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Sprint: Lifeline Mobile Broadband Pilot Sees Weak Adoption

March 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

While 70 percent of Assurance Wireless Lifeline subscribers report having no access to Internet, Sprint said that any kind of upfront cost, which ranged from $30 to $70 depending on the offer, was a "significant barrier" to adoption. 

FirstNews Briefs: Sierra Wireless, Razorsight, Virgin Mobile, Ntelos, Ciena

February 18, 2015 9:34 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless today introduced four new AirPrime embedded modules that support...

Virgin Mobile Preps Shared Data Prepaid Plans

January 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Virgin is promising more devices will be...

Is Virgin Mobile Becoming the Home for No-Data Smartphones?

October 6, 2014 5:24 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

A Virgin spokesperson confirmed there are no...

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Virgin Mobile Changes Up Unlimited Plans

October 6, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile today produced a batch of new unlimited plans. The $20 plan features 300 voice minutes, unlimited text, and Wi-Fi only but the other tiers all include variable amounts of high-speed data. For $35, customers can get unlimited text and either unlimited voice paired with 250 MB of high-speed data or 300 voice minutes paired with 2.5 GB of high-speed data.

Virgin Mobile Sending $20 Unlimited Voice or Text Plan to Walmart

June 19, 2014 3:48 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile a pair of Walmart exclusive plans offering unlimited voice or unlimited texting for $20 per month. The payLo deals include either 50 messages to go along with unlimited calling or 50 voice minutes to go along with unlimited texts. Customers opting for the value plans will have to pick from either a Kyocera Kona or Samsung Montage.

FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Sprint, Multi-Tech, Aeris, Boost, Virgin, Samsung

May 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Starting today, new FiOS TV or FiOS Internet customers (including existing customers who add new service to their existing account) will receive a free LG G Pad 8.3 LTE, or receive up to $200 off any other tablet available from Verizon Wireless when obtaining a new, two-year agreement. The carrier also announced it has expanded its XLTE AWS network to Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Bryan/College Station and other locations in Texas.


FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Salesforce, IDT, Seagate, Samsung, LG, Boost, Virgin

May 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today announced it has added Salesforce to its network-enabled cloud ecosystem. AT&T customers will be able to use their Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to connect to Salesforce services using AT&T NetBond. With AT&T NetBond, customers will be able to connect to Salesforce services using their AT&T MPLS VPN from any location on their private network.

Sprint Defends Network Prioritization, Says It’s Not Throttling

May 8, 2014 4:06 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint’s move toward network prioritization, specifically slowing connection speeds for the top five percent of data users on congested sites, seems a lot like throttling. But the network said the practice differs from throttling. A Sprint spokesperson defined throttling as, once a subscriber exceeds a data cap, speeds are slowed for the remainder of the billing period, regardless of location or network conditions.

Virgin Mobile Intros Sprint Spark-Enabled Hotspot for $99

April 1, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Netgear Mingle will run $99 for Virgin customers and will take advantage of all three of Sprint’s LTE bands as well as the carrier’s 3G network. The hotspot will be available for Virgin’s Broadband2Go with no-contract offers starting at $5 a day for 250MB and jumping to monthly plans that run $25 for 1.5GB and $55 for 6GB of high-speed data.

Confirmed: Virgin, Boost to Intro New Slower Speed Throttling Policies

March 19, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“This change comes about because of the enormous data usage driven by the increasingly sophisticated smartphones we make available, and the more extensive uses customers are finding for these devices,” a Sprint spokesperson said in a statement. "We want to be able to serve customers who use our unlimited plans for their daily activity."

Sprint Launches Yet Another Prepaid Brand

March 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint today launched Sprint Prepaid, a new branded no-contract offering. The company says the new offering will be similar to existing Sprint brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The new brand expands on the company's “As You Go” no-contract plan introduced last year with new pricing.


