Sprint's New Facebook-Only Data Plan Is a Sad Internet Future

Do you love experiencing the internet only through the foggy, noisy lens of Facebook? How about only reading things on Twitter or peeping links on Pinterest or stalking friends on Instagram? Then you're going to love Sprint's new hyper-focused data plans. For $12 a month, you can use one of the services as much as you… » 7/30/14 10:30am 7/30/14 10:30am

Virgin Mobile's $30 Unlimited Prepaid iPhone Plan Will Save You a Ton…

Starting June 29th, Virgin Mobile will offer an iPhone prepaid plan for as little as $30 a month after a $5 discount if you're willing to set up automatic payments with your credit card. It's such a good deal, that it makes no sense to go with anything other than prepaid for your next iPhone. » 6/07/12 9:26am 6/07/12 9:26am

Another One Bites the Dust: Virgin Mobile Will Soon Throttle Unlimited…

It seems like all the carriers have banded together to kill the angel known as unlimited data. Even little 'ol Virgin Mobile has joined the murder party, informing their customers that as of March 23rd, Virgin Mobile will throttle users who pass the 2.5GB data threshold. That supposedly effects 3% of their customers.… » 1/19/12 9:25am 1/19/12 9:25am

Virgin Mobile Bucks Trend with $40 Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plan

So there's this trend with mobile carriers regarding unlimited data plans where they're dropping them in lieu of tiers. Perhaps you know of it already. Virgin Mobile USA has no such plans. » 8/22/10 11:05am 8/22/10 11:05am

Traditional Cellphone Usage Dying A Long, Painful Death (For Carriers,…

Whether you blame it on Twitter, texts, or the inability to make a phone call on a touchscreen phone, the US is moving away from voice calls, with the average length of a call falling dramatically in the last year. » 5/14/10 3:13am 5/14/10 3:13am

Virgin Mobile Will Euthanize Helio In May

Here's a funny story! Some time ago, Virgin Mobile snatched up a little wireless company called Helio, with hopes of using it to start a postpaid (on contract) cell service to complement its prepaid business. Then, Sprint, one of the largest postpaid carriers in the country, bought Virgin Mobile, effectively rendering… » 3/02/10 2:33pm 3/02/10 2:33pm

Man Dumped Over Sexts Pre-Loaded In His Phone

A Winnipeg man has been dumped by his girlfriend of two and a half years, after she found his phone riddled with sext messages. Only problem? He didn't write any of them. Virgin Mobile did. » 2/10/10 10:00am 2/10/10 10:00am

Sprint Buys Virgin Mobile Because It Apparently Had $483 Million Lying…

Sprint's picking up Virgin Mobile in a deal worth $483 million. Virgin Mobile, if you recall, is an MVNO that runs on Sprint and bought Helio earlier. They're going to mash it up with their Boost Mobile for MVNO funtimes. » 7/28/09 8:48am 7/28/09 8:48am

Virgin Mobile Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Broadband Is Predictably Expensive

Virgin Mobile has lifted the veil on its Broadband2Go service and accompanying 3G dongle. Its selling points—that it's contract-free and runs over Sprint's network—are somewhat negated by its $150 setup cost and punishing rates. » 6/10/09 10:40am 6/10/09 10:40am

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 » 4/09/09 11:20am 4/09/09 11:20am

Ocean 2 Review (Verdict: A Great Phone If It Were 2007)

The Helio Ocean was an amazing phone in its day, so we were excited to see all the cool updates hitting Virgin Mobile's Helio-branded Ocean 2. Turns out, there's not much cool to be found. » 2/11/09 3:00pm 2/11/09 3:00pm

Virgin Mobile's Helio Ocean 2 Is Official, Being Launched By Britney…

MobileCrunch has lots of photos of the Helio Ocean 2 for Virgin Mobile, which we last saw in a spy shot a few months back. It's definitely real now. » 1/29/09 11:00pm 1/29/09 11:00pm

Virgin Mobile Lets You Send Texts to Nobody, Charges For Confirmation

Virgin Mobile has a new service that allows its customers to send text messages into space, with a "formal confirmation" costing $15. » 12/10/08 11:00am 12/10/08 11:00am

Virgin Mobile's First Helio-App Handset Due September 28th: The Shuttle

Virgin Mobile USA is soon to launch its first handset that uses tech from newly acquired Helio. Just as predicted » 9/10/08 1:00pm 9/10/08 1:00pm, the slider phone will indeed include advanced features like social networking and other mobile services "through partnerships with Accuweather, ESPN, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Yahoo!" and others.…

Virgin Mobile Ponies Up Cheapest Unlimited Calling Plan: $80/Month

Virgin Mobile, the little MVNO that could, is introducing what it says is the lowest-priced unlimited nationwide calling plan on the block—$80 a month for "totally unlimited" calling, starting July 1. Unlimited text and messaging adds another $10, so the super duper unlimited plan will run you $90 all told. Hopefully… » 6/24/08 10:08am 6/24/08 10:08am

Helio Stores And Kiosks Closing Soon, Company In Trouble?

A tipster told us that the talks between Virgin Mobile and SK Telecom/Helio are going nowhere, with Virgin backing out unless there's some sort of bankruptcy declaration or huge liquidation. Our tipster says that Helio's corporate stores and kiosks will be closing very soon, which is backed up by similar info from … » 6/20/08 12:59pm 6/20/08 12:59pm

Virgin and SK Telecom Actually In Talks Despite SK's Denials

Even though SK Telecom denied being in talks with Virgin Mobile to merge it and the Helio brands, Virgin Mobile is having none of it. VM said that they were in the "early stages" of discussions, but there aren't any "assurances that any transaction will result." Sounds like someone at Virgin is using the press as a… » 5/14/08 10:45pm 5/14/08 10:45pm

SK Telecom Denies Merger Talks With Virgin Mobile

Despite mocoNews' and WSJ's reports last week that SK Telecom and Virgin Mobile were set to merge the Helio and Virgin Mobile USA brands, SK Telecom denies these rumors and says it's fully committed to Helio. Dow Jones quoted SK Telecom spokesperson Mina Ryu as saying the all-stock transaction merger was "groundless."… » 5/12/08 7:32pm 5/12/08 7:32pm

Helio and Virgin Mobile to Merge?

mocoNews reports talks are going on between Helio and Virgin Mobile USA about a possible merger between the two wireless phone carriers. Helio has had some finanical issues over the past year, and its owner, SK Telecom, has been looking to make a splash in US markets. Current talks include SK Telecom buying out Virgin… » 5/08/08 3:45pm 5/08/08 3:45pm

Virgin Mobile's Wild Card Gets Music Over the Air

How does a pre-paid service handle over-the-air music subscriptions? Answer: very cheaply. Virgin Mobile's Wild Card by Kyocera is the first phone that can receive music from its Headliners streaming audio player. The service is $2.50 per month, and you can listen to a given song on demand for 25 cents. (Electronista… » 10/19/07 10:18am 10/19/07 10:18am