|Virgin Mobile USA announced today it will offer iPhone to its prepaid customers beginning Friday, June 29. Virgin Mobile will offer iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S with its Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans as low as $301 per-month on the Sprint® Nationwide Network2. iPhone will be available without a contract and with no fees for activation or roaming. New and existing customers can purchase iPhone at www.virginmobileusa.com, RadioShack, Best Buy and select local retailers.|
iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all-new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.1, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans for iPhone start at $35 per month for access to Sprint's Nationwide Network, and customers can receive a $5 per-month plan discount when they register for automatic monthly payments with a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, making iPhone available for as low as $30 per month. Customers can also use their iPhone as a mobile hotspot through Virgin Mobile for an additional $15 per month.3
|Thinking of doing something easy and fun for the environment for Earth Day? Now is the perfect time to switch to a mobile phone with eco-friendly features, as Sprint and its data-centric, no-contract brand, Virgin Mobile USA, join LG Mobile in announcing the upcoming availability of LG Optimus Elite on the Sprint 3G Network.|
LG Optimus Elite will be available in Titan Silver and White1 on Earth Day – Sunday, April 22 – exclusively through www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1 for just $29.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2 (excludes taxes and surcharges). The device will become available in additional channels, including Sprint retail, on May 18. Timing and pricing for the device on Virgin Mobile USA will be announced shortly.
LG Optimus Elite marks the third device launched from Sprint and LG this year that boasts eco-friendly attributes and the coveted UL Environment Platinum Certification – the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint.3 Sprint and LG launched their first device with eco-friendly features together in 2010 with LG Remarq and continued the legacy earlier this year with both LG Rumor Reflex and LG Viper 4G LTE.
“As a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, Sprint continues to expand its portfolio of eco-friendly devices and services by providing consumers with strong device choices,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “LG Optimus Elite is a dynamic and affordable green option for customers who want to go green without sacrificing the latest features. We are thrilled to make this available as we celebrate Earth Day and think about what each of us can do to support sustainability.”
|Virgin Mobile USA continues to demonstrate how it’s answering to A Higher Calling with the speed of 4G, by offering customers who prefer a no-contract option the fully loaded HTC EVO V 4G on Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk monthly plans. The data-centric offers start at $35 per month for unlimited data and messaging. HTC EVO V 4G will be available for $299.99 beginning May 31.|
As Sir Richard Branson states in his video manifesto for A Higher Calling, “Why pay for minutes when it’s unlimited data you really want?” Now customers will be able to enjoy unlimited 4G data where available and messaging on an iconic Android-powered device, all for just $35/month.1 Virgin Mobile USA was recently “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance among Non-Contract Wireless Providers” by J.D. Power and Associates.2
“'Higher Calling' means we continue to look for ways to give our customers the best products possible at a great price, and we know our hyper-connected Beyond Talk customers will appreciate the real affordability paired with the innovative technology of the HTC EVO,” said Jeff Auman, vice president for Virgin Mobile USA. “You just can’t beat the value of EVO V 4G with plans starting at just $35 per month.”
On the mobile broadband side, Virgin Mobile’s Broadband2Go continues to offer no-contract plans ideal for people who need internet access when they’re out and about. The versatile Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot by Sierra Wireless ($149.99) and the powerful U600 3G/4G USB Stick by Franklin Wireless ($99.99) provide customers two ways to stay connected at 4G speeds. “The launch of these two devices demonstrates our commitment to bring 4G speeds and innovation to our Broadband2Go customers who chose to forgo a contract as well,” said Auman.
All three devices will operate on Sprint’s 3G and 4G (WiMAX) network and be available beginning on May 31 at VirginMobileUSA.com. They will then be available in June at major retailers and at select independent dealers nationwide3.
| Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA were recognized at the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Roundtable in Orlando, Fla., today as 2012 Customer Service Champions – two of only 50 companies to have earned this distinction this year.|
To qualify for inclusion on this elite list, companies must excel within their own industry and also must stand out among leading brands in 20 major industries evaluated by J.D. Power. Among the five factors measured – People, Presentation, Process, Product and Price – Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile both performed notably well in the Price factor.
