Virgin Mobile is Sprint’s version of prepaid cell phone service. Most popularly known as the network behind the Assurance Wireless free cell phone plan, Virgin Mobil also provides no contract plans for those who don’t qualify for the Assurance Wireless plan.
Virgin Mobile has the Beyond Talk prepaid plan for SmartPhones and a pay as you go plan called Paylo for the older traditional cell phones. We’ll start by discussing Virgin Mobil’s Beyond Talk SmartPhone service.
Beyond Talk Plan for SmartPhones
Beyond Talk is a no contract no credit check plan that offers unlimited messaging, e-mail, data and web. The talk time varies depending on the plan you select.
Plans range from $25 per month to $60 per month. For $25 you get the unlimited e-mail, text, data and web plus 300 anytime talk minutes. For $40 per month you get all of the above and instead of 300 talk minutes you get 1200 anytime minutes. For $60 a month you get unlimited everything; email, text, data, web and talk (not a bad deal).
If you have a Blackberry, add an additional $10 per month in order to utilize your Blackberry’s services.
Virgin Mobile Cell Phone Selection
As of this writing Virgin Mobile has five different smartphones to choose from (at least in my zip code). The least expensive is the Kyocera Loft for $69.99 which sports a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.3 megapixel camera and has an app for easy access to MySpace and Facebook.
The most expensive phone on their plan is the Samsung Intersect. This is a touch screen phone that has a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Its camera is 3.2 megapixels. The Samsung Intersect will cost you $249.99.
Keep in mind that phone availability depends on your area code.
About Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk Plan
When you sign up for the Beyond Talk plan, you are charged monthly. If you don’t use all your anytime minutes in the month, they do not roll over onto the next month. Going over your monthly talk allotment will cost you $.10 per minute.
The unlimited text, instant messaging and email feature is an attractive feature. If you have professional texters or Facebookers in your household, the unlimited feature can save you a bundle. More than likely the $25 monthly plan is adequate (after all professional texters don’t talk on the phone). However, if you talk as much as you text, the $60 plan might be the best way to go.
I only wish I had reviewed this plan before purchasing a new phone for my textaholic over the holidays. Virgin Mobile’s $25 per month plan beats Verizon’s prepaid SmartPhone plan by a mile.