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Virgin Mobile to Start Throttling Data

Remember last year when Virgin Mobile said that they were going to start throttling data speeds for anyone who used more than 2.5 GB in a month? And then they postponed it to 2012. Well that's now and based on a text some Virgin Mobile users received today, the throttling will start next month on March 23rd. The text links to a mobile web page that reads:

To make sure we can keep offering our Beyond Talk Plans at such great prices, we're putting a data speed reduction in place for anyone who uses over 2.5GB of data in a month.

Will it affect me?
Based on your activity for your last plan month ending in December, you could be affected by this change.

If you continue to use the same amount of data as you did in your last plan month, you may see your data speeds reduced during a plan month when the data speed reduction is implemented on March 23, 2012. You can still use your phone to do everything you currently do, but you may experience slower page loads and file downloads and lags in streaming media.

This will not affect your ability to text or make calls with your phone.

How will it work?
Starting March 23, 2012, if you use over 2.5GB of data in a month on your Beyond Talk Plan:
• Data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month.
• If data speeds are reduced, they will return to normal as soon as your next plan month starts.
• If you'd rather not wait for your new month to start, you can restart your plan immediately through My Account.

How will I know if my data speeds have been reduced?
If you reach 2.5GB of data in a month, you will receive a text message letting you know your data speeds will be reduced for the rest of your plan month.

By putting this data speed reduction in place, we're making sure we can deliver the same quality service you've come to expect from Virgin Mobile. We hope you understand.

*Data usage per activity is based on an average. Bandwidth varies by website, video, email and other Internet application
It could be worse. The capped speed of 256 Kbps is over twice as fast as T-Mobiles 119 Kbps. Actually, here in San Francisco, where the Sprint network is over capacity, I rarely see much more than 256 Kbps anyway.

This change leaves Boost Mobile as the only US prepaid carrier with truly unlimited data with no cap or throttle.  As Boost and Virgin are both own by Sprint, I wonder how much longer true unlimited of Boost will last?

Via: Android Central
Image: Engine room Telegraph on the RMS Queen Mary by Leo Reynolds, cc some rights reserved.


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  1. Actually, I'd count Verizon prepaid monthly's smartphone plans and Att's feature phone plan as truly unlimited prepaid wireless plans . As are a lot of smaller regional carriers like Metro, Cricket and others.

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