To identify the 2012 Customer Service Champions, J.D. Power evaluated more than 800 brands. The 2012 Champions were identified based on customer feedback, opinions and perceptions gathered from J.D. Power’s syndicated research in 2011. This group of 50 represents the highest-performing U.S. companies/brands that deliver service excellence – both within their respective industry and across all industries measured.
“We are honored for our no-contract brands to receive this distinction and be included in this elite group of U.S. companies,” said Jeff Hallock, vice president-Marketing for Sprint. “We are committed to customer satisfaction, and we appreciate these external confirmations of our efforts, once again, for both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.”
| Virgin Mobile USA, recently ranked “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance among Non-Contract Wireless Providers” by J.D. Power and Associates, bolstered its lineup of Android-powered smartphones today with the addition of the Venture from ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. Keeping with the promise of A Higher Calling, the Venture provides Virgin Mobile consumers with an affordable new smartphone available for $99.99 under the industry-leading plan of unlimited data for $35 a month.|
A perfect starter device, the Venture –brought to market by Personal Communications Devices (PCD) – is ideal for consumers who want the newest Android technology with a QWERTY keyboard, an entry level price, unlimited data and messaging plans, and all without a contract. It will be available for purchase at www.virginmobileusa.com as of March 15 and at retail following that; visitors to the website can pre-order the phone as of today as well.
As Sir Richard Branson states in his video manifesto for A Higher Calling, “Why pay for minutes when it’s unlimited data you really want?” Operating on the Sprint Nationwide Network, Virgin Mobile USA offers tremendous value for those customers who text, IM, post, email, friend, like and tweet more than they talk. Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk plans start at just $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging and data. For those looking for a bit more talk time, the $45 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice, and the $55 plan offers unlimited voice minutes each month. All plans include unlimited messaging and data.
|Virgin Mobile USA today introduced A Higher Calling to the wireless industry, a new mantra and campaign that will redefine the relationship carriers have with customers. Beginning with a TV advertising campaign starring Virgin Mobile founder Sir Richard Branson, A Higher Calling also features a video message from Branson at www.virginmobileusa.com stating his vision for trying to be a better kind of phone company – one that offers great value and fun for the money, including industry-leading plans of unlimited data and messaging for just $35 per month1.|
"Today the smartphone is the center of your universe,” said Branson. "And yet, nobody ever says, ‘I love my cell phone company.’ A Higher Calling will change all that. I’m very proud to be in this Virgin Mobile campaign.”
The first TV spot features “Young Branson” and takes a unique look back at his youth when he was an awkward prodigy obsessed with the idea of launching Virgin Mobile in London’s “go-go” 1960s. It’s a humorous way to demonstrate the very real spirit that inspires A Higher Calling from the man who started it all. According to the folklore of the campaign, Branson realized long ago that unlimited data is what people need most today, so why should they have to pay for minutes they don’t use.
|Virgin Mobile USA, a leading no-contract wireless brand and award-winning champion for ending youth homelessness through The RE*Generation – Virgin Mobile’s charitable initiative focused on empowering a generation to help its own – are inviting people to help raise awareness and join the cause to end youth homelessness through the new “Do Whatever It Takes” campaign. Virgin Mobile USA is partnering with Virgin Mobile Canada and Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, to bring “Do Whatever It Takes” to the United States and Canada.|
Launching today, Do Whatever It Takes (www.dowhateverittakes.org) is a campaign that encourages participants to “do whatever” to create opportunities for homeless youth to have the bigger futures they deserve. Using their personal talents, creative and quirky ideas – be it dancing in a leotard and tutu during that important presentation, eating a plate of jalapenos, or speaking in gibberish for 24 hours – the stunts will be available through viral videos, all of which will showcase the most jaw-dropping, hilarious and all-in-good-fun activities America’s young adults can offer in the name of helping homeless youth.
If you mainly talk and text on your wireless phone, but you can live without an app that turns your phone into a flashlight, you might just be a Talk n’ Texter. And, if staying within your monthly budget is just as important, payLo by Virgin Mobile has the perfect solution for helping you get more value while keeping you thrifty.
