Virgin Mobile to Offer $40 Unlimited Prepaid 3G Data Plan

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Virgin Mobile’s Broadand2Go prepaid 3G data plans use Sprint’s network but don’t require a two-year contract. The company has made headlines in the past for offering data plans priced competitively with the major carriers and is about to truly undercut all of them with a $40-per-month unlimited data plan that’s set to go into effect tomorrow, according to Wired.

Most of the major carriers have moved to a 5GB limit on their most expensive plans, so a truly unlimited option from Virgin Mobile should entice plenty of data-hungry users. And the fact that it’s $20 cheaper and doesn’t require a contract ought to help, too.

Virgin’s mid-tier Broadband2Go plans will be the casualties in all of this. The company currently offers $10, $20, $40, and $60 plans that include 100MB, 300MB, 1GB, and 5GB of data, respectively. The new pricing structure will offer two plans: one for $10 that includes 100MB of data and expires after 10 days, and the $40 unlimited plan that’s good for 30 days.

UPDATE: Apparently there are some glitches with the launch of the new unlimited plan.

Per Virgin Mobile:

“Broadband2Go $40 Unlimited Plan New Offer Update
We are so sorry.  We are experiencing some system issues and are unable to launch the new Broadband2Go $40 unlimited plan today as expected.  Customer Care will also not be able to accept activations at this time.

We are working hard to fix this, and do anticipate the launch to happen over the next two days.  Thank you for your patience.”

Everything is expected to be fixed in the next 24-48 hours (as of noon on Wednesday, 8/25).
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