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

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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

14 COMMENTS

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

  2. 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. 

  3. 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

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