What simply occurred? Virgin Mobile in an up to date FAQ this week quietly revealed intentions to discontinue service and switch all accounts to sister model Boost Mobile. Those paying shut consideration to Virgin Mobile USA over the previous a number of months, nevertheless, have seen the writing on the wall for a while now.
In an e-mailed assertion to FierceWireless, a Sprint spokesperson mentioned they are going to be consolidating the 2 manufacturers underneath one cohesive, environment friendly and efficient pay as you go group. The transition is anticipated to start throughout the week of February 2, the spokesperson added.
The FAQ notes that customers will maintain their present cellphone numbers and that month-to-month fee dates will persist as long as the invoice is paid on time. Worth noting is the truth that PayPal is being eliminated as a registered fee technique which means anybody who makes use of this technique will want to arrange a brand new fee technique and re-enroll in Autopay if relevant.
Back in November, Wave7 Research analyst Jeff More informed FierceWireless that it had been 31 months since Virgin modified its price card and hadn’t pushed out a brand new press launch in roughly 19 months.
“I don’t think anyone knows how severely in decline Virgin is,” Moore mentioned on the time. “There’s been no energy put into Virgin over the last several years. Virgin is a dying lemon on the vine.”
Sprint acquired Virgin Mobile in late 2009 as a key a part of its pay as you go technique however over time, the service elected to focus extra on its Boost Mobile subsidiary. Virgin roughly fell by the wayside, particularly after the service went iPhone-only. With the pending Sprint / T-Mobile merger being finalized, this is probably the final we’ll hear of Virgin.
Masthead credit score: Virgin Mobile by TK Kurikawa