No-contract carrier Cricket to offer iPhone 5 beginning September 28

With the arrival of the iPhone 5, there's been a lot of discussion regarding the advantages and disadvantages of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Now another option that you might consider: a no-contract iPhone 5 from Cricket. The new phone will be available from Cricket starting September 28. Read more on CNET. What's the advantage of a no-contract carrier? You can save money. You pay more up front for an unlocked phone, but your prepaid usage comes out to be less money than the contracts from the major carriers. Cricket hasn't announced how much they'll charge for the iPhone 5, but it'll likely be the same as the $499 that they've been charging for the iPhone 4S. You can see their charges on their website, which start at $25/month for 300 minutes. The nice thing is that you can buy service only when you need it, and if you don't' currently have prepaid minutes, you can still use your iPhone via WiFi. An article in USA Today from this past summer compares the costs of getting prepaid iPhone service from Cricket and Virgin Mobile.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.