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Virgin Mobile Kills 300 Minute, 2.5 GB Plan, Adds More Data to Other Plans

Sprint's Virgin Mobile prepaid brand has made some changes to its Unlimited (formerly Beyond Talk) plan lineup. The changes are a mixed bag, there's more high speed data at the same price on three plans, but a popular plan has been discontinued and cheapest plan's price has been increased. Here are the changes: 
  • The $35/month unlimited talk, messaging and data plan now includes 1 GB of high speed data (was 250 MB) 
  • The $45/month unlimited plan now gets 3 GB of high speed data (was 1 GB) 
  • The $55/month unlimited plan's high speed data allotment goes all the way to 8 GB (was 3 GB) 
  • The $35/month 300 minutes, unlimited messaging 2.5 GB of high speed data plan is gone. 
  • The $20/month 300 minutes, unlimited texting, no data plan has been replaced by a $25/month 500 minutes, unlimited texting, no data plan. 
Current users on the $20 and $35 300 2.5 GB plans are grandfathered and can keep those plans but the plans are no longer available for plan changes or activations.

While more data is nice, I'm underwhelmed by these changes. The Virgin Mobile $35 and $45 plans still offer less data than identically priced plans from Boost Mobile, Sprint's other prepaid brand. The Boost $45 plan includes 5 GB and the $55 plan $10 GB. The discontinued $20 unlimited texting plan and the $35 2.5 GB plan were really Virgin's most competitive offerings. They were some of the only plans from any operator that gave users lots of texts and/or data without forcing them to pay for unlimited minutes. Now that those plans are gone I don't seen any reason for new customers to choose Virgin over Boost.

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  1. I hope virgin just merge with boost mobile and become one.

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    1. Not a good idea, from us consumers' standpoint. Merging = less competition. Less competition = no sensitive for service providers to lower their price and/or increase their service value.

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    2. Sorry, SDLock, your idea is generally a sound principle. But not here.

      Business wise, Virgin is already completely merged with Boost. They are the same company.

      Virgin and Boost do not compete against each other to lower prices, the same way that Buick and Cadillac do not compete against each other to lower prices.

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  2. Typo here I think, should be $25: Current users on the _$20_ and $35 300 2.5 GB plans...

    I ditched my grandfathered $25 unlimited plan a couple years ago. I wasn't using enough data to justify even $25 a month for it. I got a solid 1.5Mb connection at home (where I rarely needed it) and abysmal, even for 3G, speeds almost everywhere else.

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    1. $20 refers to the $20 "WiFi Lover's Delight" unlimited texts, 300 minutes, no data plan that was discontinued yesterday and is now grandfathered. It as nothing to do with the old $25 300 minute 2.5 GB, unlimited texts plan that was discontinued years ago.

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    2. Yeah, that occurred to me right after I clicked the 'publish' button, given the context of the article. D'oh!

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  3. I ditched my Virgin plan because with the bad sprint coverage, it was pretty hard to use much data to approach my limit.

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  4. I don't know what Virgin's plan is, honestly. They only have a small handful of phone offerings, several of which appear to be in closeout. They aren't stocking iphones or galaxy s phones, and they only have two phones released in the past 12 months (lumia 635, onetouch elevate).

    Meanwhile, Boost has 15+ phones released in the past 12 months, and is stocking galaxy s 6 and iphone 6. It's pretty clear if you aren't hanging onto a grandfathered plan, there's very little to be had at Virgin. I guess those brand licensing fees are unattractive and they're slowly killing it off?

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  5. Sprint is either grossly incompetent trying to slowly kill Virgin Mobile.

    It might be a ploy to snag a bit more revenue before eventually closing the doors on a redundant subsidiary.

    The only thing Virgin has really been good for lately is buying discount phones through a cash back portal.

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  6. Looks like Sprint doesn’t want vm anymore they stopped sending me pay reminders 48 hours before due date

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  7. i have been a virgin mobile user for 5 years straight.....i was one of their first customers in 2010 on the beyond talk messaging plan back when it was 25 $ a month....but now im just saving up money to jump ship to cricket or boost.....their phone selection keeps getting smaller and less stellar and their network coverage isnt great...never has been...at this point im done with VM...its been a good ride while it lasted

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  8. I was ready to break down and sign up with a Galaxy S3 on the $35 plan when the phone disappeared from their site. What's left that I like I can't afford. I like the 5 G plans but $45 is too much on my budget. Now I am back at square one.

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  9. VM has fewer devices than Boost and their plans offer less data. Who are they marketing these plans to?

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  10. I'd go with Cricket before I went with Boost of I were you. Cricket uses AT&T towers. AT&T has great coverage about as good as Verizon. AT&T is always building to make their 4G network better. GSM phones give you better selection. You can get a LG G2 at a decent cost of you look on Amazon. At least an Unlocked phone you can switch to AT&T if you don't like Cricket. Boost your stuck with Sprint (unless you can do a Verizon SIM swap after activating the SIM in an actual Verizon phone first). I've messed with Boost and most areas you get 3G at best.

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  11. Sprint is going to ditch vm, it's only a matter of time. They are selling a very limited supply of marginal phones. It would cost nothing to slap the vm brand any phone that Sprint uses.

    I think they are phasing out anything resembling a competitive plan. You can still get decent vm phones on Amazon, but for the new plans are nothing to cheer about.

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  12. This sucks I was on the $30 2.5gig 300min grandfathered plan and when I switched from lg volt to iPhone 5c it took the 2.5gig and reduced it to 1gig!!!!!! Not pleased!!!!!!

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    1. Did you do the switch online or by calling?

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