Virgin Group owner Richard Branson is planning to extend the Virgin Mobile brand to the Middle East, and has already submitted a bid for an MVNO licence in Saudi Arabia.
Verizon Wireless confirmed that tomorrow the carrier will launch a prepaid plan that includes 500 minutes and unlimited mobile web and texting. The plan will go for $35 per month and will only be available on basic phones.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile USA prepaid brand is offering T-Mobile USA customers $100 to switch over to Virgin's no-contract service. The action is a response to T-Mobile's new no-contract business strategy.
Less than a year after switching on its LTE network, Sprint Nextel announced it will offer LTE services through its prepaid brands: Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. The action dramatically lowers the cost of Sprint's LTE service and could put pressure on Sprint's larger rivals AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, neither of which offers prepaid LTE service.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile reduced the number of its Lifeline subscribers by almost half, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal investigation into changes in the FCC's Lifeline program. Although Virgin shed the largest number of subscribers, the carrier wasn't alone: According to the WSJ , AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and others also reduced the number of subscribers eligible for Lifeline money.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he liked the approach T-Mobile USA is taking by removing handset subsidies from its plans, and said he would watch the development with interest.
Sprint Nextel's prepaid brand Virgin Mobile and regional wireless carrier C Spire Wireless have been quietly testing handset financing programs, the carriers confirmed. Both operators are using the startup BillFloat to support their pilot programs, which are ongoing but expected to end within the next few weeks. The disclosures come a month after FierceWireless reported that Leap Wireless' Cricket and MetroPCS both recently launched handset financing options.
Sprint Nextel will launch its own branded prepaid service later this month, according to the blog Android Police . The move would add another layer to Sprint's multi-pronged prepaid strategy.
Starting in January, Sprint Nextel's Boost Mobile prepaid brand will begin throttling customers' data speeds if they use more than 2.5 GB per month. The change mirrors one that Sprint put in place this year for its Virgin Mobile prepaid unit.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile brands will launch the carrier's first prepaid LTE smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, according to various blog and Twitter postings.