Cricket gets first prepaid iPhone in mainland US

Cricket gets first prepaid iPhone in mainland US

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This photograph taken on January 20, 2012 shows M1 telecom provider offers Ipnone non-camera on its online shop. The camera is normally a big selling point, but in Singapore Apple's iPhone 4 and 4S are now available without the function -- to cater to military personnel banned from taking image-capturing devices into army camps. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on May 31, 2012 at 10:23 AM

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Leap Wireless, the parent of the Cricket cellphone service, says it will be the first mainland U.S. phone company to sell the iPhone on a prepaid, no-contract basis.

   Starting June 22, Leap will start selling the iPhone 4S starting at $500 and the iPhone 4 starting at $400. Service will cost $55 per month for unlimited calls, texting and data.

   Leap Wireless International Inc., which is based in San Diego, focuses on selling no-contract service to low-income households. Its own network is limited to some cities. Elsewhere, it uses Sprint's network.

   Larger carriers also sell the iPhone on a no-contract basis. But those phones cost more, and service costs the same as when on-contract.

   Open Mobile started selling iPhones on a prepaid, no-contract basis in Puerto Rico on May 18.
 

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