Virgin Mobile offers $100 to T-Mobile customers to switch, is it enough?

Virgin Mobile offers $100 to T-Mobile customers to switch, is it enough?
Sprint's Virgin Mobile unit is trying to get disgruntled T-Mobile customers to make the switch to the pre-paid carrier. As a result, Virgin Mobile will pay $100 to current T-Mobile customers willing to move their phone number to Virgin Mobile. And the latter also has created a comparison chart showing how T-Mobile customers can save $330 over two-years. That includes $114 that you would save buying the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G for $299.99 from Virgin Mobile vs. the $413 you would have to pay T-Mobile for the Samsung Galaxy S II. It also includes the $100 bribe that you are being paid to switch carriers.

The chart might be factually correct, but we should point out that for just $10 more on T-Mobile, a customer would have unlimited data without the throttling that would be a possibility for $60 a month on T-Mobile's plan. Would a T-Mobile customer that uses a lot of data each month pay $70 for no-cap on data usage, or would he opt to pay the $10 less and hope that he doesn't go over the 2.5GB data cap at that price?

Additionally, T-Mobile customers would have to ask themselves if $100 is enough to make them switch carriers. Sure, there is no ETF with the new T-Mobile plan, but until the phone they purchased using the new EIP with the carrier is paid off completely, it remains locked to T-Mobile. That means that the $100 you're getting from Virgin Mobile would have to go toward the price of a new phone.

Suddenly, all that money that Virgin Mobile saves you over two years doesn't look so good after all.

source: AllThingsD



1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I'm good. I like having high-end phones. Galaxy s2 just isn't gonna do it for me.

4. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011


2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Phonearena apparently forgot that Virgin Mobile also offers cheaper plans than that for people that dont need unlimited everything, so if someone was to opt with that over the Tmobile phone, their savings would be more than worth it.

3. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

No thanks. If I remember correctly, Virgin Mobile is CDMA. I'll stick with GSM, because I already have compatible devices. Besides, they should be showing how their prices stack up against AT&T or Verizon. That would surely turn heads.

8. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

And Virgin Mobile is subsidary under Sprint

5. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

tmobile is best

6. sprucex unregistered

Im on VM for past 3yrs, Im satisfied with the service but any Tmobile customer would not be because of the horrifically slow data speeds and throttling. In fact, if the unlocked price of the HTC One is correct at 575$, Im headed over there!

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Oh no not the Galaxy s2... Lol fail, $10 more on tmobile gets you unlimited data with no reduced speed. They also have a $30 plan that is 5gb 4g data + unlimited 2g, way better plan than the $60 one for me becuase I dont use my phone for calls.

9. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Will verizon or sprint please take them out of the picture

10. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

It would cost me $200 to get out of my contract and the $340 I paid for my Nexus 4, so no. It's not enough.

11. Cannabis

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Lol on Sprint's Edge-like CDMA 3G speed, snail paced 4G WiMax network, and slow LTE rollout? NO THANKS!

12. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Not even close to being right but that's ok if you want to keep thinking that...

13. Gbrunner24

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

How is he incorrect? Sprint's data network is downright awful. Don't expect anything to get done over 3g, most people probably don't live in an area with the obsolete WiMax network, and their new LTE isn't all that fast. They're quietly rolling out LTE in my area and people are seeing peak speeds of about 10Mbps, whereas with verizon I see 25mbps+ all the time.

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