My discovery on Virgin Mobile's site today was a good and bad one. Virgin Mobile is not yet carrying the iPhone 5, but they do have the iPhone 4s for $450 and the iPhone 4 for $350. That's roughly $200 cheaper than when I bought mine last summer!
I don't care about the iPhone 5; I'm happy with the 4s.
But I'm just saying: if you're in the market for a new cell phone plan, Virgin Mobile has no contract, monthly plans starting at $35 with unlimited data and messaging. It's an even better time to jump on the bandwagon now then when I did.
There are two catches:
1) You pay for the full price of the phone upfront.
My calculations, however, showed me that I would come out about even with competing plans (like Verizon) over the course of two years, given that Virgin Mobile's month-to-month plans are so much cheaper than average. You would save even more than me, however, now that the selling cost of the iPhone is less. And of course there are cheaper droids available too.
2) You must have a good Sprint signal.
Virgin Mobile piggybacks off of Sprint's towers and network. If you don't get decent Sprint coverage in your area, you probably won't be happy with Virgin Mobile's connectivity.
P.S. Virgin Mobile is actually not paying me for this shameless plug ;)