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Virgin Mobile iPhone vs. Cricket iPhone

Let the showdown begin

Virgin Mobile iPhone vs. Cricket iPhone
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Caption: Virgin Mobile iPhone vs. Cricket iPhone

The Virgin Mobile iPhone has quite a few Apple enthusiasts over the moon. The prepaid phone company, owned by Sprint, plans on throwing its hat into the ring for the hottest smart phone, offering the Virgin Mobile iPhone monthly plans much less than AT&T and Verizon.

The announcement of the Virgin Mobile iPhone offering came last Thursday with sales beginning June 29.

The Virgin mobile iPhone plans come in much cheaper any other carrier, but the price of the iPhone isn’t being dropped. Virgin mobile is selling the phone at its full price of $549 for the 8GB iPhone 4 $549 and the 16GB iPhone 4S at $649.

The plans for the Virgin Mobile iPhone too are what really makes switching carriers a real option. Their cheapest plan is $35 per month for 300 minutes with unlimited data and texting. But, for $55 per month, you receive unlimited anytime minutes, texting and 3G data. If you sign up for Auto-Pay, then you’ll receive $5 off your bill each month.

The company does note that once more than 2.5GB of data are consumed in a billing cycle data speeds will be throttled back.

Cricket Wireless has also picked up the iPhone. The Cricket iPhone 4 is only $400 for the 8GB model, and the iPhone 4S, with 16GB, is $500, making the Cricket iPhone $150 cheaper for both units. The company is also offering unlimited data, talk and texting for $55 per month.

While its clear that Cricket is offering the cheaper of the two iPhone plans. It’s important to keep in mind that the Virgin Mobile iPhone will run off of Sprint’s network, which covers most of the U.S.

The Virgin mobile iPhone can be found at Best Buys and Radio Shacks throughout the country on June 29. The Cricket iPhone will be available June 22 at Cricket stores and MyCricket.com.

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