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Virgin Mobile Data Plans & Rates

If you are a datavore, then Virgin Mobile isn't the worst prepaid brand you could go with. Each of their plans have different options for data, but if you are a data user then the Beyond Talk Unlimited & Messaging Plans are probably going to be the place to start. With these plans, you get unlimited messaging and unlimited data over the course of 30 days, with a limited amount of voice minutes. These plans start at $35 for 300 minutes and go up to $55 for unlimited voice minutes.

Sounds great, right? Well, the catch is that while the data is unlimited, the fine print states that first 2.5 GB of data per month will be at 3G/4G speeds and after that users will be throttled to 2G for the remainder of the billing period. There is also a note that that they have the right to limit video streaming to 3G speeds, which isn't usually fast enough to do too much streaming to begin with. However, 2.5 GB is really quite a bit of data if you aren't streaming things, so it all depends on how you use your data.

The Virgin Mobile Custom plans do offer data as well, but they are really aimed at the lower-data users. With that plan, you can get 20 MB for $1.40, 250 MB for $8 or 500 MB for $13.50. They do have more options, but by that point you are probably better off to go with the unlimited plans.

Virgin Mobile's PayLo plans offer data for $1.50 per MB with the lowest plan, 30 MB of data with the $30 plan and 50 MB with the $40 plan. So, really, if you want Virgin Mobile and you want to do more than read a couple emails and browse a little, then the Unlimited plans are probably going to be the best bet.