Virgin Mobile USA announced it will be exclusively selling and catering to the Apple iPhone from now. Towards that, the carrier is also rolling out a new attractive data plan that costs just $1 for unlimited text, data, and calls for an entire year. Post the one year period, the same will attract charges of $50 a month.
Of course, there is much to read between the lines with such plans. For instance, the data will be capped at 23 GB every month. Post that, your data will be pushed down the priority list, which means your internet speed would be throttled during peak usage times. Similarly, the off-network roaming call limit comes in at 800 mins or 100 MB. Beyond any of these, Virgin reverses the right to terminate the service altogether.
Then again, there are a few add-on plans available, which include a monthly payment of $5 that will entitle you to unlimited calls to Canada and Mexico. For $10 a month, you can have the same benefits plus 200 mins worth of calls to specific mobiles in 50 countries.
Also, there are no limits applicable to mobile-optimized videos, music, and games though the bandwidth is, of course, capped at 480p for videos and 500Kbps for music. The same for game streaming is 2 Mbps.
Another caveat is that you will have to purchase your device from either Apple or Virgin. If Virgin is your choice, you have the following models to choose from: iPhones SE, 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, and 7 Plus. There are several storage options to choose from though there are no freebies here as the same retail price is applicable.
There are a few exceptions though, like the iPhone SE which is discounted at Virgin for both the 32 and 128 GB model. Thereafter, the iPhone 6 with 32 GB storage too can be picked up for less considering that the model has been discontinued by Apple.
The subscription offer starts June 27 and will run through July 31, 2017. Beyond that, the deal will be curtailed to a 6-month plan, with the $50 a month plan kicking in thereafter.
The Virgin contract-less plan also allows you to enjoy a few others of Virgin offerings. Those include a free extra day of lodging in a Virgin Hotel or a free companion ticket (you pay only the taxes and fees) on a round trip to the UK on a Virgin Atlantic flight. There is also a 20 percent discount on Virgin America flights to be availed of as well.