Virgin Mobile USA refreshed its prepaid mobile broadband offerings by adding more data to its existing options. The company said the plans--specifically its high-end plan--are meant to replace customers' wired Internet connection.
The new plans, called Broadband2Go, break down as follows:
- $60 gets users 5 GB of data, up from 1 GB
- $40 for 1 GB, up from 600 MB
- $20 for 300 MB, up from 250 MB
- $10 for 100 MB, which remains unchanged
For all of the plans except the $10 plan, users have 30 days to use the data; the $10 plan expires after 10 days. The service runs on Sprint Nextel's EV-DO Rev. A network, and users can purchase a Novatel USB modem for $100 from a variety of outlets, including Best Buy Mobile, RadioShack, Sam's Club kiosks via RadioShack, Walmart.com and Target.com. Virgin Mobile introduced its mobile broadband offerings last summer.
The prepaid mobile broadband space has seen a notable amount of growth during the past several months. Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility recently joined the fray with identical plans: $15 per day with a cap at 75 MB, a weekly plan for $30 with a cap at 250 MB, and a monthly plan for $50 with a 500 MB cap. Leap Wireless too offers prepaid mobile broadband for $40 per month with a 5 GB cap.
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