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Prepaid For iPhone Is Here!

By AaronSamp - Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This is something that is very surprising to some, but makes a lot of sense to those that see the competition from Android really closing in on Apple’s crazy popular iPhone. This phone has been held to high standards and has been released with exclusivity being a selling point for many years now. However, it has been a while since this phone really stood out of the crowd and from a hardware standpoint, the iPhone is actually behind considerably when you look at some of the latest Android phones that have been released since the 4 and 4s. One thing Apple has never done well with is stiff competition, this means they need to expand their exposure and what better way than taking on another carrier.

It is a shock to see that you can now buy Apple’s flagship phone and use it on a network that many people have not even heard of yet. The Cricket Mobile company has been growing pretty fast and they offer some very attractive prepaid plans much like T-Mobile in the early years. You can now buy an iPhone 4 ($399) or 4s ($499) outright with no contract at all and use the Cricket pre-paid service to use all the cool web services and more that these phones have to offer.

I was personally surprised to see this go to another new vendor before being available on the original carrier (AT&T’s pre-paid network) as a Go Phone, but this will possibly open the device up to a completely new consumer base. Rumors say that Apple will soon be offering their phone on Virgin Mobile and US Cellular so this may be the exposure they need to compete with the latest Android phones. Broadening the client base will allow for a lot more App sales and will hopefully keep them competitive.

Right now, most of the latest Android enabled phones offer a more robust hardware configuration than the latest iPhone. This will surely be a driving force to push Apple to come out with a truly innovative new model of their phone this year, which is a much needed update after last years less than impressive 4s update. The mobile playing field is pretty much dominated by iOS devices and Android devices, but the fact that Android phones are produced by many different manufacturers and they are available on any wireless provider you can think of, this really is catch up time for Apple.

Unfortunately the hefty sticker price of these phones may scare away many people that are using pre-paid plans. Considering that many people use these plans to avoid spending a lot of cell phones and cell phone plans the four and five hundred dollar upfront cost may be more than most are willing to spend. If this spikes sales for Apple, you can be sure to see the iPhone available everywhere in the months to follow. Cricket Mobile must have make one heck of a deal to be the first pay as you go provider to offer this previously exclusive device to their customers and if nothing else, they will get plenty of free media exposure in return.

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