Virgin Mobile, Leap Wireless to offer prepaid iPhone

Virgin Mobile USA, the prepaid brand owned by US number-three operator Sprint, joins Leap Wireless as the second deal Apple has struck with prepaid carriers.

Virgin Mobile will offer the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S beginning 29 June at tariffs lower than the iPhone prices unveiled by rival prepaid operator Leap Wireless. The Virgin program will offer unlimited data and messaging plans beginning as low as US$30 per month without a contract. Customers can use the iPhone as a mobile hotspot for an additional US$15 per month.