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Top message:  Hate to say it, But T-Mobile To Go is probably a Better Deal by BetterThanJake   Apr 26, 2005, 12:12 AM

Replying to:  Re: Hate to say it, But T-Mobile To Go is probably a Better Deal by Calavera   Jul 7, 2005, 2:36 AM

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

by 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 prepay companies seem to be stepping up to the plate of affordable prepay much more strongly than Virgin is.

Net10, for example, is 10 cents per minute all the time with no fees... their only catch is that the way their minutes expire, you need to be using 300 minutes a month or more for it to make sense. Still, if that'd been around back when I was still on prepay, it would've saved me a lot of money. And of course, T-Mobile To Go is a very good deal if you buy the bigger cards only ($50 or $100), even better when you've been with them awhile and get the 'Gold Rewards' pricing.

Virgin still isn't the worst prepay out there, but I dunno... it does seem like they're coasting on their name right now. They were one of the first to get into prepay in the US in a big way with a lot of good marketing and a simple, easy-to-understand rate plan, and they are still reaping the rewards of that- but now other companies seem to be taking the lead from them, in terms of having better rates and phones.

It'd be nice if they'd step up to the plate, but hey, we'll see. Cool

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