Virgin Mobile pairs pre-paid iPhone with $30 plan

Confirming earlier reports that Virgin Mobile would be the next pre-paid seller of iPhones in the U.S., Sprint announced it would begin doing so on June 29. The iPhone 4 and 4S arrive that day with a unique twist: A low monthly rate starting at $30.

Virgin Mobile is next to offer pre-paid iPhone, says WSJ

Apple’s iPhone will soon arrive on Virgin Mobile, and the announcement should come sometime later this week, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The plan will be pre-paid, and should be available “as soon as July 1,” though no pricing details were avialable.

Virgin Mobile gets a Google Wallet phone: LG Optimus Elite

As the only major U.S. carrier backing Google Wallet, Sprint is trying to help its cause, releasing the LG Optimus Elite for Virgin Mobile on Tuesday. The $149 Android 2.3 smartphone costs $149.99, putting an NFC-based smartphone in the hands of a wider potential audience.

$99 now gets you in the Android game without a contract

Pre-paid smartphone prices are in decline, and now Virgin Mobile is offering a new Android handset for $99. The no-contract smartphone offers basic hardware but could appeal based on Virgin’s $35 monthly plan: unlimited Sprint 3G data and texts, along with 300 voice minutes.

Virgin Mobile to slow heavy smartphone data users

Virgin Mobile will begin to reduce the mobile broadband speeds of smartphone users on March 23, following a similar path as T-Mobile, AT&T and others who have offered unlimited plans. Facing huge demand for mobile data, the days of truly unlimited plans appear numbered.

Coming to America: China Telecom launching U.S. service

China Telecom is moving ahead with plans to pursue an MVNO service in the U.S. starting next year. A China Telecom executive said the branded cellular service will start early next year and will target tourists and travelers who fly between China and the U.S. frequently.