news Optus subsidiary, Virgin Mobile, has announced it is refreshing its suite of Postpaid Mobile Broadband plans.
According to a media release issued by the company yesterday, Virgin Mobile has increased the data allocation on all its 12-month contract plans. The $19 plan now has a data allowance of 2GB as against 1.5GB, at minimum cost $228, while the $29, $39, $59 plans come with 6, 12 and 18GB data, at minimum costs of $348, $468 and $708 respectively, in place of the earlier 4GB, 10GB, and 14GB data per month allowance.The $49 for 12GB plan has been dropped by Virgin.
Virgin claimed that according to its research, 75 percent of Australians were dissatisfied with their current mobile broadband plan and wanted better value. “Aussies have been calling out for better value Mobile Broadband plans and we’re pleased to be able to deliver outstanding value and great coverage across Australia on the [Optus] Open Network, as well as a host of other Virgin Mobile benefits,” said Virgin Mobile marketing director David Scribner.
The $19 plan comes with the USB dongle only; a Wi-Fi hotspot device costs an extra $7 per month. A free USB modem or Wi-Fi hotspot is included in all plans $29 and above. Two months’ free access is available with the Wi-Fi modem on the $29 plan; three months’ free access is available with the USB modem on the $29 plan; three months’ free access fee is also available with any modem on the $39 and $59 plans. Customers can avail themselves of the free access offer till April 30th. This offer is for new services and is only available online.
There are no excess data charges associated with any of the plans. Once a customer exceeds the monthly quota, Virgin throttles speed to 128Kbps for the next 250MB and beyond that, service is blocked until the first day of the next usage period, unless a data top-up is done. All usage is charged per kilobyte and not per megabyte, so there is no payment for unused data.
Lifehacker reported that the revamped plans would apply for both new and existing contract customers.Though members would be automatically rolled over “in the coming months”, it was possible for the change to be applied the same day by calling 1300 555 100. The new plans were not available in the Northern Territory and Tasmania (except for Hobart). Further details are available at Virgin’s website.