Cricket to begin offering the iPhone on June 22Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
The list of carriers offering the iPhone here in the U.S. will soon grow again, as Cricket has announced that it'll begin offering both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on June 22. Cricket touts the fact that it'll be the first prepaid carrier in the U.S. to offer the iPhone, which will be available in Cricket stores and dealers in over 60 markets and online. Pricing will be set at $399.99 for the 8GB iPhone 4 or $499.99 for the 16GB iPhone 4S. Both devices will be compatible with Cricket's $55 per month plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and data, though Cricket notes that its data service is subject to a fair usage policy of 2.3GB per month.
The iPhone has been making its way to a number of regional carriers across the U.S. as of late, and its move to Cricket is notable not only because this is another carrier that'll soon be offering Apple's handset, but also because Cricket is a prepaid carrier. Because Cricket doesn't deal in contracts, though, its iPhones are priced a little higher than other operators that offer two-year contracts. That said, Cricket's iPhones are a little cheaper than the unlocked iPhones from Apple, which are priced at $549.99 for the 8GB iPhone 4 and $649.99 for the 16GB 4S. Regardless of Cricket's pricing, the news that the prepaid operator will soon begin offering the iPhone is pretty big news, and I'm sure that there are a number of customers that'll be interested in picking one up. Cricket's full announcement is available below.
Cricket Wireless to Offer iPhone on June 22
~ Unlimited Talk, Text and Data for Just $55 a Month
SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), announced today that it will be the first pre-paid carrier in the US to offer iPhone to its customers. Beginning on Friday, June 22, Cricket will offer iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with its $55 per-month, all-inclusive unlimited talk, text and data plan.
iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible features including Apple's dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all-new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.1, the world's most advanced mobile operating system; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
"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, 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."
iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available in Cricket company-owned stores and select dealers in nearly 60 markets, online at www.mycricket.com/iphone and over the phone at 800-853-7682. Starting today, customers can receive more information on the launch by registering at www.mycricket.com/iphone. iPhone 4S will be available for $499.99 for the 16GB model and iPhone 4 will be available for $399.99.
Cricket's service plans feature all-inclusive pricing and easy-to-understand pricing packages with no service fees or overage charges. For customers, that means a bill that doesn't fluctuate based upon monthly usage. Cricket's all-inclusive pre-paid smartphone service plan includes:
iPhone 4S 16GB
iPhone 4 8GB
* Fair usage policy of 2.3GB per month.
For more information about Cricket's dynamic service and to check for availability, visit www.mycricket.com. To follow Cricket's latest news and updates online, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative, value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving 6.2 million customers. Cricket offers wireless voice and mobile data services over the latest, high-quality, all-digital 4G (LTE) and 3G CDMA wireless networks. In 2011, Cricket launched its award-winning Muve Music® product, the first music service designed for a wireless phone that now has more than 600,000 customers. Cricket's innovative products and services are available at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.
SOURCE Cricket Communications, Inc.