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No More Unlimited 4G! Virgin Mobile Changes Broadband2Go Plans

Virgin Mobile is making changes to its Broadband2Go plans for USB modems and wireless hotspots. The biggest change is that the plans will no longer include unlimited WiMAX 4G data. On the other hand, the new plans offer a little better deal on 3G data. 

The old plans that include unlimited 4G are still available but will be discontinued on Nov 1, 2013. According to a Frequently Asked Questions page on the Virgin Mobile site, current customers and anyone who activates one of the unlimited 4G plans before Nov 1 can keep it as long as they don't change plans. Changing devices is OK and won't force a change to one of the new plans. I suspect this also means that grandfathered users who let their plans expire and don't reactivate them within the 120 day grace period after their last payment date will also lose their old plans.

The new plans are already available for anyone who is willing to give up unlimited WiMAX for a bit more 3G data, or in the case of the $25 plan, a lower monthly price.

The table below details the plan changes.

Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go
Old Price Term Data New Price Term Data
$5 1 day 200 MB 3G, Unlimited 4G 1 $5 1 day 250 MB 3G/4G
$35 30 Days 2 GB 3G, Unlimited 4G 2 $25 30 Days 1.5 GB 3G/4G
$55 30 Days 5 GB 3G, Unlimited 4G 2 $55 30 Days 6 GB 3G/4G
1 4G data throttled to 2 Mbps for the rest of the day after 500 MB has been used
2 4G data throttled to 2 Mbps for the rest of the month after 10 GB has been used

I wouldn't be surprised if these changes are in preparation for Virgin Mobile offering LTE Mobile Broadband devices sometime soon. Sprint is planing to shut the WiMAX network down at the end of 2015 and no longer sells WiMAX broadband devices to postpaid customers. The time seems right for the launch of LTE Broad2Go.

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  1. So, if you have a VM phone that uses WI-MAX, like the HTC EVO V 4G, does that mean it will no longer work after 2015? Will the 3G on the phone be still able to connect?
    Thanks Dennis!

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    1. The WiMAX phones will still work of #G ahter the WiMAX network is gone.

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  2. So Virgin's expensive, slow data plans become an even worse deal?

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    1. Very good one...BUT so damn true!

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  3. I have the $35 plan and that is great if you don't mind Wimax's slow speeds.

    I won't be using VM broadband using their new prices. Once my balance runs, it's adios to VM.

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  4. The current Virgin mobile broadband plans used to be an attractive alternative to the Clear unlimited 4G WiMax plans ($35 and $50), but the new ones are not competitive.

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  5. Does this mean once an LTE broadband device becomes available that the unlimited 4G users will be grandfathered in as well?

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    1. I suspect not. Switching between currently available devices doesn't trigger a plan change. Virgin can and probably will change the rules when LTE devices become available.

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    2. Now that the LTE device is available, do you think I will lose my grandfathered plan: unlimited 4g for $35?

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    3. If you switch to the LTE hotspot you will probably lose unlimited, if you don't switch you can probably keep it.

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  6. Virgin Mobile has several LTE phones. The galaxy victory, S3, optimus f3 and Virgin Mobile Supreme are all LTE.

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  7. The previous plans have been great - I use the $35 plan (2GB 3G, "unlimited" 4G WiMax). I bought the top-up cards at Target for 5% off with Target credit card, and sometimes they put them on sale and I'll buy 3-4 then. It's been a very great deal, and the WiMax connection has been really good (5+ mbps) at work, home, and most other places around north Texas. It's NOT however, very good while in motion, such as in the car on road trips or across town. I have to set it to 3G only, otherwise it's constantly switching between WiMax towers and in and out of 4G to 3G to 4G again. I've also had a few issues connecting some devices to the VM hotspot that I didn't have when I tested with other hotspots, but nothing major.

    I was hoping they'd come out with an LTE device, but I figured the pricing might increase a little bit when it did. It does seem as though existing users are grandfathered in, and if so, I'll probably stick with it for a little while. *MAYBE* they'll allow grandfathered users to use newer devices too when they come out. I'd be fine with a $30-40/month with ~5GB of 4G LTE speeds and throttled after that.

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  8. They are now forcing me to "top up" for $55.00 about every two weeks which did not happen before.

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    1. I don't see how Virgin can force you to top-up. Do you mean you use up your 6 GB in two weeks and have to top-up early?

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  9. I use broadband2go for gaming. now since they change it, I have to buy stupid cable internet because since I don't have to over pay this shit. Who the fker can able to use 6gb in one month? I watch movie, surfweb, gaming, uploading video (because I am a video producer for youtube), making video games (because I make money for each games I make), and email. I use over 80gb last time when I use this unlimited plan until they change it. I miss one of my payment and I was mad. Now I have to wait for those lazy cable guy come over and setup my new internet but they say I have to wait for 45-60 days to set it up. How can I work? I am a fking web designer and a game designer. I will be poor soon. Fking sprint changing their stupid rules and only want money. Verizon have better plan then this but they cost too much because of the $400 down payment. Verizon have $70 for 20gb plans and this have 6gb. Well good luck with your losing customer virgin mobile. You just lost one customer.

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