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Virgin Mobile Confirms Upcoming Price Increases, Grandfathering and Data Soft Caps

Virgin Mobile has issued a press release that confirms upcoming price increases to Beyond Talk plans.

The new rates are effective July 20th, 2011 and are the same as I reported last week based on a leaked dealer newsletter.
Old Price* New Price** Text, Data, Email & Web Voice minutes
$25/Month  $35/Month  Unlimited  300
$40/Month  $45/Month  Unlimited  1200
$60/Month  $55/Month  Unlimited  Unlimited
* $10 extra for blackBerrys. ** No extra charge for BlackBerry.

What's newsworthy about the press release is that Virgin confirms that only new Beyond Talk customers will be subject to the new rates, existing users will be grandfathered and will not see any increase.
"Existing Beyond Talk Virgin Mobile customers as of July 19 can keep their current plan pricing as long as they don’t let their account expire, and they can upgrade to new devices without incurring additional costs."
This means that if you are on the $25 or $35 plans you will not see any increase, and if you are on $60 plan or the $50 or $70 BlackBerry plan you should call Virgin Mobile on July 20th and ask to be put on the new pans which are $5 cheaper.

Virgin Mobile is releasing a new high end Android phone, the Motorola Triumph (image above), on or shortly after July 20th, the day the new rates take effect. Virgin Mobile has confirmed that existing Beyond Talk users can upgrade to the Triumph without triggering a plan price increase. The Triumph will retail for $299.99 and features:
  • 4.1 inch 800 x 480 px screen
  • EVDO rev A 3G data
  • 5 MP camera
  • 720p HD video playback
  • Android 2.2
Also in starting sometime in October, Virgin Mobile will institute soft data caps on all Beyond Talk Plans. Data will still be unlimited but if you use more than 2.5 GB in a monthly billing cycle your data speeds will be reduced to approximately 250 kbps for the remainder of the month. 2.5 GB is quite a bit of data, enough to view 2500 desktop web pages or 36,000 plain text emails. But if you tether or watch a lot of videos or listen to streaming audio for hours on end you will likely hit the cap. 2.5 GB is only 20 hours of mobile YouTube video (little over an hour of video per day) or 90 hours of streaming audio (about 3 hours per day).

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  1. Its 7/21/11 and the website shows old prices still

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  2. I've been seeing the new prices on virginmobileusa.com since yesterday. Try refreshing the page and/or clearing the browser cache.

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  3. Great post, I was wondering why my Virgin Mobile phone didn't go up in price with the price hike, they kept the grandfathering rather quiet, I'm certainly not going to complain. I've never been happier with a mobile provider - keep it up Virgin!

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    1. I'm surprised it took Sprint this long to start screwing its newly acquired Virgin customers (who found refuge from the big monster mobile money suckers like Sprint and the others) .... I agree that Virgin, in my experience, has been the best pre-paid/no contract mobile providers to-date. The limit is higher, granted, than others before the speed reduction..... but Virgin is already limited to 3G-only service only (the other "unlimited" plans are with 4G service), so let's hope that next step us Sprint moving Virgin to 4G (restoring Virgins luster)!

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  4. So if i was on the $25 plan last month will i still be paying 25So im i was on the $25 plan last month will i still be paying 25 or did the price go up?

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  5. Yes, if you were on the $25/month plan before the price increase you are greandfathered and will continue be on the $25 plan going forward.

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  6. Will the price go up in a few months for the people like my self who are grandfathered in? I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to stay with Virgin mobile or not. Also if I switch phones to the new Motorola will I lose the grandfathered in status?

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  7. Virgin Mobile could raise the price for grandfathered users at some point in the future.

    However, they have grandfathered other old plans like "Texter's Delight" and "Pay Less Every 90" which were discontinued years ago. I don't expect them to increase the price for grandfathered Beyond Talk plans.

    Switching to another Beyond Talk eligible phone like the Motorola Triumph will not trigger a price increase.

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  8. Thanks for the quick response!

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  9. I've been on the $25 plan for a few months now, did I read the original post correctly in that if I were to not pay the day my monthly plan was up, then I would be nudged into the $35 increase?

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  10. No, you have a 90 day grace period to top up after your monthly plan ends before your lose your grandfathered status (and your phone number).

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  11. Great info! thanks. Very helpful since I am leaving the country for 3 weeks and in that time frame my monthly top up cycle will be due, I can still keep the same rate and just top up when I get back!

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  12. Why did the prices go up? I was going to buy the $25 plan, but now since its $35 a month im not.

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  13. what happens if im already paying 25 but want a new phone???

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  14. Changing phones won't trigger the price increase, your monthly charge will stay at $25.

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  15. phew what a relief thanks for your help

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  16. does any one know whether virgin usa will be getting the i phone any time soon with sprint getting the iphone 4s? thanks

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  17. I don't see that happening soon. Maybe in a year or two but right now Sprint wants to use the iPhone to get people to sign two contracts at $70-$140 (plus $10 or more in "taxes & fees").

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  18. Oh thats a shame.. thanks for ur help!

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  19. will changing area codes trigger a price increase from the $25 to $35?

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  20. An area code/phone number change shouldn't trigger an increase but you should confirm that with Virgin Mobile support.

