Believe it or not, 60 million Americans use pre-paid phones. Given the recent economy it makes sense to go with the cheaper option. Following the logic of ultra-cheap phone plans, Sprint will be rolling out possibly the best pre-paid deal on May 12. The changes will come to Sprint’s Virgin Mobile brand and be targeted at 18-24 year-olds, though could prove useful for many others.
The new plans for Virgin Mobile will start at just $25 a month. That $25 will get you 300 minutes as well as unlimited messaging, and data. To bring the minutes up to 1,200 will cost $40 a month. Unlimited minutes will cost only $60. If you want to use the BlackBerry service with the plans, that’s just an extra $10. The idea behind the plans is that most younger cell phone users are calling each other less and less, instead opting to communicate via SMS, email or IM. Therefore, why both with a lot of minutes? Why even bother with anything more than $25 a month for unlimited texts and data?
The phones for the new plans, dubbed Beyond Talk, are the LG Rumor Touch and Rumor 2, Kyocera Loft, and the BlackBerry Curve 8530 which will come at the end of May. The Loft will be the cheapest at $69.99. The Rumor Tough and Rumor 2 will cost $149.99 and $89.99, respectively, with both phone being available off contract only. The Curve 8530 will retail for $299.99.
The deals do seem like a great idea at first. Those who don’t talk much and want a cheap plan would be perfect for this deal. However, the choice of phones are rather slim, and features only one “true” smartphone. Then again, those who are looking at pre-paid plans probably aren’t looking for smartphones.
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