Virgin Mobile is now selling the Samsung Galaxy II 4G smartphone. This phone is the predecessor to the Galaxy S III smartphone. 4G access on the Virgin Mobile network will start at $35 per month. The Galaxy S II 4G smartphone will be available in the colors titanium and white.
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Three major U.S. telecommunications companies started selling the iPhone 5 on September 21st. The prepaid carrier Cricket and several other regional carriers started selling the iPhone 5 on September 28th. Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile has been quiet about what they were planning on doing for the iPhone 5 though.
Brad Pitt has been a Hollywood star for around 25 years. Many people do not know that he has a brother named Doug, who is now the spokesman for Virgin Mobile. Doug runs a family computer business in southwest Missouri. Doug is passionate about philanthropy.
I have been paying over $100 per month to use my iPhone on AT&T. Fortunately my contract expires this month and I have just heard that Virgin Mobile will be the second prepaid operator to sell the iPhone to customers. Virgin Mobile USA will be offering iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S customers unlimited data, unlimited messaging, and 300 anytime minutes for only $30 per month. I may just sell my iPhone 4 on eBay, buy the iPhone 4S, and then sign up with Virgin. It’s always great to save a few bucks here and there without having to downgrade much.
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Sprint will be the second U.S. phone company to offer the Apple iPhone on a prepaid basis. Sprint will announce this week that Virgin Mobile will offer pay-as-you-go as soon as July 1st according to sources with The Wall Street Journal. Leap Wireless was the first company to offer the iPhone on a prepaid basis.
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Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA has just announced a new mobile broadband plan that is sure to impress. At $40 you can use an unlimited amount of data when you are on the go. Check out the chart above to see what I am talking about. Not bad considering that most other mobile broadband competitors cap you at different data consumption points. [Engadget]
Virgin Mobile will introduce a Novatel MiFi router next week according to Gearlog. The Virgin Mobile MiFi turns a 3G signal into a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices and it will be completely prepaid. The device will cost $149 and then run for about $10 (100MB) or $60 (5GB). Virgin has the full data chart on their website. Personally I’m excited for this because I plan to take a huge road trip later this summer and don’t want to get locked into any contracts for MiFi. The Virgin Mobile MiFi will be available at Radio Shack, Best Buy, and online starting June 28th. [Gearlog]
Last month Sprint made an agreement to acquire Virgin Mobile for $483 million. Shortly after that announcement, Virgin Mobile announced their second quarter profits. Virgin said that their popular $50 unlimited plan was the reason why second quarter profits were driven to $16.8 million. In terms of the number of subscribers, Virgin Mobile lost many of them. About a year ago, Virgin Mobile’s profits was only $3.5 million.
Virgin Mobile also said that they plan to shift away from the $49.99 plan by the end of the year. “Our new $49.99 Unlimited offer has been particularly successful, representing 21% of all gross adds in May and June,” stated Virgin Mobile CEO Dan Schulman. “Supporting this strategic customer focus is the sale of higher-priced handsets, which are associated with higher data usage, better churn, and significantly higher lifetime value.”
The company lost 269,239 customers in the quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $307.6 million. In the same quarter the year before, the company reported $319.9 million.
Before the acquisition, Sprint and Virgin Group formed Virgin Mobile in 2002 as a joint venture. Sprint has been a primary provider of the Virgin Mobile network ever since.