After years of wonder and rumors, we can officially say Apple’s iPhone is heading to pre-paid service. This past week Cricket announced that the iPhone is coming to their carrier line on June 22. It will cost around $499.99 for a 16GB and $399.99 for a 8GB iPhone 4S. The no-contract monthly fee will be $55.00 (which is around the same for their Android models) and will feature unlimited calls/text. You will have a 2.3GB monthly limit, which will either be throttled or slowed down by Cricket. The only catch is that you will have to buy the iPhone from them and cannot bring one used off of another carrier.
This is the first time Apple has agreed to allow the iPhone to go outside of contracts. As I have stated previously, it really is the only move left for the company. With Android and Blackberry’s being on pre-paid plans, Apple had to do it for the sake of competition. The only big downside with it is the upfront cost. As for what Cricket had to say about this news.
Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan
This is great news for those who have bad credit or cannot afford a contract based phone. It should have been done years ago, but late is better than never. Apple has listened to customers and are working hard to make their products more accessible. Hopefully this will be a start for a more consumer friendly relationship on Apple’s side.
Are you excited about this news? How do you think it will affect Apple as a whole? Let us know in the comments below! I am sure Apple is curious to know your thoughts on this and so are we.