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Summary: If I have a $35/month plan and earn the maximum referral fees of $500 per year my mobile phone cost should be almost free. (It’s “almost free” and not “free” because I’ll have some taxes to pay.)
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Need to lower your mobile bill? One way is to use Virgin Mobile and refer up to 20 friends a year and earn a $25.00 bonus per friend. So go ahead and click on the link and sign up and Virgin Mobile will send me $25, plus Virgin Mobile will also give you a $25 account credit.
Coverage? Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint and uses Sprint cell towers. The difference in Sprint service and Virgin Mobile service is that Virgin Mobile users don’t roam on Verizon towers.
Reason to love Virgin Mobile:
Note: I regularly hit 2.5 GB of data every three or four months at which point I’m throttled. I usually don’t notice I’m being throttled except when Virgin will send me a text message advising of such. (Adaptive protocol video limited to 3G speeds. Then it’s still unlimited but will be reduced to 3G speeds of 256 Kbps or below for remainder of the monthly plan cycle.)
How much is 1GB:
If I use up my minutes midway though the month I can either restart my plan early or wait till the monthly renewal date. During the past two years I’ve gone over my mobile minutes twice and had to restart my monthly plan early. This has cost me an average of $2 extra per month. Normally I don’t use my monthly allotment of 200 minutes since I make most of my calls over Skype. Most of the time I’m using Wi-Fi at home or at business so most of my data doesn’t go over my phone plan. Occasionally I’m at a location where the Wi-Fi is either of such poor quality or it’s not available (password protected) so I’ll use my phone as a hotspot.
And that’s the biggest reason I love Virgin Mobile. I can use my phone as a Hotspot at no additional charge. This allows me to use my tablet for most of my needs and only occasionally do I use my mobile phone. (On their site it says for $15 more a you can turn your phone into a mobile hotspots, but I use the free Quicker app found in Google Play market and accomplish the same for free.)
Wireless connectivity is all about location. The big four Telecoms — AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile — all have staked out their own territory, so what it boils down to it depends on where you live and work or play, that determines the quality of service you’ll receive. Often you won’t have viable options, so you’ll see a lot of bad reviews and criticism about all of them. I’ve lived in various areas with Sprint or a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) working off of Sprint and haven’t had serious issues. I’ve used Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile over the years and had to change carriers because of a new work location that was not yet covered by the carrier I had at the time. Usually within a few months the old carrier also covered the new area. When traveling out of my area it can be a different issue. Once I was in on the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and my Virgin Mobile phone had coverage and someone with a AT&T phone (and a $140+ monthly phone plan) couldn’t get coverage. As they say about real estate, “It’s all about location, location, location”.
AT&T announced that it will be doing away with traditional data plans for new customers on October 25th, 2013. Existing customers won’t have to switch to a Mobile Share plan the next time they upgrade. Mobile Share starts at $70 per month for a smartphone with unlimited talk/text and 300MB of data, plus mobile hotspot service are included. You can add other lines to the plan for an additional fee. – Ouch!
CDMA Carriers – (Don’t use simm cards):
GMS Carriers – (They use simm cards):
Skype Data Usage:
A high quality video call could use around 4MB per minute each way. So it’s probably safe to assume that each minute you are on a video call (high quality, not HD) you’re using about 10MB of your usage allowance.
You’ve made your first referral, good job!
With every friend you refer, you’ll be eligible to receive up a $25 account credit for each qualified referral, up to a total of $500 per calendar year.
Your Friends at Virgin Mobile 11/3/13
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Yes, it’s that easy. Virgin doesn’t tell me whom signed up so I’ll just have to say thanks to the mystery friend out there.
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T-Mobile refer a friend program Hey, Please note that I (the Referrer) and you (the Referee) may each receive a Promotion Card for a successful referral.
Sprint refer a friend Program Hey, Please note that I (the Referrer) and you (the Referee) may each receive a $25 Promotion Card for a successful referral.
AT&T refer a friend Program Hey, Please note that I (the Referrer) and you (the Referee) may each receive a $25 AT&T Promotion Card for a successful referral.
AllPrepaidPlans.com Not a affinity link, just good info.