Virgin Mobile trims prices on unsubsidized iPhone 5S, 5C

The new sale from Virgin Mobile shaves 10 percent off the usual price of the two unsubsidized iPhones, but it's good for only a limited time.

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Virgin Mobile subscribers looking for an unsubsidized version of the iPhone 5S or 5C may want to check out a new sale from the carrier.

Virgin Mobile has cut the prices of all unsubsidized editions of the two new iPhones by 10 percent. The 16GB iPhone 5S is on sale for $495, the 32GB model for $585, and the 64GB edition for $675. The 16GB iPhone 5C is selling for $405 and the 32GB flavor for $495.

The 8GB iPhone 4 is also in on the sale with its price dropping by 20 percent to $160.

Those numbers are a hefty savings off the unlocked iPhone prices offered by Apple and other vendors. But the iPhones sold by Virgin Mobile are locked to the carrier. The sale started on January 14 and will last until the end of this week, a Virgin Mobile rep told CNET.

Updated 4:30 p.m PT: to clarify that the phones are unsubsidized but not unlocked.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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