Cricket to begin offering the iPhone 4 and 4S on June 22

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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