Virgin Mobile Becomes iPhone Exclusive from June 27 with $1 Unlimited Plan during First Year of Service
Sprint’s prepaid brand Virgin Mobile has made a drastic change with its offerings. According to its website, the carrier will stop offering Android smartphones completely and will start selling iPhones only. It will offer only one Inner Circle plan with unlimited service that for the first year will cost only $1. Virgin Mobile becomes iPhone exclusive starting June 27, 2017.
Virgin Mobile Inner Circle Plan and Benefits
Unlimited service for $1 through a year is a limited time offer available until July 31, 2017. The offer is available to new customers and to those who upgrade to the Inner Circle plan. Also, carrier requires iPhone purchase (at Virgin or Apple Store) and autopay.
After promotional year, the service will go back to its regular price tag, $50 a month. The Inner Circle plan comes with unlimited talk, text and data optimized for video streaming, music and gaming. Video streaming is optimized to up to 480p, music to 500 Kbps and gaming to 2 Mbps. The plan also offers roaming, 800 minutes and 100 MB of data. In addition, customers who go over 23 GB of data during a month will be de-prioritized during network congestion.
To new Inner Circle plan users, Virgin Mobile will offer access to Virgin Perks and Member Benefits but only to those who enroll by September 30, 2017. Some of the Perks included are ticket to the United Kingdom, additional night in a Virgin Hotels when users pay for two, discounts on domestic travel, Virgin Wines and more.
Virgin Mobile International Add-Ons
Virgin is also offering International calling add-ons. For $5 per month, customers get unlimited calls to Mexico, Canada and unlimited global texting. For $10 per month, carrier adds to $5 plan unlimited calling to landline numbers in over 70 countries, 200 minutes to select mobile numbers in over 50 countries and cheaper per-minute rates to more than 200 destinations.
Unfortunately, it’s never a good idea to narrow your offerings rather than widen it. Virgin’s been offering Android phones since ever so many users won’t understand this change. This looks like Sprint’s attempt to differentiate Virgin Mobile from other prepaid providers and it’s not a good one, probably. For a long time, Sprint hasn’t got an idea what to do with this brand. However, with Boost Mobile, its other prepaid brand, it‘s a different story.
Virgin Mobile doesn’t say how it will handle existing customers with Androids and plans. Probably, they will be grandfathered.
Source: Virgin Mobile