Following customer backlash, Virgin Mobile will continue to sell Android phones until fall 2018

Following customer backlash, Virgin Mobile will continue to sell Android phones until fall 2018

Virgin Mobile, Sprint's pre-paid carrier, announced back in June that it will become an iPhone-only network operator. Thanks to a partnership with Apple, Virgin Mobile will start selling nothing but iPhones and debut a completely new plan – Inner Circle, which offers unlimited data for $50 a month.

To sweeten the deal, the pre-paid carrier announced two months later that it will start to offer a year of unlimited deal for $1 to all customers who activate their own iPhone and transfer the existing number to the Inner Circle plan.

Well, it appears that Virgin Mobile's plans to completely drop its Android portfolio have been delayed for about a year following customer feedback. More importantly, Android smartphones have returned to the carrier's website and can be purchased without any problems.

However, as mentioned earlier, that won't last too long. Virgin Mobile confirmed that it will continue to sell Android smartphones until fall 2018. Also, the carrier announced that it's now trying to sort out a solution with Boost Mobile that will enable customers to continue to use or upgrade their Android smartphones.


Although Virgin Mobile will continue to offer service and support for its existing Android customers, the carrier will no longer sell Android smartphones after the fall of 2018.

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9 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2219; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I knew that this was going to happen. It was a silly idea to try that.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 6728; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple must have paid a lot to make Virgin exclusive to iPhone's.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Surely because having only expensive products in the line-up gives the company a posh aura that channels the word "Premium" everywhere. Start selling expensive things and your name will soon be considered a handy tool in the toolkit of bragging rights. "Oh look, the man's on Virgin Mobile, how cool is that? He must be real rich!" It's a nice niche, I must admit, albeit they're a tad bit late. Too late. Blame those 'affordable' (or cheap, in other words) flip phones they'd been selling at Walmart not too long ago. Oh well, G'Day!

7. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Prepaid for the most part means you are poor or have terrible credit. So I can't wait to see what the iPhone only plans are gonna be like. I wonder how much you gotta put down on the phone in order to get it. Also, what happens if Apple decides its a bad idea and leaves? VM goes back to selling Android? Because we've seen what happens to company's that go Apple only and Apple decides to pack its bags and leave.

9. fastfreddy123

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

Thats not true. I have Tmobile Postpaid. Prepaid has some of the better plans and are Awesome when you are a parent and have kids. Boost has a plan for 30 including 3 gig of data and unlimited otherwise. You dont have to worry about overages or Clash of Clans running up your bill.I make it there allowance for doing chores if they dont do there chores i suspend service. When they were younger i had them use Kajeet . where we could keep track of them mostly [gps] and read there text. its

4. logicsdude

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

They've been a cheap MVNO on the least of the big 4 networks since day 1. Their appeal has been price, not status, and they try to go to all-iphone? Well no duh there was backlash, if you go to all iphone you lose all the people who were on your network for affordability, which is all of the people who are on your network.

5. almighty.peanut

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

20 years ago this would not fly. Microsoft got in trouble just for forcing IE on users as Monopoly. Apple really needs to be put in check.

6. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I would love to see that deal. Apple must be paying their lose in sales due to not carrying Android phones. That seems pretty anti-competitive for any carrier to exclusively only offer the iPhone and yet sell no other phones. But I assume Virgin Mobile doesn't have too many subscribers vs Sprint.

8. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Hmm, if the iphone keeps gaining momentum this might be a reality for every carrier. Let's hope the sheep disease stops here.

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