If you’ve been wanting to get an iPhone without the restrictions of a contract, you should know that Cricket Wireless network services will soon be releasing the iPhone 4 (8GB) and iPhone 4S (16GB) in the U.S. for $55 per month with unlimited voice calls, text, data, and no contract. Cricket Wireless is a nationwide U.S. service that provides no-contract, wireless network services for a variety of broadband, streaming music, and prepaid mobile and smartphone plans.
Cricket will start selling non-contract, pre-paid iPhones beginning June 22. The iPhone 4 (8GB) will sell for $399.99 and the iPhone 4S (16GB) for $499.99. Both models will be available in black and white.
Cricket says that plans for these phones do contain data usage levels. Once you reach your usage level your speed will be reduced. Coverage is not available outside the U.S., and a customer’s service can be limited or terminated without prior notice when a customer no longer resides in or has a mailing address in a Cricket-owned network cover area. Other terms and conditions also apply.
Of course because these iPhones are not subsidized, you will pay upfront a sum of $500 for the same iPhone 4S that AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers sell for $199. However, with these pre-paid phones you’re not stuck with a two-year contract, which means if Cricket is able to also sell new versions of the iPhone, you don’t have to wait months to upgrade. However, because Cricket is smaller than most nationwide phone carrier services, coverage outside metropolitan areas may not be as good, which means you may experience more dropped calls.