Apple's iPhone was exclusive to AT&T's network from launch in 2007 until last year when iPhones were introduced on Verizon and Sprint. Now the popular smartphone is coming to the prepaid carrier Cricket.
Cricket Wireless will become the first prepaid carrier in the United States to offer the iPhone, according to a press release from parent company Leap Wireless. Beginning June 22, anyone interested in the prepaid iPhones will be able to purchase them along with a no-contract prepaid plan offering unlimited voice, text and data for just $55 a month. Unlimited data, however, does not mean truly unlimited; customers must stay within Cricket's Fair Use policy of 2.3GB per month.
While Cricket's plan may be affordable, the iPhones will cost far more than consumers might be used to, due to the fact that Cricket does not subsidize their phone offerings. The 8GB iPhone 4 will be available for $400, while a 16GB iPhone 4S will run $500.
This isn't the first time the iPhone has launched on smaller carriers, as the phone launched on several smaller, regional carriers back in April.
If interested, customers are encouraged to purchase the phone at their local Cricket retailer or over the phone, as the iPhone will not initially be available for purchase online. Interested customers can sign up here for more information regarding the launch of the device.