Compare: Tmobile and Virgin Mobile Prepaid Plans

I should say beforehand that I do realize I’m biased toward Virgin Mobile, in large part because they are my prepaid provider. I jumped to them from T-Mobile. Knowing that, read on. 🙂

Folks who drop by have been looking for news about T-Mobile again, and since the merger is no longer an issue (for now), there has to be something else going on. I can’t tell just what it is yet, but I did stumble on something interesting.

On T-Mobile’s blog, they have an entry talking about their prepaid plans. In the entry, they say:

“Customers don’t have to make compromises with T-Mobile’s Monthly4G. Unlike what our competitors offer, our Monthly4G customers get the best devices, fast nationwide 4G network speeds and affordable service plan prices. “ They say that their prepaid service is a “better way to do prepaid”. Here’s the standard for figuring out their download speed comparison:

Speed claim based on download speeds on Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps network vs. competitors’ prepaid phones and networks.”

Now, I can’t say anything about their download speed, and I don’t know enough about devices to compare the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G to anything Virgin Mobile sells. But I can look at prices across companies. Here’s what I see.

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My Review: Virgin Mobile Service Is Excellent!

Hey everyone:

So I’ve been with Virgin Mobile for around 6 months now. I jumped ship for fear that T-Mobile was going to get eaten by the Death Star. And there was no way I was going to be an AT&T customer ever again.

Man, I should have jumped AGES ago. I love being with Virgin Mobile!

I’m sure some of you remember this ad:

I have to tell you, it is a cool party. Here’s what’s gone on so far:

1) I’ve had my battery replaced for free (including shipping both ways) when I had a phone problem. No haggling, no assumption that I did something wrong to my phone first.

2) As long as it’s not too close to my pay by date, I can shift my plan up or down whenever I feel like it.

3) I can email or call them directly, but I also have the option of help in person at Best Buy.

The biggest issue I know people have is paying for the fee to dump their plan and the price of the new phone right off the bat. I was lucky in that I had gotten a lump sum disability check, so I was able to pay all that upfront without too much hurt.

All I can say is even if you have to save up for a few months, it’s worth it in the long run. I pay $35/month right now, plus tax which brings the total up to $38.33. For that I get unlimited data, web, and text plus 300 minutes a month. $49 will get me 1200 minutes, and $62-65ish will bring unlimited everything. I’ll never go back to a contract phone again.

Mrs. Linc is jealous…she stayed on T Mobile and pays between $90-100/month for 700 minutes and unlimited everything else. If we could afford it right now, she would jump ship too.

And did I mention I can get calls and texts in a couple of places I couldn’t before? Yep…

 

I Jumped to Virgin Mobile!

Remember this ad I told you about before?

 

Well, I went ahead and joined the party. I got the new LG Optimus on sale for $99 at Best Buy, and bought their $45/month plan. When it came to the options, that was the best deal for me. That gives me unlimited texting, web, and data, plus 1200 minutes a month. The $35/month plan featured in the commercial gives unlimited text, data, and web as well, but only comes with 300 minutes a month. The only bummer is that VM doesn’t do free nights or weekends.

So far the coverage has been great too. I’ve been able to send texts from the bottom of the used bookstore I hang out in a lot, as well as a couple of other places that my T-Mobile coverage couldn’t reach. The phone call quality is just the same as it would be under contract, and Angry Birds plays just fine, btw. 🙂

Mrs. Linc is thinking about coming to VM now once she dumps T-Mobile, because she can’t seem to find a plan she likes on any contracts. I showed her that for $55/month, she can have unlimited everything. Text, web, data, and minutes.

Then I stopped and wondered why I didn’t spend the extra $10.

Oh well, I can do that next month if I want to. We’ll see just how many minutes I use.

If you’re curious, here’s the details about their Beyond Talk plan.

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/beyond-talk-plans.jsp

 

AT&T/Mobile Papers To Read

For those of you want to keep up with some of the latest merger hell related news by reading primary sources, I have some material here for you.

First, the court filings from the Department of Justice:

 

And the DeathStar’s response:

 

And here’s the letter that the traitor Democrats sent asking the President to stop the lawsuit:

 

Dems After President to Stop DOJ AT&T Lawsuit!

File under WTH??

Looks like fifteen DINOs (Democrats In Name Only) have asked the President to step in and stop the DOJ’s lawsuit against the AT&/T-Mobile merger. Apparently the merger should be allowed to go through, you know, if the President is REALLY serious about creating jobs for Americans.

Yeah. Because no one from T-Mobile is going to get fired if this happens. Because AT&T promises, you know:

“Owen Smith, AT&T’s regional vice president for Maine, said Tuesday that he couldn’t comment on T-Mobile’s business decisions because the two companies are still separate. However, he repeated the company promises. “More recently, we indicated that no wireless call center employee of either AT&T or T-Mobile on the payroll at the close of the merger would lose their job as a result of the merger,” Smith said.” (my emphasis)

They aren’t promising anything for people who work in the stores or anywhere else, of course. It looks like they don’t have to worry about much post merger firing. If you click the link above the quote, you’ll see that T-Mobile has already started firing employees!

And then there’s this quote from a CWA (Communication Workers of America) three pager about how they are going to protect job loss during and after the merger. Right from the mouths of the people inside, we learn:

“CWA is also working to return off-shored work before any U.S.-based workers lose their jobs. Current collective bargaining agreements stipulate establish the policy that “traditional wireless work will not be contracted out if it will currently and directly cause layoffs or part-timing of regular employees.” Thus, employees cannot be laid off while bargaining unit work has been outsourced. In recognition of this agreement, Randall Stephenson testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee that force reductions will take place first at outsourced sites before U.S. company sites.”

So it’s not that Americans within the merged companies won’t be fired. Even the union says it could happen. It’s just that workers in other countries will be fired FIRST.

I guess this article is titled right: Where It Pays to Deceive.

Virgin Mobile says forget AT&T, join the party!

OMG, I love this ad!! Virgin Mobile mocks the proposed merger, urging customers to come join the fun! The best part: the girl standing in for Carly has an awesome line at the very end while the creepy old guy representing AT&T is moving in on her. Be sure to hang in for it!

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Resistance Art: Anti AT&T Merger Ads

Ok, so after awhile news coverage of a merger can drag on. Which is why I let it fall off the blog. But then, thanks to the links I get from my Pulse News app, I found out that Save The Internet has a new outreach going on to help voice resistance to the merger.

I looked the site over, and they have some really excellent talking points, most of which are put together in easy to understand PDF’s. The site looks great. The commercials are awesome. Here’s one for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

If you want to check the site out, you can start at the page with all of the videos and vote for your favorite.