updated 12:10 am EDT, Sun August 22, 2010
Virgin Mobile to land unlimited data
Virgin Mobile this weekend prematurely confirmed a major revamp of its Broadband2Go data plans that could see a return to real unlimited data. Rather than the four plans offered today, it would simplify to just a $40 unlimited monthly plan and a $10, 100MB 10-day plan. IntoMobile has added through a leaked memo that the changes will go live on August 24.
Both MiFi routers and modems should work with the cap-free access.
The switch would escalate the competition among carriers for mobile data. Clear and Virgin's US parent Sprint offer unlimited Internet, but only for their still-rare WiMAX services. On 3G, Sprint as well as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have caps of 5GB or less for Internet-only plans. Frequent travellers have often complained regarding the limits as they can be broken quickly with significant media streaming or for more than a few days of use.
With the new unlimited plan, customers could have a true substitute for a home connection and would have a particular edge with a MiFi, since multiple users could share service without risking overage fees.