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  21. is the optimus slider any good? im getting mixed reviews about it.

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  22. I hope so. I haven't used one yet. It's always good to wait a few weeks after a new phone release to see the first user reviews.

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  23. im not sure whether to get the lg optimus v or not, will its android software be outdated compared to the new optimus slider and scheduled to be released htc wildfire s?

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  24. The Optimus V is currently Android 2.2. The Slider and Wildfire are 2.3. Sprint's Optimus S has been updated to 2.3 and I suspect that the Optimus V will be too eventually if not by Virgin then by the community.

    2.2 vs 2.3 is not a big deal, they are pretty similar. The next version of Android, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a major release but I don't think any of the three phones will even run 4.0.

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  25. when do you think that android 4.0 will come out? im just afraid that if i get the optimus v it will be outdated very soon

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  26. It was announced Wednesday. The first 4.0 phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, will be released in November on Verizon. Google says it is capable or running on any phone that can run 23. Of course, it's up to the carriers and manufacturers to make it available for each phone.

    Read all about 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) at Wired

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  27. i see that virgin mobile usa was meant to release the htc wildfire s yesterday? what happened?

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  28. The HTC Wildfire S is launching as an exclusive for BestBuy and Radio Shack. It's available now in White at RadioShack. The Best Buy version is Silver. It's not showing up on BestBuy.com yet but it may be available in BestBuy stores

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  29. oh ok thank you. it wasn't on virgins website so i presumed it hadn't been released.

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  30. Has anyone tried a area code change and kept the $25 plan?

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  31. I haven't tried it but a phone number/area code change is not supposed to effect the plan price. There's now a one time charge for a number change $10 if you do it online, $15 if you call.

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  32. i have seen that target is going to sell the lg optimus v for $50 on black friday!! can you confirm this?

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  33. Confirmed. See Black Friday Deals on Prepaid Phones. The Blackberry Curve, Intercept and Wildfire S are among the otherVirgin Mobile Black Friday deals.

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  34. does anyone think that 3.2" is an ideal screen size? i got the wildfire s so i just want to know

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  35. 2.5 GB is only 20 hours of
    mobile YouTube video (little over an hour of
    video per day)

    20 hours of video is .67 hours (40 minutes) a day for a month.

    Had to comment because of that, but reading more comments people here should be aware that the Optimus V has an active XDA forum and Cyanogen mod ports including Android 2.3.

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  36. Virgin Mobile has postponed implementing the 2.5 GB cap until sometime in 2012.

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  37. which would you say is the better phone? lg optimus slider or htc wildfires?

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  38. Optimus Slider for sure. Low end HTC's don't impress me. The original Optimus V is the best entry level Android on the market. The slider has QWERTY and a faster processor and it's on sale for $100 today on virginmobileusa.com

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  39. thanks im thinking about swapping the htc for the slider because of todays cyber monday sale. one more thing, can the slider scan QR codes?

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  40. Yes, if you install the free Barcode Scanner app from the Android Market.

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  41. If I am currently grandfathered in the 25.00 a month plan and want to swtich phones to the Blackberry 8530, what will my montly cost rise to?

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  42. It would cost you $35/month. The grandfathered BlackBerry price and the new price for any phone are both $35

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  43. would the grandfathering price for the optimus slider be 25 a month?

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  44. Yes a phone change is not supposed to affect the grandfathered price.

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  45. yeswap is right. I bought my kids the optimus v and they're plans stayed the same at the $25 old rate.

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  46. yeah im so glad i got virgin while it was still $25

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  47. Any idea what happens if I swap from one Optimus V to another (new) Optimus V. Great phone and happy with it and the $25 plan, but current phone has existing thin line of "dead pixels" on the screen and BestBuy has the phone for $65 this week. Would keep old phone for the Angry Birds for my 4-year old (probably how the pixels died in the first place). So techincally not an upgrade, but a swap.

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  48. Switching phones should not affect your grandfathered status. You will still be on the $25 plan after replacing the Optimus with any non-BlackBerry, including another Optimus.

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  49. EXCUSE ME CAN I STILL BUY THE VIRGIN MOBILE BLACKBERRY AND STILL ACTIVATE IT? ITS NOT LISTED ON THE WEBSITE!!!!! PLZZZZZ HELP ANSWER ME ASAPPPPP!!!

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  50. Why are you YELLING? The Virgin BlackBerry is still available at Walmart.com

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  51. Id like to know if there is an external camera flash i could buy for the optimus slider as it doesnt have a flash

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  52. I am on the 25 dollar plan, plus 10 for blackberry. If i switch to one of the andriod phones, will i be able to simply drop the blackberry charge and just pay the 25?

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  53. I'm not 100% sure but I think you will be charged $35 because you were never actually on the $25 plan. Call Virgin to be sure.

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    1. It would be a step up if I ever could get 250kps more like 75 or 100 or so, so it is still unlimited to me.

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  54. New information about the $ for old plans. If you have an old $25 300 min. plan,and you buy a new phone,your plan WILL go up to the new $35 plan. I just got off the phone with Virgin Mobil. I was going to buy the new Optimus Elite, but its not worth $10 more a month for the same service. This may make me look for another company.

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