As a company, Virgin seems synonymous with quality. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that when...
Virgin Mobile Prepaid Wireless Plans
As a company, Virgin seems synonymous with quality. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that when they jumped into the prepaid cellular phone market by rolling out Virgin Mobile, they would make positive waves among telecoms that provide prepaid wireless service. This is especially the case with the younger demographic, since the company puts a special emphasis on text messaging.
The biggest reasons Virgin Mobile is an attractive prepaid:
- Their offering of flexible, customization monthly plans.
- The cost-effectiveness of their per-minute usage based plans.
- Their bevy of singular messaging plans.
Virgin Mobile serves up a trio of monthly packages for their users. Chief among these is the unlimited monthly plan, which goes for $49.99 and offers unlimited domestic long distance, text, and multimedia messages. This plan can be augmented with e-mail and mobile web services for $10 each. The lone caveat to Virgin Mobile’s web service is that it’s limited to 50MB per month.
Virgin’s other two monthly plans both feature a base fee that costs less than the unlimited plan, but charge additional fees once the plans’ preset anytime minutes are passed. The first of these plans costs $29.99 per month and offers 300 anytime minutes along with 1,000 night and weekend minutes, while the second of these plans goes for $39.99 per month and gives users 400 anytime minutes along plus unlimited minutes on nights and weekend. Both plans can be boosted with various text, messaging, and mobile web packages that range anywhere between $5 and $10.
Virgin Mobile also offers straight messaging packages at $14.99 for users wanting to forego voice programs.
Usage Based Plans
Rather than offering daily plans like other telecoms that provide prepaid wireless service, Virgin Mobile offers a trio of plans that feature low per-minute costs and monthly rollover of unused minutes in the event that the plan stays active. The most basic plan features 200 minutes for $20, the intermediate plan serves up 400 minutes for $30, and the top tier plan offers 400 minutes for $50. These packages can also be combined with a host of text, messaging, and mobile web plans for an additional fee.
Virgin Mobile also offers a simple pay-as-you-go plan. This package charges $.20 per minute for calls, $.15 per minute for text messages and e-mails, $.25 per multimedia message, and mobile web usage for $1.50 per MB.
This is a prepaid cellular service built for the younger demographic. In addition to its broad messaging options, Virgin Mobile offers an impressive array of games, ringtones, and social networking apps. Older customers may appreciate that domestic long distance service is included in all of Virgin Mobile’s various minutes and monthly plans.
Virgin Mobile does not charge users with any activation or roaming fees. Additionally, they seem very clear about their overage charges.
Virgin Mobile’s ten phones may surprise people expecting a wider selection of devices. Still, the ones they do offer skew toward the advanced side of things, as they feature tons of messaging, multimedia, and graphics capabilities.
Help & Support
The company does not offer round-the-clock phone support service, although the hours in which help is offered are still extensive. Customer service is also available via e-mail. Virgin Mobile’s website also offers plenty of information about their services and has an in-depth FAQ section.
Virgin Mobile is a solid player in the prepaid cellular phone market because of the high plan flexibility it offers. Young customers will particularly be drawn to its services because of its plethora of messaging options.