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Virgin Mobile Price Increase Coming - No More $25 Unlimited Text & Data


It looks like Virgin Mobile's wonderful $25/month plan with 300 minutes and unlimited messaging and data is going away. There has been no official announcement but a link to Virgin Mobile's monthly PDF newsletter showed up on Howard forums. The link is to HyperLink, a major wholsale distributor for Boost and Virgin Mobile and appears legitimate.

The news isn't actually all bad.  The $10/Month surcharge for using a BlackBerry on Virgin and the price of the $60/month ($70 for Black Berrys) unlimited everything plan was cut to $55. But the $25/month plan was likely Virgin's most popular.  It was a great deal especially coupled with the LG Optimus V Android phone. Apparently Sprint decided it was just a little too good of a deal.

Here's a table breaking down the old and new pricing.

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.

The newsletter doesn't specify when the new prices take effect other than "this month" or whether existing users will be grandfathered at old pricing. Update 6-Jul-2011: A Howard Forums user who contact Virgin Mobile about the price increase received a reply stating that "...existing Beyond Talk customers will be able to stay on their current plans."

Via: Howard Forums

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  1. 35 is fair for unlimited data and text. anything less than 50 for data and text is a good deal.

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  2. the old price was $40, not $35.

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  3. Thanks you are right about the $40. I've fixed the typo.

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  4. Glad to find out I can am grandfathered in at $25!

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  5. Can you use Boostmobile phones on virgin network like it says?

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  6. Boost mobile is a better deal because it uses the same network and has unlimited everything (including calls) with shrinkage. It reduces your bill by $5 every six month of continuous payment until it reaches $35.

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  7. "Can you use Boostmobile phones on virgin network like it says?"

    No you can't, where does it say that?

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  8. "But the $25/month plan was likely Virgin's most popular. It was a great deal especially coupled with Boost's Samsung Galaxy Prevail Android phone."

    I also thought you were saying they could work together!

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  9. Wow, major typo, I somehow got Boost and Virgin mixed up. What I meant to say was "But the $25/month plan was likely Virgin's most popular. It was a great deal especially coupled with the LG Optimus V Android phone.

    Thanks for pointing it out.

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  10. Ah, I see. Now that makes more sense. It really is a great deal. It's currently what I have, and I'm glad the price stayed at $25 for me.

    Oh, and no problem. Thanks for the great article!

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  11. I'm so disappointed, I had planned on going with the $25 plan, now I can't afford any.... it changed within a week after my decision.

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  13. How is it even the sprint network if they dont use the same towers? Seriously my service sucks.. I use my ATT wifi to download from the market.. This is outrageous..

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  14. Scott, the increase is only for new customers. If you were on the $25 plan before July 20th, 2011 then you are still on the $25 plan.

    Virgin uses all Sprint towers. Unlike Sprint postpaid there is no roaming on other providers.

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  15. Y is it that after i made these comments my phone stopped working.. i cant send or receive texts and i tried to call my phone from a landline and it went to voicemail... somethings wrong here..

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  16. Something is indeed wrong. I'd call Virgin. Use 1-855-250-5271 to connect directly to a US based Virgin Mobile call center.

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  17. its cool.. hahaha, i thought buying a nicer phone would get rid of those problems but apparently it wasnt the phone.. do u use virgin mobile by chance?

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  18. My son does. He hasn't had any problems.

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  19. i just got my lg optimusV this week and i used to have the lg flare.. on the Flare my text would abruptly stop working. i could send them but i couldn't receive.. I called about this a bunch of times and they never had an excuse for it, they would just tell me they're working on it and that other people have the same issue. It's truly the reason I upgraded to a smartphone. I just figure a basic little flare couldn't keep up with my non-stop texting. I don't know how long I'll have hair if this starts up with my Droid. Have you heard anything about this issue? Oh, and I just called that number to verify what you said, not that I didn't believe you, but yeah they said it's for new customers and if you were to change from the $25 plan to any other, the price would then go up to the new prices..

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  20. I deleted that first post because i felt it was rude an inappropriate for me to say such words to someone who only writes about this stuff..

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  21. For Some reason i cant pay my bill using the pay now function . Is anyone else having this problem. im using the lg rumor touch and im on the 25 dollar plan.

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  22. I was considering the $25 plan, but now it's not affordable. Too bad Virgin YOU LOST MY BUSINESS!!

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  23. I'm glad I'm grandfathered in at $25, but $35 monthly for 300 minutes and unlimited text and data -- even if they limit the data to above 2gb -- is still one of the best deals on the market, and definitely better than any contract I've seen.

    To the guy who posted before me -- if you can't afford $35 / month, you can't afford a data plan. I doubt Virgin Mobile's losing out on you.

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  24. i recently logged in to check my account, and i WAS grandfathered in at $25 a month, and now it says that i owe $45 for my next payment, and i still only get 300 minutes? can anyone help out??? pleassee!

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  25. Sounds like a billing error, call Virgin Mobile. 1-855-250-5271

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  26. what happens if you are paying 25 and you want a diffrent phone but on the same plan?

