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Virgin Mobile Retires Inner Circle Plan, Welcomes Back Android Users

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Back in 2017, Virgin Mobile made an announcement that it was turning into an iPhone-only provider. The rebranding prompted the Sprint prepaid brand to offer only one plan. This plan, called Inner Circle, offer unlimited everything for $50 a month. In line with its launch, Virgin Mobile offered a year of service to new subscribers for just $1.

The $1 offer seemed quite a deal. Unfortunately, Virgin Mobile's attempt at becoming an exclusive provider for iPhone users did not sit well with its Android customers. It's even more surprising that Virgin Mobile decided to go this route, especially since the number of Android users far surpass those that use iOS devices. According to StatCounter's GlobalStats on Mobile Operating System Market Share Worldwide July 2018, there are 77.32% Android users while only 19.4% use iOS devices. So when Virgin Mobile made this announcement, industry insiders couldn't help but think how much of a mistake this was.

Virgin Mobile, however, remained positive with its initiative and continued to come up with different ways to market its Inner Circle plan. But now, it looks like Virgin Mobile has finally accepted the fate of its iPhone-only plan.

A few days ago, Virgin Mobile added the Inner Circle plan to its list of retired plans. According to Fierce Wireless, the recent decision was made in order to meet the needs of its customers better. The company shared:


"Virgin is committed to providing the best experience for our customers. Virgin Android customers have asked for Androids, so we are bringing them back into our device lineup to meet this popular demand."

Now that the plan has been retired, new customers are no longer able to sign up for it. Existing customers, on the other hand, can choose to keep their service. For those who are nearing the end of their promotional period, they can continue using the plan and pay $50 per month. Customers on the Inner Circle plan cannot switch to another plan.

With this announcement, Virgin Mobile unveiled its new phone plans on its website:

  • $35 per month plan - Includes unlimited talk and text, 5GB of 4G LTE data
  • $45 per month plan - Includes unlimited talk and text, 10GB of 4G LTE data
  • $60 per month plan - Includes unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data

These plans also come with 50 minutes of domestic voice roaming. The plans have a limit of 480p for video streaming, 500Kbps for music streaming, and 2Mbps for gaming. Taxes and fees are not included in the prices. The $60 per month plan comes with a 35GB LTE data cap, after which data gets deprioritized during times of heavy network congestion. Mobile hotspot is not included but may be purchased as an add-on.


Erratum: 24Mbps for gaming is a typo. It is 2Mbps.

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  1. And absolutely no one is surprised...

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  2. And absolutely nobody cares about Virgin anymore.

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  3. Too late. I'm went back to Boost Mobile and left and now I'm with Metropcs

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  4. Surprised VM could sustain so long with just iOS & 1$ customers.. Boost is better than these 'new' VM plans

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  5. What is it with Virgin Mobile USA? They just cannot get anything right these days.

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  6. I pay $40 total with Autopay for the $45 plan, 10GB/unlimited. No taxes or fees. Virgin offered me this plan when they unlocked my iPhone SE in July.

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  7. Hahaha Sprint is hilarious

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  8. This is just another Trump Moment, where Virgin realized that the majority of Americans aren't actually wine and cheese trust fund babies with access to Daddy's limitless Centurion card.

    iOS isn't even half the market, and people with $1000 slabs of glass can already afford unlimited data with Verizon's $125-plus-taxes postpaid plan.

    The fact is, iPhones just don't have a place in the budget arena, no matter how many times Apple fanboys try to trump up their popularity.

    We android stronk here.

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    1. You sound jealous.

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    2. Trump derangement syndrome is strong in here.

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  9. Is the gaming 24 Mbps a misprint?

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    1. Erratum: 24Mbps for gaming is a typo. It is 2Mbps.

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  10. It’s too bad T-Mobile will be killing off Virgin Mobile and Boost after they takeover Sprint in 2019.

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  11. The reemergence of a feigned and untrue competition between Virgin Mobile with Boost and Virgin is to prove the merger is not actually collusion and elimination of competition and the prepaid market. Abandoning the Inner Circle, and the $78 3 phone lines deals at Boost/Metro are too convenient at a time when extending the merger hold off was not done? After Labor day weekend it's going to be more TMO and less Sprint and the merged companies' MVNOs. New World phone order, ala 1984 Orwellian..."you there! With the non Samsung/LG/Motorola! Get against the wall and surrender your budget device! Either pay exorbitant costs like the elite or be phone- less!" One can only hope that this prediction is just paranoia and not the new and soon reality. One notices the major flagship phone device owner colluding with carriers because us who have budget devices have decent devices and services thus made the phone world less Apple/Verizon reliant. Sprint fought a valiant economic resistance in the day of oligarchs/monopolies. Farewell 4 phone lines for $50 a month at Ultra. The dawn is looming...

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  12. I've been with VM for about eight years, always using Android phones so from my point of view the Inner Circle phase was merely a blip on the screen. They hooked me in for more time by giving me a free Galaxy S7 recently, but I will probably move to another carrier when this phone dies as VM's in the Bay Area seems pretty spotty.

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