Following many months of waiting with anticipation fueled by numerous leaks and rumors, last week Apple finally unveiled its latest iPhone – the iPhone 7. Luckily for potential buyers, the manufacturer didn’t make us wait much longer for the launch. All US major carriers are already accepting pre-orders and both models will start shipping and will be available for sale in stores this Friday, September 16. What about pre-paid carriers? They will be offering the iPhone 7 too. Sprint revealed that its MVNOs, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, have pre-sale scheduled for September 23.
Sprint announced pre-order dates for the iPhone 7 for Boost and Virgin Mobile. You will have to wait one more week.
We still have to wait for official pricing information for Boost and Virgin Mobile, but one thing is certain – since both carriers are prepaid service providers, you should prepare yourself to pay full retail price upfront. Pricing shouldn’t be much different from what Apple is charging for its latest offering, if at all. If that’s the case, then the basic 32GB model of the iPhone 7 will set you back $649. Need more memory? Each increment in storage capacity costs another $100. It means that the iPhone 7 with 128GB and 256GB of storage will sell for $749 and $849, respectively.
The iPhone 7 isn’t that much different from last year’s model, however, there are a few significant improvements. For starters, the device comes with IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Moreover, the phone has a brighter screen and a new Apple A10 Fusion chipset with the latest iOS 10 software. Camera configuration is pretty impressive as well and includes a 12-megapixel sensor on the back and a 7-megapixel shooter for selfies. Apple also replaced the standard 3.5mm headphone jack with lightning port.
If you want the iPhone 7 real bad, then you might want to go to one of US major carriers, especially since all of them are currently offering pretty good deals on Apple’s newest flagship. Keep in mind, though, that each of the carriers will lock you into a 24-month plan and if you want out before two years are up, there will be consequences. That said, it may be worth it to wait another week or so and grab the phone from Boost or Virgin Mobile. You will be paying full retail price upfront and as of now there’s no word on possible promotions, but prepaid carriers tend to offer cheaper plans so you might be better off in the long run.