Posted byon July 19, 2011
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My dad is finally embracing technology. He recently got his first computer and now he’s in the market for a cell phone. And of course after holding out for 60 years, he not only wants a cell phone, but a smartphone. Way to go dad!
I searched for the cheapest way to get him on the Android market with a data plan. We have Sprint SERO, so it we can’t add him to our account for less than $60 a month.
Here’s a rundown of how I locked in the Virgin Mobile $25 per month plan with one day to spare.
Sprint Network. I haven’t used Virgin Mobile before, but apparently it uses the Sprint Network, so I’m hoping the coverage is adequate.
Android Smartphones. We found two Android smartphones to choose from, the Samsung Intercept for $199 and the LG Optimus V for $149. Rumor has it there’s a $20 off coupon for Target in the back to school mailer, but I couldn’t find it before I started running around town to a few Targets. (My Dad picked the Samsung since it has a slide out keyboard.)
Cheaper Phones. If you don’t need a smartphone, there’s also a few other phones in the $80-$100 range: Samsung Restore, LG Rumor 2, and the LG Rumor Touch. There’s probably plenty of other Virgin Mobile phones that you can find once you shop around too.
Skipping Shipping. Of course we could have purchased the phone slightly cheaper from Amazon or other online stores, however, since we physically needed the phone in hand today to activate it, we had to purchase it from a local store.
More Plans. In addition to the $25/300 minute plan, there is also a $40/1200 minute plan and a $60/unlimited plan.
New Rates. The two cheaper plans will raise their rates by $10 and $5 per month tomorrow; the unlimited plan will decrease by $5 tomorrow. So the tiers will change from $25/$40/$60 to $35/$45/$55.
After getting my dad all set up on his new Virgin Mobile account, I’m seriously considering switching ours from our Sprint SERO plans too. It was an easy choice for my dad since he’ll be a very light user, but I still haven’t gotten a chance to test out the coverage and see if it could work for us. I guess I’ll have to make a decision in the next few hours!
Do you use Virgin Mobile? What are your thoughts?