If you’re interested in an Apple smartphone, then Virgin Mobile USA has a deal for you. Google Android users need not apply.
The cellphone-service provider, which is owned by Sprint, announced that it will become the nation’s first carrier that provides service only for iPhone users. Preorders are being accepted through June 26, 2017.
As an inducement for you to join, Virgin Mobile is offering “unlimited” data, text and calls for a year for $1—yes, one dollar—as long as consumers sign up by July 31, 2017. After that date, Virgin Mobile’s introductory offer will be for 6 months of “unlimited” service for $1. The service, which is called Inner Circle, will cost $50 per month after the introductory offers conclude.
Of course, a few caveats exist. “Unlimited” data will be throttled after 23GB of data use per month, and the $1 price requires auto-pay and—more significantly—the purchase of an iPhone from Virgin Mobile. In other words, if you already own an iPhone and you want to switch to Virgin Mobile, you’ll pay the $50 monthly service fee unless you buy a new phone and switch your number. The $1 amount also doesn’t include taxes.
Virgin Mobile says it will offer the following models of iPhone: SE, 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus, which range in price from $280 for an entry-level iPhone SE to $970 for a top-of-the-line iPhone 7 Plus.