- $65/month for 2 lines with unlimited voice and messaging and 4 GB of 3G/LTE data shared between lines
- $90/month for 3 lines with unlimited voice and messaging and 8 GB of 3G/LTE data shared between lines
- $115/month for 4 lines with unlimited voice and messaging and 12 GB of 3G/LTE data shared between lines
In addition to the new multi-line plans, Virgin Mobile is also launching two new single line Data Done Right plans tomorrow:
- $35/month 300 voice minutes, unlimited messaging and data with the first 2.5 GB of data at high speeds
- $45/month unlimited voice minutes, messaging and data with the first 2.5 GB of data at high speeds
The new plans will require special phones, sold exclusively by Walmart, that are pre-loaded with a Virgin Mobile data-sharing application. There will be four phones available at launch; the $79.88 LG Tribute, $99.88 HTC Desire, $129.88 Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and the $149.88 LG Volt. All four support LTE. The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, which is the same hardware as Boost Mobile's Samsung Prevail 2, is new to Virgin Mobile. More devices are promised at the end of Feburary.
The pre-installed Virgin Mobile data-sharing application lets the primary account holder view the other's usage and choose how much of the shared data is available to each user. Parental controls (including data curfews and app restrictions) will be available through the app at no extra charge as well as the ability to purchase a various extra cost add-ons listed below.
Data Pack Add-Ons: $2/100 MB, $5/500 MB, $10/1 GB, $15/2 GB, $25/4 GB $35/6 GB, $65/12 GB, $85/20 GB. The $15 and higher add-ons auto renew, the cheaper ones do not.
Voice and Text Roaming: All plans include unlimited text roaming and 100 minutes of domestic voice roaming. Additional voice roaming can be added at $5/month for 60 minutes.
Data Roaming: $2.50/10 MB, $5/20 MB, $10/40 MB.
$3/month unlimited international text messaging.
$5 unlimited calls to Canada and landlines only in Mexico.
$10/month 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico and landlines in the Dominican Republic and unlimited calling to 70+ countries (landlines only, select cities).
Country Specfic add-ons: are available for 24 countries at prices ranging from $10 for 1000 minutes to India or Malaysia to $20 for $35 minutes to Cuba.
Apps Without Data Charges: Unlimited access to the Facebook (does not include Facebook Messenger!), Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram apps is $5 per month per app for one device.
Music Without Data Charges: Unlimited access to all of the streaming music services Pandora, Shazam, iHeartDadio, SoundCloud and Spotify is $5 per month for one device.
In an unwelcome first for Virgin Mobile, a $20 per line "Starter Kit" will be required to activate a line of service on Data Done Right plans. The $20 is not completely wasted as it includes two months of "Music Without Data Charges" (a $10 value). Switching phones on an existing Data Done Right line is free and doesn't require a $20 Starter Kit.
The Data Done Right plans seem like a decent deal, especially for multi-line users who want to use mobile hotspot. Downsides are the limited selection of relatively low end phones and the $20 activation fee. The $35 single line plan doesn't seem like a good deal as it costs the same as Virgin's otherwise identical regular 300 minute plan which offers a better device selection and no $20 starter kit fee. The $45 single line plan is better as it at least offers 2.5 GB of high speed data compared to 1 GB for the regular $45 plan.
According to a report by Fierce Wireless the new plans are replacing the short-lived Virgin Mobile Custom brand which launched in August as a Walmart exclusive using a similar pre-installed app. Both custom and the new Data Done Right and Unlimited plans are based on technology Sprint has licensed from ItsOn Inc. A Sprint spokesperson told FierceWireless that Custom failed to gain traction because it's many options were too complicated for many customers and Walmart sales associates to understand.
Update 1/17: Virgin Mobile has put up a web page with more details about the new Data Done Right data sharing plans that clarifies that the free hotspot is only available with group plans not individual plans. It also lists all the extra cost features that can be added to either individual or group Data Done Right Plans. This post has been extensively updated to include to reflect this new information from Virgin Mobile. So far there's no sign of the Data Done Right phones on the Walmart web site.
Sources Virgin Mobile, FierceWireless
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