Virgin Mobile offers both contract plans with and without bundled phones and a range of prepaid plans.
What services does Virgin Mobile offer?
Virgin Mobile provides services on the Optus 4G network, which is quite understandable given it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Optus itself. Virgin Mobile is a full-service telco, which means that it offers contract plans on a SIM-only basis as well as bundled with a wide variety of handsets ranging from budget models all the way up to the latest premium smartphones. SIM-only contracts run on either 12-month or month-to-month terms. Virgin Mobile recently cancelled its prepaid plans, allowing current prepaid customers to recharge, but not selling any new prepaid plans to customers.
How much does Virgin Mobile cost?
In the contract space, Virgin Mobile’s plans are mostly pushed to bundle a handset and a contract plan over 24 months. For the majority of phones, this means paying a handset repayment fee on top of your contract tier, with pricing varying depending on the handset that you choose. For these plans, pricing starts at $30 per month with $300 worth of call and text value included. Calls are charged at 98c per minute plus a 40c flagfall for calls to non-Virgin Mobile phones, although they’re unlimited to phones that are on Virgin Mobile. The same scenario is true for texts, which are unlimited to Virgin Mobile phones but cost 28c each to other networks. The $30 plan includes 500MB of data usage. For the other $40, $50, $70, $80 and $100 tiers, standard national calls and texts are unlimited irrespective of network, with 2GB, 4GB, 6GB, 9GB and 20GB of base bundled data. Periodic special offers may vary this a little. If you opt for a 12-month SIM-only contract, pricing runs at $30, $40, $50 and $60 per month with unlimited standard national calls and texts and 3GB, 10GB, 15GB and 18GB of data respectively. On month-to-month terms, pricing sits at $30, $40, $50 and $60 with unlimited standard national calls and texts and 1GB, 4GB, 8GB and 11GB of data respectively.
What extras does Virgin Mobile offer?
Virgin Mobile’s plans, even in the contract space, aren’t quite as fancy as its parent Optus's, but its pricing and general market strategy very much reflect that. Some Virgin Mobile contract plans provide data-free music streaming on Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio. Selected plans also offer a quantity of either international calling credit or unlimited calls to selected countries. Virgin Mobile also provides data rollover so that any unused data on your plan rolls over into the next usage period.