iPhone 5c, 5s launch on Virgin Mobile for $100 less than Apple pricing

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in iPhone edited January 2014
As of Tuesday, prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile is now offering Apple's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c off-contract for $100 less than Apple itself sells the devices.



Virgin Mobile's site lists the 16GB iPhone 5s for $550 off-contract, while the iPhone 5c sells for $450 off contract. The same two devices on Apple's own store sell for $650 and $550, respectively.

Interestingly, the iPhone 5, which arrived on Virgin in June of this year, still sells for $550 off-contract.

Virgin revealed last week that the new iPhones would be landing on its network on October 1, and the availability of the devices on the prepaid carrier may reflect which models are in higher demand from Apple.

The gold iPhone 5s color variant, which sold out quickly on the device's launch date, was listed as Out of Stock for interested Virgin customers when sales of the handset went live. This suggests the carrier was not supplied with the gold color option, or saw such high demand that all stocked units were immediately sold.

Higher-capacity models of both the iPhone 5s (32GB and 64GB) and 5c (32GB) are listed as "Web Only" products, while the yellow color variant of the polycarbonate-backed iPhone 5c is also listed as Out of Stock.
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  • Reply 1 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member

    It's too bad that it's Virgin and not T-Mobile that is offering the unlocked phone for cheaper.

     

    Virgin, which is same network as Sprint I believe, is CDMA. And an unlocked CDMA iPhone is pretty worthless, especially if one intends to travel.

  • Reply 2 of 32
    I wonder which network Virgin mobile uses, if its verizon, at&t, sprint or tmobile.
  • Reply 3 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by superjunaid View Post



    I wonder which network Virgin mobile uses, if its verizon, at&t, sprint or tmobile.

     

    And I wonder if you read my post.

  • Reply 4 of 32
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    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

     

    It's too bad that it's Virgin and not T-Mobile that is offering the unlocked phone for cheaper.


     

    I guarantee the Virgin phone is locked. Prepaid phones are still subsidized, though at a lower rate. Looking on their website, do you think a Samsung Entro flip phone really costs $12 including free shipping and retail markup?

  • Reply 5 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
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    Originally Posted by konqerror View Post

     

     

    I guarantee the Virgin phone is locked. Prepaid phones are still subsidized, though at a lower rate. Looking on their website, do you think a Samsung Entro flip phone really costs $12 including free shipping and retail markup?


     

    I don't know who you are of course, so I don't know how much your guarantees are worth, but the iPhone 5s no contract costs $549 on Sprint. That is not subsidized. 

     

     

  • Reply 6 of 32
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    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

     

     

    I don't know who you are of course, so I don't know how much your guarantees are worth, but the iPhone 5s no contract costs $549 on Sprint. That is not subsidized. 

     

     


     

    You are incorrect and confusing "subsidized" with "contract". The fact that something is under no contract doesn't mean it hasn't been subsidized. Sprint will only unlock a no-contract phone after 3 months, which lets them recover some of their handset subsidy.

  • Reply 7 of 32
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,931member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    It's too bad that it's Virgin and not T-Mobile that is offering the unlocked phone for cheaper.

    Virgin, which is same network as Sprint I believe, is CDMA. And an unlocked CDMA iPhone is pretty worthless, especially if one intends to travel.

    There's no such thing as a unlocked CDMA phone.
  • Reply 8 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member

    NVM...........

  • Reply 9 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    There's no such thing as a unlocked CDMA phone.

     

    I see. I suppose that maybe there's no point in having one, as I said in my first post, but I wasn't aware that there was no such a thing.

     

    So why would somebody buy the $550 iPhone from Sprint then? Just to be on no contract, but your phone is still tied for life to Sprint? Sounds like a bum deal.

  • Reply 10 of 32
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    I see. I suppose that maybe there's no point in having one, as I said in my first post, but I wasn't aware that there was no such a thing.

     

    So why would somebody buy the $550 iPhone from Sprint then? Just to be on no contract, but your phone is still tied for life to Sprint? Sound like a bum deal.


     

    I thought you can now use the 5S and 5C on any network (CDMA, GSM, LTE, etc.).  They are supposed to have basebased chips that works on any network?

