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Apple's (AAPL) deal with Leap Wireless (LEAP) to sell the iPhone to prepaid users could augur a...

Apple's (AAPL) deal with Leap Wireless (LEAP) to sell the iPhone to prepaid users could augur a broader push to offer the device with minimal subsidies (if any) in exchange for cheaper service plans, BTIG speculates. Consumers can buy unsubsidized iPhones for use on AT&T and Verizon's networks, but have to sign up for the same service plans as those buying subsidized devices. Boost Mobile will reportedly begin selling the iPhone to prepaid subs in September. (earlier)
Comments (5)
  • T-Mobile used to offer cheaper plans if you had your own phone or bought unsubsidized. Loved it.
    1 Jun 2012, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • Never understand why Apple did the deal with the two worse service providers in our area and US Cellular won't pick up the iPhone. I'll be the first in line to get one if they ever do. Everytime they make some new announcement, I get my hopes up to find out it's something lame...
    1 Jun 2012, 05:24 PM Reply Like
  • This would be a nightmare for AAPL----
    1 Jun 2012, 06:25 PM Reply Like
  • actually it can turn out to be quite brilliant, think about it three iPhone revenue streams:
    E/3G - prepaid; iPhone 3G, 4 and 4S; minimal subsidies on off-the-beat providers
    3G - 2-year data plans; iPhone 4S; subsidized but discount off new
    LTE - 2-year data plans; iPhone 5; subsidized no discount


    follows the "iPod" doctrine, yes?
    1 Jun 2012, 06:58 PM Reply Like
  • Hey guys! Relax. The prepaid market is going to be the biggest market for cell phone providers. It is cash and carry. No payables nothing. Look at countries in Asia-It is all prepaid. No contracts. So this is a good thing for Apple.
    2 Jun 2012, 11:54 PM Reply Like
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