Virgin Mobile will begin throttling data in October

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We did briefly mention the data throttling that Virgin Mobile was planning to start doing come October and well, here are a few more details. Basically, the unlimited plan will remain unlimited in theory. You will be able to use as much data as you want and not have to worry about overages, however once you read the 2.5GB level — your speeds will be reduced. No mention as to how slow they will get, but we suspect it will be a noticeable effect. According to Virgin;

“After reaching this level, this minority of customers may experience slower page loads, file downloads and streaming media. When a customer’s next month begins, the data usage meter starts back at zero with unlimited 3G speeds.”

Otherwise, this move does come as slightly interesting given Virgin Mobile is under Sprint and they are the ones that have not dipped out of the unlimited-data-is-still-ok game. Heck, they even mentioned something along those lines in the release information;

“Last week, Verizon pulled its unlimited data plan; T-Mobile and AT&T have also moved away from unlimited data usage. At this time, only Sprint, which owns Virgin Mobile USA, has truly unlimited postpaid mobile data plans in place.”

Either way, if you are a Virgin Mobile customer, get the most out of your unlimited plan now because come October, things will be changing.

Via [Virgin Mobile Blog]

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