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Virgin Mobile to have $40 true unlimited data plan

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.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. tonton

    Senior User

    Joined: Mar 2001

    +5

    Every carrier should have this.

    I use 3HK and I have an unlimited data plan for US$25. Truly unlimited. Some months I may be able to save money by choosing a cheaper plan and using less data, but it's the idea that I simply don't have to worry about a limit that really makes it worthwhile, even if I end up paying more.

  1. facebook_Mihai

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Aug 2010

    +3

    40$??

    Seriously, 40$ for unlimited data? What a waste! In Europe you can get an unlimited 3G data plan for as low as 5€/month. Truly unlimited. With tethering.

  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2001

    0

    EU

    @ facebook_Mihai: This isn't Europe.

    Good job, Sprint.. I mean Virgin! Looks like I'm going to be able to cut the cord (literally) with Cumcast @ my home.

  1. MorituriMax

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2010

    -6

    mihai

    Fine mihai, stay in Europe. We'll all be happier that way.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -4

    Details

    Since this is just pre-speculation, keep in mind the devil's always in the details.

    Notice how even the graphic shows you 'web browsing and emails'. Doesn't say anything about unlimited for other uses, like streaming videos, downloading, bittorrent, multi-player games, voip, etc, etc, etc.

  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2001

    0

    Duh!

    @tesudo thts exactly what people in their support forums ask. The browsing and emails is an example only. If you look at the current plans they give further examples as youndescribe but in their FAQ, etc thy tell you can use it for anything.

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