Deal alert: No-contract iPhone 5c now $360 via Virgin Mobile, iPhone 5s $440

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iphone5s-5cWell, well, well, it seems like the escalating iPhone 6 rumors might be taking a toll on sales of 2013 Apple-made handhelds, as iPhone 5s and 5c promotions are much more frequent than one would expect.

Mind you, the pair is aging, but traditionally, iPhones do so rather gracefully, getting heavy discounts only when they’re being replaced. At best. Not this time, as Virgin Mobile sells the no-contract iPhone 5c starting at $359.99, and its all-metal counterpart for $439.99 and up.

The deal is a web-only affair and probably bound to end soon, so you know what to do. Unless the larger iPhone 6 is too tempting to even consider settling. Remember though, the most optimist forecasts pinpoint the next-gen release for June. Worst case scenario? September. That’s seven months from now, which converts into about five mobile technology years.

As for the exact savings offered by Virgin Mobile, they’re quite hefty, since an unlocked, SIM-free [easyazon-link asin=”B00F3IU2UW” locale=”us”]iPhone 5c[/easyazon-link] generally costs $550, and the 5s $650. Sure, Virgin does require you activate the iPhones on their network, so technically they’re not SIM-free. But contract-free they are.

Not content with the bare minimum of on-board storage? Then why not go for the 32 GB iPhone 5c, at $440, the 5s correspondent ($520), or its 64 GB flavor, at $600? There are price cuts across the board, so expect to save roughly $200 – $250 whatever your option.

Via [Virgin Mobile]

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