 911 on any carrier in the U.S.!
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago

I thought that the new 5s had all the spectrum's on it...there are no GSA or CDMA versions of the 5s are there?

I didn't think there was a specific version of the 5s anymore...


There are two sold in the US, from a hardware perspective. A Sprint model, and a model fro Verizon/T-Mobile/AT&T. The Sprint model supports everything the other one does, plus more, and would work virtually anywhere in the world...

Except that the Sprint and AT&T models are locked (the AT&T one is locked at least if you buy it from them). The Verizon one is unlocked only because of an agreement with the government which allowed them to purchase 700MHz spectrum. Otherwise I've zero doubt Verizon would be locking it too. T-Mobile's operating more like the European companies do, so it's not locked.

Besides that, Qualcomm CDMA support is disabled on the T-Mobile/AT&T models, even though it's in the hardware.

Soooo basically there are only two models, and one of them would actually support everything, except we have ridiculous issues of locking stuff to carriers, locking out Qualcomm CDMA, etc., which aren't technical issues, so effectively we're left with a ton of different models, that would all be identical if not for the ridiculous situation of carriers being able to lock things.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

The Sprint iPhone is actually the best model, if not for it being locked. It'll work virtually anywhere in the world. It includes all the bands that the other model sold on Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile have plus more.


Correct. See http://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/specs/ for a comparison of the wireless frequencies/bands across the different phones: Model A1533 GSM (AT&T/T-mobile), Model A1533 CDMA (Verizon) and Model A1453 (Sprint).

Unlike what staff from an Apple Store or iPhone Tech Support may tell you, the Sprint models, even if purchased full price/device only/no contract, are not unlocked, do not get unlocked at the time of purchase or "activation" (whether through iTunes or insertion of an active/inactive SIM for any carrier, Sprint or otherwise), and Sprint will not unlock them for you.

If you're after a versaltile phone rather than the cheapest possible plan (which Virgin Mobile currently is, no doubt), save yourself the grief and get a Verizon phone, which supports everything the Sprint version does (and AT&T/T-mobile variants) except for LTE bands 18 & 26, which aren't used by any US carriers. I am happily using my Verizon iPhone 5c on Solvaei, an MVNO which uses T-mobile's network.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

In the UK Virgin can't even get round to offering a nano-sim!

Virgin on the ridiculous!


Virgin Mobile UK and VirginMobile USA are in NO WAY related.

The Virgin brand is just a franchise - In the USA the franchise is held by Sprint and used for their Pay AS You service.

In the UK the business and franchise is owned by Liberty Global a huge multi- national cable company. (also a US company)

The bearded one collects royalties.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago
I have Sprint and it's fine. Why bother posting to dog on it just because it isn't great in your area? Get a service that is great. It's wireless, it isn't going to be perfect everywhere.

Anyway, does anyone know if one could purchase this and then put it on their Sprint account? I'm under contract and looking at buying unsubsidized (full retail), and this would save $100 due to the discount currently.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

On the Sprint network? FORGET IT.

Stay far, far away people.


If you've got good coverage from Sprint where you are, this is an awesome deal. Save $100 on the phone, and save thousands on the plan.

It's a consideration that they're not unlocked, but shouldn't be an automatic deal breaker.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago
At least there is something to talk about here...

In The Netherlands, where i live there is still no iPhone 5s. Even worse, it has not even been announced yet !

So if anybody wants to complain about the colour of his new iPhone 5s... Rub it in !
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