Boost Mobile to Offer Prepaid iPhone 4 & 4S in September

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Boost Mobile iPhone Prepaid

Prepaid wireless carrier Boost Mobile may offer the iPhone 4 and 4S starting this September, according to “trusted sources” speaking with tech site TechnoBuffalo Thursday. The rumor comes on the heels of carrier Cricket Wireless’s announcement that it will offer both phones on a prepaid basis starting June 22.

Both Cricket’s announcement and Boost’s rumor represent the first official availability of an iPhone on a prepaid service option and line up with news earlier this month that Apple might soon make the iPhone 3GS available on prepaid networks in developing countries.

The news of prepaid iPhone availability is also the latest in a string of expansions in the U.S. which has seen the iPhone become available on numerous regional carriers throughout the country.

There is no information yet on the pricing of Boost’s iPhones or prepaid plan options. Cricket announced that they will offer the 8GB iPhone 4 for $399.99 and the 16GB iPhone 4S for $499.99, a $149 discount from their full unlocked price from Apple, with unlimited service plans at $55 per month.

Boost Mobile, which began operations in the United States in 2001, is a wholly owned division of Sprint Nextel and utilizes Sprint’s CDMA network. The company also operates in Australia and New Zealand, but it is unknown if the prepaid iPhone option will be available there.

A novel feature of Boost plans is “Shrinkage,” their payment incentive discount that lowers customers’ monthly bills $5 for every six months of on-time payments, down to a minimum number depending on plan. 

If the iPhone qualifies for Shrinkage, and assuming that the iPhone plan will correlate to the current Android plan of $55 per month, customers who pay their bill on time for 18 straight months will see their bill lowered to a minimum of $40 per month, making the service highly attractive for those in the coverage area.

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Comments

BurmaYank

Cool!

Now if only one of the GSM cellphone providers would do the same thing as Cricket, Boost, et.al., I could turn my current iPhone 4 into an iPod Touch which also has (fairly relatively) cheap cellphone capability for my father, and upgrade to an iPhone 5 for myself (in ? September ?)!

Hey T-Mobile, where are you?

Aleks Wojda

You don’t have to wait to get a prepaid iphone. You can use an AT&T iphone on Straight Talk without unlocking. See more details here http://phone-fanatic.com/blog/guides/the-ultimate-prepaid-iphone-guide

BurmaYank

“You can use an AT&T iphone on Straight Talk without unlocking.”

Thanks for that great link, Aleks.

I’m amazed that this service includes a 2G/mo. data plan for only $45/mo.

But I’m uneasy about my money helping make the world’s richest man richer, because I feel I don’t yet know enough about his socio-politics to know whether I’d really rather boycott his enterprises or not.  I’m also finding it surprisingly difficult to adjust to the fact that one must jailbreak one’s AT&T iPhone to use it on Straight Talk

BurmaYank

Why fear jailbreaking?

I know even less about malware susceptibilities of a jailbroken iPhone than about other cyberdevices I already depend on;  I fear needing to commit to climbing up a steep learning curve to be able to finally depend on a jailbroken iPhone.

Patrick

Will a “jail broken” phone on a prepaid service provide all the services that the phone normally offers? I’ve heard that siri and other components may or may not work if the provider isn’t AT&T.

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