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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.

Source: Macworld


  1. dr.sanjay pawar
    June 15, 2012 at 4:36 am

    cricket prepaid iphone 4s did work or not work in india ? how to start ?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Dr. Sanjay, sorry I'm not sure how to answer your question about prepaid iPhones in India. Perhaps someone who can will respond. You might write one or more phone companies in India to see if they are making plans to sell prepaid iPhones. Sorry I couldn't be of help.

    • Ash D
      July 26, 2012 at 11:55 am


      I got an iPhone 4S from cricket and it works like a charm in India on the Verizon network.. just need to get a new micro SIM from the provider and its a plug and play phone !! Wow ... it feels good :)

      • Bakari Chavanu
        July 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        Thanks, Ash, for letting us know this.

  2. Konrad
    June 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I have Cricket and have friends that have AT&T. They have more problems with their calls being dropped than I do. And Cricket's coverage has increased a lot over the past two years.
    The biggest gripe I have had with them is that they don't have an iPhone. Finally, that is about to change.
    I highly recommend Cricket.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Konrad, appreciate the feedback. It's always good to hear from someone who has experience with a product or service.

  3. Susendeep Dutta
    June 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

    In India,the situation is that an iPhone sells for $200 more than US counterpart as well as it's carrier locked too.One has to pay full price of iPhone.Cost of iPhone 4S 16 GB in India is $899.Carriers have no say in the pricing of iPhone in India.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Wow, Susendeep, that's outrageous. It's too bad that a company like Cricket can't expand it reach. Thanks for letting us know about iPhone in India.

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