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Virgin Mobile Cell Phone Plans

Sept. 7, 2018
Cell Phones, Utilities
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Virgin Mobile ditched its single-plan strategy, which offered just one plan and one type of phone — the iPhone. Customers can now pick from three plans and various phone models, including Android devices. The new plans are competitively priced but lack many bells and whistles, including mobile hot spot access.


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AT A Glance

  • Plans start at $35 a month.
  • Notables: Mobile hot spot available as an add-on; service operates on Sprint's network.
Get started at Virgin Mobile's site
Get started at Virgin Mobile's site

Virgin Mobile cell phone plans

Virgin Mobile now offers three prepaid plans:

  • 5GB: $35
  • 10GB: $45
  • Unlimited: $60

All plans include unlimited talk and text, but lack extras like mobile hot spot and international calling. Those features can be added for an additional fee.

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Virgin Mobile’s network

Virgin is wholly owned by Sprint and operates on its network. The latest RootMetrics report scored Sprint’s network third overall behind AT&T and Verizon.

Of course, what matters is whether you get service, not how well a network performs overall. Talking to friends and family who use Sprint in your area is usually the easiest way to discover whether Virgin will work for you.

» MORE: How mobile virtual network operators can save you money

How Virgin Mobile compares on price

 1GB or less2-4GB5-7GB8-10GBUnlimited
*Project Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte.
**Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (1GB)$50 (8GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$55
MetroPCS
$30 (2GB)$40 (10GB)$50
Project Fi*
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$30 (1GB)
$40 (2GB)

$50 (3GB)

$60 (4GB)
$70 (5GB)

$80 (6GB+)
$80
Republic Wireless**
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$25 (2GB)

$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)
$40 (5GB)

$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)
$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)

$65 (10GB)
N/A
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$50 (10GB)$60
Verizon prepaid
$30 (500MB)$40 (3GB)$50 (8GB)$70
Virgin Mobile
$35 (5GB)$45 (10GB)$60
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