Apple’s latest offerings, the flagship iPhone 5S and the budget iPhone 5C, will soon be available from Virgin Mobile. The carrier confirmed via Twitter that both devices will go on sale on October 1st. With this announcement, Virgin Mobile entered the list of carriers to start offering both iPhones on that particular day in an attempt of ” a coordinated expansion of availability”, even though the stocks of the iPhone 5S are running low at the moment.
Virgin releases new iPhones on October 1st
The Sprint-owned network will offer the iPhone 5S and 5C with one of its unlimited plans. The cheapest plan costs $35 per month and includes 300 minutes of calling, and unlimited texting and data. “Unlimited” in this case means 2.5 GB of high-speed data which, when exceeded, gets throttled down. Your monthly payment can be reduced to $30 if you register for automatic payments with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.
The obvious advantage of choosing such carriers as Virgin Mobile is the lack of long-term commitments. Also, monthly costs of service are more budget-friendly. However, there is one downside. The phones offered by pre-paid carriers are not subsidized which means that they are much more expensive.
The iPhone 5, which was added to Virgin Mobile’s portfolio earlier this year, was priced at $549.99, $649.99 and $749.99 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB model, respectively. We do not expect the iPhone 5S to depart much from this price level, however, the carrier has not revealed details on pricing so far. Dubbed, “budget” iPhone, the 5c will most probably set you back less than the 5S.
source: Virgin Mobile USA