Virgin Mobile scores the iPhone

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Optus-owned Virgin Mobile has become the fourth Australian mobile carrier to get its hands on the iPhone. It will sell the handheld device on August 1.

According the staff at Virgin, you can get the 8GB version for $0 upfront if they sign a 24-month contract for $70 per month, which gives them $520 worth of calls and text and 1GB of data capacity – and you can upgrade it to 2GB for an additional $15 per month ($85 in total).

The 2GB thing is a definite surprise, since no other carrier – including its parent, Optus – has not offered more than 1GB of data since the iPhone’s launch. While no plans have been revealed for the 16GB model, staff have said that it will be revealed on Friday.