Virgin Mobile USA iPhone 5 in the Works

According to a new report, the iPhone 5 will indeed be heading to pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile though it’s unclear as to when Apple’s new iPhone might be released onto its network.

MacRumors is reporting that the iPhone 5, which recently launched on carriers like Cricket, nTelos and C-Spire Wireless will be launching on Virgin Mobile at some point in the future though the release date is currently unclear.

Virgin Mobile currently carries Apple’s iPhone 4S and many expected the carrier to launch the new iPhone as well. However, thus far, the carrier has yet to announce any plans officially.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 will apparently launch on Virgin Mobile.

It appears that Virgin Mobile will carry all six variants of the new iPhone which includes 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5’s in both white and black.

Despite not having a 4G LTE network in place, the carrier is an extremely attractive option for consumers as it not only offers the phone off-contract but its data plans start at just $30 per month. For those that don’t wish to tie themselves down to a specific carrier with the iPhone 5, a Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 would certainly be an option to look at.

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Pricing of Virgin Mobile’s iPhone 5 is currently unknown however the carrier offered the iPhone 4S for $649.99 and it’s possible that it will offer the iPhone 5 at the same price. An unlocked iPhone 5 16GB through Apple costs the same.

Read: Verizon iPhone 5 Works with AT&T and T-Mobile.

The iPhone 5 that heads to Virgin Mobile will be the same model that launched in the U.S. already. However, it won’t feature super fast 4G LTE speeds because the carrier does not have a network in place. Virgin Mobile’s fastest network is 4G WiMax but the iPhone 5 does not support that network.

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We imagine that Virgin Mobile USA’s iPhone 5 could go on sale as soon as Apple starts selling the unlocked models, something that typically happens a few weeks after its initial launch.

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  2. kskennedy4 says

    I was under the impression that Virgin Mobile had access to the entire Sprint network, which includes 4G LTE in major metros. Is this incorrect?

    • Sam says

      You are correct that Virgin Mobile has access to Sprints network. But remember Sprint is a business it’s not going to give Virgin Mobile access to its LTE Network because no one would use the Sprint Network anymore. Virgin Mobile is very popular, Sprint knows that, but they have to distinguish themselves a little so they are still able to make money and not lose money.

    • Jayson says

      Sprint shares there towers with Virgin but they still are 2 completely different companies. Virgin isn’t capable of running 4G LTE. Its all “behind the scences” stuff no one sees. Virgin is set up completely different from Sprint so they are limited to what they can access. It doesn’t really matter anyhow. Sprint has terrible 4G LTE coverage and is in no comparison to Verizon or ATT. Sprint is in a very small LTE market. This phone is more like a disposable phone. A “watered” down I iphone if you will. Still looks good but lacking the performance.

  3. Jayson says

    Your better going to T-mobile and paying $50 Unlimited everything. T-mobile pre-paid will include 4G LTE when its rolled out early 2013. T-mobile aquired $3 billion from ATT after “ther merger” flop. Most of that money is going into there LTE development work. Plus T-mobile bought Metro PCS so they have there LTE technology as well. Buy an unlocked I-phone and use a T-mobile SIM card.

  4. RJ says

    Ahem.. Virgin Mobile has had a 4g phone for quite a while now… the Virgin EVO V (aka EVO 3d)

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