There is no roaming as the others mentioned, and if you look at VM and Boosts Terms they state "reasonable" for data usage and texting, so it is not really unlimited. I know a few folks who have been booted for using to much data or texts on both. Neither will tell you what "reasonable" is, you just get a message you have exceeded reasonable usage and they will not allow you to renew your service at the end of the month. Both tried with same devices under a different name, and it didn't work. They had to have someone go in and buy a new device in order to get service, and of course a new number.
There is no roaming (as has been previously mentioned), and also there are no service centers. If your phone breaks, you have to go buy another phone outright. You can't take it to a Sprint service center and have it repaired.
The only reason I can think of why it's cheaper is because there is absolutely no roaming at all with Virgin Mobile (or Sprint's other prepaid brand, Boost Mobile). They use Sprint's network, and only Sprint's network. If you go out of range of Sprint towers with Virgin/Boost, it will NOT roam onto another carrier's tower. The higher cost with Sprint allows them to pay for roaming agreements with other carriers (such as Verizon), and this allows your Sprint phone to roam on the other carrier's towers when you're out of range of Sprint towers. If you look at coverage maps for Virgin/Boost and then look at coverage maps for Sprint, you'll see the coverage with Virgin/Boost is not as good as with Sprint because there is no roaming with Virgin/Boost.
Thanks everyone for the responses. So we've determined Sprint does in fact own Virgin Mobile (Levi4u thanks!).
-not having a contract (Great IMO)
-buying the phone outright (still cheaper than being on a contract over time)
- plans are clearly cheaper
Why is VM cheaper than Sprint? Seems counterintuitive
ABOUT VIRGIN MOBILE USA
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk™ plans for mobile phone service and prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access. Virgin Mobile branded devices are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target and Walmart. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Broadband2Go services. Purchase and experience Virgin Mobile on the Web and at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and www.virginmobileusa.com.
Sprint DOES in fact own Virgin Mobile, As well as Boost Mobile.
In the USA, Sprint Nextel is the network. There is no roaming to other networks in the United States. On July 28, 2009, Sprint agreed to pay $483 million to purchase Virgin Mobile USA. The Federal Trade Commission later gave the go-ahead on the acquisition. Virgin Mobile USA was originally conceived as a joint venture between Virgin Group and Sprint, and uses Sprint's cellular bandwidth in the United States. Sprint retained the Virgin Mobile name after the deal closed.
I understand that Sprint owns Virgin Mobile, but can someone please explain why VirginMobile plans are cheaper than Sprint??
$35 month = unlimited web, data, text, email & 300 anytime minutes
$45 month = unlimited web, data, text, email & 1200 anytime minutes
$55 month = unlimited everything
I have an EVO and pay the extra $10 a month for service that I can't even use because 4G service is sketchy at best.
Why is Virgin Mobile cheaper if Sprint owns them? I've been a customer for over 12 years and am tired of consistently getting ripped off... anyone shed some light on this?
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