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Prepaid iPhone with Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile offers a prepaid iPhone plan. The phones currently available on their site are the iPhone 4S 16GB and the iPhone 4 8GB. For some reason, Virgin Mobile limits the number of phones to two per customer.

As expected, the purchase price of the phone is more than if you were to sign up for a contract plan, but the monthly service cost for operating the iPhones is less expensive than the average 2-year contract plan. As of this writing (December 2012) the 4S is selling for $449.99 and the iPhone 4 has a purchase price if $349.99

Virgin Mobile iPhone Plans

If you purchase the iPhone you have to purchase one of the Beyond Talk Unlimited Data & Messaging Plans. The PayLo  plan is not applicable to Smartphones.

The monthly plans are reasonably priced. You can pick and choose which plan works best for your iPhone needs. Virgin Mobile offers the following:

Talk Plan Anytime Minutes Messaging Data
$35/mo 300 Unlimited Unlimited
$45/mo 1,200 Unlimited Unlimited
$55/mo Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

For an additional $15 a month you can turn your phone into a 3g/4g hotspot

iPhone CaseAfter ordering and receiving your prepaid iPhone, all you need to do is activate your phone online (activation is free) and select the plan that’s right for you. If you want to switch an existing phone number to your iPhone, you can do that when you activate your phone.

Virgin Mobile offers a 30-day guarantee. What they don’t seem to offer is a phone replacement plan. They will replace your phone if you lose it (at a charge to you) and transfer the outstanding balance to your new phone. If you’re concerned about the cost of replacing a lost iPhone and you have homeowners or renter’s insurance, ask your insurance agent if they provide coverage for iPhones. Measure the cost to insure vs. the replacement price before you make your decision.

Annual Savings

My daughter’s current iPhone has a 2-year contract. After reviewing the Virgin Mobile site, I’m sorry we didn’t see that before purchasing her phone through Verizon. You can bet the next iPhone in our household will be a prepaid iPhone.

About the author: LaForey is a parent and a freelance writer who has done quite a bit of research on prepaid cell phones.

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