Virgin Debuts Broadband for Laptops
Virgin Mobile USA today announced Broadband2Go data service for laptops. The pay-as-you-go service requires no contract, no monthly subscription, and no activation fee. Prepaid options start at $10 for 100 MB over 10 days. 30-day options clock in at $20, $40, or $60, for 250 MB, 600 MB, or 1 GB, respectively. Service requires the new Novatel MC760 for USB ports, the world's smallest CDMA EVDO Rev. A modem, which will sell for $149.99. The MC760 and service will be available exclusively through Best Buy Mobile in late June.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
Sprint Cuts PayLo and Broadband2Go Amidst Virgin Shakeup
Sprint is today discontinuing its PayLo and Broadband2Go sub-brands, which were operated through Virgin Mobile. The move comes mere days after Sprint said it was "de-emphasizing" the Virgin brand.
Verizon to Start Tacking $20 Fee to New Lines
Verizon Wireless will soon begin charging a $20 activation fee for new customers who sign up for one of its contract-free device payment plans. The fee goes into effect Nov.
Virgin Mobile Offering No-Contract Shared Data Plans
Virgin Mobile today announced a new plan available exclusively to Walmart customers that includes sharable data without contracts. The plans are available to four specific phones for between two an four lines per account.
Virgin Mobile to Phase Android Out Slowly
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.
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I'd Use This If...
I don't normally need a wireless modem, as I find WiFi sufficient. However, there are times when I'm on vacation, renting a house or condo, where there's no broadband available.
I'd use this at those times and just purchase data when I need them.
The catch is ...