Today, payLo by Virgin Mobile is ushering in the Samsung M575, the perfect handset for Talk n’ Texters – those “basic communicators” looking for a stylish, brand name QWERTY phone with enhanced features.
“There are millions of people who don’t want to spend money for higher-end handsets and expensive data plans that they don’t need,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile brands. “The Samsung M575 offers payLo customers cutting-edge design, quality service and reliability that is a perfect value solution for customers.”
Available today for $79.99 (excluding taxes) at Best Buy stores nationwide, the Samsung M575 comes packed with options designed to provide a rich user experience without paying for it.
|Virgin Mobile USA expands its Android-powered smartphone lineup with the upcoming availability of LG Optimus Slider, providing a new smartphone option with an easy-to-use slide out keyboard. Perfect for the heavy social networker, LG Optimus Slider will be available Oct. 17 at www.virginmobileusa.com for $199.99. The smartphone will be available Oct. 31 in Best Buy and RadioShack stores; Nov. 6 at Target; and Nov. 13 in Sprint Stores.|
LG Optimus Slider is the second generation of the popular LG Optimus V, which launched in early 2011 and is currently available at www.virginmobileusa.com for $149.99. It remains one of the most popular smartphones on Virgin Mobile USA.
“With the new LG Optimus Slider we’re bringing our customers an updated operating system and slide-out keyboard,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA.
|Virgin Mobile USA strengthens its Android-powered smartphone lineup with the upcoming availability of the HTC Wildfire S in Silver at Best Buy and White at RadioShack built for consumers looking to express their personal style without a contract. The HTC Wildfire S in Silver is exclusive to Virgin Mobile. Social networkers and app users will enjoy the bright screen of the HTC Wildfire S and access to the Android Market. The HTC Wildfire S will be available Oct. 23 at Best Buy and RadioShack for $199.99.|
“The HTC Wildfire S is the first HTC smartphone on Virgin Mobile and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the Wildfire S to our customers,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. “It is an attractive, easy-to-use and fast smartphone perfect for both the technically savvy and those looking to make the leap to a smartphone for the first time.”
Virgin Mobile USA continues to expand its Android-powered smartphone lineup with the introduction today of Motorola TRIUMPH, providing a new top-of-the-line smartphone option with the added flexibility of a no-contract plan. TRIUMPH, Motorola’s first smartphone available exclusively to Virgin Mobile USA customers, is available at national major retailers and online at www.virginmobileusa.com for $299.99.
“As smartphone ownership continues to accelerate, we are thrilled to offer Virgin Mobile customers this exciting, compelling new handset from a device leader like Motorola,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. “Motorola TRIUMPH is a leader in its class and provides users the freedom to enjoy unlimited data on Virgin Mobile, without overages or a contract.”
Motorola TRIUMPH allows users to rev up their smartphone experience with a superfast 1GHz processor, 4.1-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera and, front-facing VGA camera for video chat, 720p HD camcorder with HDMI output, to allow for playback on HDTVs (requires HDMI cable sold separately).
|payLo by Virgin Mobile customers are now free to talk and text even more without paying more money as the brand enhances its $30/month Talk & Text plan with even more messaging and data for the same low price.|
payLo customers will still receive the same remarkable voice-value they’ve come to appreciate with 1,500 domestic voice minutes and will now get more as the brand increases the allotment of messages (text, picture, email and/or IM) from 500 to 1,500 messages per month and the Web access allotment from 10MB to 30MB per month.
|Virgin Mobile USA Broadband2Go is even easier to access as select OfficeMax stores nationwide now offer the MiFi2200 mobile hotspot and Ovation MC760 USB device, as well as the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone. Broadband2Go is a wireless internet service available on the nationwide Sprint 3G network without an annual contract or activation fee. A variety of corresponding no-contract plans for smartphones and broadband devices provide flexibility to professionals on the go and those wanting to stay connected while on summer vacation.|
“We are pleased to expand the distribution of both our Broadband2Go offerings as well as the BlackBerry Curve 8530 to provide great accessibility right in time for summer travel,” said Mary Marzullo, director, national accounts, Sprint Prepaid Group. “Our new $20 for 500 megabytes of data Broadband2Go plan makes Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go the affordable, flexible solution for staying connected while on the go. We look forward to extending this option to OfficeMax shoppers.”
