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AlexSian

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$40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« on: August 23, 2010, 07:14:18 AM »
VirginMobile should soon be offering unlimited mobile broadband data plan with no contract for just $40/mo!
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 07:45:28 AM »
Alex, how extensive is Virgin Mobile's coverage?
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 08:31:10 AM »
    Plus what type of contract is required, we can only be in the US for six months, can we put it to sleep, bring it with us to Canada, or buy it in six month increments?  Or do you know any of the above?

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AlexSian

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 08:34:42 AM »
@ned - VM uses the sprint network, so rural coverage is not as good as verizon, but better than ATT.
IMHO, vzw cannot ignore this kind of pricepoint for too long... Or can they?

@ed - no contract!  You prepay for 30 days at a time.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 08:40:21 AM »
    In the words of Shultz, "VERY INTERESTING" !!  Thanks for the info Alex.

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2010, 10:57:50 AM »
We've used Virgin Mobile phones (pay as you go) for several years.  Service is good where Sprint is good, etc.  I did try the BroadBand2Go card in an area where the cell service was not too good.  I got better service with the card and assume that it isn't the same towers or there is something different about it.  The plan is well thought out and great for travelers since there is no contract and you can go in and out of the plan as you are traveling.  The unlimited feature would be a great competitive point, I think.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2010, 11:55:22 AM »
Alex, thanks.  I'm right now tethered to my Droid on VZW with unlimited data for $30/month.  I hope it lasts :)
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 02:31:24 PM »
Does anybody know what kind of speeds we can expect with this coverage?  So far it sounds great.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2010, 05:45:15 PM »
probably 3G speed?
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2010, 06:05:26 PM »
probably 3G speed?

Almost certainly as there is very little 4G coverage.
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AlexSian

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2010, 07:17:40 AM »
Just FYI -- The unlimited data plan is now live on their website:
http://j.mp/9iEJ3v
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2010, 07:41:34 AM »
just check site
but could not figure out if with the MiFi - coverage is ALL of North America or not

Rogers is offering a plan (not unlimited) that covers you here in Canada OR if you're in the US

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2010, 07:59:02 AM »
There is a coverage map on the web site here.  The 3G coverage is somewhat limited, especially in the west, but if it covers the places you go, it's a good deal.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2010, 08:01:53 AM »
I just spoke with someone at Virgin after going over their Web site.  It's certainly cheaper than Verizon, but the coverage is not as complete (judging by their coverage map), but the rep at Virgin insists that they are growing and that over time their coverage will improve.  However they do charge for their MIFI adaptors, $149 for the larger unit and $79 for the flash drive sized unit.  Add tax if you are paying with a debit or credit card and it comes out to almost $44 per month. Still though, it's certainly cheaper than Verizon.  Perhaps this newcomer to the market will bring the prices down all the way around...

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2010, 12:44:26 PM »
BTW, Google just opened "Google Voice" up to anyone.  It looks kinda complicated but amazing too.  This seems like it will shift the "phone" technology playing field like a moderate earthquake.  A "free" phone number that can be called and will ring on any or all phones that you designate.  Free calls anywhere in the US/Ca... $.02/minute calls to the rest of the planet.  I don't get it but it sounds interesting.  Automatic transcription of phone messages into an email?  Route calls from preferred callers to a particular phone?  www.google.com/voice.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2010, 12:54:06 PM »
Google also is adding free phone calling to their Chat application.  If you use Gmail, it's on the Chat menu in the left sidebar.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2010, 01:30:23 PM »
but the rep at Virgin insists that they are growing and that over time their coverage will improve. 

And Verizon is growing and their coverage will also improve.

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2010, 02:07:31 PM »
Virgin Mobile doesn't have any network of their own, they resell Sprint, so their coverage is the same as Sprint but without any roaming.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2010, 02:24:34 PM »
Skype.com has always had free phone, but for some reason (no idea why)  I've found that many Americans aren't familiar with it. I was skeptical too, when I learned about it in the Caribbean years ago.

It's great, I am in touch with my friends in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New Zealand, all for free, as well as a few American friends (hard as heck to get folks to sign up for it!)  It comes with tons of options and you can still call the non Skype folks for ridiculously cheap pennies.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2010, 02:39:23 PM »
The new calling from Gmail is free to any phone in the US or Canada.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2010, 05:55:54 PM »
The problem with Skype and GMail is that they need an internet connection to start with. If you aren't getting a signal on your aircard and have no other sources available, you have no Skype or GMail.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2010, 06:25:08 PM »
But it can be quite useful when you have a good WiFi internet connection at a campground.  And if you only have satellite internet and no cell service, you can still make a call.

It has a place in the communications arsenal.  There is no single solution and more choices is always good.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2010, 12:17:29 AM »
@ned - VM uses the sprint network, so rural coverage is not as good as verizon, but better than ATT.

So as a current Sprint 3G subscriber I should notice zero difference I spect?
Any idea if I can bring my PCMCIA card with me? It fits in my PC's, and router so I'd hate to lose that.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2010, 12:49:31 PM »
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So as a current Sprint 3G subscriber I should notice zero difference I spect?

There should be no difference when you're on the Sprint network.  But you'll lose the ability to roam onto the Verizon network.

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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2010, 01:00:57 PM »
I'm curious about the Mi-fi box.  I know it doesn't plug into the computer like the other dongle does but I wonder how far away it can be.  If you could put it by a window or even outside on a picnic table, it would certainly enhance the signal.  Any ideas or experiences?  The idea of being able to provide a signal to other campers nearby is a plus.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2010, 01:27:19 PM »
So as a current Sprint 3G subscriber I should notice zero difference I spect?
Any idea if I can bring my PCMCIA card with me? It fits in my PC's, and router so I'd hate to lose that.
Thanks Alex!!
no, you can't use your existing sprint device, you have to get a new virgin mobile device.
as explained by Lou, so long as you actually have Sprint network available, you should not see any difference.
but there may be some places you travel that are outside of sprint's network where *sprint customers* can roam, and virgin mobile customers will see nothing.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2010, 01:28:16 PM »
I'm curious about the Mi-fi box.  I know it doesn't plug into the computer like the other dongle does but I wonder how far away it can be.  If you could put it by a window or even outside on a picnic table, it would certainly enhance the signal.  Any ideas or experiences?  The idea of being able to provide a signal to other campers nearby is a plus.
maximum wifi range of the mifi is 30 to 50 ft, depending on the quality of the wifi hardware on the computers trying to connect to the mifi.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2010, 03:04:56 PM »
Thanks.  That helps as it should allow the box to be positioned where it passes on the best signal.
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Re: $40/mo unlimited data plan w/ no contract
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2010, 03:48:41 PM »
BTW, Google just opened "Google Voice" up to anyone.  It looks kinda complicated but amazing too.  This seems like it will shift the "phone" technology playing field like a moderate earthquake.  A "free" phone number that can be called and will ring on any or all phones that you designate.  Free calls anywhere in the US/Ca... $.02/minute calls to the rest of the planet.  I don't get it but it sounds interesting.  Automatic transcription of phone messages into an email?  Route calls from preferred callers to a particular phone?  www.google.com/voice.

As I understand it - Canadians cannot get/access google.com/voice
Canadians can get/access skype

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