“Sprint Nextel Corp. is set to become the second U.S. mobile-phone carrier to offer Apple Inc.’s iPhone on a pay-as-you-go basis,” Thomas Gryta and Greg Bensinger report for The Wall Street Journal.
“Sprint will announce this week it will offer the popular smartphone on its Virgin Mobile pay-as-you-go brand as soon as July 1, according to people familiar with the company’s plans,” Gryta and Bensinger report. “The Overland Park, Kan., carrier follows Leap Wireless International Inc. in selling the device with prepaid service.”
Gryta and Bensinger report, “Offering the iPhone may help Sprint satisfy its commitment to Apple to buy $15.5 billion of the phones over four years, an aggressive bet as more carriers are getting access to the once-exclusive device. Sprint’s prepaid service, which also includes the Boost Mobile brand, has been the carrier’s lone area of growth as contract customers have fled… Pricing for the Virgin Mobile iPhone couldn’t be learned, and it wasn’t clear whether Boost would ultimately carry the device… Sprint’s network, used by Virgin, claims to cover about 278 million people or almost the entire [U.S.].”
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MacDailyNews Take: If true, there’s yet another reason to choose iPhone rather than settling for inferior knockoffs.