How does an Android 2.1 Qwerty slider with unlimited texts and Internet for $25/month after taxes sound to you?
Virgin Mobile offers the best smartphone plan I've ever seen...by a long shot. If you pay the full price ($249) for a cheaper Samsung Intercept phone, you can jump on Virgin Mobile's $25/month everything pre-paid with 300 anytime minutes. The plan comes with Unlimited Messaging, Email & Web.
Yep, that's it. Finding a smartphone plan under $70/month is difficult, $25/month is unheard of.
For someone who doesn't use their phone to talk a lot but wants a genuine smartphone, this blows away any featurephone out there.
Speaking to Virgin representatives, I can verify this is the real deal. My main concern was that after spending $250 on the phone, could Virgin up the monthly price in the new year? They told me that there would be a grandfather clause where you'd continue to be billed at the rate you bought the phone at (but I'd prefer to have that in writing). I was also told that this is the only Android phone that they'd carry in 2010, but more would likely be on the way, including an Android 2.2-updated Intercept some time in 2011.
If you want more talk minutes Virgin does 1200 minutes for $40 and unlimited for $60.
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