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24 Hour Sale: $100 Off the Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 and 3 Months Free Service

Virgin Mobile is having a 24 hour sale on its Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship. From 7:00 AM EST 7/24 to 7:00 AM EST 7/25, the S5 will be priced at $499.99 on the virginmobileusa.com site. That's $100 off the regular $599.99 price.

Plus, customers activating an S5 purchased during the sale will get a $105 account credit when they pay for their second month of service. $105 is enough to cover three months of service on Virgin's $35/month BeyondTalk plan which comes with unlimited messaging, unlimited data (throttled after 2.5GB) and 300 voice minutes. If you need more minutes, Virgin's $45 and $55 plans include 1200 and unlimited minutes respectively with the same unlimited messaging and unlimited but throttled after 2.5GB data.

The S5, Samsung's latest iteration of its signature Galaxy S series, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080px Super AMOLED screen, 16 MP main and 2.1 MP front facing cameras, 2.5Ghz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

Here are the full terms of the account credit offer:
  • Available from 7 a.m. EST 7/24/14, through 7 a.m. EST 7/25/14, or while supplies last.
  • Account credit valid for new customers only.
  • Account credit offer valid only on any new Samsung Galaxy S® 5 purchased and activated on a current Beyond Talk plan on virginmobileusa.com during the promotional period. Excludes taxes and overnight shipping fees.
  • Account credit equal to 3 months on the $35 Beyond Talk plan ($105 Value).
  • Customers must activate a new account and Top-up for at least one month of service (minimum $35) by 11:59 p.m. EST 8/4/14, to be eligible for the account credit.
  • The account credit will be applied toward account within 30 days of the end of the promotional period.
  • Credit may not be exchanged/redeemed for cash or merchandise.
  • Limit of one account credit redemption per new account.
  • Virgin Mobile USA reserves the right to modify, extend or cancel this offer at any time.
  • Not available in all markets.
  • Services subject to additional terms, restrictions and other conditions.

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  1. I had a heck of a time trying to get mt VM credit on a similar offfer last year, ended up giving up and switching to Verizon prepaid, VM is shady.

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  2. The Verizon LG G2 for $300 seems to be a better deal

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  3. When I got the S3 promo last year I never could get them to apply the 3 month credit after numerous calls

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  4. I assume this is for existing customers also, right?

    And does it really amount to $205 off... $100 discount plus the $105 service credit (which would always count, assuming someone getting the phone isn't going to use it for one month and stop)?

    All looks obvious but making sure...

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    1. The $100 off is for everybody
      The $105 account credit is for new customers only.

      Click the //SEE DETAILS link on the Virgin Mobile S5 page for full terms of the offer.

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    2. Thanks. So not as good a deal as I'd hoped! The clarification is appreciated.

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  5. thinking of getting this, to replace my s3 tomorrow. Any feedback, comments here on experiences moving from S3 to S5, what you notice, what is possibly WORSE on the s5, would be great...

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    1. The S5 is almost the same phone as the S4. I'd wait for the S6. Samsung only does major updates every 2 years now.

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    2. You can get the Verizon S4 refurb. for $200. It's a lot like the S5.

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  6. Thanks for info, but I never had the S4. Comparing to S3. And the VZ S4 refurb won't run on Virgin, nor does it have the increased ruggedness that is advertised for the S5, that I am interested in.

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    1. I get why you want the S5 but why do you want to be on Virgin Mobile?

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  7. It costs about a third to half of anything else I have found it there. I weigh that against the poor coverage compared to the two top networks.

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    1. It doesn't make sense to pay $500 for an S5 that only works on the Sprint network when the S5 is so similar to the S4 and the Verizon S4 is only $200 even if it is refurb. The Verizon S4 and $300 (new) LG G2 will both work out of the box with AT&T, T-Mobile and their MVNOs all of which have better coverage and almost all have better plans then Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.

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    2. Sprint exists for me, while T Mobile has terrible coverage, to the paint r where I would have to drive hundreds of miles just to make a call with it. ATT MVNO plans cost two or three times as much. It's an easy decision now... at least until T-Mobile steps up with coverage, or ATT MVNOs get more competitive price wise. And I have been watching both closely.

