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Virgin Mobile iPhone Now Available At Canadian Apple Stores

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A few days ago, Virgin Mobile officially launched its HSPA+ network (using Bell service) across Canada. Alongside the launch, Virgin announced new smartphone rates plans and that it was carrying the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

Until now, the only place to get Virgin Mobile service on an iPhone 3G/3GS was to visit a Virgin Mobile store. As of today however, prospective customers may get their Virgin Mobile iPhone 3G/3GS at their local Apple Store as well.

Back in September, Apple launched iPhone Activation Zones across its Canadian retail stores but the activation zones were initially found in USA Apple Stores. These Activation Zones are a dedicated zone in which Apple customers, or just strictly iPhone buyers, can discuss, purchase and activate an iPhone just as you would at a typical Rogers/Fido/Telus/Bell store. In other words, Apple Stores in Canada can now sell and activate iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS on Rogers, Fido, Telus, Bell, AND Virgin Mobile.

The only difference between buying at an Apple Store versus an official carrier store is customers receive personal service, Apple pizazz, no pushy sales people, and an iPhone device right from the Mothership! However, the Apple Store buying method does require an appointment, so read about that here.

As indicated when Virgin launched its plans at the end of January, the following packages are available on a 3-year term:

Virgin Mobile Smartphone Combo Plans

$50/month

  • Daytime Minutes: 150 anytime + 50 bonus minutes
  • Evenings & Weekends: Unlimited at 7pm
  • Data: 500MB + Tethering
  • Features: Choose Voicemail 10 with Caller Display OR Unlimited Text and Picture messaging
  • Free WiFi at all Starbucks locations

$65/month

  • Daytime Minutes: 200 anytime + 50 bonus minutes
  • Evenings & Weekends: Unlimited at 7pm
  • Data: 1GB + Tethering
  • Features: Choose Voicemail 10 with Caller Display OR Unlimited Text and Picture messaging
  • Free WiFi at all Starbucks locations

$80/month

  • Daytime Minutes: 350 anytime + 50 bonus minutes
  • Evenings & Weekends: Unlimited at 7pm
  • Data: 2GB + Tethering
  • Features: Choose Voicemail 10 with Caller Display OR Unlimited Text and Picture messaging
  • Visual Voicemail is included
  • Free WiFi at all Starbucks locations

$100/month

  • Daytime Minutes: 450 anytime + 50 bonus minutes
  • Evenings & Weekends: Unlimited at 7pm
  • Data: 3GB + Tethering
  • Features: Choose Voicemail 10 with Caller Display AND Unlimited Text and Picture messaging
  • Visual Voicemail is included
  • Free WiFi at all Starbucks locations

If customers opt to build their own plan, they may choose a voice plan starting at $25/month (up to $70) and then add a data plan starting at $30 for 500MB.

Data Add-Ons (include Tethering and Free Starbucks WiFi)

  • $30/month: 500 MB
  • $35/month: 1GB
  • $50/month: 2GB
  • $65/month: 3GB
  • $85/month: 5GB
  • Additional $5/month gives customers “Flexi-data” that fluctuates depending on data use.

Any of the above plans come with a 3-year contract and may also have additional paid add-ons such as early evenings. Regardless of add-ons however, the iPhone is available at the following prices:

iPhone 3G 8GB Black:

  • $99 with 3-year term
  • $599 no term

iPhone 3GS 16GB Black/White:

  • $199 with 3-year term
  • $699 no term

iPhone 3GS 32GB Black/White:

  • $299 with 3-year term
  • $799 no term

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  • stuhFAN

    I'm currently paying $62.95/mo with Rogers and getting a better deal than the similarly priced plan from Virgin. I thought all these new entrants into the marketplace was supposed to drive voice & data prices down??

  • george

    i pay 51.42 with rogers and have 300 daytime min and my 5 and 6pm evenings, r2r and cid with nd and vm and 2500 text and 6 gb so that pretty much blows virgins 80 buck a month plan and beats there 100 dollar plan in data usage

  • Does this mean I can get my Rogers iPhone “officially” unlocked for Fido or I have to chill with my jb iPhone

  • Officially unlocked? Not at all.
    How did you come to this conclusion?

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  • wongnog

    Is their voicemail 10 the same as visual voicemail

  • No

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  • Chris

    that is unbelievable since I pay a similar price and have an old razr with no data – please let me know how you got this ridiculous deal considering 6gb of data is $30 a month plus tax is already a significant majority of 51.42

    If this is true I'm gonna use this to let them retain me as a customer, last phone call I had they offered me to continue to save me $8 a month credit on my account that is already there only if I sign up for 3 years, no phone, nothing.

  • george

    google rogers retention and youll see on red flag deals all the possible ways to get retention offers and so onn
    i got a the 25 voice plan with 150 bonus min my 5 and 6pm evenings minus 10 dollar credit, retention value pack was 10 data discount no system acces fee and 911 .050 cent and the 6gb so 45.50 plus taxes 51.24

  • Chris

    Sickness thanks buddy

    I will use this action for sure in June for the new iPhone

    dirty dirty

    Chris

  • Sorry X1Zero misunderstood activating with unlocking iPhone so it can be used on different carriers

  • westcoasttf1

    I currently have a 16G – Rogers 3G iPhone with Rogers. The phone is locked. I am moving to an area that does not have Rogers, but has Telus/Bell/ Virgin.

    Can I unlock my Rogers iPhone, and put it on Virgin Pre-Paid service with the add-on of $5.00 unlimited email access, and $10 a month unlimited web browsing.

    When you add these up.
    $20 – 200 anytime minutes
    $10 – unlimited incoming calls
    $5 – unlimited email access
    $10 – umlimited web access
    $45 total no extra tax or access fees.

    Will this work? Point me in the right direction please.

  • Can you unlock? Yes.

    Can you use Virgin then? Yes.

    Can you use the Mail and Browsing add-ons? No. Why? Because those add-ons
    are for consumer phones only and not smartphones. Unfortunately, you will
    have to use a 500MB data add-on instead.

  • westcoasttf1

    Thank you Mr. Ex

    Can you point in the right direction for unlocking the iPhone. Maybe I don’t need the wegb access and email all the time, since I am moving to smaller area, local business only less worldwide access. Sometime we are too connected….

    What consumer virgin phone resemble regular email as close as possible. What is this LG 700 Bliss?

    Thank you for your help so far.

  • deandre

    i really dont think that virgin mobile service is that good i mean cant they do smthing better than that i have reported about my phone so long an no one did anything i mean come onnn man …………………………………..how long does it take to do something wow

  • Alicia

    I have a rogers iphone and want to be able to use it as a virgin mobile iphone.. is this possible?

  • Alicia

    I have a rogers iphone and want to be able to use it as a virgin mobile iphone.. is this possible?

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