What's your favorite social network? Virgin Mobile wants to connect you for just $12

What's your favorite social network? Virgin Mobile wants to connect you for just $12
What's your favorite social network? If the answer is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, then Virgin Mobile will soon have a deal that might interest you, and it will only cost $12 per month. Of course, for that price, you know there is a pretty big caveat: the only data service you'd get would be to connect to one of those two social networks.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Sprint is going to offer a new wireless plan for Virgin Mobile pre-paid customers called Virgin Mobile Custom, which will cater to users who only really care about certain parts of the Internet. The base plan costs $7 per line, and gets you just 20 minutes of talk and 20 texts. Adding another $5 per month ($12 total), will get you unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest; or, you can pay an additional $15 ($22 total) to get access to all four. Lastly, you can choose to pay another $5 per month will get you unlimited music streaming from any app you want. 

If you're cost conscious, this could be a pretty amazing deal. But, it also does cause concern for Net Neutrality activists, because this exact type of plan is what is shown as an example of what can go wrong when data isn't treated equally. On a small scale like this, it seems like a great deal, but what happens when you push it further? Imagine that your only option were plans like this where you have to pay $5 extra for each of the services you love, like YouTube, Maps, Skype, etc. The costs add up quickly, and the service you get is decidedly more limited.

source: WSJ

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8 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Whisper. Yes I'm fun at parties, tho I've not been to one.

2. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

None! twitter is pointless if you have nothing for people to follow even though everyone follows everyone anyways :/ Facebook is full of bugs, spam and messed up statues. Instagram is good to share images to family and friends but 40% are girls in the gym showing of the backsides 20% boys showing of there forehead line, 10% pointless images of rich people bored, and 30% i love my self selfies but the most Annoying thing is instagram app only works when it wants to.

3. CheckThisOut2k

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Snap Chat not in order.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree, this is simply a dangerous precedent. Thank you for making the folks that post here some what aware.

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

This is dangerous because it's introducing tiered internet usage. I see this carching on like crazy unfortunately.

6. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Twitter for me, Facebook forces people to do things, like downloading a separate chat app.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I heard a little bit about this before, but I don't get it. I don't have the Messenger app on my Moto G, and I use the Facebook app to chat just fine.

8. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

This isn't even cheap though?

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