Virgin Mobile announces a steal of a deal for iPhone users
Does all the buzz surrounding the reveal of the Note 8 have you feeling down? Are you wishing that Apple's yearly event had taken place today instead? You might be an iPhone loyalist. Cheer up, though, because there is one piece of good, maybe great, news for you and others like you. Until August 31, you can get unlimited talk, text, and data for your iPhone for only 1 American dollar.
[Yes, this deal has been going on for a while now, but it's about to end—and to be fair it's a great deal—so it's worth another mention.]
Anyway, what wireless carrier is crazy enough to practically give away their mobile service? Virgin Mobile USA, that's who. What's even crazier is that there are no significant caveats to this offer. Well, there is actually one—a bandwidth restriction on streaming media and games. 480p for videos, 500 kbps for music, and 2 Mbps for games, is what you'll have to put up with if you take Virgin up on their offer. But the Sprint subsidiary promises that for all other purposes you'll get unlimited 4G LTE speeds. See, it's not a completely bad deal.
How do you, my iPhone-toting reader, take advantage of this offer? It's simple. Immediately ditch your current wireless service provider, promptly bring your device and phone number over to Virgin, and sign up for their "Inner Circle" plan. If you don't have an iPhone, you can purchase one from Virgin and qualify for the same offer.
Before you assume that the $1-per-month plan also ends on August 31, rest assured that it doesn't. The promotion may expire in one week, but the plan is valid for 12 months. After the 12 months are over, you will be automatically switched over to Virgin Mobile's US$50 unlimited everything plan. By the way, if $1 each month is too rich for your blood, or you simply aren't satisfied with the service, the lack of a binding contract means that you are free to break up with Virgin at any point.
This promotion is part of Virgin Mobile's transformation into an iPhone-only carrier, completely ditching its Android customer base. Offering a steal of a deal such as this is about the smartest thing the Virgin can do to lure in replacement customers. If you find yourself among them, make sure to remember one thing: choose AutoPay when signing up, or you might end up paying a lot more than $1 next month.