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Hate to say it, But T-Mobile To Go is probably a Better Deal

BetterThanJake

Apr 26, 2005, 12:12 AM
I used to have Virgin, and it was decent (until I started talking lots)... but I think the jig is almost up.

If you compare rates with T-Mobile To Go (T-Mobile's prepay service), Virgin is considerably more expensive in most cases. Virgin's rates end up working out to 15-20 cents a minute for most folks, while with T-M To Go, if you're willing to buy minutes in $50 or $100 chunks, the rates are 10-12 cents a minute... quite a bit better.

And even when it comes to very low usage (i.e. the'glovebox special'), which is one of Virgin's strong points, T-M TG is still a good deal.

For example, the $100 card with T-M To Go gives you 1000 minutes, and those minutes last one full year. Thus, if you buy one $100 T-M To Go card, you'r...
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TVP125

May 8, 2005, 9:41 PM
IT ALL COUNTS ON HOW MUCH YOU USE THE PHONE WITH VIRGIN YOU PAY 25 CENTS FOR THE FIRST 10 MINTES AFTER THAT IT IS 10 CENTS YOU WILL SAVE MONEY THE MORE YOU TALK
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smd

May 10, 2005, 7:16 PM
not really, with tmobile if you spend a hundred buck card for the whole year its 10 cents a minute all the time no matter what, which is 8 dollars a month.
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BetterThanJake

May 12, 2005, 1:16 AM
Yup, exactly.

C'mon Virgin, step up to the plate and compete with them T-Mobile guys (gals?).
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ignitegoals

Jun 21, 2005, 5:18 PM
First of all, virgin mobile has way more coverage than tmtg. tmtg and vm don't even compare in that arena. And like someone said before that new 35 cents to connect and 10 cents/min all day after that. No one can beat that right now. Except maybe liberty wireless, but their phones suck also. I think a lot of people can agree that VM is currently leading in the payasyougo market right now.

-Arik
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BetterThanJake

Jun 24, 2005, 1:34 PM
Sorry bro, but TMTG and VM have about the same coverage. I know, because I used to have VM... VM's coverage is the Sprint network minus the analog coverage area, pretty much. What that means is that, much like TMTG, you're covered in major urban areas and along major highways... that's pretty much it.

Second, VM's new pricing plan is better, but still not as good as TMTG on a big card, because you get to pay $10.50/month in fees to VM to get the good rate.

Finally, VM is leading because of good marketing and because they got into the game early. But the best deal and the best coverage? Nope, not quite.
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TVP125

Sep 12, 2005, 7:31 PM
Smile i have had virgin mobile for 4 years and thay rock.best service from a prepaid company i ever had.plus the tmobile network sucks always searching foe singal...crap. get virgin mobile.
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BetterThanJake

Sep 14, 2005, 1:39 AM
Virgin does have very nice customer service (every rep I ever talked to over the phone was incredibly nice), but the service itself was nothing to write home about. When I was with Virgin I was pretty much guaranteed a dropped call if I drove through a particular 'dead zone' just a mile from my house. This is the middle of the Silicon Valley, mind you- very densely populated urban area.

No offense, but Virgin/Sprint's network is far from the last word in reliability... they weren't awful, but they were far from the best, as Verizon later proved to me. I personally do not have T-Mobile, but friends who do seem to be reasonably happy with it... your mileage may vary.
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drmcstford

Sep 24, 2005, 11:18 AM
I say BOost mobile they got some of the best service I ever seen! As for tmobile vs virgin i say Tmobile I live like 30 min from Los Angeles and i get horrible reception and i live in a freakin city not in the middle of nowhere and i dont get recept.
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TVP125

Nov 15, 2005, 9:48 PM
let me say BOOST MOBILE Sucks i could never make a call on there crapy iden network .also thay are the worst and most overpriced pre-paid company out there i will always say go with virgin mobile T-mobile sucks just as bad as boost mobile virgin mobile all the way Very Happy
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nextel18

Nov 18, 2005, 10:04 AM
boost actually has some new plans and they are very good. in fact they are the best in the marketplace today if you consider their qt sub growth, arpu, and churn..

tmobile, virgin mobile or boost are the best out there.
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TVP125

Nov 18, 2005, 4:38 PM
i will say that boost mobile did add a month to month plan which is good but thay still dont give u alot of minuets only 250 a month for $50..i use that a week and i still pay less for my metro pcs with unlimited minutes. back to virgin mobile thay are one of the leading pre-paid phone company's out there all's t-mobile got to do is also come out with a month to month plan like virgin & boost then thay will pick up sales.
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816s_babygurl

