Virgin Mobile offers a range of phone handsets and SIM-only products for smartphone users.
What services do Virgin Mobile contract plans offer?
Virgin Mobile’s contract services run on parent company Optus’ 4G networks, dropping to 3G depending on coverage areas. You can opt for a wide range of handsets, from premium models to more budget-centric fare on contract over 24 months, as well as SIM-only plans where you provide the handset and Virgin Mobile provides the phone service over either 12 month or month-to-month terms.
How much do Virgin Mobile contract plans cost?
Virgin Mobile’s primary contract plans revolve around adding a smartphone handset of your choice to a 24 month contract term. For most phones, especially at the lower contract tiers you’ll pay a handset repayment fee monthly that covers the cost of the device and varies depending on your choice of phone.
Virgin Mobile’s contract plans start at $30 per month with $300 worth of credit for standard national calls and texts and 500MB of data. Calls and texts to other Virgin Mobile customers are unlimited, but calls to other phones in Australia are charged at 98c per minute with a 40c flagfall. Texts to non-Virgin Mobile devices are charged at 28c each and excess data usage incurs a flat $10 charge per extra GB of data. All plan tiers above $30 per month include unlimited standard national calls and texts and an upwards sliding scale of data inclusions.
Virgin Mobile’s 12-month SIM only plans are sold at $30, $40 and $50 per month tiers. All tiers include unlimited standard national calls and texts, with increasing data inclusions at higher recharge tiers. 12 Month SIM-only plans also include a quantity of international calling credit rising from $50 at the low end up to $300 at the top tier; call costs for international calls vary depending on the location you’re calling.
If you opt for Virgin Mobile’s month-to-month contract tier, the pricing tiers are identical to the 12 month plans at $30, $40 and $50 per month with unlimited standard national calls and texts as well as international call credit. Data inclusions are typically slightly lower on the month-to-month plans, however.
What extras do Virgin Mobile contract plans offer?
Virgin Mobile’s market positioning is very much as the more affordable partner to parent company Optus Mobile’s plans, and as such you’re not offered the larger suite of extras such as EPL coverage on Virgin Mobile. However, many plans above the entry level tiers provide music streaming with no additional data charges for Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora and iHeartRadio listeners. Selected plans include unlimited standard international calls to UK, USA, NZ, China, India, Canada & Singapore, typically at the higher end plan tiers.