New Virgin smartphone and pre-paid plans set to take over May 9th
The new plans include $25 pre-paid plan that includes 100 anytime minutes, unlimited texts in the U.S. and Canada, 100MB of data and additional minutes cost 30 cents. Add $10 a month to the $35 pre-paid plan includes unlimited incoming calls, unlimited weekends and evenings from 7pm-7am, free U.S. and Canadian texts and extra minutes are 30 cents. BlackBerry users get unlimited FaceBook, Twitter BBM or Email and BBM. Otrher smartphones get 250MB of data.
There are three smartphone plans starting with the $50 monthly plan that comes with 150 minutes, unlimited International text, 5PM evenings and 500MB of data. This plan is eligible for My Peeps and BYOP. The $55 monthly plan gives you 200 minutes of talk, unlimited incoming calls and international text messages, 5PM evenings, 50MB of data and is eligible for My Peeps and BYOB. The highest priced smartphone plan runs $60 per month and offers 300 minutes of talk, unlimited incoming calls and international texts, 5M evenings, 1GB of data and also is eligible for MyPeeps and BYOP.
1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1060; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Hmm... None of those seem like a good deal.
2. hyperking (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2012)
This sounds good if they want to loose custumers
3. RitaC (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)
Well they about to lose every customer!!!!!!!!!
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Stupid, stupid, stupid move. The current plans are like 35, 45, and 55, all with unlimited text and data, and 300, 1200, and unlimited minutes. This is such an insane value drop it isn't even funny.
5. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
It's unlimited data but the first 2.5 GB is 3G speed if you get that. I get spotty data connection during peak hours and typically get 600 to 700 kbps download speeds during offpeak. The data speeds were much faster last year.
I'm still grandfathered at Virgin's $25 a month, but to be honest, I rather be on t-mobile with Exhibit II and 5GB at 4G speeds.
7. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You're right, of course, but at least it was only throttling, and it was happening at a data level that would fit most customers' needs. The new plans aren't entirely worthless, especially for those customers who have family in other countries, but it's going to hurt their general standing.
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Virgin Mobile/Sprints network is horrible when it comes to data speeds.
8. beryleo (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
I am relatively sure these are for Virgin Mobile Canada, seeing as they have a bring your own phone option, which involves sim cards, which are not present in the CDMA phones sold by virgin mobile usa.
9. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
Good call beryleo. You are right. On the top of page 3, it even says "Canada Wide Talk and Text." These are not US plans. They fit the style of Canadian plans on all carriers to a T. Don't they even look at the images before posting this crap as news? As usual phonearena has proven to be an unreliable source. Even worse, they don't even bother to look at their own "proof" to see what it's saying. Pathetic.
10. troutsy (Posts: 287; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Why are you even here?
I don't mean Phonearena, I mean on this planet... don't you have better places to be?
12. irod87 (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
These clearly do not look like Virgin Mobile USA. It says Canada on the top.
13. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
LOL we should have looked at the photos closer!
14. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
That scared me for a sec... didn't realize it was Canada. I just sent one of my friends over to Virgin Mobile because he wanted the cheapest smartphone he could get. I would feel like a huge jerk if they switched to these plans...