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Cricket iPhone 5 Incoming On September 28

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On September 21 the iPhone 5 will launch on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, but one week later it will launch on another U.S. carrier.

Today Cricket announced it will carry the iPhone 5 starting September 28. The carrier does not offer any details for the launch of the phone aside from the release date, but there’s still two more weeks to announce those details.

Cricket will likely be the first prepaid carrier to carry the iPhone 5. Earlier this year it became the first prepaid carrier to carry the iPhone 4S, though Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile received the phone shortly thereafter.

iphone 5 front and back

The iPhone 5 will work on Cricket’s 4G LTE network, when the network it’s available. Cricket has plans to launch 4G LTE sometime in the future, but it hasn’t deployed the network yet. The carrier signed a deal with Clear Wireless back in March 2012, but the partnership hasn’t produced anything beyond the initial announcement.

Unfortunately we don’t know how much Cricket will charge for the iPhone 5 when it launches on the network on September 28. We also don’t know what this means for the prices of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S on Cricket. We assume the cost for those two phones will decrease, though we don’t know what their final costs will be.

Apple will bring the iPhone 5 to over 200 carriers in 140 countries by the end of 2012. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if other prepaid carriers like Virgin Mobile get the iPhone 5 sometime in the next few months. It’s nice to see at least one prepaid carrier included in an early wave of releases.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

9 Comments

  1. Dylanrose Edwards

    09/21/2012 at 2:58 pm

    I Want The IPhone5 So Bad!!!!! :)) I Hope My Dad Gets It For Me. #Cricket

  2. carnella

    09/22/2012 at 10:06 pm

    cricket has it on preorder now. it is showing it will still be 499.00 and the other phones are the same prices as well. not really worth it without the network though

  3. I'm Pro Samsung (@mrjlwilliams)

    09/23/2012 at 10:44 am

    I preordered on Friday, I think it is worth to considering the full cost for no contract through other carriers. They also have better plans than everyone else too, except T-Mobile of course.

  4. noah

    09/25/2012 at 1:32 pm

    Me to but i just got the new windows7 comp. :(

  5. Troy

    11/08/2012 at 9:56 am

    Its still not on boost mobile yet

  6. J

    11/29/2012 at 10:00 am

    Cricket is out of stock on iphone 5. No word on when they will restock. No word from apple on how often they restock either.

    • James

      11/29/2012 at 8:53 pm

      You can find the iPhone 5 in random stores right now. It’s not available online right now but I picked up 2 white 16 gb models tonight from a regular store. I’m in Houston TX

  7. John

    12/31/2012 at 3:04 pm

    The iPhone 5 on cricket has extremely low battery life idk y ??? I dnt even use it I’m on the computer all day….any advice on why that is…I charge it and in a hour It goes to ten percent

  8. Johnathan

    02/22/2013 at 5:46 pm

    Anybody know if crickets iPhone 4S will get 4G network?

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