Virgin Mobile provides a range of prepaid SIM-only plans for the budget-centric buyer.
What services does Virgin Mobile offer?
Virgin Mobile’s prepaid services are provided on parent company Optus’ 4G and 3G networks, dependent upon your proximity to relevant service towers. As a prepaid service, it relies on you having an existing handset rather than offering contract terms for mobile phone devices.
How much does Virgin Mobile prepaid cost?
Virgin Mobile offers three distinct tiers of prepaid plans.
Its Plus plan acts as an effective month-to-month prepaid option, although the expiry on recharges on this plan is 28 days, not 30. Pricing for recharges ranges from $19 with $100 call credit and 500MB of data up to $99 for $1800 worth of call credit and 10GB of data. Standard national calls are charged at 90c per minute plus a 40c flagfall, while standard texts are 25c each. Calls and texts to other Virgin Mobile customers are free.
Virgin Mobile’s Long Expiry plan very much does what it says on the tin, offering prepaid recharges with expiry of either 180 or 365 days. Recharge prices of $15, $19 and $29 have 180 day recharge periods while the $49, $79 and $99 recharges last a full 365 days. You get precisely your recharge credit to spend on calls, texts and data during your expiry period. For phones on the Virgin Mobile network, texts are free and calls are charged at 5c per minute with a 40c flagfall. Calls to other mobile networks are charged at 78c per minute with a 40c flagfall, while texts are charged at 28c each. In data terms these plans use two different APN setups, charging at $2.05/MB via the Virgin Internet APN and calculated in 1KB units, while the Yes Internet APN charges at 12c/MB but is charged in 1MB units.
Virgin Mobile’s Simple Prepaid deal is a straightforward PAYG offering with recharges set at $19, $29, $49, $79 and $99, all with 90 days of expiry. Calls and texts within the Virgin Mobile network are free, while other calls are charged at 15c per minute flat. Texts likewise are charged at 15c each, and all plans come with 100MB of data.
What extras does Virgin Mobile prepaid offer?
The basic premise for most prepaid plans, in that you’re paying a fixed amount and can’t go over that in any way still holds true for Virgin Mobile’s plans. Where they do dip into extras is in two areas, with many plans offering either reduced cost or free texts and calls to others on Virgin Mobile. This could be excellent value if you’re looking at putting multiple family members onto the network, or if you have many friends already using it.
Virgin Mobile’s prepaid is also rather unique in offering data rollover if you recharge within the expiry period for the Plus and Simple plans. The Plus plan allows you to roll over up to 12GB of data if you recharge in time, while the Simple plan limits that to 5GB when recharging.
- Long expiry or lots of data choice Virgin Mobile keeps its pricing structures simple, which means you can pick between the data-heavy Plus plans or the longer expiry Simple or Long Expiry Plans.
- Data rollover If you’ve got data left over from a previous recharge it doesn’t automatically expire on you.
- Pricey out of network calls There’s no option for prepaid with unlimited standard calls to other networks, only those for phones already on Virgin Mobile.
Virgin Mobile prepaid recharge options
Prepaid plans all expire after a time, and if you want to continue using your Virgin Mobile prepaid service you’re going to have to recharge it with additional credit. Depending on your plan there may be benefits to recharging prior to your expiry date in order to see some benefits roll over, although this won’t be the case for absolutely every plan. Here’s how you can recharge your Virgin Mobile prepaid service.
- Recharge online: Virgin Mobile’s My Account portal makes it simple to recharge your prepaid service. You can recharge with payments made via Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Diners Club card, although any payment made with a credit card will attract at 0.385% service fee. You can also pay via voucher or set up a recurring automatic top-up payment through My Account.
- Via phone: Dialling 733 from your Virgin Mobile prepaid handset and following the voice prompts will take you through the process of recharging your Virgin Mobile prepaid over the phone.
- Via voucher: Vouchers for Virgin Mobile prepaid services are available nationwide from major retail outlets, as well as Virgin Mobile stores. Once you’ve purchased a voucher you can then apply it either over the phone or through the My Account portal.