Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1
by Alan Friedman / Jun 21, 2017, 11:50 AM
In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally priced at $50 a month. Offering unlimited talk, text and data, the plan requires the subscriber to sign up for Auto Pay.
With the Inner Circle unlimited data offering, Virgin customers receive streaming video at a resolution up to 480p (DVD quality), while music streams as high as 500kbps. Streaming cloud gaming will run at 2mbps. And during periods of heavy cell tower traffic, subscribers who have consumed 23GB or more of data during a month can find themselves the subject of data deprioritization.
For an additional $5 per month, users receive unlimited global texting and unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico. For an additional $10 per month, subscribers receive everything in the $5 bundle plus unlimited calls to landlines in 70 countries, 200 voice minutes to certain cellphones in over 50 countries, and lower per minute voice rates to 200 locations.
It all starts on June 27th when Virgin Mobile will limit its phone sales to the aforementioned iPhone models. For more information, visit Virgin Mobile's website (virginmobileusa.com/plans) or visit your local Virgin Mobile location.
Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 27, 2011
To say the very least, that's an interesting business move. Yes, a lot of people like iPhones but for a budget carrier's cheapest phone to be $280 just seems a little risky.
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 12:14 PM 5
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Now that's a "Sprint move" :-)
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 12:32 PM 2
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Apple must have given them a great deal on their iPhones. Especially when every carrier has to buy the phones they are selling. First of all I have never seen so many sales on iPhones. Some carriers are offering free iPhone SE with the purchase of an iPhone 6s or 7. These deals are with other carriers other than Sprint. I have even seen Apples latest iPhone 7 go for free on contract. Besides there is so many good deals on Android smartphones, and many are unlocked. So you can easily move from one carrier to another.
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 1:54 PM 0
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It's still an iPhone SE which is pretty good, plus $600 of phone service for $1. After the year is done, you can get the phone unlocked for free by Virgin and move it to any carrier like T-Mo since this model of the Virgin Mobile iPhone supports all T-Mo LTE bands (2, 4 and 12) and it'll work with most AT&T bands.
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 9:58 PM 0
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Not even poor people want android phones
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 1:16 PM 4
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I don't see this working out too good. A lot of peeps who are on Virgin Mobile choice them because of the cheap plans and get phones for less than $200
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 1:16 PM 2
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You pay $50/month and data deprioritization kicks in if 23gb is consumed. Is this a joke? I live in India, and for $6/month i get 56gb of lte data without any speed throttling. Or maybe i misunderstood the meaning of deprioritization.
posted on Jun 21, 2017, 4:17 PM 0
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Its a very interesting business move to say the least. Two things could happen it's either a very shrewd business move or it will backfire spectacularly. I dont see it working out very well for them buy only offering the Iphone thats limiting there revenue stream
posted on Jun 22, 2017, 3:18 PM 0
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I certainly hope for the best for Virgin Mobile... I hope they succeed at what they are doing, however they get there; however, it does strike me odd that a prepaid carrier would force the expensive Apple ecosystem on prepaid customers. Perhaps they are trying to bring about an "exclusivity club" vibe over there. I am a prepaid customer at Cricket, and I went with prepaid to avoid the ever increasing costs of postpaid carriers, and because they offer the same coverage as AT&T (minus roaming agreements, as far as I know) with cheap limited data plans (which have grown in size, and not price, to the point that I could get by with their lowest smartphone plan). I would be gone if Cricket suddenly became an "iPhone only" prepaid carrier, so I am hoping this does not spread too widely (unless they released a truly "cheap" iPhone, which the iPhone SE is not; flagship smartphones back in 2007 and 2008 topped out at about $400 to $450, with few exceptions, so the SE, a compact mid-tier device, is just as expensive as the flagships were back then).
posted on Jun 25, 2017, 7:29 PM 0
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