How does Virgin Mobile measure up when it comes to Internet on the go? We suss out the answer.
Virgin Mobile has been a leading telco provider in Australia since launching in 2000. It offers postpaid mobile broadband plans delivered on Optus' 4G Plus network, with coverage to all capital cities and 96% of Australian residents nationwide.
What mobile broadband plans and bundles does Virgin Mobile offer?
Virgin Mobile offers mobile broadband plans on both 12-month and month-to-month contracts, with 12-month contracts including a free 4G Wi-Fi modem to boot. 12-month contracts also benefit from additional data every month compared to similarly priced month-to-month plans.
All mobile broadband plans with Virgin Mobile benefit from the provider's FairData initiative. This includes data gifting, which lets you share your spare monthly data with other Virgin Mobile postpaid customers, as well as data rollover, which adds any data you don't use in one month onto your allowance for the next month.
Mobile broadband plans of $30 or more a month also come with data-free streaming through Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio. This means any music you stream through these services won't use up your monthly data allowance. The data-free music streaming offer is valid only until 1 March 2018.
If you're already a Virgin Mobile customer for your standard mobile phone service, you can receive a discount of up to $10 a month on any 12-month mobile broadband plan by bundling it with your postpaid mobile service.
- A5.00 a month for 3GB of data
- A0.00 a month for 12GB of data
- A5.00 a month for 20GB of data
- A0.00 a month for 40GB of data
- A5.00 a month for 110GB of data
- A0.00 a month for 15GB of data
- A5.00 a month for 25GB of data
- A0.00 a month for 60GB of data
- A5.00 a month for 140GB of data
All 12-month plans come bundled with a free Virgin Mobile-branded 4G Wi-Fi modem capable of connecting up to 10 devices at once.
What other costs do I need to know about?
If you exceed your monthly data allowance on any of Virgin Mobile's mobile broadband plans, you'll be automatically charged $10 and granted an extra 1GB of data for that month only. You will continue to be charged at this rate until your allowance resets at the end of your current billing cycle.
On any 12-month contract, you'll need to pay an early cancellation fee if you want to terminate your service before the full year is up. This fee is calculated at 25% of your monthly bill times the number of months remaining on your contract, plus the leftover payments on the bundled 4G modem, if you opted for it.