Jan 15, 2006, 1:56 AM
I think the best service 2 go 2 is verizon b/cuzz they offer betters things. Right now I have virgin mobile and I'm not pleased wit themam and I'm bout 2 switch 2 verizon. VM charges 2 much and they don't have free nights and weekends and most of my friends has verizon n e way so i can talk 2 them 4 free whenever vm gets free nights and weekends I'll switch back
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Ask The Shack

Jan 16, 2006, 3:06 AM
A person who types like you should learn how to spell correctly, and use proper grammar "b4 u ghet eh f0ne". Seriously, I dealt with people who spoke like you all the time, and they would come up to me and ask "iz you got dem cherp cherp fonez?". To that I would reply with "what?", because (not b/cuzz) I couldn't understand them.

Back on topic. If you don't like virgin, you're going to hate verizon. They have more fees. Also, if you talk alot, I think that Virgin has different plans that are about on par with post-pay plan.

Anyway, sorry if anyone seems to be offended by this, but people who talk like this don't deserve to own a phone if they don't know how to SPEAK on said phone!
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alejandro

Jan 19, 2006, 8:39 PM
for the record, all cell phone companies market to people who talk like that, so it's not their fault they want a phone, you are taking it out on the wrong side of the situation because you know that the other side doesn't really give a damn what you think because they sign your check.
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Ask The Shack

Jan 22, 2006, 5:52 PM
I just want an educated customer, not an edu-ma-cated customer. People who babble like that ditz just did when they ACTUALY speak, don't deserve to talk, and there parents, and the school systems should be ashamed at how bad they failed them. Now granted my grammer, or spelling, isn't the best, but at least I'm not using that god-awful slang.

I think both sides are to blame about the hip-hop customer who want the most gaudy phone on earth (you know the ones, the phones with all the lights for the antenna, battery door, and key pad - basically if you can add a single LED to it, they add 5). The cell phone company's for advertising to them, and the parents for allowing it, as well as the (in most cases) teen-agers who get a cell phone so th...
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alejandro

Jan 23, 2006, 7:10 PM
When the manufacturer designs that phone, they design it for that customer that you hate, when your carrier purchases a million of them, they purchase them to cater to that customer that you hate. If they were not marketed to then you would not have a problem, but your bizzness relies on them, and the exploitation of the black market is needed for a lot of enterprises, as in UPN, the WB, and Boost mobile... don't worry, once boost gets enough money out of them they will drop them like they were "hot".
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Ask The Shack

Jan 23, 2006, 10:25 PM
The manufacturer designs phones for ITs consumer carrier, not the end user. Hell, the manufacturer could care less about the end-user, because they don't buy the phones, the carrier does, after that, they don't care if Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, or whomever sells even one of them, because they already got there money.

As far as people I hate. I never mentioned black people, you did. I just hate the "urban-flash" types (that would be the RadioShack term for them). Heck, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Also, as far as my "bizzness" relying on them, not really. I sold Verizon as well....
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sowhatsowhat10

Jan 23, 2006, 11:02 PM
Ask The Shack said:
The manufacturer designs phones for ITs consumer carrier, not the end user. Hell, the manufacturer could care less about the end-user, because they don't buy the phones, the carrier does, after that, they don't care if Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, or whomever sells even one of them, because they already got there money.

As far as people I hate. I never mentioned black people, you did. I just hate the "urban-flash" types (that would be the RadioShack term for them). Heck, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Also, as far as my "bizzness" relying on them, not really. I sold Verizon as well....



just remember urban flash is not an act its a mentality. some of these people really don...
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sowhatsowhat10

Jan 23, 2006, 10:58 PM
slang is a codec sorta like java. its not
god-awe-full or however you put it.

but what is god aweful is when its used at the wrong time. watch your tone my man i bet any amount of money you wont say "stop using that god-awe-full slang infront of me." to any of theose people that come to you and speak it. i dare you.

rakeesha and pookie will frick you up and you know it. so dont down people for talkin like that white bread heads did want schools to teach it at one time Rolling Eyes
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Ask The Shack

Jan 23, 2006, 11:00 PM
Stop using that god-awe-full slang in front of me.
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sowhatsowhat10

Jan 23, 2006, 11:13 PM
Laughing........................... Evil or Very Mad ..........................thats exactly what i expectd you to do. Razz . your hood card is revoked.
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Darth Ridiculous

Jul 30, 2005, 4:46 PM
um, talking MORE is NOT saving money dude.
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Wireless_Guru

May 4, 2006, 7:04 PM
DO THE SMART THING AND STAY WITH T-MOBILE. VIRGIN MOBILE JUST PLAIN SUCKS!
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alejandro

