Perhaps it was too good to be true. In a conversation with PCMag, Virgin Mobile made known that its $40 per month truly unlimited data plan was going the way of the Dodo. Citing the need to implement network controls to ensure optimal experience,” the company said the $40 Broadband2Go plan would now carry a monthly cap of 5GB. Since all Virgin Mobile subscribers are on month-to-month agreements, the new 5GB cap will take affect on the first day of a new billing cycle after February 15th. Any Broadband2Go users out there upset? More →
Just one day after we scooped fresh product shots of Virgin Mobile USA’s first mobile broadband device, the Novatel Wireless MC760, the company has announced the availability of its contract-free Broadband2Go service. Touted as a 3G nationwide wireless Internet service, the MVNO’s new offering is sure to pique the interest of infrequent travelers and light mobile broadband users who simply can’t justify a $60 per month service for sporadic usage. Out of the gate, the pricing structure is a bit different than we had believed back when we first broke news of the coming broadband offering. Users will be able to purchase Broadband2Go Top-Up cards in the following denominations:
- $10 — 100MB usable for 10 days
- $20 — 250MB usable for 30 days
- $40 — 600MB usable for 30 days
- $60 — 1GB usable for 30 days
On the surface these options appear to be a bit pricey but again, postpaid options from other carriers can cost $720 per year or more. For users who only need mobile broadband access a few months out of each year, spending a total of $60, $120 or even $180 for Top-Up cards that will get them through a full year translates into massive savings.