Virgin Mobile Offering Pink Slip Protection

A slew of car manufacturers are offering delayed/canceled payments for those who lose their jobs. Now Virgin Mobile will be the first cellphone service provider to follow suit. UPDATE

Starting today, all of Virgin Mobile's subscription plans have automatically been enrolled in "Pink Slip Protection." UPDATE: Actually, existing subscribers need to GO HERE to enroll. If a customer loses a job they've had for over two months (and is eligible for unemployment), they can have all cellphone fees including taxes and surcharges waived for up to three months. (We're guessing that exceeding your minutes may still lead to charges.)

Virgin's offering isn't enough to solve the economic crisis, but it's a kind gesture worth a bit of good PR, and hopefully it will put some pressure on other service providers to follow suit. [Reuters]