      Really just looking for differences between S3 and S5.... but if you are privy to some news about a meaningful expansion in which T Mobile gets enough towers, or ATT MVNOs drop their prices by 70% I would love to hear it.

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    3. Sprint doesn't work well in my area even where there is coverage call quality is very poor. The Virgin Mobile S5 only works with Virgin Mobile. The Verizon S4 and LG G2 will work with Verizon. AT&T, T-Mobile as well as AT&T and T-Mobile MVNOs so you have many more plan choices with those phones and at $200 the Verizon refurb. S4 is less then half the price of the Virgin S5. Some say the LG G2 is a better phone then the S4 and the S5. With the Verizon LG G2 at $300 you could buy both the LG G2 and the refurb. S4 for the same price as the Virgin S5. There are many AT&T and T-Mobile MVNOs with plans that cost less then the plans from Virgin Mobile. But it's your money.

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    4. Hello "Sprint doesn't work well..." Anon...
      So, what do you see available for AT&T or Verizon MVNO that offers 3gb of data per month? That is what I am looking for.

      Leery though of "Straight Talk" (reports that they do not honor their agreement and cut off their "unlimited" data at 200MB are rampant.. .and I verified this talking to someone at that company also) and "Cricket", as everyone seems to hate it.

      T-Mobile, as I said, is simply not an option. It's not poor service with them: it's absolutely no service/coverage at all...

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    5. Hello this is Sprint doesn't work well in MY AREA. I don't know about your area.
      I've never heard of any one who loves Sprint so much.
      Virgin Mobile only includes 2.5GB. Verizon Prepaid phones won't work on Verizon MVNOs. I don't know what you mean by "and "Cricket", as everyone seems to hate it."
      Cricket is now owned by AT&T and has the same coverage as AT&T. Cricket has 2.5GB for $45 (with auto-pay) and Airvoice has 2GB for $50. Like I said before it's your money. For me an S4 for $200 or an LG G2 for $300 that can run on Verizon or AT&T is a better deal then a $500 phone that can only run on Sprint.

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    6. The Cricket deal does look good. Airvoice gets to close to almost double the price for a lot less data.

      I don't love Sprint, but have been waiting for the prices to come down with the other two real networks.

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    7. Hello "My Area" Anon.... Cricket does look like a good deal. It costs somewhat more than Virgin (as does just about anything)... but looks to be worth it, for ATT. However, do you have experience with Cricket? I have been reading nothing but terrible reviews about their confusing plans that don't have nationwide roaming, etc.

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    8. Hello again
      Those reviews are for the old Cricket CDMA they didn't have nationwide coverage. Their old network was very small and had roaming on Sprint. That network will be shut down in 2015 all of old Cricket's phones will stop working at that time. The new Cricket which is now GSM no longer uses the old Cricket network they now run on the nationwide AT&T network and have the same coverage as AT&T GoPhone there is no difference between Cricket and AT&T GoPhone coverage. Cricket now only has three plans
      500MB $40 ($35 with auto pay)
      2.5GB $50 ($45 with auto pay)
      5GB $60 ($55 with auto pay)
      All plans include unlimited talk and text as well as unlimited throttled data after you use your data plan. You can also add 1GB of high speed data for $10 if you run out.
      Which Virgin Mobile plan are you on?

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    9. Hello "Hello Again". Yeah, it is confusing about what Cricket has now compared to what they had before. I had to get someone on chat, and they had a muddled answer as to whether there were roaming charges inside the US. They need a more clear message of "that was then, this is now", it takes a bit of research to find that the old problems that dragged Cricket down before are not present any more.


      I have the Virgin $35 plan. I don't go over on minutes. I would replace it with the $45 or $50 plan at Cricket to get the same amount of data.

      It also looks like that the Cricket always-throttled download limit is 8 mbps max.... which is many times higher than Virgin which only runs at 1.4 mbps. The coverage map sounds too good to be true.

      Tempted to try it now, but I would have to mail order a Cricket sim. There web site is muddled on Cricket stores also, but it looks like there are none near.

