Virgin Mobile has just launched a very aggressive marketing campaign targeted at T-Mobile prepaid customers. It seems to be an answer to the UnCarrier contract-free plans that T-Mobile started offering two weeks ago and the promotion’s aim is to encourage T-Mobile customers to port their number to Virgin Mobile. In order to do so, the Sprint-owned pre-paid service provider is offering $100 credit to all those subscribers who decide to switch carriers between now and May 31st. To receive the credit you just have to pick up a phone and activate it together with a new line before that date.
Virgin Mobile vs. T-Mobile – Plan comparison
Virgin Mobile also provided a comparison chart explaining customers how much they can save after 2 years. The savings can amount to as much as $334 and come from three sources, one of them is obvious $100 credit. Another $120 come from the $55/month plans offered by Virgin Mobile, while T-Mobile charges $60. Both carriers offer unlimited talk, text and data, but as Virgin Mobile points out, after exceeding 2.5 GB of data included in the plan, it reduces the speed to 3G, while T-Mobile goes as slow as 2G. Finally, Virgin Mobile is selling the Samsung Galaxy S II for $299.99, which is $114 less than what T-Mobile is asking for the device.
The offer looks interesting but as always there is one “but”. The phone you already purchased on T-Mobile will be locked to the carrier until it is paid off. It means that it will not work on Virgin Mobile, so you will have to buy a new handset. In other words, your actual savings will be less impressive than the advertised $334.
Well, what do you think?
more info: Virgin Mobile