While most major networks will at this stage be thinking about binning-off the iPhone 5 over the coming months to make new for its successor, Virgin Mobile has decided to start offering the device on prepay as of now.
They say better late than never, but nine months after the iPhone 5 was actually launched is taking things a bit too far, if you ask us. You’d be forgive for assuming that pretty much anyone with any real interest in the iPhone 5 would have already picked one up by now, while at the same time floating voters will be holding out for the iPhone 6.
But anyway, those looking to pick up the unlocked iPhone 5 from Virgin and do away with those pesky contractual obligations will be welcome to do for the token price of $549. So the price certainly hasn’t come down a great deal and it doesn’t look like any exclusive offers are in the pipeline for Virgin customers. And considering the fact that monthly call, text and data charges aren’t exactly cheap for prepay customers, it’s hard to picture Virgin iPhone 5 buyers really coming out of the deal that much better off.
Sure they’re not bound by contractual obligations, but still.
Meanwhile, various other carries that do indeed favour the contract business model have been going about one or two iPhone 5 price cuts of their own. With the iPhone 6 expected to land in about three months or so, we’re seeing plenty of price cuts bringing the contract-based iPhone 5 down to about the $100 mark or even lower in some cases.
And as the new iPhone launch draws ever closer, you can pretty much bank on in being offered free of charge soon enough.