Cricket Wireless to offer prepaid iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S June 22

Cricket Wireless announced today that it would offer the Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S to its customers beginning June 22.

Both phones will come with a pre-paid plan that includes no credit check. The plan also includes unlimited talk, text and data.

Customers will have to buy the phone outright to use it. There’s no contract or discount for taking one out. The iPhone 4 will be $400 and the 4S will be $500.

Cricket imposes a “fair use” data policy of 2.3 gigs per month. After you cross that threshold, your data will be throttled (speeds slow down).

Now, let the speculation begin on why Apple would be allowing release of a prepaid iPhone 4S just before its big developer conference in California in June. Might they announce iPhone 5 in summer instead of in fall? We don’t think so, but folks will speculate.

SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), announced today that it will be the first pre-paid carrier in the US to offer iPhone to its customers. Beginning on Friday, June 22, Cricket will offer iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with its $55 per-month, all-inclusive unlimited talk, text and data plan.

iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all-new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.1, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

“Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer, Leap Wireless International, Inc. “Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan.”

iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available in Cricket company-owned stores and select dealers in nearly 60 markets, online at www.mycricket.com/iphone and over the phone at 800-853-7682. Starting today, customers can receive more information on the launch by registering at www.mycricket.com/iphone. iPhone 4S will be available for $499.99 for the 16GB model and iPhone 4 will be available for $399.99.

Cricket’s service plans feature all-inclusive pricing and easy-to-understand pricing packages with no service fees or overage charges. For customers, that means a bill that doesn’t fluctuate based upon monthly usage. Cricket’s all-inclusive pre-paid smartphone service plan includes:

Monthly Fee $55
Voice (minutes) Unlimited
SMS Unlimited
Data Unlimited*
iPhone 4S 16GB $499.99
iPhone 4 8GB $399.99

* Fair usage policy of 2.3GB per month.

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