T-Mo Offers iPhone Trade-In Program

April 10, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile has added yet another incentive for prospective customers mulling a switch to the uncarrier. The company will offer an iPhone trade-in program as part of its sale of the iPhone 5. The trade-in offer, which begins April 12...

Virgin Mobile Goes After T-Mo Subs with $100 Incentive

April 9, 2013 10:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile prepaid business is now offering T-Mobile users a $100 credit to switch carriers. A large banner ad on Virgin Mobile's homepage beckons, "Ditch T-Mobile and Get a $100 Credit." The move comes after T-Mobile earlier this month officially...

Virgin Mobile's Bizarre New Ad Featuring Wayne Coyne From The Flaming Lips

March 13, 2013 1:14 pm | Videos | Comments

Virgin Mobile's new minute-long spot advertising the MVNO's unlimited data and LTE devices stars Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, a table full of lobsters, a huge house cat shooting video of a tiny man playing with yarn, a shark and an octopus, all in an effort to promote a "Retrain your Brain" message.

Boost, Virgin Mobile Announces LTE Service, New Phones

February 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Boost and Virgin Mobile are making the jump in speed up to LTE. Both operate on Sprint’s LTE network. The postpaid providers have each announced the first phones that will run on their new faster offering, with Samsung’s Galaxy Victory coming to Virgin and the HTC One SV coming to Boost.

Virgin Mobile Pulls Offensive Ad

December 11, 2012 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint Nextel, has removed from its website and disavowed an offensive ad, citing it as a "rogue post by an external agency that was not approved by Virgin Mobile US." Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joined the Twitter chorus that decried the ad as distasteful and vaguely supportive of violence toward women.


Virgin Mobile New $40 Plan Aims at Feature Phones

May 22, 2012 7:13 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA is targeting these customers with a new monthly prepaid $40 plan that provides all-you-can-eat voice, text, e-mail and instant messaging, plus 50 MB of Internet access.

Virgin Mobile USA Hit by National Data, SMS Outage

March 21, 2012 6:56 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA is recovering from a national outage that has left customers across the country without data or text messaging service.

Virgin Mobile Features Branson in New Ads

March 7, 2012 6:58 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Sir Richard Branson is showing he's still got love for the company he founded, starring in a new TV ad campaign...

Virgin Mobile to Throttle Heavy Users

July 13, 2011 8:25 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA will begin throttling the speeds of heavy data users in October amid a widespread shift by wireless operators toward tiered data plans.

Virgin Mobile Sticks With 'Naked' Transparent Theme

May 10, 2011 8:17 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Now, followers can see the third episode in the couple's story, all manufactured by Virgin Mobile for Virgin Mobile.

Virgin Mobile Unveils Latest Ads, Manufacturers Celebrity Couple

May 4, 2011 8:14 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA is at it again, this time releasing a new, slightly off-the-beaten path marketing campaign that features "Sparah" and a cameo by Sir Richard Branson...

Motricity Platform Aims to Change Content Discovery

April 5, 2011 8:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The world of digital content is increasingly a crowded one, where those who pay for placement get the most eyes, as well as the most buys.

Virgin Mobile Does Away With $40 Unlimited Plan

January 14, 2011 7:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It looks like the unlimited plan is destined to go the way of the dinosaur.

Virgin Mobile Settles IPO Suit for $19.5M

September 13, 2010 8:54 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over its initial public offering (IPO) for $19.5 million...

Verizon Prepaid Broadband 2X Price of Virgin Mobile's

August 26, 2010 7:54 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Verizon debuted a prepaid mobile broadband plan that is twice as expensive as Virgin Mobile's recently-launched unlimited prepaid broadband plan.

Virgin Mobile to Launch $40 Unlimited Data Plan

August 23, 2010 7:21 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA has leaked information about a new, $40 unlimited data plan on its Facebook page.

Is Prepaid Focus Good for Sprint?

May 7, 2010 12:57 pm | Blogs | Comments

Is Sprint's multi-brand prepaid approach the right strategy?

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