| The country will soon come together to celebrate its independence, honoring those who currently serve our country and the veterans who proudly served in years past. Unfortunately, far too many veterans and military families find themselves fighting a different battle here at home, one which threatens their financial independence.|
According to a recent report from the Labor Department1, the unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan is about 11 percent; this is about 2 points higher than the unemployment rate for the general population and one of every 10 veterans are living in poverty. For veterans going through tough financial times, or struggling to find a job in several states, Assurance Wireless is a smart, free way to increase the odds of securing employment.
Motorola Mobility, Inc. today announced a reinvigorated alliance that strengthens and extends the two companies’ device innovation leadership. Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices in 2011, bringing revolutionary performance, speed and design to Sprint customers. This new portfolio demonstrates a commitment to bring customers advanced devices with industry-leading features, including smartphones, tablets and best-in-class Push-to-Talk devices.
Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON 4G, Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities, and Motorola TRIUMPH, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola.
These two devices, along with the additional products in the new portfolio, build upon Sprint and Motorola’s long history of innovation across Sprint 3G and 4G networks and Nextel National Network.
|Sometimes you just don’t need ‘an app for that.’ In fact, the majority of cell phone users prefer a phone that’s easy to use and has features they can use every day – like making phone calls. It’s no joke. Most wireless phone customers, including payLo by Virgin Mobile customers, mainly use cell phones to talk, but they also like texting, taking pictures, and checking email – without breaking the bank or the monthly budget.|
Today, payLo by Virgin Mobile is unveiling the perfect ‘app antidote’ with the launch of the affordable, stylish and easy-to-use LG200. With a full QWERTY keyboard and broad range of user-friendly features, the LG200 delivers ‘the basics’ in prepaid wireless service without compromising design or reliability.
“The reality is that it’s not all about smartphones,” said Mark Lederman, director, payLo by Virgin Mobile. “There are millions of people who don’t want or can’t afford higher-end handsets and expensive data plans. These ‘basic communicators’ deserve a brand like payLo by Virgin Mobile with industry-leading value and consumer-friendly offers.”
|Virgin Mobile USA is launching the next generation of its social networking music application, called VIRGIN MOBILE LIVE 2.0.. Now, all Android users will have free access to the company’s critically acclaimed music stream hosted by DJ Abbey Braden, as well as past Virgin Mobile FreeFest performance videos, and “check in” features at events and performances, such as Lady Gaga concerts. All status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook and Twitter.|
The app becomes available for download on the Android marketplace today, and users can access live and taped streaming music and film programming at any time. Live performances from Virgin Mobile’s “LIVE HOUSE” at SXSW will debut on phones equipped with VIRGIN MOBILE LIVE 2.0 starting next week.
|payLo by Virgin Mobile and Kyocera Communications Inc. will have big talkers ‘talking the talk’ with the launch of the Kyocera S2100 on payLo by Virgin Mobile. Delivering performance with a purpose, the S2100 offers all the most popular features to take advantage of payLo’s no-contract plans and is available today at www.virginmobileusa.com for $39.99 (excluding taxes). The device will continue to roll out at Virgin Mobile retailers, including Best Buy, Target and RadioShack.|
Tailored to meet the needs of the voice-centric customer who wants basic data features and does not necessarily need ‘unlimited service,’ the Kyocera S2100, coupled with payLo’s 1,500-minute plan ($30) is ideal for those who like to “talk the talk” to stay in touch with family and friends.
“payLo by Virgin Mobile, with its 1,500-minute plan, caters to a growing number of consumers who have been paying for unlimited voice, messaging or data when all they really need is affordable talk time, and a lot of it,” said Mark Lederman, director, payLo by Virgin Mobile. “At $30 per month, these customers can now save money while knowing they have the right service for their communication needs.