Sprint Nextel plans to offer prepaid iPhones later this month, making it the second carrier within the last two weeks to announce such a move. But, as one would expect, without the carrier subsidy by locking customers in for a two-year contract, the price of the iPhone will be pricy.
Sprint’s Virgin Mobile USA plans to sell the iPhone 4 8GB for $549 and the iPhone 4S 16GB for $649. Virgin Mobile is offering an unlimited data and messaging plan for $35 a month without a contract or activation fees.
Sprint will begin offering prepaid iPhones on June 29.
Leap Wireless International made a similar move last week, announcing it would carry the iPhone on a prepaid service tied to its Cricket Wireless network, says The Wall Street Journal.
- Virgin Mobile USA to offer iPhone on June 29 [Sprint]
- Sprint to Offer Prepaid iPhone with Cheaper Data Plans [The Wall Street Journal]