Remember when the iPhone used to be on just one U.S. carrier? What a difference five years makes. The iPhone 5 is now on 16 U.S. carriers including prepaid companies such as Cricket. And there’s more good news on the way: It seems that prepaid customers holding out for the iPhone 5 on Virgin Mobile might not have to wait very long, as MacRumors has learned that Apple has “Virgin-specific CDMA iPhone 5 units lined up and ready to go.” 

Neither Apple (AAPL) or Virgin Mobile have announced any plans to sell the a prepaid iPhone 5 at this time. The model numbers discovered by MacRumors reveal the carrier will sell the iPhone 5 in all three capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Virgin Mobile currently sells the 8GB iPhone 4 for $549.99 and the 16GB iPhone 4S for $649.99 with the lowest prepaid plan costing $30 per month for 300 minutes and unlimited messaging and data.

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Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.