Virgin's unlimited data phone plan: only $25/month

February 4, 2011: 10:54 AM ET

Virgin has done it again. They are offering up a better Android smartphone and keeping the same incredibly low rates.

How much is your typical feature phone plan?  At Verizon(VZ), 450 minutes is $40/month with an additional charge for texts and no data.  Pre-paid plans start at $65/month for 450 minutes.  AT&T (T) has a similar post paid plan: $40 for 450 minutes.  No text, no data.

Smartphone plans are obviously more expensive.  PED posted a comparison chart of the major carriers smartphone plans here, which was put together by Billshrink.

With that in mind, have a look at Virgin's plans, above, right.  Compare.

As I've stated before (and I still can't understand how they do this) Virgin, who use Sprint's(S) very solid nationwide 3G network, blow them all away by a long shot.  For $25 a month (that's AFTER tax) unlimited data and text, 300 anytime minutes.  $40/month bumps you up to 1200 anytime minutes and $60 is unlimited minutes.

There are two downsides to Virgin's plans however:

1. You must pay for the phone up front (no subsidies).

2. They have a very limited selection of smartphones.

The good news is that both of those limitations got slashed this week with the introduction of the $149 LG Optimus V... More

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