May 5, 2006, 11:07 AM
congrats! you have made this thread over a year old and running.
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Protege

May 5, 2006, 11:10 AM
Laughing
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killbill

Jun 21, 2005, 8:01 AM
this is so baised

now, i use vm, but i barely use it, so it's a good deal for me. first off, you say buy a $100 card for tmtg, but $20 for virgin? what gives u that idea that they are equal. if you use a $100 card for tmtg, use 2 $50 for virgin to make it even. duh Rolling Eyes of course you will get less minutes with a $20 card vs. a $100 card. thats pretty obvious. so, before you hvae this all planned out, make sure you make the card amounts equal. so, if you have a glove box phone, $80 with vm is a LOT, i mean a LOT, cheaper than tmtg's $100 a year.

and, i know this wasn't available when you posted this, but they now have a 35 cents per day for 10 cents a minute deal. they made a better deal for ppl who talk a lot
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BetterThanJake

Jun 24, 2005, 1:29 PM
killbill said:
this is so baised

now, i use vm, but i barely use it, so it's a good deal for me. first off, you say buy a $100 card for tmtg, but $20 for virgin? what gives u that idea that they are equal. if you use a $100 card for tmtg, use 2 $50 for virgin to make it even. duh Rolling Eyes

It wouldn't matter if you bought a $50 or $100 card for Virgin, because Virgin doesn't give you a break for doing so. You still pay the same 25 cents per minute for the 1st 10 minutes, 10 cents a minute after that. But T-Mobile DOES give you a break if you buy the bigger cards, which is the point. Duh yourself. Rolling Eyes

so, if you have a glove box phone, $80 with vm is a LOT, i mean a LOT, cheaper than tmt
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Calavera

Jul 7, 2005, 2:36 AM
Just had to pop in and say I agree with Jake, I had very low expectations when I signed up with VM and I still wound up dissapointed.
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BetterThanJake

Jul 9, 2005, 4:02 PM
Calavera said:
Just had to pop in and say I agree with Jake, I had very low expectations when I signed up with VM and I still wound up dissapointed.

Thanks for the support. Smile

For myself, when I was with them, I thought the service itself was decent, and their customer service peeps are very nice and helpful. The phones weren't and still aren't that great, but that's prepay for ya.

What was really annoying was the pricing. Using my phone even a moderate amount meant paying through the nose, and maybe a few other assorted body parts that I'd rather not mention. Surprised

Virgin's new alternate rate plan ($10.50 a month buys you a 10 cents per minute rate) is a step in the right direction, but some other p...
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carirju

Aug 20, 2005, 6:14 PM
If you register a credit card with Virgin Mobile they will top it off automatically for $15 every 90 days. Your glove box phone will cost you $60 a year which comes to $5 a month. That's a great price for a low use phone.
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BetterThanJake

Aug 25, 2005, 7:31 PM
carirju said:
If you register a credit card with Virgin Mobile they will top it off automatically for $15 every 90 days. Your glove box phone will cost you $60 a year which comes to $5 a month. That's a great price for a low use phone.

I agree, thats the best 'glovebox special' price I've seen.
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IrisMG

Aug 13, 2005, 5:30 PM
Wow, after a year the same people are arguing about the same things!

Well, personally, I'm not leaving VirginMoble anytime soon, and especially not for TMobile. VM's Minute2Minute plan has served me and my purposes well. Maybe if I get more friends who won't call me on my house phone, I'll go to their Day2Day or Month2Month plan. But for now, my K7Rave works just fine for me, as does 10 cents/minute.

To each their own. Some people prefer adjustable rate mortgages to fixed rate ones!
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BetterThanJake

Aug 16, 2005, 3:45 AM
Arguing? Nah. Just venturing an opinion, and getting yelled at for it for some strange reason. Ah well. Confused

Btw, far as that Minute2Minute plan goes... well, its only 10 cents a minute after you've already paid for 10 minutes in a day at 25 cents a minute. Not the best rate, really.

Day2Day is a bit better for ppl who use their phones regularly, still not great though, because you have to pay $10.50/month to get the 10 cents a minute rate... which means its not really a 10 cents a minute rate, after all.

Month2Month is a new thing by Virgin. And its good for some ppl, but also has some pretty major restrictions compared to something like T-Mobile To Go.

