Virgin Mobile’s all-you-can-eat data plan has apparently run it’s last course. Beginning March 23rd, VM will throttle the living piss out of their phones across the United States when data usage spills over 2.5GB’s. This will certainly put a damper on people who pay $25 or $35/month for an unlimited hot spot. What can you expect to happen once the dreaded date arrives? How will you be affected? And is Virgin Mobile really after your data cherry? I tried so hard to fit in a virgin joke and it failed miserably. Dammit.
Virgin Mobile, the most attractive smart phone carrier out there, has a problem — you. Yes you. Ever since you purchased that brand new contract-free smart phone, you’ve been hogging the 3G pipeline like you’re the only one surfing cyberspace. Well, I’ve got news for you mister/miss, your time is over! The punishment for this bad behavior will be like being sent into the corner for time out. Don’t bother tethering to your iPad to watch Ghostbusters 2 on Netflix. Think twice about streaming your Flo Rida channel on Pandora. And say goodbye to the N5 Show in high definition while your commuting to work. Ok, maybe I’m being a little too dramatic. Let’s move on.
As a VM customer myself, I recently received the e-mail stating their detestable intentions. If you’re looking into becoming a Virgin soon, this is what to expect after March 23rd.
- Data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month. During this time,
you may experience slower page loads and file downloads and lags in streaming media.
- If data speeds are reduced, they will return to normal as soon as your next plan month starts.
- If you’d rather not wait for your new month to start, you can restart your plan immediately through My Account.
This was inevitable. Since there’s no binding contract between the user and service company, Virgin Mobile could essentially yank our data chain any way they please. It’s all beginning to make sense now. No wonder the phones and monthly payment are so cheap.