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Major U.S. carrier is embracing the iPhone and saying bye-bye to Android

by Brandon Russell | June 21, 2017June 21, 2017 11:30 am PDT

Google’s Android is the most popular mobile platform by a good margin, yet Virgin Mobile has decided it only wants to sell Apple’s iPhone going forward.

The carrier on Wednesday announced it’s partnering with Apple to sell the iPhone—and only the iPhone—beginning June 27. Which is to say, if you go to Virgin Mobile location in the hopes of picking up Samsung’s Galaxy S8, you’ll be shown the front door.

In an effort to entice would-be iPhone owners over to Sprint’s sub-brand, Virgin Mobile is offering customers 12 months of unlimited talk, text, and data for just $1. After the year is up, the plan will revert to the normal rate of $50 per month.

“There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else,” Virgin said in a blog post. “At Virgin Mobile, we’re teaming with Apple to offer you nothing but the world’s most popular phone. Because life in the Inner Circle is about living big, expanding your horizons and pursuing your passions. And it starts with an iPhone you’ll adore.”

Assuming you have coverage in your area, this is a pretty good deal not only because you’ll get service for just $1, but you’ll get to take advantage of Virgin-specific perks, including up to 20-percent off flights on Virgin America and a free night’s stay at a Virgin Hotel.

You’ll have to sign up before July 31 in order to take advantage of the deal.

Although Virgin Mobile calls its plan unlimited, there are some caveats. If you go over 23GB a month, your data service may be “deprioritized.” Additionally, video streams will be capped at 480p, while roaming is capped at 800 minutes and 100MB of data.

They say variety is the spice of life, but clearly Virgin Mobile disagrees. If all you care about is the iPhone, it may be worthwhile to check out the carrier’s new deal.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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