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About Virgin Mobile Phone Plans
Virgin Mobile, since its entry into the U.S. market, has been working on increasing market share and one way it does that is through offering competitive services and plans. The most striking of these is that there are no one- or two-year contracts. All monthly plans come with the freedom to change plans whenever you feel like or to drop out altogether. Another interesting feature is that all monthly plans come with unlimited text and messaging, email, data and web service. This means that Virgin offers some of the best value contracts on the market today for cell phone service. However you need to make sure that there is coverage in your area. While Virgin Mobile service is on the Sprint nationwide network, coverage can be problematic in some areas of the country. So it is advisable that you check the coverage map on the website before you decide to sign up. Finally, the company has a number of deals for cell phones and some of them cost as low as $10 with free shipping and no activation fee.
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Did I hear you say cheap mobile phone contracts for Virgin Mobile? Well the company has two monthly plans also known as Beyond Talk Plans. As mentioned earlier, all plans come with unlimited messaging and web with varying degrees of talk time and there are no binding contracts. You can switch from one plan to another or cancel the service at any time. For $25 a month you get 300 any time minutes, for $40 a month you get 1200 any time minutes and for $60 a month you get unlimited talk time. If you use a BlackBerry you add an additional $10 a month to your plan's cost.
As of this writing (July 2010) Virgin Mobile offers four phones with the Beyond Talk service. These are the LG Rumor2 and Rumor Touch, the Kyocera Loft and the BlackBerry Curve. The phones range in price from about $70 to $150.
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Virgin Mobile has a prepaid pay-as-you-go service called payLo. The service has two main plans: a 400-minute plan for which you pay $20 every 30 days, and a basic rate plan for which you pay at least $20 every 90 days. For the 400-minute plan, calls cost 5 cents a minute and for the basic plan, they cost 20 cents a minute. Text messaging, picture messaging and web use incur additional charges as follows: text messaging (15 cents per message), picture messaging (25 cents per message) and web use ($1.50 per MB per day). You can also check your account balance up to five times for free each day to keep track of your phone usage.
There are currently (as of July 2010) four phones offered with Virgin Mobile's pay-as-you-go plans. These are the Kyocera Jax and TNT, the LG Flare and Samsung M340. They range in price from about $10 to $40.