Virgin Mobile revamps prepaid mobile broadband plans

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, and 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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