Ever since the MiFi came out and the thought of having a personal WiFi bubble where ever I went, I’ve been fiend for this device. The MiFi is in a nice looking credit card shaped package and yet it provide an internet connection for up to 5 devices.
I believe it was Verizon Wireless who came out with this first and then Sprint had one. The only thing about them that I didn’t like, was their plans. Verizon Wireless has a pay as you go option, but it is way more than I wanted to pay and at most you just had 5GBs of data. Not that I would need that much, but say I wanted to use it for CES week, I’m sure we might just get close. Sprint had the MiFi and even a faster service with the Overdrive 4G device they have. However on Spring I couldn’t find any prepaid option.
This is where Virgin Mobile comes in. I heard that Virgin Mobile had a prepaid option, but never got around to checking it out. I’m glad I wait until now. Seems Virgin just announced that they will replace their existing prepaid plans of $20, $40 and $60 with a $40 unlimited 30 days plan. Combine that with the fact that their MiFi device (though not 4G) is only $149.99 and I have an offer I just can’t refuse. While I would like 4G, it isn’t something I absolutely need right now. So you can trust I will be getting this, come Friday! Check the press release below
Virgin Mobile USA Moves to $40 Unlimited Offer for Prepaid Mobile Broadband2Go
WARREN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virgin Mobile USA recognized early on the value in expanding the mobile broadband market to include nationwide prepaid service with the introduction of the Broadband2Go portfolio last year, and then launch of the MiFiâ„¢ 2200 device in June. Now, Virgin Mobile is bolstering the Broadband2Go portfolio with a new $40 unlimited mobile broadband plan1. Available tomorrow online and rolling out at retail in the coming weeks, the new offer replaces the previous $20, $40 and $60 plans, allowing consumers to access unlimited internet use at home or on-the-go for $40 per month. The $10 option for 100 MB, good for 10 days from purchase, remains for less frequent internet users.
â€œMany unlimited broadband offerings require a contract or are on networks with limited range, so they donâ€™t meet the need for flexibility or true mobilityâ€
A recent study from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that the self-employed and independent workers represent approximately 30% of the nationâ€™s workforce. The study determined that this segment of the self-employed population, consisting mainly of small business owners and freelancers, represents a large market of consumers who need to stay connected, mainly with email and internet browsing, without the constraints of a contract.2
â€œMany unlimited broadband offerings require a contract or are on networks with limited range, so they donâ€™t meet the need for flexibility or true mobility,â€ said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer, Virgin Mobile USA. â€œThe introduction of Virgin Mobileâ€™s prepaid unlimited broadband for $40 a month will provide the access you need on a nationwide network without a contract.â€
New Broadband2Go Plans
Signing up for the new unlimited plan also means customers no longer need to monitor data usage â€“ and try to figure out how much they need —
Price Expires MBs/GBs* Web Browsing Video Emails
$40 1 month Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
$10 10 Days 100 MB 5 HRS 25 MIN 10,000
*Data usage per activity is based on average use. Actual usage varies depending on the types of websites, video, email and other Internet applications accessed.
Broadband2Go activation remains simple and without fees. Customers who are currently signed up for the $20, $40 and $60 plans will be able to use up the data or time (whichever comes first) on their current plans. The next time they need Broadband2Go, they will have the choice of these two plans.
Top-Up can still be handled online, with a Virgin Mobile Top-Up card, debit or credit card.
Operating on the Sprint Nationwide Network and developed in conjunction with Novatel Wireless [NASDAQ: NVTL], Virgin Mobile offers two different mobile broadband devices on both plans as part of the Broadband2Go portfolio:
* the Ovationâ„¢ MC760 USB device connects to a single personal computer or laptop and is available at retail for $79.99 and,
* the MiFiÂ® 2200, the nationâ€™s first prepaid Mobile Intelligent Hotspot, priced at $149.99 allows up to five users at a time to connect using a variety of Wi-Fi enabled devices
Devices are available at Best Buy, RadioShack , Sprint Stores, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile stores, Walmart and online at BestBuy.com, Target.com, Walmart.com and VirginMobileUSA.com.