reply to xenophon
Re: Did Sprint get burned? It's probably even less than that. I saw an analysis about sprint having to sell an iphone to close to 50% of it's customer base by the time all was said and done. Not even ATT has that kind of iphone usage after carrying it for nearly 5 years.
This is still a very very very risky thing for cricket to do since they sell a very nice prepaid android phone for half the cost of the i4 and it is somewhere between the 4 and 4s in capabilities and features. I see this as more of an ability to bring more traffic to stores, but it's a hard sell to the typical prepaid customer to get them to pay twice or more for a similar device. So while they may increase sales and subs of more affordable devices, it leaves a contract bomb that may not be satisfied.
Also note that it's not available in their Sprint resell areas, and it's not available even in their native infrastructure "tri-band" areas, which some are major markets (Chicago, Las vegas, Baltimore, DC, Philly, and more)
I really cannot fathom Cricket's limited classic non triband market area selling more than 100K iphones a year and they contracted for 600K.