Apple’s iPhone Goes Prepaid In The U.S, Starting June 22.

Apple’s iPhone Goes Prepaid In The U.S, Starting June 22.

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.