Virgin Mobile increases data on month by month SIM plans

Alex Kidman 12 February 2016 NEWS


Virgin Mobile’s latest deal gives you more data to play with, but not if you’re directly switching from an Optus mobile account.

Virgin’s latest bevy of month by month postpaid SIM-only plans have upped the data available on each plan by a fairly considerable amount, especially for the higher tier $80 and $50 plans. The $80 plan now comes with 20GB of data to use each month, while the $50 plan offers 12GB of data, which is quite generous. Virgin Mobile is a subsidiary of Optus, so understandably it uses Optus’ 3G and 4G networks.

There is one slight catch to be aware of, although its a slight variation on a a promotional catch that Virgin Mobile has used on prior plans as well. A significant proportion of the data bundle comes in the form of "Bonus" data, and in this case you don't qualify for the bonus data if you're switching from an Optus-branded account on the Optus network.

Virgin Mobile usually runs deals where Optus MVNOs aren't eligible, but in the case of these deals, it's only parent company Optus itself that is ineligible. You can also qualify for the deal if you upgrade your plan with Virgin Mobile for existing customers, so in theory you could switch from an Optus plan to a lower tier Virgin plan and then up the scale in order to get the bonus data benefit.

One other oddity that these plans surface is that there’s seemingly little to no difference between the current $50 per month and $60 per month deal, save for the fact that 8GB of the $50 plan’s 12GB quota is "bonus" data whereas only 6GB of the 12GB available on the $60 plan is. If you’re switching to the Optus-backed Virgin Mobile anyway, that doesn’t seem like a huge distinction.

Virgin Mobile's existing deals for bonus data with Guvera and Presto also apply to these deals, so you could add up to 3GB to any plan if you use the Guvera music and Presto streaming video services as well.

Here is how Virgin Mobile’s current mobile deal pricing works out:

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