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Leaked Image May Show New Zact Powered Virgin Mobile Modular Price Plan



Zact Mobile was a Sprint MVNO that offered a fairly unique modular pricing system. Users could choose from various sized buckets of minutes, texts and data. It was very flexible, someone who texted and used a bit of data but rarely talked on the phone could could combine a 90¢ 30 minute per month voice bucket with a $4.94 600 text bucket and a $16.55 500MB data bucket rather than being forced to pay for unlimited minutes they didn't need. Plans were chosen using a custom system-level app on the phone and users could change their plans on the fly.

On July 4th, Zact's parent company ItsOn announced that it had reached an agreement with Sprint Corporation to power a new Sprint prepaid service. The existing Zact service will shut down August 3 and Zact says customers will be able to switch to the new Sprint service at that time. But since the announcement Zact and Sprint have not provided any details of the new service, which has made some current Zact customers understandably nervous.

Today the @evleaks Twitter account posted the photo show above. According to the photo's caption, it shows four new Virgin Mobile phones, the LG Pulse, LG Unify, HTC Desire 816, and ZTE Emblem. @evleaks is famous for predicting phone launches and posting accurate specs and photos of phones well before they are even announced so there's a good chance the phones are for real.

What's even more interesting than new four Virgin Mobile phones, is that three of the new phones are displaying a screen that looks almost exactly like Zact's plan management app. So it appears that Sprint's new Zact powered service will be Virgin Mobile branded and will launch with few changes to Zact's plan selection user interface. You can see some of the tiers for minutes, texts and data in the picture.
  • 500 minutes $4, 750 minutes $8, 1000 minutes $9.50
  • 750 texts $4.50, 1000 texts $8, 1250 texts $9
  • 500MB of data is $13.50. I can't make out the prices for the other two data tiers in the image
Zact had 50 voice tiers, 50 text tiers and 30 data tiers. Given how closely spaced the tiers are in the @evleaks screenshot it looks like Virgin will have lots of tiers too. Which is a good thing as it helps users to avoid buying more than they need.

Source @evleaks via HowardForums

Related:
Updated: ItsOn to Power New Sprint Prepaid Service, Zact Mobile Shutting Down August 3
Zact Customers Getting Free Month of Service Before Rebranding and Relaunch
New Sprint Prepaid MVNO Zact to Launch next Month With Flexible, Sharable Plans and Roaming

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  1. I hope so, virgin mobile is in need of new price plans.

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    1. What do you mean? Virgin Mobile just added 3 new plans < $30 in the past few months (unlimited talk + text for $25, unlimited talk for $20, unlimited text for $20), and they already have several voice tiers (including full unlimited) with unlimited texting and generous data allowances ...

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  2. Another unique thing about Zact was that it offered roaming, so it will be interesting to see if Sprint makes roaming an option for its prepaid services.

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  3. Will current Virgin phones get these new plans?

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    1. Probably not. Zact only allowed phones that they sold with their software preinstalled on them.

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    2. Virgin Mobile just pushed a firmware update to my Optimus F3. The sole reason?

      > Updated device to include ItsOn.

      No idea how widely they are distributing updates, but I'd be surprised if they don't roll the plans out to SOME existing customers without a hardware upgrade.

      http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Find_and_update_the_software_version_on_your_LG_Optimus_F3/WServiceAdvisory_542_GKB52739

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    3. Interesting

      Galaxy S4
      L720TVPUBNAF 02/20/2014


      OS upgrade to Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)
      Zact Mobile compatibility (It's On)
      Prevention Pop-up removal

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    4. Confirmed with a RingPlus user that their "Sprint" S4 has the Its On function listed on their device.

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  4. All I want Zact to do is officially release my device so I can take it to what ever MVNO I want without any hassle! To heck with Zact and VM!

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  5. How does this work? If you can add tiers any time in the plan month when do they expire?

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    1. It works by charging insane amounts of money for the first tier or two ($14 for the first MB of data??), then giving closer to wholesale rates for subsequent usage. It looks less like a linear graph and more like a square-root one.

      And then, of course, they expire / reset your usage each month so you're back down in the "expensive" part of the graph again ...

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  6. Don't get me wrong, I have a line on Ting, and the price jumps between the 4 tiers can be pretty steep, so 30 / 50 seems like a much preferable solution (perhaps with $0.50 or $1 increments?) assuming the rates are any good ($14 for 0.5 GB data? BLEH!), but it really is bordering on the absurd to create so many "buckets" when they are clearly capable of billing per minute / text / MB. Why can't we just get a radically more competitive pay-go scheme with no artificial "day" / "month" expiration and tiering boundaries -- no software complexity required.

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  7. Best thing about Zact. No roaming for talk or data. Ability for multiple users to share the plan for $5.00 per user. Free mobile hotspot and or tethering. Ability to change plans as many times as you want right from the phone. If you buy more than you need in a month, the extra was credited to you the following month. This worked out to a very low monthly bill for my wife and I since she didn't use her phone much. Also, the ability to change plans as much as you wanted right from your phone. The only drawback that I saw was the limited choice of phones.

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  8. Does this cost more or less then pay as you go plans?

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    1. It's impossible to compare until we know all the details of this new plan. Even thenit would depend on usage and which pay as you go plan you're comparing it with (Virgin Mobile doesn't have pay as you go anymore).

      Pay as you go plans are generally less expensive for very light users.

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  9. All of these phones appear to be crippled, harder to use ones lacking a keyboard. Oh well. Missing my Samsung Intercept. It was dog slow in every way, except text entry, which was 10 times more accurate and 10 times faster than even a Galaxy S5 because it was a full-featured phone with a keyboard on it.

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  10. Some more information:

    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-launches-personalized-virgin-mobile-custom-prepaid-brand-using-itson/2014-07-30

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