Although Virgin Mobile is raising prices and soft-capping data on their Beyond Talk plans they did throw moderate text and talk users users a bone in the form of more texts and data on the $30/month Beyond Talk plan.
This change makes Virgin's monthly payLo package much more competitive. Here's a table comparing the $30 monthly plans from other carriers.
|Operator||Plan or Package||Network||Technology||Monthly Cost||Voice min.||SMS||Data|
|Virgin Mobile||payLo||Sprint||CDMA||30.00||1500||1500||30 MB, overage $1.50/MB|
|Straight Talk||All You Need||Verizon or AT&T||CDMA or GSM||30.00||1000||1000||30 MB no overage|
|T-Mobile||Monthly 4G||T-Mobile||GSM||30.00||1500 (minutes & texts combined)||1500 (minutes & texts combined)||30 MB, overage $1.50/day|
|Page Plus||Talk n' Text 1200||Verizon||CDMA||29.95||1200||2000||100 MB, overage $0.15/MB|
Virgin payLo is targeted at the light to moderate user who wants affordable basic service. As such the handset selection in limited to feature phones and doesn't include any smartphones or even basic touch screen devices.
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to which Virgin Mobile phones are allowed on payLo and which can be used on Beyond Talk. This month's Virgin/Boost dealer newsletter includes the following table which should help clear things up.
|LG Optimus V||$149.99||x|
|BlackBerry Curve 8530||$179.99||x|