Detailed on MacRumors earlier today, Apple has prepped six CDMA iPhone 5 models for Virgin Mobile USA. However, neither company has confirmed a date when Virgin Mobile will roll out the new iPhone 5 models in both black and white as well as the standard 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB sizes. Virgin Mobile only recently started offering the iPhone 4S to customers at the end of June 2012. When Virgin Mobile launched the iPhone 4S, the company advertised the $35-a-month plan with 300 voice minutes which could be reduced to $30-a-month be signing up for automatic payments. That mobile plan also offers unlimited data, but speed is throttled after a subscriber reaches a data cap each month.
Virgin Mobile currently offers the iPhone 4S for a price of $649.99 and the iPhone 4 for a price of $549.99. It’s unclear if Virgin Mobile will alter the pricing structure of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 when the iPhone 5 is added to the lineup.
According to MacRumors, Alaska Communications and Virgin Mobile are the last two major wireless carriers in the United States that don’t offer the iPhone 5. As of the end of last week, regional carriers such as Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Cricket Communications, C Spire Wireless, GCI, Golden State Cellular, Nex-Tech Wireless, nTelos, Pioneer Wireless made the iPhone 5 available to customers.
While Virgin Mobile customers will have to pay significantly more for the iPhone 5 than customers at AT&T or Verizon, they aren’t locked into a contract and will pay significantly less over the same two year period as AT&T or Verizon customers that purchased the new iPhone for $199.99 under contract. Virgin Mobile customers also have the option of limiting the amount of voice minutes on the plan in order to keep the monthly bill inexpensive, but there’s also an unlimited voice option priced at $55 per month. In addition, Virgin Mobile allows users to turn their smartphone into a mobile hotspot for an additional $15 per month.
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