Cricket will begin offering the first prepaid iPhones in the U.S. next month. (Cricket )
Cricket announced Thursday that it will become the first U.S. carrier to offer a prepaid iPhone starting in late June.
The company said it'll begin carrying 16GB versions of the iPhone and iPhone 4S beginning on June 22.
in its announcement, Cricket said it will sell the phones online, at its stores, at select dealers and over the phone for $499.99 for the 4S and $399.99 for the 4.
Users of the service who choose to buy the prepaid iPhone will pay a $55 fee for unlimited talk and text and 2.3 GBs of data per month.
"Our customers want the best products available, and we are excited to bring iPhone to our prepaid consumers with an industry-leading $55-per-month service plan," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Leap Wireless International, Cricket's parent company.
"Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan," he said in a statement.
Though the Cricket iPhones will cost $200 more than their two-year contract counterparts at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, they are $150 cheaper than non-contract iPhones available at those carriers.
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