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Virgin Mobile Reveals New Data Love Unlimited Plan for $60/month

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A new $60 monthly data plan has been unveiled by Virgin Mobile. According to the announcement, the new plan includes unlimited 4G LTE , unlimited talk and text, and unlimited mobile-optimized streaming videos, gaming and music.

The new plan was shared by a Reddit user, who says the new unlimited data plan basically offers the same things as the $50 plan on Boost Mobile. But there are some significant differences between the $50 Boost and $60 Virgin Mobile unlimited plans:

  • Boost offers 480p video streaming,  500 kbps audio streaming, 2 mbps gaming data and up to 8 GB per month of hotspot for $50/month. A $20/month add-on is available that provides 1080p video streaming, 1.5 mbps audio streaming and 8 mbps gaming data.
  • Virgin Mobile offers 1080p 480p video streaming, 1.5 mbs 500 kbps audio streaming and 8 2 mbps gaming data for $60 month. Hotspot is not included but is available at an extra cost of $3/day for 500 MB of hotspot, $5/month for 1 GB or $10/month for 2 GB.
Update: On March 3, 2017, Virgin Mobile's web page originally listed the mew unlimited plan as having 1080p video streaming, 1.5 mbps audio streaming and 8  mbps gaming data. On March 3, a Virgin Mobile representative contacted Prepaid Phone News to say that those speeds were posted in error and that the plan actually only offers 480p video streaming, 500 kbps audio streaming and 2 mbps gaming data. The Virgin Mobile website has been updated with the lower speeds.

That means that there is absolutely no reason to choose Virgin Mobile $60/month Data Love Unlimited plan over the $50/month Unlimited Gigs plan from Boost Mobile, which is another Sprint prepaid brand. Not only is the Boost plan cheaper, but it includes 8 GB/month of hotspot at no extra charge compared with Virgin which charges $10 extra for each 2 GB of hotspot use!

With the inclusion of this new plan, the options under the Data Lovers plan include the following choices:

  • Data Love ($35/month): Includes 5GB of 4G LTE
  • Data Love+ ($45/month): Includes 10GB of 4G LTE
  • Data Love Unlimited ($60/month): Includes unlimited data
The plans all include unlimited talk and text and music streaming.

For more information, visit Virgin Mobile website.


Source: Reddit



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  1. Im very confused, picture is for cricket but article is virgin mobile. Also "unlimited mobile-optimized streaming videos" then below "Virgin Mobile's plan comes with unthrottled video" Please clarify?

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    1. Data speed is different than video resolution.

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    2. Virgin says video is at up to 1080p. Not unthrottled but less throttled than the 480p on Boost Mobile's $50 unlimited plan.

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    3. I'm confused too, Dennis. If they're serving video at 1080p but still throttling it, what's the point of throttling? Excluding 4K? And how would they have managed to come up with a technique to allow high speed streaming but still keep video "mobile-optimized," which would be a huge deal? As you'll recall, T-Mobile's "optimization" was achieved by throttling video to 1.5 Mbps.

      So it can't be both "unlimited mobile-optimized streaming videos" and "unthrottled." "Less throttled," as you put it, is still throttled so either a correction or more clarification is needed.

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    4. So the Sprint steaming pecking order is SPP(2160)>Virgin(1080)>Boost(480), no?

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    5. Video on Sprint Prepaid is mobile optimized to 480p quality.

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    6. "what's the point of throttling?" or video "mobile-optimized,"
      Both techniques lessen the strain on network capacity caused by lots of video use.
      Other customers, especially valuable postpaid ones experience faster, more reliable data connections.

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    7. "Both techniques lessen the strain on network capacity caused by lots of video use.
      Other customers, especially valuable postpaid ones experience faster, more reliable data connections."

      No, I get the general idea behind it, but what's the point of VM's optimization if they're still giving you 1080p? What are they doing when they say they are "optimizing?" Because based on T-Mobile's precedent, "optimization"=throttling to 1.5 Mbps, which kills 1080p.

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  2. Sprint keeps finding ways to shoot itself in the foot. It's less compelling than MetroPCS. The T-Mobile Network is all-around better. Why would I go to Virgin Mobile?

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    1. The sick man of Mobile.

      "The phrase "sick man of Europe" is commonly attributed to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, referring to the Ottoman Empire, because it was increasingly falling under the financial control of the European powers and had lost territory in a series of disastrous wars."

      Does the situation of the Ottoman Empire and its nickname remind you of a certain carrier?

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    2. Softbank might have thought so in 2013, but the analogy is more than 3 years out of date. The patient is well along the road to recovery, based on large network investments, massive cost cutting and aggressive promotions. Postpaid subs are increasing again. Still a very strong #2 in prepaid.

      The 'sick man of prepaid mobile' is Verizon; still a distant 4th and going nowhere.

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    3. Another Boost storefront vendor person heard from, Look at the big picture. Softbank has nothing to show: the coverage is stagnant and only meets the needs of a small number of Americans T-Mobile is leaving it in the dust. Sprint is ever more the button of jokes.