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nocingularplz

Aug 20, 2005, 12:26 PM
Hey hey hey, this is man who GETS it. Nothing is perfect everyone. No single plan is 'best' or even 'better' than any other. It all depends. Also, no company has great service (or even any service) everywhere. Pick what works for you, enjoy it, and know that you made a good informed decision. Now customer care issues, that's another story. Viva the Virgin.
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paulryan

Sep 8, 2005, 6:04 PM
i think what u guys fail to realize is that u dont need to have good credit to get on a contracted plan... u simply need to supply a compatible phone yourself then your not required to even sign a contract.. u can have a contract plan without the contract
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Darth Ridiculous

Sep 16, 2005, 2:15 PM
i agree.......Virgin mobile and their " do you like 3 ways" ad campaign is so confusing......they advertise get 4 cents per minute, but, maybe 1 in a million can actually get service for 4 cents a minute
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alejandro

Mar 13, 2006, 5:30 PM
holy sh*t, in a month and a half this thread will be a year old and probably still going!
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jmac32here

Aug 5, 2006, 3:24 AM
*smiles* did the math..Virgin offers many plans..t-mo to go can have rates up to 65-70 cents per minute..depending on usage and what cards you buy.

If anything..Cingy's Go Phone is a good deal..options..plus 10 cents a minute..unlimted mobile to mobile (somethin t-mtg dont have) only for a dollar on the days you use it...or the simple 25 cents a minute plan..or of course your month to month
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SystemShock

Sep 22, 2006, 9:41 PM
Y'all may have done the math, but you didn't do it very well. I used to be into the prepaid thing, and T-Mobo was an' is a good way to go. They still offers the $100 card that gives 1000 anytime minutes, which works out to 10 cents a minute, with the only string being the minutes expire one year later... VERY good deal for prepaid. Cool

Virgin in comparison wants to charge you 18 cents a minute, or almost double. Guess that's better than the old '25 cents a minute for the first 10 minutes used in a day, then 10 cents a minute after that', but not by much.

Virgin's has pulled some monthly plans outta their heiny lately that aren't bad, but you've got to be willing to pay $35/month and up and use a lot of night & weekend minutes (what Vi...
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SystemShock

Sep 22, 2006, 9:45 PM
Forgot to mention that you got the possibility of overages with Virgin's monthly plans. They say its only 18 cents/minutes, which don't sound too bad, but read the fine print- they charge you in blocks of $4.50, aka 25 overage minutes.

So if you go ONE minute over, bang, you pay $4.50 in overages. That's a pretty expensive one minute, yo. Very Happy
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sowhatsowhat10

Sep 23, 2006, 1:08 PM
Laughing Shocked havent seen you for a while. where u been
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SystemShock

Nov 3, 2006, 10:36 PM
sowhatsowhat10 said:
Laughing Shocked havent seen you for a while. where u been

'sup. Been busy wit' the work thang. Tryin' to get promoticated. Cool
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darkerwhisper6

Jul 27, 2007, 10:04 PM
Personally, I like the fact that T-mobile uses a GOOD network and they use REAL phones (Not these Kyocera pieces of garbage) The only problem that I see with T-mobile is that their airtime cards expire sooner.
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SystemShock

Jul 30, 2007, 11:31 PM
Holy crap! 2 1/2 year old thread! Shocked
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Yean

Jul 31, 2007, 11:01 AM
Laughing
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chocolateman85006

Aug 15, 2007, 6:58 PM
BetterThanJake said:
I used to have Virgin, and it was decent (until I started talking lots)... but I think the jig is almost up.

If you compare rates with T-Mobile To Go (T-Mobile's prepay service), Virgin is considerably more expensive in most cases. Virgin's rates end up working out to 15-20 cents a minute for most folks, while with T-M To Go, if you're willing to buy minutes in $50 or $100 chunks, the rates are 10-12 cents a minute... quite a bit better.

And even when it comes to very low usage (i.e. the'glovebox special'), which is one of Virgin's strong points, T-M TG is still a good deal.

For example, the $100 card with T-M To Go gives you 1000 minutes, and those minutes last one full year. Thus,
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adidasguy

Dec 24, 2007, 11:43 PM
it seems like tmobile to go is not the best if you buy the smaller cards. They're not so great of a deal. Only $100 or $50 get you a good rate.
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yb_normal08

Jan 13, 2008, 8:24 PM
You may be right, depending on how and how much one uses their phone. Haven't checked out the competitors too much. VM suits my current needs but I don't know the future. One feature VM has that no one else does is the Sugar Mama program that lets you earn minutes by watching short commercials and/or doing surveys. Earned 7 min free airtime this weekend...not much, but it helps. Cool
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SystemShock

Jan 19, 2008, 5:46 AM
Holy God! Three year-old thread, and its still gettin' responses!! Shocked
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chocolateman85006

Feb 18, 2008, 10:50 AM
Laughing
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