|Virgin Mobile is a pre-pay service
that uses the Sprint PCS network, so it has the same coverage as Sprint
PCS (except there is no roaming capability). Good coverage in most metro
areas, check the maps for other areas. Long distance
included. Airtime is good for 90 days (and will rollover if renewed
before the 90+60 days grace period expires). Minimum recharge is $20 making the minimum monthly cost $6.67/month
(you can get a $5/month rate with the Pay Less Every 90 auto-refill).
Domestic text is 15c to send and receive. International text is 20c to send
and 15c to receive.
Minute Plans (there are three):
a. 20¢ each minute, all the time
b. 10¢ per minute for $6.99/month
c. Minute packs (5c-10c/min)
(downside to minute packs is that the minutes are
deducted from your balance and are unavailable for SMS, data, games,
Messaging packs can be added: $5/200,
(Users of the old 25/10 or 18c plans as
well as those on the 5c SMS plan are grandfathered and can keep what they
have as long as they do not change anything)
Monthly Plans: See my
Pay Less every 90: New auto top-up (need credit card) where you pay
$15 every 90 days.
Service Preserver: Top-up at least $90 in a three day period and
airtime is good for a year.
You can earn up to 75 free minutes a month by enrolling in the Sugar Mama
program and watching advertisements.
Virgin Mobile refill cards are often on sale at Target stores.
Beware: You can't roam off of the Sprint PCS network.
You are charged 2c for balance inquiries from the phone. The first five
requests of the day are free.