Virgin Mobile Deal: $60 For One Year Of Prepaid Virgin Mobile Service

by The Happy Rock on April 2, 2008

virgin-mobile-cell-phone-sign.jpgOur two year Verizon cell phone contract finally ran out on the 25th of March! It feels great to break free from the chains of a long contract. I haven’t yet canceled the phone, but I did order and activate a new Virgin Mobile prepaid phone for the Rockette.  She is s a low minute user like me.

Previously I had talked about how much I would save with Virgin Mobile and how to set up a Virgin Mobile account, so I thought it would be helpful to revisit my decision. It has been about 6 months, and I have been nothing but pleased with the service and the savings. The free phone is fine, so is the call quality, and the billing. I haven’t been using all of the $20 top up every 90 days, so money does roll over each top up period. Either way I won’t be paying more than $80 for the whole year.

We opted for a semi-updated LG Flare for $30 as the Rockette’s new Virgin Mobile phone, although there are currently three phones that are free. The phone was at our door in about two days, and we received a nice little surprise limited time offer when we signed up. Virgin is offering service for a whole year if you top-up $60 in three days. Since you agree to buy $80 for the whole year, I was sold. I bought the $60 worth of minutes, and won’t have to top up for a whole year. We actually have $67.50 in the account, because we got a free $5 for singing up for automatic top up, and $2.50 for being referred. Considering that the referrer was me on our other account, and I got $10 for it, we really got about a 30% bonus after everything is said and done.

6 months ago we were paying about $400 for one cell phone through Verizon, now we have two cell phones for $140 per year. A solid $260 yearly savings all possible because of our low usage. If you use around 150 or less minutes a month, Virgin Mobile will probably save you money. Let me know if you are interested, and we both can get a free $2.50 if I refer you.

Note : The Virgin Mobile straight minute plan is now $0.20 a minute rather then the $0.18 that I got 6 months ago.

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spillingbuckets April 3, 2008 at 8:00 am

Nice job finding such a low $$ phone. Unfortunately I don’t have low usage, I don’t have a house phone any more and use my cell for everything. I don’t have the largest plan, but I definately use over 150 minutes a month.


The Happy Rock April 3, 2008 at 8:02 am

@spilling – Well, at least you cut down from two phone bills to one, that is a nice savings!


Credit Crunch April 4, 2008 at 7:26 pm

That’s very reasonable price for two phones. I’m paying only $20/month but that’s because I’m still on a plan with my family so I end up saving quite a bit. Not looking forward to the day I have my own bills but it will be coming soon as I’m now 18.

You have a very nice blog here. I will definitely need to read around a bit more.



Leslie Raymond April 5, 2008 at 3:51 am

Wow, I know I am WAY overpaying for my cell phone service, and my contract with Verizon ran out several months ago. I’ve just been trying to decide where and when to take the leap — this seems like a great deal! The trouble is, my husband uses his cell phone tremendously for his business and we’d need something that had more minutes. Any advice?


The Happy Rock April 5, 2008 at 11:42 pm

@Leslie – You would really need to look at the usage on the phones that you currently have to figure out what plans make sense, then check around for the right company/plan. I have have only looked into what makes sense for us. This little plan finder might help you get started though : cell phone plan finder

Hope it helps


Samanta April 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Yeh if we talking about two phones then there is a reasable thing to do, good choice, nothing to say.


Pete @biblemoneymatters April 12, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Great post – i made the switch to Virgin Mobile a couple of years ago, and I’ve loved it ever since. We went from paying about $40 a month for one cell phone to paying about $40 every 3 months for two phones. We’re sold on Virgin.


saher July 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

I have not used virgin so far, as network reliability is a big issue here in the UK, some of the latest offers from virgin do look like a good bargain


Mrs. Money June 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

Do you know if you can transfer your number? I’d love to do this but would hate to lose my number.


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