Virgin Mobile today officially announced that it will launch "Virgin Mobile Custom", a new prepaid service featuring customizable plans and parental controls. It will be available exclusively at select Walmart stores beginning Saturday, August 9.
Custom plans start at $6.98 for 20 voice minutes and 20 texts. There will be options to add more minutes and text as well as buckets of data.
Unlimited messaging is $10, unlimited minutes $18 and unlimited voice and text is $35. There will be non-unlimited voice and text options, however Virgin didn't reveal pricing or other details for them or for the data packages. However Mashable is reporting that the data options will include 250MB for $8 and 2GB for $28. CNET says that 250 minutes will be priced at $3 and 500 texts will be $4.50.
Users can add up to to five lines to a plan with all phones able to share non-unlimited buckets of minutes, text and data. The unlimited voice and messaging options are priced per device and are not sharable.
The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing users to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle. Pricing information is displayed in real-time, giving customers an instant, exact amount of what their mobile monthly charge will be before they confirm their selections.
Update: PCMag says that the ZTE Emblem is a rebranded ZTE AWE and the LG Unity is actully the LG F3. The LG Pulse is the LG LS620, a CDMA version of the LG Optimus L70. The PCMag article also says that Virgin Mobile Custom users will be able to buy bundles of off-network roaming roaming minutes.
Update 8/3: Virgin Mobile has published an information page for Zact customers with some details about the transition from Zact to the new Virgin Mobile Custom plans. Key points:
- Beginning 11:59 PB PDT August 3, 2014, Zact customers will not be able to adjust their plans and their service may be interrupted briefly.
- In the morning of Aug 4, customers will be prompted to install an over the air update that will guide them through enrollment in the new Virgin Mobile Custom service.
- Customers will be required to pay the Virgin Mobile Custom monthly line fee of $6.98 at time of enrollment
- Zact customers who update to Virgin Mobile Custom between August 4 and August 8 will get a one time bonus of 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 1GB of data free to use during the first month of service.
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