For the most recent info, see the 2011 Virgin Mobile Broadband Review
Virgin mobile broadband created quite a stir when they announced their entry into the prepaid mobile broadband arena.
With a decision to resell Sprint’s services, they have a short-term prepaid solution that allows one to buy data airtime as needed without a contract. Not long after, Sprint acquired Virgin Mobile.
Virgin Mobile Broadband In A Nutshell
Virgin Mobile sums up the highlights of their service in about a minute. Get the unadvertised details below.
When you run low on data airtime, you can ‘top up’ by purchasing more (just like a prepaid phone).
The only downside is that the maximum time you can use a data session for 30 days upon activation.
That source is Sprint.
You can expect “average download speeds of 600-1400 Kbps, peaking at 3.1 Mbps, and 350-500 Kbps average upload speeds, peaking at 1.8 Mbps. Similar to DSL, and about ten times faster than using a dial-up modem”
Naturally, real-world speeds are different…drastically different (and not in a good way).
The difference is in the roaming coverage. Virgin has none.Again, since Virgin inherits the characteristics of the Sprint mobile broadband network, they also inherit their coverage…to a certain extent.
The big difference is that Virgin’s 3G coverage does not include Sprint’s roaming areas.
That means you’ll have good coverage in most places but not as many as Sprint itself.
To be honest, its more like Virgin Broadband Card. They’ve only got one & it’s the Novatel Ovation MC760. It’ll run you about $80. On the other hand, there’s the MiFi for $150 with unlimited mobile broadband for up to 5 devices. Pretty hard to turn down…
Check out the Prepaid Mobile Broadband Comparison to see how Virgin matches up against the other prepaid mobile broadband carriers out there.
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