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Briefly: Virgin Mobile offers 15% discount on prepaid iPhone 4/4S

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In a web-only exclusive, U.S. prepaid cell carrier Virgin Mobile has discounted Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S by 15 percent, bringing prices down to as low as $280.

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The discount, which went live earlier on Thursday, applies to both iPhone models Virgin carries: the 16GB iPhone 4S and the 8GB iPhone 4.

According to the company's website, the limited time 15 percent savings offer is applicable to web sales and is available only "while supplies last." The carrier does not specify how long the sale will last.

With the discount, the no-contract 16GB iPhone 4S comes out to $382, while the 8GB iPhone 4 drops to $297.

Virgin first started sales of Apple's iPhone in June of 2012, with initial pricing for the then-current iPhone 4S set at $649, which matched the cost of purchasing a no-contract iPhone through Apple.

The iPhone has extended its marketshare through smaller prepaid carriers like regional telecom Cricket Wireless. Most recently, Boost Mobile was rumored to be getting the Apple handset in the third quarter of 2013, though no official word on the release has been made.
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As far as I know 4S a "world phone", but is it sold unlocked there? Can I use it in t-mobile or any other GSM network simply by swapping a sim card?
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Originally Posted by jason98 View Post
As far as I know 4S a "world phone", but is it sold unlocked there? Can I use it in t-mobile or any other GSM network simply by swapping a sim card?

 

I forget whose network Virgin piggybacks… If it's AT&T, then it's not unlocked. If it's Verizon's, it is.

Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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Virgin is a wholly owned Sprint subsidiary and they use Sprint's CDMA network. What they call 3G on it is a pathetic EVDO that doesn't even begin to compare with the 3G most GSM carriers use. Sprint originally deployed WiMax for its 4G, but this is a dead standard they're abandoning this year; as a result they're very late to the game deploying LTE. Last I heard Virgin (or any of Sprint's MVNOs) had no access to LTE. Sprint also has the crappiest policies when it comes to unlocking hybrid CDMA/GSM phones: they will do it if you buy the phone subsidized and have an account in good standing for the past 3 months; but if you buy the phone at full price, tough: they will never unlock it. In terms of price, they brag about their unlimited data, but that's a little ridiculous because most of the time you won't even have enough bandwidth to stream audio.

Bottom line, if you're looking for good data service at a reasonable price, stay away from Sprint and its subsidiaries.

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Oh. There you go. It's unlocked, then.

Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
Reply

Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
Reply
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I sure do have an axe to grind with Sprint: they're overpriced, underdeliver, and have maddeningly stupid policies, like refusing to unlock A PHONE YOU PAID FULL PRICE FOR. Plus, their use of the outdated CDMA technology allows them to have all sorts of ridiculous restrictions to what you can do with the phones. For instance, they will only activate phones on Virgin that were bought from Virgin. CDMA sucks; at least with Verizon you get good coverage and decent speeds; with Sprint and its cohorts, outside of their limited LTE coverage areas, you pay a fortune for CRAP.

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I've been on virgin mobile since 2002, in the NY/NJ/CT area. They're a budget service and they are far more upfront about any overage fees for month-to-month plans. I love the company, I've loved their $15-30 dumb phones, and for the first 1.5 years I loved my highly affordable LG Optimus with unlimited data (slows at 2.5 gigs, not bad unless you use YouTube) at $35/month. I don't use much mobile data (mostly wifi at home) and now since my LG is slowed due to overuse, I tether an iPod Touch 5th gen to 3G wifi hotspot. Service I'd good out here, coverage is good (notwithstanding farmland), and it's $38 every month, period. This is a good VALUE from a value company.

The fact they even got the iPhone 4/4s before T-mobile is a testament to their value to customers, and they'll probably get the iPhone 5 shortly after the 5s ships.

**** Verizon and **** AT&T.
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Originally Posted by jason98 View Post

As far as I know 4S a "world phone", but is it sold unlocked there? Can I use it in t-mobile or any other GSM network simply by swapping a sim card?

 

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

I forget whose network Virgin piggybacks… If it's AT&T, then it's not unlocked. If it's Verizon's, it is.

The iPhone 4S fron Virgin Mobile runs on Sprint USA's network.  I currently own the device and they will not unlock the SIM under any circumstance.  I even filed a complaint with the FCC and got a call from Sprint Executive HQ but they will not unlock it.

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Oh. There you go. It's unlocked, then.

 

The Virgin Mobile iPhone 4S is not unlocked and cannot be unlocked by the carrier or any official IMEI unlock means.

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Yah I have to spin in...

Bought aVM Optimus V in early 2011. Had "teething troubles" until an L2 tech rep helped me fix it. Afterwards, no complaints.

This was in the Bay Area. Do you know how unkind the geography and climate there is to cell-phibe providers?
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