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$40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

Journeyman

$40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

Sprint's prepaid division (Virgin Mobile)  announced that they are now offering a $40 prepaid wireless broadband plan--AN UNLIMITED broadband plan.  No 5GB limit.  As a Sprint division, Virgin uses Sprint's 3G Network.  http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband/broadband2go.html

So, I can have the same 3G service, Unlimited internet use, and pay $20 less a month?????  Unless you're in a 4G spot, why would you sign up for a Sprint contract plan?

Let's go a little further with this...I've had my Sprint contract service for 7 months.  I can cancel my remaining 17 month contract for a cost of $170.  I purchase a Virgin USB modem for $80.  For an upfront cost of $250, I save $340 (+taxes/fees) for a net savings of $90 and I get Unlimited internet????  Even if I wanted to purchase Virgin's MiFi for $150, I still come out in the black and I get Unlimited internet.

Somebody explain to me why I shouldn't drop my Sprint contract (cause it's going), or better yet, explain why all of Sprint's 3G customers shouldn't drop their contracts. I'd love to hear from Sprint on this.  --SK

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Sprint Product Ambassador

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

I just heard about this -- good question!

One limit of the Virgin product is that it only offers connection on the Sprint network; the Sprint product does offer limited (300mb/mo) roaming.

I'll see what more I can find...

Sprint Product Ambassador

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

Found it.  This is why you'd go with the Sprint 5GB 'unlimited' plan for $60, instead of the Virgin 'unlimited' plan.

Response (Ricardo Mendoza) 08/27/2010 09:05 AM

Hello Will.

Thanks for contacting Virgin Mobile Customer Care.

Regarding your question, you get 1GB for the $40 plan. The duration is 30 days, 50 hours Web Browsing Or 4 hours of Video or 100,000 Emails.

(emphasis added)
Outch.
It is *not* listed on their (our) website - I had to contact their care team to find this.  Sigh. 


Journeyman

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

I believe the 1gb for $40 is the old price structure.

The new price structure clearly states UNLIMITED.

http://virginmobileusa.marketwire.com/easyir/customrel.do?easyirid=F4ABAEBA3A27ECD9&version=live&pri...

--SK

Message was edited by: 1Starkissed

Sprint Product Ambassador

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

Yup - I think the care rep hit the wrong macro there.  My mistake for copy-pasta'ing the wrong info.

From the Terms of Service:

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/legal/terms-of-service-virgin-mobile#bb2g

"$40.00 per month for unlimited mobile Internet (but not unlimited downloaded content)"

What on *earth* does that mean?  Sounds like a failure to understand how TCP/IP networks work.  Sigh.

Digging more . . .

Journeyman

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

I'll be interested to know what they're calling unlimited, (but not unlimited).  Thank you for getting into this.  --SK

Sprint Product Ambassador

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

Holy [expletive deleted].   Per Virgin Mobile Customer Care, there is *no* limit (no soft cap, no slowdown, nothin, nada) on Virgin Mobile $40 unlimited broadband.

Discussion Thread

Response (James) 08/31/2010 12:31 PM

Hello Will,

Thanks for contacting Virgin Mobile Customer Care.

Allow me to extend my apologies for any inconvenience this issue has caused you.

I have thoroughly reviewed your inquiry carefully, I was able to verify that according to the new information that we have reflected unlimited broad band to go service will give you unlimited web surfing with the other features without any limits.

If other wireless internet providers place a limit on their broad band service we don't place a limit on our service that is why if the web page says unlimited service you receive unlimited service that is what you will get.

[...]

Thanks,

James

Virgin Mobile At Your Service



Journeyman

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

OK, so you know.  Your colleagues know.  Your supervisor knows.  Where does it go from here?  Do the people who make decisions for Sprint pricing have a clue how royally this screwed their contract customers?  and, more importantly, is anything going to be done about it?

August 2010: Sprint enforces that Sprint Broadband Unlimited customers have a 5g cap (See http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/41634 , Customers who have loyally been paying $60/month for at least 3 years.  Anyone who's signed up since '08 has been paying $60/month with the cap.)

August 2010: Virgin Mobile begins charging $40/month for unlimited broadband on the Sprint Network.

I mean, wow.  That takes cajones.

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

1Starkissed wrote:

OK, so you know.  Your colleagues know.  Your supervisor knows.  Where does it go from here?  Do the people who make decisions for Sprint pricing have a clue how royally this screwed their contract customers?  and, more importantly, is anything going to be done about it?

August 2010: Sprint enforces that Sprint Broadband Unlimited customers have a 5g cap (See http://community.sprint.com/baw/thread/41634 , Customers who have loyally been paying $60/month for at least 3 years.  Anyone who's signed up since 98 has been paying $60/month with the cap.)

August 2010: Virgin Mobile begins charging $40/month for unlimited broadband on the Sprint Network.

I mean, wow.  That takes cajones.

LMAO.  I see once again my fellow Nextel users and I have been proven right again.  My buddy N9NRA said about a year ago when Sprint introduced Unlimited Everything for Boost at only $50/month that Sprint was becoming a pre-paid only company, and it would be just a matter of time.  Seems like every day that goes by, that statement is become more and more true.

So, let's see.  If you want Nextel's stellar PTT, as well as UNLIMITED phone calls, unlimited messaging, and unlimited internet...you can pay $99.99/month to Sprint as a post-paid user, OR you can pay merely $50/month to be a pre-paid user.  The only advantages of being a post-paid user?

1. You can make 3-way calls ONLY if you're a post-paid user (or so Sprint claims...and I've tried it, it's not true...you can make 3-way calls on Boost phones too).

2. Sprint will gladly make your wallet lighter since you're a post-paid user.

Funny, but it doesn't make sense to be a post-paid user anymore...and now it sounds like it doesn't make a darn bit of sense to be a post-paid data user on the 3G CDMA Sprint side either.  About how long do you all think it will be before Dan Hesse declares that EVERYTHING offered by Sprint will be pre-paid only?!?  Remember, doing so cuts down on their monthly billing (they no longer have to monitor it, listen to complaints about overages, no paperwork to mail out, etc.) costs AND they don't have to invest anywhere near as much in expanding the networks (heck, they aren't bothering to now as it is).

Face it, folks.  Us Nextel folks have been calling this one from day 1 after Hesse took over.  We said it stunk and he would be worse than Forsee ever could be.  And now, we're being proven right.  How many more things is he going to lie to us about?  Unlimited use of your HTC Evo 4G at no additional cost to you?  Ha!  That was a lie.  That he was going to "reinvigorate Nextel as a true brand"?  Yeah...still have yet to see an actual commercial for Nextel since he announced that one.  Nope...this company is going pre-paid.  Just most of middle (and probably upper) management have NO FREAKIN CLUE ABOUT IT YET!

I'd like to say that us Nextel loyalists didn't tell you so, but guess what...WE DID!

Journeyman

Re: $40 Prepaid Unlimited Broadband vs $60 Sprint Contract w/5gb limit

It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.  With the price per mb dropping, or so I read, it's just a matter of when?  They could at least loosen the cap a little bit!!