Virgin Mobile Delays New Throttling Practices
Will Be Delayed Until 'Sometime in 2012'
Sprint-owned prepaid vendor Virgin Mobile recently announced
significant pricing changes, reducing the price of its Beyond Talk "unlimited" voice, data, and text messaging plan to $55 per month, and raising the cost of the company's less expensive Beyond Talk plans to $35 and $45 per month, respectively. Virgin Mobile also announced they'd soon be changing the definition of "unlimited" for these plans, throttling users back to around 256 kbps if they consumed more than 2.5GB a month.
Today Virgin Mobile announced they'd be postponing the implementation of that throttling system
. The announcement came alongside the unveiling of the LG Optimus Slider phone. The company failed to give a reason for the delay or give a solid date for when throttling would be implemented, except to say it will begin "sometime in 2012." From a statement:
"We have decided to delay the reduction of data speeds until 2012 to ensure we have all of the necessary systems in place so that our customer experience will remain positive," Evegan said. "We will provide further information on timing beforehand so our customers have advance notification."
Virgin Mobile certainly isn't alone in implementing new throttling practices. AT&T started warning and throttling the company's heaviest users starting this week
, and Verizon also announced a new network management policy this week that de-prioritizes the traffic of the carrier's top 5% heaviest users
No such thing as Unlimited--VM is low priority on Sprint Network History repeats itself with Virgin Mobile (generally shafting customers in the long run).
UNLIMITED is a word that should never be used with any cell carrier or internet provider.
Lets take for example, when VM first came out with BROADBAND2GO.... "unlimited" internet for $40 a month. I tried that for a while since I was without anything except dialup.
VM uses sprint's towers and their services always seem to be on the bottom of the prioritization of service.
I knew "unlimited" wouldn't last long off a mobile broadband device, and it didn't. Within a short period, it was reduced to 5GB, and shortly after that, reduced to 2.5GB with a new price of $50. So, now even the word "throttling" is entering the picture.
Broadband2Go never really had a good speed, 1mbps at the most, and I won't even go into the routing nightmare VM went thru when they first launched the service.
THEN comes their Beyond Talk plan and the Launch of the first Android powered phone, the Optimus V. "unlimited" data, yeah, right. I had one of these too, Speeds were never over 500-600kbps. (and not alot of people in this town even knew Sprint had a tower here).....Well, as you can see, "unlimited" means 2.5gb here too with throttling here as well. And all this with a rate hike. $25 to $35. (and of course, VM went thru the same old data access routing issues that they did with the Broadband2Go. left customers without 3G for days and days).
Their claim is "unlimited" means "unlimited access", not "unlimited download capability".
What a crock of sh*t. i've cancelled both.
Hard to believe this flim flam VM operation is managed and owned by SPRINT!
Virgin Mobile Lowers Cap Even Further
Company Goes From $40 Unlimited To $50 2.5GB Cap
by Karl Bode Wednesday 16-Feb-2011
Last month, Virgin Mobile eliminated unlimited data on their prepaid Broadband2Go service, imposing a 5GB cap that if crossed -- results in users being throttled to 256kbps. Now Virgin Mobile is constricting things even further, and according to their website has eliminated that $40 plan, replacing it with a $50 plan that comes with a 2.5 GB cap. As with last months new cap and throttle system, users who exceed this 2.5 GB of use in one month will find themselves paying $50 a month for a 256 kbps connection. The company also still offers users the option of a prepaid $10 for 10 days plan, which comes with 100MB of usage. The company's shift from $40 unlimited to $50 heavily capped and throttled was a rapid one, and you begin to wonder precisely what March will hold.
Virgin Mobile Changes Pricing, Throttles Users
Users Will Be Throttled to 256 kbps After 2.5GB
by Karl Bode Wednesday 13-Jul-2011
Sprint today announced that the company is making several changes to Virgin Mobile brand prepaid wireless broadband. Most notably, Vrigin Mobile is going to reduce the price of its Beyond Talk "unlimited" voice, data, and text messaging plan to $55 per month, but raise the cost of the company's less expensive Beyond Talk plans to $35 and $45 per month, respectively. Virgin Mobile's also changing the definition of "unlimited" for these plans, throttling users back to around 256 kbps if they consume more than 2.5GB a month.