Virgin Mobile is offering one of the cheapest 3G data plans on the market in the US, offering customers the chance to spend $20 per month to get online using a USB modem, MiFi mobile hotspot, or a 3G adapter for an iPod touch.

That’s the good news. The less good news is that you only get 500MB of data transfer for that $20. You could easily zip through that watching a movie — although I’m sure you can find better ways to use your 3G data than watching movies.

Virgin also offers an “unlimited” data plan for $50 per month, but the company throttles your connection speed after you use 2.5GB. At the low end of the spectrum, you can get 10 days or 100MB of data for $10.

The best part of all of Virgin’s Broadband2Go plans it hat they’re contract-free. You’ll have to spend $80 to $125 up-front for hardware, but once you have it you can start or stop your service any time you like. The service is actually provided by Sprint’s 3G wireless network, so it’s available wherever Sprint is.

via IntoMobile

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6 replies on “Virgin Mobile launches a $20 per month contract-free mobile broadband plan”

  1. Although I was sad to see the $40 unlimited plan go, this is good enough.  I was grandfathered on the $40 plan, but let it expire, because I simply don’t use all that bandwidth in a month.  500 mb is plenty for me, and I can save $20 a month that way.  My gripe with VM was not that they abandoned the $40 plan, it was that there was a huge gap, both in price and usability, between the $10 plan and the new $50 plan.  This solves that, and was long overdue.

  2. It was $40 for unlimited 3g……..Still is if you have it and don’t change plans. 

    1. I think you’re thinking of the Beyond Talk plan.  Those still haven’t changed (as of looking today).  This is discussing the Broadband2Go plans. 

  3. Yowsers – I knew “rip-off Britain” didn’t apply to mobile/3G type stuff, but this really is obscenely expensive for Americans. In the UK we get multiple gigs for that money. I only get 1 gig for £15 ($24), but it’s true non-expiring pay-as-you-go – alas no longer available to new customers.

    1. Yep, and seriously this is one of the lowest prices around… it’s the price we pay for spending a lot less on hardware than you do in the UK. 

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