MarketWatch is reporting that Sprint will be announcing the availability of the iPhone via a prepaid system, through the Virgin Mobile brand. This announcement will come only days after Cricket Wireless announced they would be offering the iPhone on a prepaid basis starting June 22nd.
It is unknown how Virgin Mobile might price the device, or if Sprint’s own Boost Mobile prepaid brand will also offer the iPhone. After all it has been rumored that Boost would begin offering the iPhone in September.
If Virgin Mobile’s existing smartphone plans are any indication, the iPhone data plan might be priced at $35 a month with unlimited data (throttled past 2.5GB). That said, it is unknown as to whether the iPhone will be offered at such a low price.
If this happens, I think it will suck the life out of other mobile carriers, and open the door for even more people to own an iPhone. The biggest hurdle for Apple, is getting people to sign up for costly, monthly contracts. I would even consider switching to a prepaid service. We’ll see how this develops in the coming months.