After the news that Cricket Wireless will become the first US prepaid carrier that will offer Apple’s iPhone 4S later this month, there were also claims that Boost Mobile will make the same offer this September. However, it is not clear whether the Sprint subsidiary would offer its $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan with Shrinkage for the said iPhone model. The company’s spokesperson also declined to comment, saying that they do not discuss rumors, products or services.
Android devices have seen ready adoption by the prepaid market, and they are likely to be challenged once the current-generation iPhone arrives. In fact, all smartphones offered by Boost Mobile—other than BlackBerry Curve—appears to be Android model.
Sprint, on the other hand, started offering the iPhone 4S during its release last fall. The company revealed that they were able to garner 1.5 million iPhone sales during the first quarter of 2012. This made the third-largest mobile carrier very happy, despite the fact that they don’t expect profit until 2015.
Apple’s iPhone 4S on Cricket
It was reported last Thursday that Cricket Wireless will sell the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S beginning June 22. There were also speculations that its parent company, Leap, is paying a $150 subsidy to sell Apple’s smartphones for $500 without a contract.
Starting June 22, the prepaid wireless carrier will offer the handset with “unlimited” 2.3 GB data plan per month. They will sell the 16 GB iPhone 4S and 8 GB iPhone 4 for $500 and $400 respectively on free contract. Both mobile phones will be compatible with the carrier’s unlimited $55 talk, text and data plan every month. As stated by Leap Wireless International Inc.’s President and CEO Doug Hutcheson:
“Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our prepaid consumers with leading $55 per month service plan. Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data and value pack, no-contract plan.”
Prepaid carriers have the capability to attract budget-conscious customers to the Apple ecosystem. However, it would require customers to pay more for their handset. But compared to AT&T and Verizon, ISI Group’s Brian Marshall pointed out that lower monthly rates could enable them to break even within six months of service on Cricket Wireless.
While there are no official words yet on Boost Mobile’s iPhone offering, customers of Cricket Wireless will be able to purchase their iPhone or iPhone 4S on their retail stores, selected dealers and official website later this month.