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Virgin Mobile Launches HSPA+ Network, Releases Smartphone Plans

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Virgin Mobile has officially launched their HSPA+ network that now supports the iPhone. Alongside the release, the company has introduced new price plans as well.

The company has launched two types of plans; Smartphone Combo plans that include a voice plan and a data plan or customers can opt to separate the two and choose a separate voice plan and separate data plan.

Note that Virgin is owned by Bell, so iPhone users will essentially be using Bell’s HSPA+ network for service.

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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  • Dusty

    Good to know!

  • Interesting – but, once again they tie the user to a 36 month term. I'd being willing to pay a bit more up front and have the term reduced. (or preferably month to month – which is a fantasy)

    These 3 year terms that are standard for Canadians and uniformly required by Telus, Bell and Rogers are ludicrous.

  • James

    I don't have so much of a problem with the 3 year contract, but for data, why are they charging $85/ month for something that costs $30 in the US? Outrageous

  • George

    First off all why is 500 mb 30 bucks that's a major rip off and secondly virgin mobile has Horrible csr and my sister tells me horror stories off there billing deptartment overcharging and when she tries to fix it they charge more virgin is still bell however you look at it. I'm glad I got the 30/6gb plan from Rogers with a 10 buck discount so 20 bucks for 6gb

  • Ari

    Well, they are charging 30 bucks in the US for a service that often does not even work and it is several times slower. AT&T is struggling to roll out 7.2Mbps service. Also, most people can get by with less data. I'd like to see lower prices but it's not as bad as you make it out to be.

  • bigb

    Well its cool Virgin has the iphone and all,,, but i have to say that Virgin's plans and pricing have really gone downhill since Bell has taken over, and its been really disappointing for me , i was hoping virgin would be able to come in somewhere around 40 -45 a month for a starter data plan , and just include visual voice mail and everything in all of their smartphone packages aside than being able to select amount of data usage you need. I am so sick of our telco's nickle and diming us to death for features that should simply be included with the device at no extra charge (leave them the way they were meant to be used, don't hinder the device). I argree with CityHues as well , i would rather be on a 1 or maybe even 2 year contract and pay more for the phone, than be locked into a 3 year contract for a phone that will be out of date in 1.5 years probably, its just insane. I am a current Virgin customer that was waiting for the iphone to come to them but i have to say i may now switch providers and look for an Android phone of some sort a really shop for a data plan, or i will just wait i guess. We really need more competition up here, it really is getting ridiculous. (Hurry up Wind & DAVE we really need a serious rattling in the Canadian wireless industry)

  • Yup. When will the “WINDS” of change come??

  • People who sign up for a 3 year contract today, are going to regret that decision when the next iPhone is released 5-6 months later.

  • Half_Pint

    This is so true. After the iPad hits the streets, the iPhone is due for a major update.

  • Patrick Wong

    It still way too expensive. It just Bell hiding under another name.

  • Patrick Wong

    It still way too expensive. It just Bell hiding under another name.

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