Virgin Mobile Price Increases by 40%: A Sad Day for Cheap Data Plans
Is this the day the cheap data plan died?
I had been keeping an eye on the Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plan for the last year. At a prepaid $25 per month for 300 talk minutes, unlimited text, and unlimited (albeit throttled) data it was a relative bargain over the $15 a month for 150 minutes on Net10, with no data plan.
To sweeten the deal, Virgin Mobile started adding Android phones to their lineup. The first few Android devices they offered were fairly weak. First there was the Samsung Intercept and then there was the LG Optimus V – both low end Android’s.
But then came rumors that Virgin Mobile was going to be offering a legit Android – the Motorola Triumph Android – with a 1GHz processor, 4.1″ touchscreen, and 5 MP camera.
I was <this> close to justifying the move.
Then Virgin Mobile actually announced they were, in fact, offering the Motorola Triumph.
Unfortunately, they would also be raising prices by $10 per month for EVERYONE.
My heart was broken.
Just when I thought that maybe, just maybe there’s a telecom company out there trying to throw you a bone… they raise prices. By 40%. When you add the $299 price of the Triumph – $12.50/mo. pro-rated over two years, that kicks up your price close to $50/mo.
To their credit, it looks like it was not a bait and switch move for existing customers. If you got in with the $25 price plan, you get to keep it for now. And even at $35/mo. this is still the cheapest talk/text/data plan out there.
But for those of us who hate monthly subscription expenses and were on the fence about justifying the expense of a smartphone data plan, this might have been the final nail in the coffin.
I’ll stick with my Net10 LG 900G.