Cricket gets first prepaid iPhone in mainland US

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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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