It's funny to think that it wasn't all that long ago that the iPhone was still an AT&T exclusive. But over the past few years, and in some instances months, the iPhone has come to Verizon, Sprint, and a number of smaller regional networks as well.
And now we can add Cricket Communications to that list.
Cricket announced today that both the iPhone 4 and 4S will be available to subscribers without a 2-year contract beginning on June 22. The rub, of course, is that the buy in price for the 4 and 4S will be at $399 and $499 respectively. Note that those prices refer to the 8GB iPhone 4 and 16GB iPhone 4S. The upside is that the monthly contract will only set you back about $55/month and will include unlimited voice, SMS, and data. And by unlimited they really mean a friendly 2.3GB cap.
Cricket's press release reads:
Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc.announced today that it will be the first pre-paid carrier in the US to offer iPhone to its customers. Beginning on Friday, June 22, Cricket will offer iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with its $55 per-month, all-inclusive unlimited talk, text and data plan...
"Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer, Leap Wireless International, Inc. "Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan."
Following Cricket's announcement, Apple issued the following statement to The Loop:
"By making iPhone available on pre-paid plans through Cricket Wireless, we are making the best smartphone more accessible to an even broader market in the US."
And so Apple's iPhone assault on North America continues.