      And if you still have Sprint, the joke is in your hand: hardly any coverage, and 2G where you can find it.

      The patient is dead.

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    4. Verizon is the great superpower of American mobile. Look at the big picture. They've paid little attention to prepaid since they smash most of the competition in postpaid.

      You know, I do admire you in a way It takes guts to spin Sprint's pathetic "Oh is that still around? performance into anything better than what it is: a very badly run distant 4th place company that has lost any relevance in today's market.

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    5. Reports of Sprint's death are greatly exaggerated.
      Empires can get "sick" too. The "superpower" only managed to add 167,000 postpaid customers last quarter, fewer than half as many as "dead" Sprint. Verizon net profits were off almost $1B year over year, down 17%.
      Verizon's prepaid business is so pathetic, only about 11% of the big 4 prepaid market. The only reasons they are relevant on this site are that a small percentage of readers have no good alternative, and Verizon's postpaid plans are so expensive.
      Verizon boldly declared recently that they never follow competitors; they lead the market. But they finally capitulated and offer an unlimited plan again, just like AT&T finally had to.

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    6. "Verizon is the great superpower of American mobile."
      Count again. You missed the other 'great superpower.' Only 8M fewer subscribers, a 6% difference. #2 added ~1M more subscribers than #1 last year, 3X as many.

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    7. You are right, of course...AT&T. But I didn't mention them as to not be "TL:DR"

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  3. It's not all about YOU. People buy what's all around better for THEM.
    And believe it or not, they don't travel randomly to every location in the USA.
    Some of them want 5GB fast for their $30 w/autopay, not 1GB.

    Is the bulb starting to flicker ;-)

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    1. People buy what is good for them, and the very vast majority most bypass anything on a distant-fourth network... one where you simply can't go anywhere in the US "at random". Because your phone will be dead in most places. Because, people want their phones to "just work" anywhere they go... they don't want to be punished for not constantly consulting cell phone coverage maps that only have a dusting of yellow to show for the US.

      Virgin succeeded a while ago because people put up with coverage that sucked in order to save a lot of money. That advantage is gone.

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    2. Virgin doesn't offer a autopay discount so 5GB would be $35.

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    3. Virgin has 50 min of roaming included for many phones. Virgin offers $5 autopsy discount for iPhones.

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    4. "People buy what is good for them, and the very vast majority most bypass anything on a distant-fourth network... one where you simply can't go anywhere in the US "at random".

      This is the PREPAID phone news site. The vast majority of prepaid phone users choose T-Mobile and Sprint because their plans and service work for THEM. It's not even close.
      The notion that everyone should buy coverage from the duopoly because they might need to travel to every geographic place in the US is silly. But the spam-bots continue to push this idea.

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    5. Virgin has offered a $5 autopay discount for iPhones ever since the 4S in 2011 (my daughter got it then). This should be added to the Virgin Mobile carrier review, since it is >5 years now.
      If you're from MO, just select any iPhone - it's in big print.

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    6. "Virgin offers $5 autopsy discount for iPhones."

      It's nice to know Virgin will be there to support me in finding out why my iPhone died.

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    7. VIRGIN iPhones never die. But you will get the $5 discount every month anyway once you sign up for Autopay ;-)

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    8. "This is the PREPAID phone news site. The vast majority of prepaid phone users choose T-Mobile and Sprint because their plans and service work for THEM. It's not even close."

      Prepaid news only? Tell that to the editors who posted the recent iPhone app news and always post quarterly TOTAL customers for carriers here.

      There is no "duopoly", but quarter after quarter thr vast majority choose the two best carriers because they have the good coverage you erroneously say isn't necessary.

      But yes, a minority of customers put up with inadequate coverage in order to save money. Your statement ignores cost consideration. I know, I was one. I know exactly how Sprint was and is.

      And of course if Verizon lowered their prices to match Sprint, within a year there would be no Sprint customers.

      People buy Chevies to save money. But if it costs customers no more to but
      y a Lexus than a Chevy, no one would buy a Chevy any more.

      You greatly overestimate the number of people who put up with bad networks because they love lousy coverage. They do it not out of love, but becuase lousy coverage (traditionally) costs a lot less than good coverage.

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  4. Virgin Mobile needs a better selection of phones to compete, rather than more plans.

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    1. The best phones won't help: because they will be the best phones, still useless on a 4th place network that won't provide data in two-thirds of the places Americans like to go.

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    2. Agreed. Proper BYOD would be a good start for them. Something they should of done years ago.

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    3. "network that won't provide data in two-thirds of the places Americans like to go." - Fake statistic.

      >83% of Americans live and work in metro areas now, and 10% more live in micropolitan areas (US Census). Sprint does an excellent job in covering "two thirds of the places where Americans like to go." Which helps explain why they are a strong #2 in prepaid phone subs, far ahead of AT&T and Verizon.
      People read coverage maps for themselves - they don't need to be told what's best for them.

