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.