Friday, June 01, 2012

Cricket to become the first U.S. pre-paid carrier to sell the iPhone

T-Mobile surely must be asking, "why not us?" with this new development. As of June 22, while the nation's No. 4 wireless carrier continues to languish without an iPhone, Cricket Communications, a Leap Wireless company, will become the first pre-paid carrier in the U.S. to offer the world's most popular single smartphone.

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It is also just the latest carrier to announce that it will offer the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Customers who opt for Cricket's no-contract, "unlimited" voice, text and data plan for smartphones will pay a mere $55 per month, but note: unlimited, in terms of data, means under a "fair usage" amount of 2.3 GB monthly.

Cricket Communications will sell the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S both online and in Cricket-owned stores and dealers in nearly 60 markets across the U.S. The iPhone 4 (8GB) will sell for $399.99, while a 16GB iPhone 4S will be priced at $499.99.

Notably, an unlocked contract-less 16GB iPhone 4S runs $649. Of course, in addition to being contract-less, as the Cricket model is, the $649 version is unlocked, but it's still something to mull over, if you are a consumer weighing your possibilities.

Those interested in a reminder when the device sales go live, or for other emailed information can sign up at Cricket's website. Just a reminder, if you sign up, you can expect to receive other promotional and marketing materials from Cricket, in addition to anything about its iPhone launch.

While not commenting on why there is still no T-Mobile iPhone, Apple has released a statement about the Cricket iPhone:

"By making iPhone available on pre-paid plans through Cricket Wireless, we are making the best smartphone more accessible to an even broader market in the US."

While the hope for many is that with the iPhone 5, surely to be released later this year, T-Mobile might get the Apple device, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and a number of regional carriers are now carrying the iPhone, along with Cricket.

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