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Virgin Mobile USA to carry iPhone 5 for $550

Matt Hamblen | June 24, 2013
Sales kick off June 28; unlimited 3G and 4G LTE data, and unlimited messages, available for $35 a month.

Virgin Mobile USA will begin selling the iPhone 5 next Friday, June 28. A 16 GB version will cost $549.99.

For $35 a month, as part Virgin's Beyond Talk plan, the pre-paid carrier will provide unlimited 3G and 4G LTE data, and unlimited messages. Signing up for automatic payments cuts the monthly service charge to $30.

The carrier will offer the 16 GB iPhone 5 in white or black online and at Virgin Mobile dealers and RadioShack.

Virgin Mobile will only sell the black and white 32 GB and 64 GB iPhone 5 versions versions online at the Virgin Mobile website next week for $649.99 and $749.99 respectively.

Sprint subsidiary Virgin follows T-Mobile USA, which in April started offering unlimited plans for the iPhone 5 for an up-front payment. T-Mobile charges $579 for the iPhone 5, with $149 as an initial payment after originally charging $99.

Pre-paid plans are becoming more popular, and all the major carriers have shown interest in offering them.

The iPhone 5 is now nine months old. The next generation model is due in September.


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