Set to become the first American wireless carrier to offer Apple’s iPhone on a prepaid basis, Cricket Wireless this week announced that the smartphone will be available on its network, starting June 22.
The network – (which currently serves over 6.2 Million customers nationwide) – will offer those interested in purchasing the handset an “unlimited” data plan, in exchange for a tariff charge of $55 per month. The “unlimited” nature of the deal, however, is not unlimited as you might first believe, with AppleInsider reporting that the company will likely deploy a 2.3GB per month restrictive “fair use” policy.
“Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer with Leap Wireless International, Inc. “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.”
Cricket will begin by offering Apple’s 16GB iPhone 4S for a handset price of $500 (contract-free) — alongside Apple’s 8GB iPhone 4, which will sell for $400, (again, contract-free).
Both models will become available for sale, later next month.