  • Reply 11 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by konqerror View Post

     

     

    You are incorrect and confusing "subsidized" with "contract". The fact that something is under no contract doesn't mean it hasn't been subsidized. Sprint will only unlock a no-contract phone after 3 months, which lets them recover some of their handset subsidy.


     

    I do know the difference between subsidized and contract. The $99 iPhone 5s is obviously subsidized.

     

    Why would somebody spend $550 on an iPhone from Sprint if it's subsidized? That doesn't make sense. 

  • Reply 12 of 32
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,360member
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    Originally Posted by kharvel View Post

     

     

    I thought you can now use the 5S and 5C on any network (CDMA, GSM, LTE, etc.).  They are supposed to have basebased chips that works on any network?


     

    I've been looking into the new iPhones, and it seems that they have different models which offer different LTE support.

     

    For example, the iPhone that would be best for me, would be the T-mobile version unlocked, since it'll work in the US and in a lot of places in Europe too.

     

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

  • Reply 13 of 32
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    Originally Posted by Apple ][ View Post

     

    So why would somebody buy the $550 iPhone from Sprint then? Just to be on no contract, but your phone is still tied for life to Sprint? Sound like a bum deal.


     

    Sprint will only activate Sprint phones on their network. Think about it it's not hard. Somebody had their old iPhone stolen and can't qualify for a new one, or somebody simply wants an early upgrade. But they want to stay with Sprint because they like their plans, service or their family or company is on it. Therefore, they buy a marginally subsidized non-contract Sprint phone.

  • Reply 14 of 32
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,501member
    konqerror wrote: »
    Sprint will only activate Sprint phones on their network. Think about it it's not hard. Somebody had their old iPhone stolen and can't qualify for a new one, or somebody simply wants an early upgrade. But they want to stay with Sprint because they like their plans, service or their family or company is on it. Therefore, they buy a marginally subsidized non-contract Sprint phone.
    And that is where you story falls down, somebody chose sprint because they liked their service... :lol: My company is on it and I fought to get off of it because calls would drop in the office where I work due to signal issues. Sprint service is practically worthless nearly everywhere I have used it when you get indoors. Until they solve that issue, they will never be more than what they are, even if they give away their phones for free.
  • Reply 15 of 32
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,931member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    I see. I suppose that maybe there's no point in having one, as I said in my first post, but I wasn't aware that there was no such a thing.

    So why would somebody buy the $550 iPhone from Sprint then? Just to be on no contract, but your phone is still tied for life to Sprint? Sounds like a bum deal.

    Well the Verizon iPhone 5s is CDMA, LTE, and most importantly GSM as well. It's the GSM part that's unlocked and can be used on other GSM carriers worldwide, but you wouldn't, at least not easily, be able to use it on any other CDMA carrier.
  • Reply 16 of 32
    Is it right that the 5 costs as much as the 5s and that the 5 costs $100 more than the 5C? That pricing makes no sense.
  • Reply 17 of 32
    Is it right that the 5 costs as much as the 5s and that the 5 costs $100 more than the 5C? That pricing makes no sense.
    5 no longer sold, now called 5C and is same but plastic. (Mostly)
  • Reply 18 of 32
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,931member
    5 no longer sold, now called 5C and is same but plastic. (Mostly)

    There's gotta be some leftover stock.
  • Reply 19 of 32
    Although it remains to be seen, the previous Virgin Mobile iPhones were CDMA, but did have SIM card slots and could be unlocked to be used INTERNATIONALLY, but not domestically. Using one of those GEVEY card things you could use them domestically. Which answers the question posed by kharvel, they may have the hardware ability and all the chips, but are still prevented in software from going on to all networks.
  • Reply 20 of 32
    The CDMA versions of the iPhone 5s still have the GSM chips in them.

    Hence an unlocked CDMA version is "better" than just a plain GSM version as the CDMA version could potentially be used on all main carriers here in the US (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile).

    The Sprint CDMA version also supports ALL LTE frequencies used by Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

    An unlocked Sprint version of the 5s would be the version to have if any.
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