      I've been looking all over, all over, and all over, and it seems that nothing comes close to the value of the Cricket plan, a little more expensive than Virgin, but with much better speed and better coverage.

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    10. Hello
      The new Cricket used to be called Aio (an AT&T brand) before AT&T bought the old Cricket.
      Try Walmart or RadioShack for the SIM.
      You said "Virgin which only runs at 1.4 mbps" Is that on LTE?

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    11. P.S.
      I don't know if you like Windows phone. Cricket has the 6-inch Lumia 1320 at $230

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    12. No Windows phone. It won't run the apps important to me. Same with IOS.

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    13. I don't like iPhones either.
      Is the Virgin Mobile data speed of 1.4Mbps on LTE or 3G?

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    14. I've actually seen a speed above 12mbps (yes 12 not 1.2) once when testing. I will do more to see if it happens again. On LTE.

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    15. As for Cricket ad Walmart and RadioShack, I scoured the shelves at Walmart.. no luck. I asked the clerk, and he had never heard of it.

      Radio Shack had heard of Cricket, but Radio Shack sells their own version of Cricket. The Radio Shack clerk seemed very knowledgable about phones and plans in general, but he was confused on Cricket, and thought it had limited coverage, extra roaming charges in the US, and ran on Verizon. Clearly out-of-date information. Which underscores my point that Cricket has done a poor job of publicizing that they are completely different and a lot better.

      Perhaps AT&T should have adopted the AIO name for this venture, or renamed it Grasshopper or something. I am sure this confusion is discouraging new signups for Cricket.

      I know I had to make a great effort and talk to someone at Cricket to find out that it was a whole new ballgame... and even the Cricket support person was confused on it too.

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    16. I said the same thing when I heard AT&T was going to change Aio to Cricket I don't know what they were thinking. Most people think new Cricket is still old Cricket. They should have stuck with Aio or at least call it Cricket from AT&T.

      Walmart use to have Cricket I thought they would have new Cricket as well.

      I don't think Cricket ever ran on Verizon.
      If it did run on Verizon how could they have limited coverage.

      I can't believe RadioShack is still selling old Cricket it's going to stop working next year.

      If you get 12Mbps on LTE where did you get 1.4Mbps was it on 3G

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    17. I'd honestly forgotten what Cricket ran on *BEFORE*. I don't think Radio Shack is selling OLD Cricket. I think they are selling NEW Cricket while thinking it is OLD Cricket.

      What about Straight Talk compared to Cricket? Looks like a good data deal, but ... apparently, only on paper. As in, don''t use more than a tenth of your 2.5 GB a month or they will arbitrarily cut you off.... Does this seem like what you know too?

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    18. I've never had Straight Talk but I've heard that Verizon and AT&T based Straight Talk and maybe Net10 service throttle data after 100MB-200MB per day or if you steam video but I don't know how true that is.

      If RadioShack is selling new Cricket do they have Cricket SIM cards?

      Old Cricket ran on their own network with roaming on Sprint. New Cricket runs on AT&T.

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  8. Wow. You guys are rich.
    I am prepaid because of money savings.
    I am surprised that prepaid fans would spend that kind of money on a device.
    Kinda defeats the purpose of prepaid savings, IMO. But that's just my value judgement.
    I have done $49 Kyocera Hydro Edge and $79 Moto G, and on a $9.99 plan, and I would NEVER, EVER, pay hundreds, for a phone that can do less than a $299 Chromebook. No thanks.

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    1. The cheapo $50 phones are fine until you use a decent fast phone. I know that from experience. Then it is like the Yugo owner perfectly happy with his Yugo... because he has never driven a Porsche.

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  9. There's nothing in the promo terms that states you need to pay for a "second month of service" to get the credit.

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    1. You are correct and the rebate is supposed to be applied within 30 days of today. As long as that happens on time you won't need to pay for the second month. In the past I've seen several reports of Virgin Mobile rebates being applied late.

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  10. I love my VM S5. I've had the S2, S3 and S4. Luckily I live in a strong LTE area.

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    1. Tony. whats better about the S5 compared to the S3 and S4 in your experience?

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