Cricket will release prepaid iPhone 5 on Sept. 28; C Spire to launch new iPhone on the 28th as well

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Cricket Communicationsannounced on Thursday that it will sell Apple’s (AAPLiPhone 5 on September 28th, exactly one week after it first launches on September 21st. The wireless company best known for its off-contract plans didn’t immediately disclose which iPhone 5 models would be available with its prepaid plans, nor did it discuss pricing. One thing is for sure: Cricket’s iPhone 5 won’t come at on-contract prices of $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). For reference, Cricket sells the 8GB iPhone 4 for $399.99 and the iPhone 4S for $499.99. Prepaid users can likely expect pricing along those lines or higher.

In addition to Cricket, small U.S. regional carrier C Spire Wireless announced on Wednesday that it will also carry the iPhone 5 on September 28th. Pricing and capacity models weren’t revealed at the time of writing. A C Spire Wireless representative did confirm to BGR that it will not offer the iPhone 5 as a prepaid option on September 28th, though.

“C Spire Wireless today announced that it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers beginning Friday, September 28,” the company said in a statement. “For more information, please visit www.cspire.com/iphone5. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit www.apple.com/iphone.”

Cricket’s press release follows below.

Cricket to Offer iPhone 5

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers in select Cricket markets in the U.S. beginning Friday, September 28. For more information please visit: www.mycricket.com/iphone5. For more information on iPhone 5, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving approximately 6 million customers. Cricket offers wireless voice and mobile data services over the latest, high-quality, all-digital 4G (LTE) and 3G CDMA wireless networks. In 2011, Cricket launched its award-winning Muve Music® product, the first music service designed for a wireless phone that now has more than 600,000 customers. Cricket’s innovative products and services are available at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.

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