Authors: Carmen Cox
(NEW YORK) -- Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's brands for prepaid, no-contract phone service, announced Thursday it will start selling the iPhone later this month.
For customers looking to purchase the iPhone 4 or 4S without a contract or roaming and activation fees, Virgin Mobile will make the popular Apple smartphone available for as low as $549 dollars for a basic model. The high price of the phone comes with lower monthly charges starting at $30. Cricket, which is set to launch iPhone sales on June 22, will offer the phone for $150 less but with a $55 monthly plan.
Until recently, the iPhone could only be purchased with a contract. Now wading into the no-contract market, Apple is making its product more accessible to a new set of consumers -- people with lower incomes and shaky credit at best.
Virgin Mobile iPhone sales will begin June 29 at select local retailers, Best Buy, Radio Shack or through its website.
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