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Virgin Mobile to Phase Android Out Slowly

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Jun 21, 2017, 7:59 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Virgin Mobile today announced plans to become an iPhone-only carrier, but the carrier's Android-based handsets won't vanish overnight. Virgin's reseller partners, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, will continue to carry and sell Virgin Mobile's lineup of Android handsets along with the prepaid carrier's Data Love service plans, according to Justin Scott, Virgin Mobile's Director of Communications. These retail partners will not sell the iPhone for the Inner Circle yet, though Virgin anticipates they will later this year. Virgin says its existing customers won't have to worry about any immediate changes. All Virgin subscribers are welcome to keep their current phone and service plan. If they wish, customers can upgrade to the Inner Circle plan once it becomes available, but Virgin won't force them to right away. Virgin will, however, begin to phase out all Android handsets over time. "While we love our partners in the Android ecosystem and care deeply about our Android customers, the Inner Circle is a path to a different future," explained Scott. "Specifically, it's an opportunity to reposition the brand and align it with the other Virgin companies in the United States. We certainly didn't make this decision lightly and based some of it on consumer data. We chose to become the first iPhone-only based mobile carrier in the United States and launch a game-changing offer because it was time for Virgin Mobile to make a bold move." Scott did not provide any sort of timeline for phasing out the company's Android phones.

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cbbiny

Jun 22, 2017, 10:52 AM

So.... in other words....

Severely limit the number of potential customers in the future by selling your service to only one segment of the market. Brilliant.
JJinNYC

Jun 22, 2017, 1:21 AM

Suicide

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Versed

Jun 21, 2017, 8:19 PM

Are they serious?

First, don't see how this is going to save them or their parent Sprint. Second, if I go into an Apple Store, buy an iPhone outright unlocked, I can get a year of service for free, or what ever tax and fee's they may occur? Then cancel a year later and just take my phone somewhere else?
 
 
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