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    4. No, Sprint does a poor job Your premise assumes that no one ever leaves their house. But Americans do, and Sprint only gives coverage in a third of the places Americans go in this great land of ours.

      People read coverage maps, and overwhelmingly reject Sprint.

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    5. People do read coverage maps, and more than 62% of the ~51M prepaid mobile customers of the big 4 carriers choose Sprint or T-Mobile. Those are the votes that count in prepaid mobile, not our personal opinions.
      These customers didn't buy the whole coverage map, they bought the coverage they need. Which is a whole lot less than the ~3M square miles of land you like to include in the equation.

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    6. Very misleading statistic to cover up for the fact that more than twice as many people choose to go with the good carriers than with the minor ones. The only way the minor carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile have been able to survive despite having poor coverage is to have much lower prices. The people that go with these are putting up with less because they pay less. As Verizon and AT&T lower their prices, there remains much less reason especially to ever go with Sprint.

      T-Mobile knows exactly what is going on, and that is why they are deciding to cover America. They don't dismiss millions of square miles that millions of people need coverage and like you do.

      Does it get lonely in your Boost storefront?

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    7. I used to be with Sprint, the coverage was terrible and it remains terrible. I put up with having the phone hardly work anywhere I went, and working very slowly in most of the rare places in order to save money.

      People put up with lousy networks in order to save money, that's it.

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    8. "Sprint only gives coverage in a third of the places Americans go in this great land of ours."

      RAH-RAH-WRONG:
      https://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp?serviceType=data&covType=lteplus&language=EN?INTNAV=NetworkP:coverage

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    9. To the one who said "62% of the 51M prepaid customers choose sprint or T-Mobile" Well yes if you combine 2 mobile carriers together it's going to be a larger number. And T-Mobile accounts for well over half of that 62%. Leaving sprint with very few subscribers, considering how hard they try to get prepaid customers. If you add tracfone(mostly Verizon and at&t) subscribers into Verizon and at&t, then sprint is likely dead last. And it's because without roaming, they only cover a third of the country.

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  5. With Verizon's postpaid unlimited data, especially the family plans that drop it to $45 a line , forget this. You need $45 unlimited, $35 10 gigs if you want to get someone's attention. Especially with Boost still having lower prices and better byod . If Virgin is only allowing a handful of universal phones and they are already a year behind in the "coming out " of Virgin Mobile, it's gonna be a repeat of Wimax where Sprint had 4g, waited too long, dilly dallied and had Verizon steal their thunder with LTE and a superior network. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Virgin and Sprint are gonna have to do better then this. They are trying to "have the atmosphere of a startup" and be a "disruptor brand". Based on what I've seen so far , I take that to mean, they don't seem to know MOST startups FAIL. And also, disruption comes from throwing tons of stuff at a wall and hoping something sticks. In English, it means, they have no clear idea of what they are really doing. Virgin used to be a great prepaid brand back in the Beyond Talk days...but unless they do some REAL improvements, it'll go the way of Helio and Virgin Mobile custom and Common Cents and a million Sprint mvnos. Down the drain. Back to the drawing board . Or maybe let Tmobile buy you out.

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    1. TL:DR is the battle cry of the millennial with a permanantly damaged attention span, incapable of reading anything longer than can fit on a Bazooka Joe comic. TL:DR says much more about the bad manners and diminished intellectual capacity of those who shout it, then it does about the content.

      Summary for those who will whine TL:DR about this comment as well: "GET OFF MY LAWN!!!"

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    2. I don't think the problem is the length, but rather that your writing is so disjointed. Edit, edit, edit! Hope that helps.

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    3. I agree. Respect the readers. Keep it concise and pithy. Ditch the trite expressions and much of the history that did not add anything significant to your arguments.
      This could have been 1/3 to 1/2 the length, with no tl;dr.

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    4. Sorry boys, I'm going to have to go with Anonymous on this one.

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  6. Verizon is so far behind in prepaid because they refuse to advertise it and the restrictions they put on their MVNOs are terrible. Their branded prepaid is actually pretty good right now. I'm paying $47.50 (after Target 5% REDcard discount and Walmart data promo) for 7GB of no-throttle, no-proxy, no-"optimization" data.

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  7. I am surprised any one responded to this article. $60 unlimited data on Virgin seems insignificant in light of lower prices or superior coverage on competitors.

    Sprint implied, via press release, Virgin would be a disruptor in the mobile space. Thus far that has been an empty promise.

    Sprint owns more spectrum than anyone besides the US government. Softbank has deep pockets.

    I hope Sprint executives are listening when prepaid customers ask them to

    "Bring it"

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    1. "Sprint owns more spectrum than anyone besides the US government."

      I'm not sure if they own the most amongst all non-governmental license holders, but they certainly do hold the most amongst MNOs. The problem is the nature of this spectrum, though: the bulk of it is 2500 MHz, which is crap when it comes to propagation. So if they had a nationwide, low frequency network as good as Verizon's, 2500 MHz would have been GREAT for supplementary coverage and/or use in carrier aggregation with the LF network.

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