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Virgin Mobile Adds iPhone 5 to Prepaid Lineup

Virgin Mobile USA is bringing the iPhone 5 to its lineup of prepaid phones next week, offering it through its Beyond Talk plans, which start at $35 a month. Of course, the phone itself will range from $550 to $750, depending on storage size. Virgin Mobile is not the first brand to offer the iPhone 5 through prepaid options: Cricket Wireless and AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone brand also offer or support the iPhone 5, while T-Mobile sells the iPhone 5 starting at $580 without a contract, and Walmart sells the device through Straight Talk, sans contract, for $649.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus