Virgin Mobile to implement ‘data speed reduction’ (throttling) on March 23

Virgin Mobile to implement ‘data speed reduction’ (throttling) on March 23

Virgin Mobile is set to become the latest carrier to implement data throttling, according to details hitting the web this week.  As initially uncovered by AndroidCentral, Virgin Mobile plans to place a “data speed reduction” (256kbps!) for users who exceed 2.5GB in a month.  For most people this isn’t an issue as your average user types aren’t putting their Android phones through big paces.  Still, for those who do like to use their phones for music, YouTube, videos, and other data-centric apps, this could impact you at some point in the month.  In all reality the plans are still a decent bargain, considering what you get without a long-term commitment.

How will it work?
Starting March 23, 2012, if you use over 2.5GB of data in a month on your Beyond Talk Plan:
• Data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month.
• If data speeds are reduced, they will return to normal as soon as your next plan month starts.
• If you’d rather not wait for your new month to start, you can restart your plan immediately through My Account.

How will I know if my data speeds have been reduced?
If you reach 2.5GB of data in a month, you will receive a text message letting you know your data speeds will be reduced for the rest of your plan month.

Read more at Virgin Mobile

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14 Comments

  1. UKAndroid
    January 19, 14:54 Reply

    For anyone reading this – this story is specific to North America and does not necessarily apply to Virgin Mobile in other countries.

  2. Bardoo9
    January 27, 14:10 Reply

    start the boycott this is absurd 

  3. iLLz
    January 27, 18:42 Reply

    If I was a triumph owner I would be pissed.  That phone was made for data usage. Big screen fast processor for videos.  

  4. DOMINICAN STAR
    March 10, 19:24 Reply

    If time to move to another company since there is not contract………..

  5. Chris
    April 28, 20:14 Reply

    Thats Bull shit. I’m paying big money for UNLIMITED. It means NO Limits. Sick of Big business doing whatever the fuck they want at the customers expense. 

  6. HtcEvoVOwner
    January 12, 16:55 Reply

    Well it is unlimted just That when you pass the 2.5 gb it just geta slower . My phone Evo V is 4G capable but where I live there is only one 4G Sprint tower . So basically , I always use 3G and My speeds are almost always at 265 kpbs

  7. Lisa Billet
    February 13, 06:14 Reply

    Well its only Feb the 13th, not March 23rd, so why are you reducing my speeds now. If you specify a date then it shouldn’t start until that date. Thanks virgin mobile for lieing.

  8. Lisa Billet
    February 13, 06:16 Reply

    Oops 2012 not 2013, sorry but will see how it affects my phone then will post my discussion.

  9. shae
    February 13, 15:14 Reply

    So basically it just means my internet & stuff wil just be slower?

  10. Samsun
    March 21, 04:28 Reply

    Virgin mobile 3G sucks ass already, jeez now throttling!

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