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

  • UKAndroid

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

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  • Bardoo9

    start the boycott this is absurd 

  • iLLz

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

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

  • Chris

    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. 

    • DJohn916X4

      big money.. $35???

  • HtcEvoVOwner

    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

  • 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.

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

  • shae

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

  • DJohn916X4

    4G is speed unlimited

  • Samsun

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