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Updated - Not Happening! - Virgin Mobile To Offer Off Network Roaming 7/1


According to a post by a post by a Virgin Mobile employee on the company's Facebook page, Virgin will be getting off-network roaming effective July 1st. In response to questions, the employee said that the roaming would apply to all Virgin Mobile devices and that he didn't know if there would be an extra charge for roaming. 

Depending on which operators Virgin will roam on and the cost, if any,  this could be a huge win for Virgin customers. Currently Virgin only works on Sprint's native network coverage which is mostly limited to cities, larger towns and along major highways. Competing prepaid services from the other three national carriers have much larger coverage footprints thanks to T-Mobile having long offered voice-only prepaid roaming and AT&T and Verizon having much larger native networks.

The Facebook response was prompted by a question about a section in the Virgin Mobile Terms of Services regarding roaming. Boost Mobile's Terms or Service have a similar reference to roaming, so it seems possible that Boost CDMA will get roaming at the same time as Virgin.

Update 6-Jun-2012: It now looks like Virgin Mobile roaming is not going to happen. Virgin Mobile has updated their Facebook page with the following:

Hi everyone. I need to clarify comments about roaming on Virgin Mobile. Roaming is not available. We did recently update our terms and conditions (effective 7/1/12) in order to make our language more consistent with Sprint’s. There is a new reference to roaming, but we have no plans to add roaming at this time. For information on whether roaming applies, see your service plan details. Our sincere apologies. ^Justin C
Via: Howard Forums 

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  1. North American mobile operators pay only .0024 cents to each other for roaming, so when you go to Canada for example, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-MO pay Rogers, Bell and Telus $24 for every 1000 minutes of roaming, however the consumer is charged from $0.39 to $0.79 a minute, or 1400% to 3300% mark up, not bad at all.

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  2. Is that some new kind of math.... 1000 x 0.0024 = $24?

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    1. how much is a roaming decimal?

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  3. The new TOS also says they can cancel your service if you root your phone or use it as a hotspot (unless you pay for the hotspot service).

    How can they find out if you do this?

    I have been doing this for a while, and I am pretty sure it has always been against their TOS, but didn't think there was a way for them to find out. Now I am a little concerned because I don't want to lose my service and have a worthless phone.

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    1. The old TOS contained terms prohibiting rooting and tethering too.The new one only adds the exemption to allow tethering if you pay extra.

      As for how they can tell, the default software may contain code to report back what apps are installed, which one's are running and if the phone's been rooted. A custom ROM without any Sprint apps would prevent that.

      However most of the same information could be obtained using deep packet inspection at the network level.

      But I've never heard of anyone losing their Virgin or Boost service because of rooting or tethering. I think as long has you keep your total data consumption under about 20 GB, which could reasonably be done without tethering by streaming a lot of video, they won't bother you. If you need more data than that pay the tethering fee, it's worth it for that much data

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  4. VM throttles your speed after 2.5 GB, the tethering plan is only available for the new EVO V as far as I know, then you get 3.5 GB before being throttled.
    I don't use that much data, usually under 1GB but like to be able to use the tether on my Optimus V every once in a while. I am thinking of getting the new EVO V and I would want to root it and use the wifi hot spot if it's possible. I have never done a custom rom, and don't really see the need.

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  5. Why would you choose Virgin/Boost Mobile over Straight Talk and ST's BYOD SIM program or Page Plus's $55 a month plan? I mean think about it guys, This new Evo V 4G (Aka Evo 3D) is going to cost $300. Its a nice phone, Sure, But the network it will be running on SUCKS. For $300 I can buy a HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G, LG Thrill 4G, HTC Titan, Samsung Galaxy S Captivate, Motorola Atrix 4G, Nokia Lumina 900 or iPhone 3GS on Ebay or Craigslist. All on AT&T's network for only $45 a month, and Unlimited ALL. Or if T-Mobile has better coverage in your area then go with them and get a T-Mobile phone like say a LG G2x or MyTouch 4G for example. They also are starting to sell Verizon network Androids. Same with AT&T and T-Mobile Androids, Although you can bring/use your own better Android. The next best MVNO would have to be Page Plus, Cause not only does the service run on Verizon's 3G network, But you can BYOD Android or WP7 phones, And starting in July Page Plus is increasing the Data allotment from 1GB to 2GB a month with the $55 a month Unlimited plan. The only reason I don't place Page Plus on top is because as of right now, There is no 4G available with them. So only 3G data speeds with Page Plus, But you do get the Verizon network, and Verizon's 3G in most areas is very respectable.

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    1. iphone 4 on virgin for me on auto pay 300 min, unlimited text, and lots of 3g data $30/mo

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  6. Dude not everyone cares for and wants unlimited talk minutes? How hard is that to comprehend? Apparently VM has cheaper plans with less min than the unlimited ones you mentioned all with unlimited data, even if on Sprints less than spectacular data network. Your all size fits all solution is not for everyone. For what VM charges for thier lowered price minute plans does sound too shabby, especially if for some people voice coverage is good where they work or live. I personally prefer GSM based carriers, so although your page plus CDMA recommendation on the surface sounds good, the phone being locked to CDMA is not optimal if you travel abroad. It's a huge deterrent for some.

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    1. I never said "One size fits all". I simply showed people what their alternative there is. As far as Virgin?Boost mobile coverage coverage, anyone who this outside of an large Metro US city, or along Interstate Hyws, coverage is very spotty to non existent. And for many that is an issue. For example, I live in Metro Atlanta area and Virgin/Boost coverage is good. But there is NO service at all up at my In-Laws house. Which is about 45 miles north of Atlanta. Virgin Mobile plans may be cheap, but so are T-Mobiles Monthly 4G service along with Straight Talks and Metro Pcs. But what Straight Talk, T-Mobile and Metro Pcs have over Virgin Mobile is much more coverage and the ability to use high end Smart Phones with its plans. Why would you choose Virgin Mobiles $35 plan (300 min Talk and 2.5GB Data) over T-Mobiles $30 plan (100 min and 5GB Data)? Or Metro Pcs's $40 Unlimited plan (Unlimited Talk, Text and 250 MB)? Or Straight Talks $45 Unlimited plan (Unlimited Talk, Text and Data)? The only one that does not offer more then 1 or 2 plans is Straight Talk.

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  7. I believe they figure their newly added wimax/4G coverage and data speeds and the iphones will be big enough advantages to compete in the ever more competitive prepaid arena at this time. My own view is that they should focus on core basics more as well, like better customer care. H20 needs to take a cue too.

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