Apple is getting serious about trying to dominate the prepaid phone market.
The Wall Street Journalreports that Sprint's Virgin Mobile will start selling a prepaid iPhone on July 1, making it the second carrier in the United States to do so and the first carrier with national reach.
Apple's partnership with Sprint will likely do much more to expand the iPhone's reach. As the Journal points out, Cricket is a regional network that covers just 60 million people while Virgin Mobile is national and covers 278 million people.
There's no word yet on how much Virgin Mobile will charge for the iPhone and the plan. Cricket charges $399 for an 8 GB iPhone 4 and a set price of $55 each month for unlimited talk, text and data. That price range, combined with Virgin Mobile's reach, could convince many Americans to pick up an iPhone who might otherwise be apprehensive about signing a two-year contract.