Customers of Boost Mobile will have a chance to snag the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in just one more week.
The company, which offers prepaid wireless plans, announced on Friday that it will offer both of the new iPhones starting Friday, October 17. Boost Mobile already sells the iPhone 5S and 5C as well as a variety of phones running Android, Google's mobile operating system.
What makes Boost Mobile special? A unit of Sprint, Boost Mobile differs from most other mobile carriers in that it offers only prepaid service for which you pay upfront. You pay the full price for the phone you want. You then pick a mobile plan and periodically add money to your account to keep it going.
Keep in mind that you'll be paying full price for the iPhone 6 through Boost, but the prices are $100 less than you'll typically find off contract:
- iPhone 6 16GB: $549.99
- iPhone 6 64GB: $649.99
- iPhone 6 128GB: $749.99
- iPhone 6 Plus 16GB: $649.99
- iPhone 6 Plus 64GB: $749.99
- iPhone 6 Plus 128GB: $849.99
There are no annual contracts or monthly bills with Boost. The service also promises no overage fees or roaming charges. Your only obligation is to make sure you have enough money in your account to keep your service turned on.
Boost offers three different mobile plans with unlimited talk and text and a certain amount of 3G or 4G data depending on the option you choose. The low-end plan offers 1GB of data at 3G or 4G speeds, the midtier plan kicks in 5GB of data, and the high-end plan provides 10GB of data. The only limitation is that the lower-end plan may limit your video streaming to 3G.
In a, Boost trimmed the monthly cost of each plan by $5. So at least for the next few weeks, the low-end plan will cost you $35 a month, the midtier $45 a month, and the high-end plan $55 a month.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale at all major US carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile -- on September 19. Apple soldin their first weekend of availability, setting a new record for new smartphone sales at the company.