Virgin Mobile has announced its newest cellular plan, which provides unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data for $50/month exclusively for iPhone owners.
Dubbed the “Inner Circle,” those who join Virgin Mobile’s new network (and buy a new iPhone to go with it) will receive 6 months of the service for just $1/month — or a full year for $1/month if they sign up by Monday, July 31.
Virgin Mobile will also offer other Virgin-branded perks for Inner Circle members, which includes a free night at select Virgin Hotels locations, discounts on the Virgin Wine club, and a free companion ticket for Virgin Atlantic flights to the UK.
While the service claims to offer unlimited talk, text, and data, there appear to be some constraints.
Video and music streams, for example, may experience “deprioritization” down to 480p and 500 kbps respectively when the network is congested.
Calls outside the US are also not included, with unlimited service to Canada and Mexico starting at an additional $5/month, or $10/month for an expanded international package that includes both unlimited landline calls in over 70 countries and 200 minutes of mobile calling in over 50 countries.
Additionally, the Inner Circle deal applies only to the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, or iPhone SE — leaving customers running older iPhones (and Android owners, of course) high and dry on the Sprint-owned service’s new plan.
We have contacted Virgin Mobile to learn more about its transition to being an iPhone-exclusive carrier — what it means for Android owners — and will update this story as we learn more.
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By Parker Wilhelm
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