announced the availability of a new unlimited plan for its payLo by Virgin Mobile prepaid brand. The plan offers unlimited voice, unlimited messaging (text, picture, email and IM) and 50 MB of data for $40/month. If you use up your data allowance before the end of the month overage is charged at a hefty rate of $1.50/month or you can renew your plan early to restart the data counter. You probably aren't that likely to run out as payLo plans can only be used with a specific set of rather basic non-smartphones which don't encourage heavy data usage.
The new unlimited plan is available now on the Virgin Mobile Site. The rest of the payLo plan lineup is unchanged. The table below lists all the current payLo plans
|Name||Monthly Price (plus sales tax)||Voice||Text/MMS||Data|
|Basic Rate (Pay As You Go)||$6.67/month and up*||20¢/min||15¢/25¢ each||$1.50/MB|
|Talk (monthly)**||$20/month||400 min||15¢/25¢ each||$1.50/MB|
|Talk & Text (monthly) **||$30/month||1500 min||1500/25¢||30 MB|
|Unlimited Talk & Text (monthly) **||$40/month||unlimited||unlimited/unlimited||50 MB|
** Overage Rates- Voice: 10¢/min, SMS: 15¢/text, Data: $1.50/MB
I don't find this plan particularly disruptive. Its strengths are that it's the least expensive unlimited talk and messaging plan from a big four carrier and that Virgin Mobile payLo phones and refills are widely available at big box stores and chain drugstores everywhere that Sprint has native coverage.
However Sprint's native coverage footprint (compare coverage) is considerably smaller than that of either AT&T and Verizon. Several AT&T MVNOs including Red Pocket and Verizon MVNO Page Plus have $40/month unlimited voice and messaging plans, and unlike payLo they allow you to use any compatible phone, including smartphones.