Virgin Mobile Announces it Will Only be Offering the iPhone for Customers

BY Evan Selleck

Published 21 Jun 2017

Virgin Mobile has been one of the more popular MVNO options in the United States for quite a while, but the carrier has just announced a pretty big change that may shake things up quite a bit.

Virgin Mobile today has announced that it will be offering only one type of phone: The iPhone. Specifically, the carrier will be offering the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. There won’t be any other options for subscribers to go with, which makes this the first U.S.-based carrier (and perhaps the only carrier in general) to only offer the iPhone to customers.

To mark the news, Virgin Mobile is also offering a year’s worth of “unlimited” service for only $1 — for a whole year. For that, you get unlimited data (with your data being reprioritized if it passes over 23GB in a month), talk, and text. However, there are caveats to be aware of:

“Mobile-optimized video streams at up to 480p+ resolution, music at up to 500 kbps, streaming cloud gaming at up to 2 mbps. Data deprioritization applies during congestion.”

So Virgin Mobile customers get unlimited 4G LTE data for most things, but your quality-of-content will be “mobile-optimized” when you play games, listen to music, and watch video.

The Virgin Mobile Inner Circle plan will cost $50 per month after the first year. And you’ll need to get a new iPhone to take advantage of it. Here’s how the pricing breaks down, with each handset starting at the below prices (going up for higher storage options):

  • iPhone SE: $279
  • iPhone 6: $319
  • iPhone 6s: $549.99
  • iPhone 6s Plus: $649.99
  • iPhone 7: $649.99
  • iPhone 7 Plus: $769.99

Virgin Mobile is also tossing in a lot of perks. If you sign up for the Inner Circle plan you’ll get the ability to buy a round-trip “companion ticket” for only taxes and fees, after you buy a round-trip ticket on Virgin Atlantic to the United Kingdom. Additionally, buy two nights at Virgin Hotel and you’ll get the third night free, and Virgin Mobile is also offering a discount to access to Virgin Wines.

So Virgin Mobile is switching to an iPhone-only carrier, and also offering unlimited service for $1 for 12 months of service. If you have service in your neck of the woods, that might be worth taking a look at.

[via Virgin Mobile]