Virgin Mobile to sell iPhone 5S, 5C starting October 1

Prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile will sell Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C on its contract-free network beginning October 1.

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Apple's popular flagship handset, the iPhone 5S, and its less expensive counterpart, the 5C, will be available off-contract to Virgin Mobile customers.

According to the prepaid carrier's Twitter, it will begin selling the devices on October 1.

This is uncommonly fast for Virgin, since it usually takes a couple of months after an iPhone's debut for it to arrive on the carrier.

Though Virgin's promo site for the devices does not outline pricing information, the company has confirmed the following contract-free pricing:

16GB          32GB          64GB
iPhone 5S       $549.99 $649.99 $749.99
iPhone 5C        $449.99 $549.99 N/A

The iPhone 5S features a 4-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and a unique fingerprint ID scanner on its home button. The iPhone 5C has much of the same specs with a less powerful A6 processor, and comes in several colors. For more information on the devices, be sure to read CNET's iPhone 5S and 5C reviews.

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Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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