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  27. how can we get a 25$ virgin mobile card if the arnt sold in stores!

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  28. callingmart.com still has $25 PINs, that's what I use. Or you could use $35 pins, the extra $10 would carry forward to apply to the next month.

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  29. I am grandfathered on the $25 a month plan, with the LG Optimus V. If I buy a new phone such as the triumph, slider, or wildfire, would I still be able to be on the $25 a month plan or will I have to start paying $35 when I get a new phone?

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  30. Yes, changing phones on Virgin Mobile will not effect your grandfathered status. You will still pay $25/month.

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  31. If I was to buy a used virgin phone that had the $25 plan, would I still get that deal, or would I be paying the $35

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  32. If you have the $25 plan now replacing your current phone with a used phone would not change your plan, it would still be $25.

    If you aren't currently on the $25 and you activated any phone, used or not, you would pay $35.

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  33. if get the new smart fone and if aready have a plan can the same plan be moved to the new fone

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  34. Yes, if you already have any phone on a Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plan you can replace it with a smartphone and keep the same plan.

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  35. Okay, so your saying if i have the LG rumor touch paying $25, and if i buy the wildfire i can still pay $25?

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  36. Yes, that's what Virgin says. I recommend calling them to do the phone swap rather than doing it online. When you call remind them you are on the $25 plan and don't want any surprises.

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  37. hey i have a rumor 2 and i am on the old 40 dollar plan for 1200 i am getting the blackberry curve for virgin mobile as it in in the mail now. i see with the new price increase the blackberry does not get an extra 10 dollar charge anymore. so what will happen to me next week when i activate and swap phones. will i have to pay the old 10 dollar extra fee along with my 40 dollars a month or what? im guessing i would just do the new 45 dollars for 1200 which would save me 5 dollars from the old one. the old one would be 40 dollars for 1200 plus the 10 dollars for blackberry. so 50. i am curious as to what will happen as i do not what to be paying more than i should have to. what would u do in this situation?

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  38. You do want to get the "new" $45 plan and I know that's possible when switching to a BlackBerry. I don't know if it happens automatically if you change phones online or if you need to call.

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  39. How can I get rid of my Virgin Mobile service?

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  40. I have a question sometimes i for get to pay my account on time i was wondering how many day before virgin deletes your account

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  41. Not cool. They just lost me and my friends. We were all on the 25 till the 35 came up.... oh well, ill just go to a new comp.

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    1. I don't understand. Existing Beyond Talk customers before the price increase stay on their current plans.

      So if you and you were on the $25 plan before the increase you would still on the $25. $35 is only for new customers or if you change your plan or number.

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  42. So if i have the LG Rumor Touch and it just broke and i want to buy a new one and ive had it for over 2 years so im techincally "grandfathered" in......does that mean if i buy a new one i can still keep my $25 plan or will it change to $35? Because i know Virgin Mobile sent that message out saying all new smart phones or w/e would be changed to $35.....PLEASE HELP

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    1. The Rumor Reflex is not considered a smartphone so replacing it with another one will not affect your grandfathered status.

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  43. Im taking about the LG RUMOR TOUCH 2

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  44. I haven't heard of a Rumor Touch 2 but the regular Rumor Touch isn't a smartphone. Only Android, IPhone and Blackberry are considered smartphones on Virgin Mobile.

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  45. i just switched phones, i had to rumor touch, now i have the andorid... im about to go up and get minutes! hopefully its still 25 $! if not, 35 $ is NOT bad AT ALL! especailly for a smartphone!!!

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    1. If the new Android phone is a PCD Venture, LG Optimus Slider, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Triumph or LG Optimus V you get to keep the $25 plan. Any other Android phone will switch you to the $35 plan which, as you say, is still a good deal.

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  46. Can I keep my $25 plan if I get the Evo V 4G?

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    1. No, you will have to switch to the $35 plan

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  47. If I buy a LG Optimus V from another person and he switches his grandfathered account to my name and card, will I still be able to use the 25$ plan that he is on?

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    1. You can change the name and billing info without losing the $25 plan. Don't port in a number or let the other person port his number out or you will lose the $25.

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  48. I'm just finding this out. I've had the 25 all this time but i bought a new phone so the price won't transfer. Pretty disappointed they raised it because 300 min isn't much

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  49. Can you use a sprint unlocked smart phone on Virgin Mobile because I just bought a samsung galaxy s and really need to know

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    1. No, not on Virgin Mobile. You can use Sprint phones on some Sprint MVNOs including Ting, PrepaYd and EcoMobile.

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  50. Where do I get those cards though

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    1. Cards? I don't understand. Sprint phones don't use SIM cards.

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  51. Um i was looking it up and some things are telling me i can use a sprint phone on virgin mobile and others are telling me the opposite which one is right

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    1. Virgin Mobile won't knowing activate a Sprint phone. The only way to use a Sprint phone on Virgin is by altering its serial number so Virgin thinks it's one of their phones. Difficult to do and legally questionable.

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