Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk: $35 for Unlimited Data, Text, & 300 Minutes?
Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk Plan
Virgin Mobile, a prepaid cellular phone service provider that was purchased by Sprint, just launched a new – and potentially game changing prepaid cellular plan, that they are dubbing ‘Beyond Talk‘. It might just grab your eye, as it did mine.
The base plan works like this:
- Unlimited data
- Unlimited text
- 300 anytime minutes
All on 3G (with some 4G LTE) and all for just $25/month! (Virgin has since raised the price to $35 per month, so this is no longer quite the screaming deal it was when I first wrote this post)
For young professionals, this plan is seemingly brilliant and flawless. I find myself using cell phones less and less these days, which is why I went with Net10 prepaid (you can check out my Net10 review) to limit my cell phone bill to just $15/month and have been looking at Tracfone to take it even lower (you can also check out my Tracfone review).
When I first discovered the Beyond Talk Virgin Mobile plan, I was super excited. I thought to myself, “wow, I can move to a smart phone and get unlimited data for just $25. Finally, a plan that caters to exactly how I want to use a phone – unlimited data and text messaging, and a decent amount of minutes each month that I probably won’t use up.”
The Downside to Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk
In the time since I originally wrote this article, Virgin Mobile has come a long ways. It used to be that the cheapest smartphone you could buy that you could reasonably use data on was around $100. Now, Virgin has a few different Android offerings in the $35 – $75 range.
Extremely reasonable for prepaid!
If you go with Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk, note that you should calculate how much your plan really costs once you distribute out the cost of the phone per month. If you figure two years of life on a phone (lengthy these days), a $300 phone equates to an extra $12.50 per month vs. a free contracted phone from other providers.
Check out my list of the cheapest MVNO (prepaid) providers, for comparisons to other companies. Note that the only MVNO with comparable smartphone pricing is Republic Wireless. T-Mobile has also offered cheap prepaid smartphone plans.