Virgin Mobile USA announced the launch of the industry’s first no-contract data sharing plans, available exclusively at Walmart.
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 17, the new plans are available on four specific 4G LTE smartphones pre-loaded with the Virgin Mobile data-sharing application, which provides data buy-ups and international add-ons with one touch, directly from the device. Every multi-line plan will also come with a free Mobile Hotspot feature, making it even easier to share data across Wi-Fi enabled devices.
“At Virgin Mobile we are committed to offering prepaid customers innovative new wireless options,” said Angela Rittgers, vice president-Sprint Prepaid. “We were the first prepaid carrier to offer texting keyboards and texting-only plans, first to help customers pay less for talk they weren’t using, the first to feature a totally customized plan, and now the first data sharing plans. The new data sharing plans bring some of the most aggressive shared-line plans ever launched to Walmart.”
Virgin Mobile’s Data Done Right data share plans feature:
- Preloaded Virgin Mobile app that enables customers to manage data sharing directly from their device
- No additional monthly line fees
- One-touch data buy-up options starting at just $10/month for 1GB
- Popular social media and music streaming apps without data charges, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pandora – unlimited usage without counting against the customer’s data allotment for just $5 per month
- Flexible international plan options
- Parental control features with device curfew and app restrictions
“At Walmart, we know our no-contract wireless customers are looking for some of the same experiences as contract wireless users – including high performing smart phones available on great plans at great prices,” said Mehrdad Akbar, vice president of Wireless, Connected Home, Wearables and Tablets, Walmart. “We are always seeking ways to innovate for our customers, which is why we’ve worked closely with Virgin Mobile to offer exclusive new plans such as data sharing.”
Virgin Mobile Data Done Right Plans starting as low as $30 per line
|Options||$65/month (2 lines)||$90/month (3 lines)||$115/month (4 lines)|
|4GB 3G/4G LTE||8GB 3G/4G LTE||12GB 3G/4G LTE|
In addition to the new data plans, Virgin Mobile is also delivering a new set of single-line, unlimited plans to Walmart customers:
|Data3||Unlimited (2.5GB high-speed data)||Unlimited (2.5GB high-speed data)|
Virgin Mobile Unlimited and Data Share will be immediately available on updated editions of the HTC Desire 510 [$99.88], LG Tribute [$79.88] and LG Volt™ [$149.88]. Data Share service will also make its debut on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime [$129.88], also available starting Jan. 17. The Galaxy Core Prime features a 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz quad core processor, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
More devices are expected to be introduced by the end of February.
A $20 starter kit is required to activate each new line of service and includes two months of unlimited music streaming without counting against the customer’s data allotment.