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Apr 12, 2001

Virgin Mobile USA today announced that customers who bring their existing iPhone, and transfer their phone number from another carrier, will receive one year of unlimited talk, text, and data for just $1 with AutoPay enabled. The limited time promotion is available until August 31, 2017.


The deal is also available to customers who purchase a brand new iPhone at full cost from Virgin Mobile, which sells the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus for the same prices as Apple. Virgin Mobile also sells the iPhone SE for $279.99, which is $120 off its regular $399 price.

Once an iPhone is verified as compatible with Virgin Mobile, which operates on Sprint's network, a SIM card will be shipped with instructions to install it and activate the device. SIM cards can be ordered for free on Virgin's website until Friday, September 29, at which point the starter kit will cost $25.

Since Virgin Mobile USA shares Sprint's network, only CDMA versions of the following iPhone models are compatible:

- iPhone 5s
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


During the 12-month promotional period, so-called "Inner Circle" members will receive unlimited talk, text, and data with a few caveats: video quality is limited to up to 480p resolution, music streams at up to 500 kbps, and games stream at up to 2 Mbps. Virgin promises 4G LTE speeds for "practically everything else."

Customers who use more than 23GB of data in a billing cycle will be de-prioritized during times and places where the network is constrained.

Mobile Hotspot is available for an additional $10 per month, providing up to eight tethered devices with a dedicated allotment of 10GB of high-speed data to share each month. Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited worldwide text messaging, can also be added for $5 per month.

After the $1 offer, customers will be transitioned to Virgin Mobile's standard pricing of $50 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data, with all of the aforementioned caveats. Taxes are extra.

Overall, there doesn't seem to be any obvious catches hidden in the fine print. Virgin Mobile doesn't have contracts, so customers should be able to take their iPhone to a different carrier at any point. Virgin Mobile is simply looking for customers to try out its network, similar to its parent Sprint's free-year offer.

Article Link: Virgin Mobile USA Offering One Year of Unlimited Data to iPhone Switchers For Just $1


macrumors 6502a
Jul 11, 2008
Amazingly in an all iPhone household, with yearly flights to the UK where the companion ticket would be a value, Virgin Mobile still manages to work out to be a bad deal compared to what I pay for AT&T. :(

Putting aside the $1 deal for a moment (although I'd like to know what the real cost is after taxes), $60 a month per line is pretty expensive and definitely not a good pair up against a family plan.
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Jul 24, 2015
In the US, some States, car manufactures can't own dealerships and can't sell direct to public. That benefits the costumers, because he/she can get exactly the same car from a different dealership, but at a lower price.

The US should rule that mobile phone networks shouldn't be able to sell phone services direct to the public, but must sell to MVNO's that sell to the public, even if the mobile phone network owns the MVNO, yields a better service to the costumer.

My country uses this model for home fiber Internet access, and as a result, we have very fast connections at very low prices, and fast fiber reaches even rural areas.
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macrumors 68000
Aug 9, 2008


macrumors 65816
Sep 1, 2010
I can't imagine that anyone currently using a GSM network would invest in a new phone to "try" a competing CDMA service. It's too bad the radios in phones aren't modular and as interchangeable as SIM cards.
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macrumors regular
Oct 10, 2016
Seems like they haven't updated their site. Their press release clearly states you can bring your own iPhone, but that doesn't seem to be reflected anywhere on their website.

Hope so, wouldn't mind trying out sprint's network. They definitely seem to have better coverage than T-mobile in Cincinnati.


macrumors member
Nov 2, 2015
Somebody forgot their coffee this morning.
"12 mos. for $1 unlimited service offer: Limited-time offer. Offer ends 8/31/17. Available only to customers who purchase an iPhone and transfer their phone number to the Inner Circle plan. Excludes taxes."


macrumors member
Jun 4, 2014
This has been an ad on my instagram for several weeks now, same terms and cost....
If it was announced today, someone in the press release dept. at virgin/sprint/whoever has been asleep.


macrumors 65816
Jul 19, 2006
During the 12-month promotional period, so-called "Inner Circle" members will receive unlimited talk, text, and data with a few caveats: video quality is limited to up to 480p resolution, music streams at up to 500 kbps, and games stream at up to 2 Mbps. Virgin promises 4G LTE speeds for "practically everything else."

If you use a VPN, how could Virgin Mobile/Sprint identify if you were watching videos, streaming music, playing games, or doing "practically everything else"?


macrumors newbie
Oct 6, 2006
I'm moving to a new apartment, and my Verizon just has no service there. I'm gonna add a line and port it out to get on board this deal, test their network. Had Sprint and it was TERRIBLE...but that was 7 years ago.


macrumors 68000
Feb 18, 2003
Los Angeles
I don't need infinite LTE, just usually reliable. Most of my use actually takes place at home and in workplaces that have fast, secure wifi. Wifi calling, greatest invention ever. Even does FaceTime and Google Giggles and stuff.
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