On Saturday we told you all about the iPhone 4S (and iPhone 4) coming to Cricket later on this month, as the first first prepaid edition. Now rumor has it that Boost Mobile will be the next prepaid based company to offer it. The Sprint-owned company is reportedly set to sell it smartphone this September. No word on price or monthly fee yet. Sprint was one of the last contract based phone carriers to adopt the iPhone, which is interesting when you consider this rumor. Boost has neither denied nor confirmed the rumor. Here is what they did say about the iPhone.
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This is big news when you consider both the history of the iPhone and Apple, along with the prepaid phone service carriers. For much of the iPhone’s history, Apple had an agreement with AT&T, which in turn made sure users subscribed to a data plan. It wasn’t until a year or 2 ago that Verizon and Sprint finally got their own editions of the iPhone. We also have seen the iPhone become legal to jailbreak, much to AT&T’s dismay at the time. So this news has been long awaited for by many for the past couple years. Some people (including myself) have felt that was the last step Apple had to make before they did before they fully own the smartphone market.
What will it bring for Apple’s future and the future of the iPhone? We don’t know, but this is exciting news for Apple fans. We could see a turn in their current release trend and price range change at this rate. We could also see less input on data plans and maybe more wi-fi features. Either way, this news is exciting and can finally give some edge to the Android ran market in the prepaid world.