One problem with this, of course, is that it comes extremely late in the iPhone 5 life cycle. Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S in the next few months, with many analysts pointing to August or September.
Still, if you are a Virgin Mobile user and aren't really interested in the expected-to-be-moderately changed iPhone 5S, but want to get your hands on an Apple smartphone ASAP, you only have a week to wait.
The all-important question about service plans, the company will offer the device on its Beyond Talk plans, starting at $35 a month with 300 minutes and unlimited data (and a $5 discount for auto-payment).
Virgin has been offering the iPhone 4 and 4S for quite some time and recently began discounting the devices by 15 percent with the same $30/month unlimited daeta plans… Higher minute plans are available, for $40 (1200 minutes) and $50 (unlimited minutes), respectively. The company will also offer the 32GB and 64GB versions of the iPhone 5, with a $100 bump for each tier ($649, $749, respectively).
Note, however, that Virgin Mobile's unlimited data only includes 2.5GB of "full speed" data. After that, you'll be throttled.
Here's the company's press release:
Virgin Mobile USA will launch the iPhone 5 on Friday, 6/28/12 on its Beyond Talk plans, with unlimited 3G/4G LTE data and messaging* starting at $35 per month but customers can also receive a $5 per-month plan discount when they register and sign up for automatic monthly payments [“Auto Pay”] with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, making the iPhone 5 available on Virgin Mobile for as low as $30 per month**.
The 16GB iPhone 5, available in Black and White, will be available at www.virginmobileusa.com, at participating Virgin Mobile dealers, and at RadioShack, our exclusive national retail distributor,for $549.99 [excluding taxes]. The 32GB and 64GB, also in Black and White, will be available online only for $649.99 and $749.99, respectively.
*All plans include 2.5GB/month of 3G/4G full speed data.
**Requires registration for automatic monthly payments and Virgin Mobile Service is subject to Terms of Service found atvirginmobileUSA.com.