11:50 am May 31, 2012, by Christopher Seward
(Update at 4:44 p.m.)
A prepaid iPhone?
Apple has taken another step toward putting its popular smartphone in the hands of more users by striking a deal with Cricket wireless, according to CNET.
Leap Wireless’ Cricket will offer the prepaid iPhone 4S alongside other prepaid phones beginning June 22. The $55 no-contract plan will include unlimited calling and texting, and 2.3GB of data.
The plan, however, isn’t entirely cheap. Cricket will sell the 4S 16GB for $499.99 and the 8GB for $399.99. That’s still cheaper than the non-commitment price of $649.99 the other major iPhone carriers want for the 4S 16GB.
With a prepaid phone, you simply use the phone until you run out of minutes. When that happens, you have the option of buying more minutes.
Prepaid phones are generally targeted to consumers whose credit history is less than stellar, to those who don’t want to lock into a two-year contract and to consumers who want a no-frills phone. Adding the iPhone to the mix, however, takes the prepaid market up a notch.
(Update) Commenter “Peach That Left” is correct about no physical Cricket locations in metro Atlanta despite earlier reporting. The service can be reached at 800-583-7169 or visit mycricket.com. Major providers also offer prepaid and pay-as-you-go phone plans.
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